ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE athletes Austin Steagall and Kimberly Ruck both ran to impressive victories in the 40th anniversary of the TD Bank Reedy River Run 10K in their current hometown of Greenville, SC. With their victories they are both the 2017 Road Runners Club of America South Carolina State 10K Champions.
On a beautiful spring morning Steagall ran conservatively with the lead pack during the first 4K as they led the "sold out" field of 1500 runners over the historically challenging course. He then went to the front for the winding trek through Cleveland Park and increased his margin over the mostly uphill final kilometer. Steagall finished with a time of 30:31 to earn $1000 and added an additional $200 for being the first South Carolina resident. He was followed by his teammate, Ryan Root, who ran a fine 30:48 to earn a total of $800 ($700 for second and $100 for second South Carolina resident).
Former GTC-ELITE runners Adam Freudenthal and Ricky Flynn finished 3rd and 6th with times of 31:14 ($550) and 31:40 ($200), respectively. In between them were Greenville's Glen Burkhardt (31:17/$400) and Fayettville, NC's Peter Koskey (31:34/$300). Two-time SC Runner of the Year Brett Morley was seventh ($150) with a time of 32:15. He was followed by Charlotte's Matt Elliott (8th/$100) in 33:00 and Greenville's Matt Shock (9th) at 33:28.
The tenth place overall finisher was also the winner of the RRCA SC State 10K Championship for Masters (40 plus) and was Wisconsin's Matt Thull with a time of 34:24. That earned him $100. Simpsonville's Philippe Giguere was the second Masters male and recorded a time of 35:08 and earned $50 for his efforts.
Ruck, who has finished third in this race twice and fifth once, finally won the biggest race in her hometown. Back in January, she had won The Greenville News Run Downtown 5K for the fourth time in five years. That was nice, but winning Reedy has been her goal for sometime. On a warmish morning, she took an early lead and was never really challenged as she finished with a time of 35:11. Ruck earned a total of $1200, like her teammate Steagall.
Asheville, NC's Kate Schwartz ran 35:38 to edge ASICS GTC-ELITE's Dylan Hassett (35:39) by one second. Hassett, who won the 2016 race, was running her first race since December due to a nagging foot injury. Schwartz earned $700 for second, while Hassett won a combined total of $600 ($500 + $100 as second South Carolina resident). Hassett's teammates, Alison Parris was fourth in 36:17 ($400 + $50 = $450) and Kate Dodds was fifth at 37:06 ($300).
Margaret Brennen of Fairview, NC placed sixth ($200) with a time of 37:14 and was followed by Asheville's Ginna Reid at 37:29 ($150). Kristi Arledge of Simpsonville was 8th overall among women and won the RRCA SC 10K Championship for Masters with a time of 39:56 and $100. She was followed by the second Masters female, Greenville's Tracy Ashall in 40:34 ($50), while Greenville's Mary Kay Ko was tenth in 42:02. Both Arledge and Ashall were not included in the official results for Masters due to finishing among the top ten overall, but do qualify for the appropriate award money.
For complete results please go to: http://georesults.racemine.com/PalmettoTiming/events/2017/40th-Annual-TD-Bank-Reedy-River-Run/results
Just before our online registration closed today at 6:00 pm we reached our limit of 1500 entries for the 10K event. Due to our 2017 course, which commemorates the first running of the Reedy River Run in 1978 by using some of the winding paths in Cleveland Park, we needed to limit the field to a manageable size. Although we are currently receiving requests to allow more runners into the 10K event, we only have 1500 race bibs (with timing chips) and will not add additional runners.
We do have about 90 spots remaining in the 5K event. Entries must be completed onsite at our packet pickup location at Fleet Feet Sports (635 Augusta St.). Packet Pickup opens on Thursday at 11:00 am.
As previously published on this website, we are completely sold out of race T-shirts.
Only two days left before our 40th Anniversary of the TD Bank Reedy River Run in beautiful downtown GVL.
Due to the popularity of the 40th Anniversary of the TD Bank Reedy River Run, we have "sold-out" and depleted our inventory of T-shirts. We had published our deadline of March 21, 2017 to "guarantee" your T-shirt size. We also sent email messages regarding choosing sizes due to having both men's, women's and youth sizing.
If you are currently interested in registering for one of our events (that have not reached their entry limits) please choose "none" for T-shirt sizing. If you have already registered and had to choose "none" during T-shirt selection, we will contact you following our event. In the past like most races, we have experienced a number of "no shows" or runners who do not actually pick up their race packets. In the event that we have that experience in this year's events, we will communicate a process for those who choose "none" to select one of those shirts.
Thank you for your understanding.
Portable Toilets will be located in parking lot next to Carolina Ale House (across S. Main St. from TD Bank)
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
Final Pre-race Packet Pickup between 6:00 am and 6:45 am in front of City Hall at 206 S. Main Street
Road Closures @ 6:45 am
Call to starting line for 5K @ 7:10 am
Singing of National Anthem for 5K and Youth Mile @ 7:15 am
5K Race Start @ 7:20 am, In front of Joel Poinsett Statue in Court Square on S. Main Street (adjacent to Westin-Poinsette Hotel)
Youth Run Start @ 7:25 am. In front of Joel Poinsett Statue in Court Square on S. Main Street (adjacent to Westin-Poinsette Hotel)
Call to Starting Line for 10K @ 7:45 am
Instructions & Introductions @ 7:47 am
Singing of National Anthem for 10K @ 7:49 am
Elite Athlete Introductions @ 7:50
10K Race Start @ 7:55 am, In front of Joel Poinsett Statue in Court Square on S. Main Street (adjacent to Westin-Poinsette Hotel)
Post Race Festival from 7:45 to 11:00 am in Falls Park
Youth Mile Awards Presentation @ 9:00 am in Falls Park @ the stage
5K Awards Presentation @ 9:15 am in Falls Park @ the stage
10K Awards Presentation @ 9:45 am in Falls Park @ the stage
Unique Door Prizes randomly selected and announced from 9:15 until 10:30 *must be present to win
Post Festival Reception at Fleet Feet @ 635 Augusta including Beer Garden with Michelob Ultra beginning at 11:15 am
There have been 40 past overall winners of the TD Bank Reedy River Run 10K. But, isn't this the 40th edition of Greenville most competitive running event? Yes, but the first race back in 1978 had a tie between two Georgians. Benji Durden, who later made the 1980 USA Olympic Team in the marathon, and his friend Bob Varsha decided to tie for the victory.
The 40th edition will see the 41st winner and it will not be one of the past champions. Elkannah Kibet, who won the past two editions, is not returning as he is scheduled to run a marathon in Hamburg, Germany on Sunday, April 23. Kibet, who is a native of Kenya now a US citizen and competes for the US Army's World Class Athletic Program.
However, the 2016 women's champion will return. Dylan Hassett, who runs for the ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE program, will be returning to competition for the first time since December at the USA Club Cross Country Championships. . She is recovering from a foot injury, but looks forward to running in her hometown of 18 months.
Hassett will have competition from some of her ASICS GTC-ELITE teammates in Kimberly Ruck, Alison Parris and Kate Dodds. Ruck, who earned All American honors while competing for Clemson during college, recently won the Greenville News Run Downtown 5K for the third time in the last four years. She placed third at "Reedy" in 2016. They will be joined by two out-of-town runners who placed in the top four in 2016. Andrea Rediger is coming from her home in Minneapolis, MN after placing second last year. Asheville's Kate Schwartz, who was fourth in 2016, is also entered again. Schwartz is not a stranger to Greenville as she recently won the GHS Half Marathon.
The men's competition includes three runners from last year's top ten finishers, including two Greenville residents. Ricky Flynn wasfourth last year, while 2015 and 2016 South Carolina Runner of the Year Brett Morley will attempt to better his sixth place finish. Fort Bragg, NC's Peter Koskey, who was 7th in 2016, is also entered.
They will be challenged by Spartanburg's Adam Freudenthal, who has a 10K road best of under 30 minutes and Charlotte's Matt Elliott. Elliott is better know for his fine performances at 1500 and 5,000 meters. ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Austin Steagall and Ryan Root will also represent Greenville among the top entrants. Steagall recently broke the course record by 28 seconds in winning the Greenville News Run Downtown 5K in 14:14. Root placed second to Flynn in February's GHS Half Marathon.
Runners who are USA citizens and current USATF members will be competing for portions of a combined purse of $10,000 in prize money, with the men's and women's champions receiving $1,000 and possibly more if they achieve time incentives.
Spring is here, the leaves are green, flowers are beginning to bloom and the temperatures are rising. The weather forecast for the week beginning on Monday, April 17 is for very warm temperatures even reaching the mid-to-high 80s by late afternoons.
But, our race starts are early so the temperatures should not be too warm (low 60s), but if you need hydration during either the 5K or 10K events, we will have two stations on the 5K and three stations on the 10K course.
10K Course Hydration Stations
Hydration Station 1: located at 2.9 miles at the corner of S. Main St. and E. McBee Ave. Gatorade Endurance & H2O,
Hydration Station 2: located at 3.95 miles by the Cleveland Park Tennis Courts. Gatorade Endurance & H2O.
Hydration Station 3: located at 5.4 miles on Ridgeland Drive. Gatorade Endurance & H2O.
5K Course Hydration Stations
Hydration Station 1: located at 1.4 miles by the Cleveland Park Tennis Courts. Gatorade Endurance & H2O.
Hydration Station 2: located at 2.5 miles on Ridgeland Drive between Oakland Ave and Hope Street. Gatorade Endurance & H2O.
We are so excited that you are participating in our 40th Annual TD Bank Reedy River Run this coming Saturday, April 22. Due to our early starting times, 7:20 am for our 5K; 7:25 am for our Youth Mile; and 7:55 am for our featured 10K event; we strongly encourage you to pick up your race packet and bib# on either Thursday or Friday (April 20 or 21st). This will allow you to avoid any lines on race morning. For those who cannot pick up their packets on either Thursday or Friday, we will have race-day pickup from 6:00 am until 6:45 am. We will CEASE distribution of race packets at 6:45 am since the the 5K starts at 7:20 am.
Thursday, April 20: 11:00 am to 6:30 pm at Fleet Feet Sports @ 635 Augusta St.
There will be a pasta pumpup and beer garden featuring Michelob Ultra from 4:30 until 7:00 pm (while supplies last) @ Fleet Feet. There will also be a panel discussion featuring some of our Greenville Track Club-ELITE athletes.
Friday, April 21: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Fleet Feet Sports @ 635 Augusta St.
Saturday, April 22: 6:00 am to 6:45 am in front of City Hall @ 206 S. Main St.
Note: unless you are traveling from out of town, we strongly encourage you to pick up your race packet on Thursday and Friday.
You will receive an email Wednesday evening around 8:00 pm (after on-line registration closes at 6:00 pm) with information regarding your race bib number. Please bring that information with you to pick up your packet. It will allow the process to flow faster.
If you are picking up multiple packets (for family or friends), please have all the bib numbers written down. You will give those to one of our officials who will retrieve the bib number for you.
Once you have your bib number you will proceed to the packet pickup tables and receive your personal race packet (bag) which will include the T-shirt that you selected during the on-line registration process. We will not have extra T-shirts to exchange at this time. Your selected T-shirt size is indicated on your race bib.
For additional questions regarding our event please visit www.tdbankreedyriverrun.com. We will publish any changes on the "NEWS" page on that site.
Train Smart and Run Strong!
The 2017 and 40th edition of the TD Bank Reedy River Run 10K will celebrate a few of the interesting course aspects experienced back in 1978. Although much of the route is different now, with the start and finish both on S. Main Street, the route will once again traverse the winding paths along the Reedy River in Cleveland Park.
With this nostalgic, but minor, change, from last year's 10K route runners will need to be aware of a few sharp turns and bridges. In the 7th kilometer runners will turn off of Woodland Way onto Woodland Way Circle. Then almost immediately the course will take a sharp right turn and enter the paved path which runs adjacent to the Reedy. Following the path, the route passes by--but doesn't cross--the "double (parallel) bridges" as it winds along the river. Then there is another sharp right turn as the shaded trail crosses the arched stone bridge heading toward McDaniel Ave. The "under" portion is next as the trail runs beneath McDaniel Ave before another sharp right turn leads onto the "Green Bridge" near the "airplane." Coming off the bridge the route follows the sidewalk from the park onto Ridgeland. From that point there is approximately one kilometer remaining before finishing on the Thomas C. Gower bridge near Falls Park.
With only six days left for on-line registration, our 40th edition of the TD Bank Reedy River Run is quickly approaching. If you haven't entered yet, please note that the 10K is limited to 1500 entries and we are over 1300 currently. We also have the 5K and the Youth Mile. www.tdbankreedyriverrun.com.
If you can't run this year, we encourage you to volunteer and enjoy the festivities. You can sign up as a volunteer at: http://www.tdbankreedyriverrun.com/volunteers.html.
See you in downtown GVL on Saturday, April 22.