ScanSource not only repeated as winners of the "Most Finishers Under 75 Minutes in the 10K" category, but also defeated two-time defending champion GE to win the "Fastest Corporate Team" category, too.
In its third year, the Darrell Jennewine Corporate Cup Challenge is named in memory of the late Greenville Track Club administrator who devoted much of his later life to promoting fitness through running in the Greenville community. The Challenge has two categories: one for the "Fastest Corporate Team" and the other for the "Most Finishers Under 75 minutes". The Fastest Team competition calculates the six fastest finishers times for an aggregate total and then subtracts a time bonus of 30 seconds for each additional team finisher under 75 mins (with a maximum of 10 counted toward the bonus).
Fastest Corporate Teams in 10K
1. ScanSource = 4 hours, 23 minutes, 27 seconds (4:23:27) or 15807 seconds
2. Michelin = 4:35:59 or 16559 seconds
3. GE = 4:49:16 or 17356 seconds
4. BMW = 4:58:22 or 17902 seconds
5. TD Bank = 5:08:18 or 18498 seconds
6. GHS = 5:30:59 or 19859 seconds
In the Most Finishers Under 75 Minutes category, ScanSource unseated defending champion GE as ScanSource had 34 runners under the 75 minute goal. It was also a new record as they bested GE's total of 24 runners in 2016. ScanSource had 19 runners under 75 minutes last year.
Most Finishers Under 75 Minutes in 10K
1. ScanSource = 26
2. Michelin = 14
2 GE = 14
4. BMW = 13
5. TD Bank = 8
6. GHS = 6
7. SC Telco = 3
7. Sealed Air = 3
7. TTI = 3
photos courtesy of our presenting sponsor: The Greenville News
The 2018 Edition of the Greenville Track Club's FIT'S COOL School Challenge produced two new winning schools in the Elementary and Middle School categories. In the Elementary School category, Woodland Elementary was victorious with a total of 444 points, 132 points more than its total in 2017 when it placed second to Paris Elementary. Monarch Elementary was second this year with a total of 370 points (which was an increase of 168 points over 2017). Woodland's point total was boosted by having 43 students finish one of the three races in the 41st TD Bank Reedy River Run (10K, 5K or Youth Mile). AJ Whittenburg placed third with 266 points. (See results below).
In the Middle School category it was once again a close contest between Tanglewood and RIverside, with Tanglewood winning by 28 points. Both schools had 14 students finish one of the races, but Tanglewood won by having 23 adults also finish. Greenville Middle Academy was third with 132 points.
Both Woodland Elementary and Tanglewood Middle schools will receive a $500 donation from the Greenville Track Club in conjunction with the TD Bank Reedy River Run.
Results from 2018 FIT'S COOL School Challenge
1. Woodland Elementary = 444 points (43 students + 7 adults)
2. Monarch Elementary = 370 points (32 students + 25 adults)
3. AJ Whittenburg = 266 points (26 students + 3 adults)
4. Five Oaks Academy = 212 points (19 students + 11 adults)
5. Paris Elementary = 156 points (12 students + 18 adults)
6. Powdersville Elementary = 130 points (11 students + 10 adults)
7. Sterling Elementary = 124 points (10 students + 12 adults)
* Brushy Creek, Bells Crossing, Plain, Skyland and Keowee also earn participation points.
Results from 2017 FIT'S COOL School Challenge
1. Paris Elementary = 340 points (29 students + 25 adults)
2. Woodland Elementary = 312 points (30 students + 6 adults)
3. Monarch Elementary = 202 points (17 students + 16 adults)
4. Five Oaks Academy Elementary = 180 points (16 students + 10 adults)
5. Brushy Creek Elementary = 78 points (7 students + 4 adults)
6. AJ Whittenburg = 72 points (7 students + 1 adult)
7. Bells Crossing = 44 points (4 students + 2 adults)
* Plain Elementary and Skyland Elementary also earned participation points
Results from 2018 FIT'S COOL School Challenge
1. Tanglewood Middle School = 186 points (14 students + 23 adults)
2. RIverside Middle School = 158 points (14 students + 9 adults)
3. Greenville Middle Academy = 132 points (12 students + 6 adults)
* Dr. Phinze J. Fisher, Lakeview Middle and Seiver Middle Schools also earned participation points.
Results from 2017 FIT'S COOL School Challenge
1. Riverside Middle School = 140 points (13 students + 5 adults)
2. Tanglewood Middle School = 126 points (8 students + 23 adults)
3. Sterling Middle School = 64 points (4 students + 12 adults)
4. Ralph Chandler Middle School = 48 points (3 students + 9 adults)
5. Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher = 34 points (3 students + 2 adults)
*Mauldin, Five Oaks Academy, and Lakeview also earned participation points
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.
For those runners who registered after March 19th and were not able to select their desired T-shirt size we are offering an opportunity to obtain a race shirt while availability lasts. Due to a number of registered participants not picking up their race packets, we have a limited supply of shirts available. We will have those shirts available at our Greenville Track Club office, located at 1619 E. North Street on Saturday, April 28th from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm. Please bring your race bib number indicating you previously chose the "none" option.
If you have not worn your shirt and need to exchange sizes, we will attempt to accommodate you during that time period.
And for those who placed in their divisions or age groups and did not pickup their award during our award presentation following the races, we will make those awards available during the same time period on Saturday, April 28th at the GTC office.
We are proud to announce that the 41st TD Bank Reedy River Run has "sold out" both the 10K and 5K races. Even though we expanded the 10K from 1500 to 1600 participants this year, the popularity of the race continues to grow. To accommodate the increased number of runners in the 10K, we have added a five-wave staggered starting process this year. 10K runners bib numbers are identified by the alpha character "A" through "E". The "A" wave will line up and start immediately behind our "elite" athletes at 7:55 am, just after the singing of our national anthem. Wave "B" will start one minute later and the final three waves are also spaced one minute apart.
The weather forecast continues to be excellent for running.
Packet pickup continues today at Fleet Feet Sports on Augusta between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. Race morning packet pickup is in front of the Peace Center at the intersection of S. Main St. and Broad St and runs from 6:00 am until 6:45 am.
The 5K is scheduled to start at 7:20 am with the Youth Mile following at 7:25 am. The first wave of the 10K starts at 7:55 am.
Fleet Feet is providing a "gear check" for warmup gear near the staring line on E. Broad Street between S. Main Street and Falls Drive. Runners desiring to check apparel should use the clear plastic bag provided at packet pickup and identify their bag by writing their bib number in the box indicated on the bag.
All three races finish on the north end of the Main Street Bridge. Following the finish each runner will receive a bottle of water provided by Greenville Ancient Freemasons. Runners will then gather at the TD Stage at the Peace Center for post race festivities and awards presentations. Refreshments will be available for participants and the Highway 301 Food Truck will be there for family and friends to purchase items.
Fleet Feet is also hosting a post-race party from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at their store on Augusta.
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Dave Geer, who won the 1986 race, will be competing in the 41st TD Bank Reedy River Run 10K. His time that year was an impressive 29:49 and was the first year that the 10K route was officially certified. Thirty-two years following that victory Geer expects to run "around 38:30", which is pretty fast for a 63-year-old. The former Clemson University standout (back in the last century) has an absolute 10K personal best of 29:08 and holds the South Carolina State Age Group record of 37:23 for the 60-64 Age Group. The native of New Jersey has resided in Clemson for most of his life after graduating there.
This year's event has over 3,000 runners registered with one week remaining until the starting horns sound. All 10K finishers will receive a Finishers Medal, which is the second in our collection following the commemorative medal cast in 2017 to celebrate the 40th anniversary.
We have some great refreshments and refueling options for our race participants following the TD Bank Reedy River Run. There will be goodies from Jersey Mike's Subs, Coffee Underground, Great Harvest Bread Company and Southern Pressed Juicery. For your family and friends we will have the Highway 301 Food Truck on site to provide some tasty breakfast choices. So tell your family and friends so they won't be "hangry" while your refreshing and refueling.
Highway 301 Food Truck Menu includes: