No one does summer like The South - sultry sunny days, cool ocean breezes, and warm nights under the stars.
With the XTERRA Harbison Half & 5K and the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Runs, you can explore the best of The American South. The XTERRA Harbison Half Marathon & 5K celebrates the American history of Columbia, South Carolina while the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run explores the wild mountain history of North Carolina.
XTERRA Harbison Half Marathon and 5K
A little known fact about Columbia, South Carolina, is that it was the first city in America, as well as the first capital named for Christopher Columbus. Founded on March 26, 1786, Columbia serves as the state's center of government, education and commerce with over 200 years of history.
The XTERRA Harbison Half Marathon and 5K Trail Runs on July 9th will take runners through Harbison State Park, a 2,177-acre environmental educational park nestled along the Broad River, just nine miles from downtown Columbia. Runners in both the half marathon and the 5K follow out-and-back routes that start and finish inside the park, just off Lost Creek Drive.
From there, runners follow a clockwise route around the park, running along its 16 miles of trails that wind through its hardwood and pine forests, crossing through streams and winding around along the river before bringing runners back around to the finish line.
"This year, we are most honored and proud to have Roy Shelley, with the Friends Of Harbison State Forest and the Palmetto TRAC Club, taking the lead on our course logistics," said Victoria Seahorn, race director of the XTERRA Harbison Half & 5K. "I'm sure many of you local runners know Roy and appreciate how dedicated he is - not only to our sport, safety, and fitness - but to maintaining the beautiful trails at Harbison State Forest."
Shelley and his crew will help with course marking, course marshaling, and setting up and running the aid stations.
"Most of the members of the Friends of Harbison State Forest are trail runners and/or mountain bikers and spend many hours on the trails," said Shelley.
He added that this year, he is coordinating with local HAM radio operators to keep track of runners and provide quick, race-wide communication.
The Hampton Inn At The Lake At Harbison has special discount rates for XTERRA athletes, so call early for reservations.
To register for the XTERRA Harbison Half & 5K, visit www.marathonmajic.com.
XTERRA Beech Mountain 15K & 5K
On Sunday, July 24th, the iconic XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run returns to the mountains of western North Carolina.This longtime favorite of XTERRA runners is back and better than ever for the 2017 season.
The Beech Mountain Ski Resort, located at 5505 feet, is eastern America's highest town. With the XTERRA Beech Mountain 15K and 5K, you can experience your own, personal high point. The hills are grueling, but remember: whatever goes up, must come down.
To register for the XTERRA Beech Mountain 15K and 5K, visit www.active.com.