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Runners to begin 200-mile relay run in Columbia on Friday

Published: 4/5/2011
Related Document: Palmetto200_4.5.11.pdf

MEDIA CONTACT:
Katie Rankin
Columbia Regional Sports Council
(803) 545-0016
krankin@columbiasportscouncil.com

COLUMBIA
, S.C. - (April 5, 2011) The Palmetto200 will begin its 200-mile overnight relay run in Columbia, S.C. on Friday, April 8, 2011. The relay will start at Historic Columbia Speedway and finish at Folly Beach, just outside of Charleston.

Palmetto200 teams will begin the race starting at 6:00 a.m. on Friday. Start times are staggered based upon each team's estimated finish time.  Teams are expected to reach the finish line at Folly Beach starting at noon on Saturday and continuing to arrive throughout the day.

Over 550 runners will make up 53 teams that will run the relay. Each team is comprised of two to 12 members who will run the 200-mile course divided into 36 segments. Runners will complete between three and 18 segments depending on the team size. One segment ranges four to 10 miles. Vans will drop off and pick up runners at designated exchange points along the route.

Participating runners may race competitively or just for fun. Awards will be given in both team categories. Competitive awards include Fastest Full Team, those with seven to 12 runners, and Fastest Ultra Team, those with six or fewer. Other awards include Best Team Costume, Best Lit Team and the Survivor Award.

For more information about the Palmetto200, contact Kirk Sadler at kirksadler@bellsouth.net or (843) 693-6904, Brian Malak at brianmalak@yahoo.com or (843) 209-351, or visit palmetto200.com.

About Columbia Regional Sports Council

The mission of the Columbia Regional Sports Council is to strengthen the area's economy by marketing and selling the Columbia, SC region (City of Columbia, Lexington County, Richland County) as a premier destination for sporting events, partnering with local sports organizations to grow and develop existing events, and by recruiting new events which provide an economic benefit to the region by generating room nights, food and beverage sales, and associated tax revenues.

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