On a hot and muggy morning on July 8th, Zachary Russell and Ryann Grace captured the titles at the XTERRA Harbison Half Marathon in Columbia, South Carolina.
Russell, 26, finished in 1:32:59, which is about 7:08 pace. Dasial Firman, 17, was second in 1:33:55, while Dennis Klain, 25, was third in 1:37:28.
Ryann Grace, only 16, finished the run in 1:56:46, which is just under nine-minute mile pace. Ameila Carson, 15, was just behind her in 1:58:59 while Stephanie Burkholder, 28, came through in 1:59:00.
In the XTERRA Harbison 5K, Derek Hutton, 26, covered the course in 6:43 pace for a finishing time of 20:50. Garrett Spangler, 16, was second in 21:51 while Jonathan Cochran, 17, was third in 22:46.
In the women’s division, Lauren Devaney, 14, won in 29:36 while Emily Smoak, 11, finished in 29:43. Kate Hoover, 11, was third in 31:27.
Harbison State Forest is less than 10 miles from downtown Columbia, yet it feels as though you are in the middle of the wilderness. Bounded by the Broad River, Harbison Forest encompasses over 2000 acres of trails, green space, and historic land that was once used by both Native Americans and early Europeans. Today, the land is used for environmental education and recreation on its over 18 miles of trails.