Main Street Crit, downtown Columbia, SC’s only official annual night race, returns to Main Street this Saturday, November 23, 2013. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and will feature a 5K Open Race for amateur runners, an 8K race for elite runners, and a Kids Fun Run. Elite runners will compete for over $8,000 in prize money. The Kids Fun Run is free for children under 12.
“This truly is an event like no other here in Columbia,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Our city is excited to see this night race return to Main Street, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the positive healthy lifestyle message it sends to our children and families.”
“Columbia is home to a number of competitive running events, but Main Street Crit is totally unique,” said Scott Powers, executive director of the Columbia Regional Sports Council. “The evening event will attract elite runners to Columbia from around the nation and reinforce Columbia not only as a great sports town, but also a thriving running community.”  
The event, presented by Aflac, is open to spectators and will feature a family-friendly atmosphere surrounded by lights and live music. And by popular demand, food and beverage trucks will also be onsite.
The inaugural Main Street Crit was held in 2012 and hosted more than 150 race participants from around the nation. The event was originally created to help celebrate the revitalization of downtown Columbia, which continues to grow and prosper.
Online race registration for Main Street Crit is now open at
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Event sponsors include: Aflac, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Wells Fargo, Nelson Mullins, Ameris Bank, Colliers International, First Citizens, Abacus Planning Group, Palmetto Health, Strictly Running, Dave Maxfield Consumer Protection Law, Mast Genearl Store, City of Columbia, City Center Partnership, Inc, Social City, Capitol Places, Anytime Fitness, Downtown Church, HLJ Creative, LLC, Devine Dentistry, Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism  and 621 Ninjas.
This guest blog post is contributed by Main Street Crit.