On an atypical mid-April morning, with cool, cloudy and windy conditions, James Quattlebaum made his debut appearance in the TD Bank Reedy River Run 10K a memorable one as he sprinted to victory over the final 600 meters. Ester Atkins defended her 2018 winner's title and won by over 45 seconds to become a multi-time winner of this event.
The men's field was one of the deepest in recent years and Greenville's Quattlebaum and Eddie Garcia led in the flatter Cleveland Park portion of the ten kilometer route. ON ZAP Enurance's Aaron Nelson caught the duo and took the lead as Quattlebuam went with him as they dropped Garcia on the challenging 500-meter hill in Falls Park. Once the two leaders crested the hill and turned onto Augusta St and then S. Main Street, Quattlebaum used his kick to put a gap of eight seconds on Nelson. His winning time of 30:18 was the fastest since Elkanah Kibet's 29:57 in 2016 on a slightly different course. The winner represents Greenville's Run In running shop and earned a total of $1300 for his efforts ($1000 for first place, $200 for first South Carolina resident and a $100 time bonus for running under 30:30). Nelson earned a total of $800 ($700 for second and $100 time bonus).
Garcia, a member of ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE, hung on for third place with a time of 30:33 and earned $500. His time was ten seconds better than last year's winning time. Fourth place went to Jason Lynch, out of Kaysville, Utah, with a time of 30:44. Rock Hill, SC's Jonathan McGinnis was another five seconds back (30:49) to place fifth. Greenville's Cole Atkins was sixth in 31:09.
Atkins wife, Esther, had a winning time of 36:35--compared to her time of 35:27 in 2018. OG Gardner improved on her third place finish in 2018 to take second this year in 37:13. Kelly Woodard was the third female finisher and ran 39:13. Atkins earned a total of $1200 for her first place finishes (overall & first South Carolina resident) and Gardner won $700.
The 10K was the Road Runner's Club of America Southern Region 10K Championship. Quattlebaum and Esther Atkins were crowned the overall champions and received special RRCA Championship medals. Other RRCA Southern Region 10K champions were:
John Eric Ashton (51) of Daniel Island, SC - Masters and Grandmaster division, 34:49
Dave Geer (64) of Clemson, SC - Senior Grandmaster, 42:24
Chrissy Driskell, (41) of Greer, SC - Women Masters, 43:55
Jane Godwin, (59) of Greenville, Women Grandmaster, 48:50
Judy Walls, (60), of Piedmont, SC, Women Senior Grandmaster, 53:05
Race results are available @ 2019 TD Bank Reedy River Run Race Results.
Race photos are available @ 2019 TD Bank Reedy River Run Race Photos.
Weather Forecast for Race Morning - Saturday, April 20
FRIDAY morning updates:
FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2018
Packet Pickup 11:00 am until 6:00 pm @ Fleet Feet at 635 Augusta Street
SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2018
Pre-race Packet Pickup between 6:00 am and 6:45 am in front of the Peace Center at corner of S. Main Street & Broad St.
Road Closures @ 6:45 am
Singing of National Anthem for 5K and Youth Mile @ 7:15 am
5K Race Start @ 7:20 am, on S. Main Street at Broad Street
Youth Run Start @ 7:25 am.on S. Main Street at Broad Street
Elite Athlete Introductions @ 7:45 am
Singing of National Anthem for 10K @ 7:50 am
10K Race Start: On S. Main St. near corner of Broad Street in front of Fidelity Building. Enter start corrals in front of the Greenville News Building on E. Broad Street.
7:55 am - Elite athletes and Wave 1 (bib numbers A-1 to A-300)
7:56 am - Wave 2 (bib numbers B-301 to B-600)
7:57 am - Wave 3 (bib numbers C-601 to C-900)
7:58 am - Wave 4 (bib numbers D-901 to D-1200)
7:59 am - Wave 5 (bib numbers E-1201 to E-1500)
Post Race Festival from 7:45 to 11:00 am at Graham Plaza in front of the Peace Center
Youth Mile Awards Presentation @ 9:00 am
5K Awards Presentation @ 9:15 am
10K Awards Presentation @ 9:45 am
Post-Race After Party at Fleet Feet: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Benji Durden, who tied for first place in the first TD Bank Reedy River Run back in 1978, will return to our 42nd edition and wear bib number A-001. Durden, who resided in Stone Mountain, GA at that time, now lives in Boulder, CO. He was a member of the 1980 USA Olympic Team as a marathoner. He also represented the USA in the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki in the marathon, after placing third at that year's Boston Marathon. His time at Boston was 2:09:58.
TD Bank Reedy River Run is one of the event's Durden is participating in this year as part of a "nostalgia tour." He recently ran in Charleston's Cooper River Bridge Run 10K, where he had previously won many years ago.
Benji will assist in presenting the 10K awards following this year's race and will also be present from 2:00 - 3:30 pm during Friday's Packet Pickup at Fleet Feet
The top seeds for this year's 10K race:
Race week has arrived for our 42nd TD Bank Reedy River Run.
We just wanted to keep you informed regarding our event schedule for the week.
Packet Pickup (for your race number and T-shirt) will be at Fleet Feet at 635 Augusta St, Greenville, SC. Packet pickup times are 11:00 am until 6:00 pm on Thursday (18th) and Friday (19th). You will be receiving an email on Wednesday evening informing you of your race bib number. Please bring that information with you to facilitate the process. We encourage all participants to obtain their race packets on Thursday or Friday. However, there will be a last-chance opportunity to obtain race packets on Saturday morning between 6:00 and 6:45 am. The location will be at the tent next to the mobile stage in front of the Peace Center at the corner of W. Broad St and S. Main St. We will close down that process at 6:45 due to our 5K start at 7:20 am.
Runners should arrive at least 45 mins before their race start (7:20 am START for 5K, 7:25 START for Youth Mile and 7:55 START for the 10K). Roads in the immediate area will be closed about 6:30 am. Parking options are viewable on our event website @ http://www.tdbankreedyriverrun.com/parking.html.
Portable toilets will be located on E. Broad Street, across the street from the Greenville News Building.
The START assembly corrals will also be on E. Broad Street. We encourage 10K runners to assemble in their respective corrals (A - E as designated on the bib number) by 7:40 am.
Depending upon the weather conditions, if you need to wear warmup apparel you may use the Clear Plastic Bag provided at Packet Pickup to check your warmup apparel during your race. The bag check tents will be at the corner of S. Main Street and W. Broad Street. Please mark your race bib number in the space provided on the bag for identification purposes.
After you finish there will be finisher medals for the 10K runners. All runners will receive bottled water from the Greenville Ancient Freemasons after crossing the finish line. Please do not remain in the finish line area and do proceed north on Main Street to the post race area in front of the Peace Center.
Awards presentations will be at the mobile stage in front of the Peace Center.
Most questions can be answered at our website: www.tdbankreedyriverrun.com. We will have updates on this website during the week.
We look forward to having you participate in one of Greenville's historic events.
Fleet Feet will once again host packet pickup for the TD Bank Reedy River Run. Race participants will be able to present their bib number and pickup their race number and packet, which is a clear plastic bag containing their pre-selected T-shirt and various coupons. Bib number assignment will be emailed to each pre-registered participant on Wednesday (April 17th) evening, following the online registration deadline of 6;00 pm. The clear plastic bag may be used by runners to drop off pre-race apparel at our Bag Drop Tents and retrieved following the races. Fleet Feet is sponsoring the Bag Drop.
Packet pickup will open at 11:00 and be available until 6:00 pm on Thursday (April 18th) and Friday (19th) at Fleet Feet. The location is 635 Augusta St.
Following the awards presentations and post-race festival at the Peace Center's Graham Plaza, Fleet Feet is hosting an After Party at the store from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Plan on joining the FUN and sharing your race stories from the morning.
The 42nd TD Bank Reedy River Run 10K will once again include an "elite" group of competitors for the race through downtown Greenville on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Following last week's deadline for acceptance as an "elite" competitor the men's field boasts a talented group of runners, while the women's field has the returning champion.
The prize purse of $10,000 for USA Citizens includes a prize of $1,000 to the male and female winners with money ten deep if the athlete runs under the performance time standard of 32:30 for men and 37:30 for women. Athletes eligible to receive prize money must have a current USATF membership number and be subject to USATF rules regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs.
It was one of those perfect running mornings in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina for the 41st running of the TD Bank Reedy River Run on Saturday, April 21. Both the 5K and 10K races were "sold out" as registrations reached their 1500 and 1600 runner limits on Thursday before the race. The race was once again sponsored by TD Bank, presented by the Greenville News and produced by the 46-year-old Greenville Track Club in conjunction with multiple partners.
Using a revised course which exchanged the notorious climb up Falls Drive and Broad Street for another long climb up Furman College Way in Falls Park, the runners were definitely challenged. The men's lead pack separated on the long downhill on E. Washington Street heading down to the entrance to Cleveland Park. Zimbabwe Olympian Pardon Ndhlovu broke away from Greenville's Austin Steagall and Ricky Flynn and opened a small gap that he would not relinquish. He maintained his lead up the Furman College Way hill and down Augusta and S. Main Streets before breaking the finish tape with a time of 30:43. He was closely followed by Steagall, the 2017 race winner, and Flynn with times of 30:51 and 30:53, respectively.
Greenville's Ester Atkins easily won the women's division with a time of 35:27. Ester was the 2014 USATF Marathon Champion and is a 3-time USA Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier. She was followed by Asheville, NC's Ginna Reid (36:54), who also won the women's Masters (40-0ver) title. Easley, SC's OG Gardner placed third and was a mere one-second behind Reid.
Over the coming days we will preview the 42nd TD Bank Reedy River Run. Today we look at Blowing Rock, NC's Brandon Doughty, who will be running this race for the first time. Aaron is a member of ON Zap Endurance and ran competitively at Oklahoma University.
Brandon hails from Charles Town, WV where he won multiple state championships. Brandon went on to Oklahoma University where he graduated in 2016 as one of the most decorated runners in school history. He was a 3-time NCAA All-American and 4-time Big 12 Conference Champion during his tenure as a Sooner, including 4th and 5th place finishes at the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Championships in the 3000m Steeplechase. In the winter of 2017 Doughty finished 2nd at the historic Armagh 5k road race in Northern Ireland in a near course-record time of 13:55. Doughty posted multiple personal bests in the 3000m steeplechase during 2018, culminating with his 8:33.28 in to make the final at the US Track and Field Championships.
We are excited to announce that Friends of the Reedy River will be joining our event as a partner this year. The FoRR believe that events such as the TD Bank Reedy River Run are what bring together like-minded individuals to make amazing things happen.
While the Reedy River is only 65 miles long, it is the heart of Greenville and all of the communities it winds through. It is an economic and recreational driver that needs all of our support to stay healthy.
The focus of FoRR, which is the only volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated solely to the Reedy River, is threefold:
Please stop by the FoRR tent/booth after you finish the 42nd TD Bank Reedy River Run for more information.
Over the coming days we will preview the 42nd TD Bank Reedy River Run. Today we look at Blowing Rock, NC's Aaron Nelson, who will be running this race for the first time. Aaron is a member of ON Zap Endurance and has a 10K personal best of 28:38.
Aaron is from Walla Walla, WA and a 2016 graduate of Washington University. During Aaron’s tenure at UW he became one of the best distance runners in the history of the program both in cross country and on the track. Aaron earned 2 All-American honors in cross country with a 20th place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships his junior season and a 21st place finish as a senior. He went on to set the 5,000m school record of 13:47 on the indoor track and earn All-American honors twice in the indoor 5,000m run. He was a two-time Pac-12 Champion in the 3,000m steeplechase. In the winter of 2018 Nelson finished 13th at the US Cross Country Championships to earn a spot on his first US National Team. He went on to place 7th at the North American Central American Caribbean Championships, helping the US team to a gold medal finish.
We are excited to have Aaron compete on the streets and roads of Greenville on Saturday, April 20.