It will be steamy in South Carolina's capital city today, where year-round fun and exploration heat up the cosmopolitan scene. With fiery restaurants, hotels, live music and theater venues -- our brand of low to no-cost fun will make your visit sizzle.
Make sure your next event is the most successful ever by meeting in Columbia. Here in the heart of South Carolina, visitors experience the excitement of a thriving metropolis with a proud past rich in history and tradition.
The Columbia Regional Sports Council is your "go to" group for information on sponsorship, promotion and coordination for all sporting events, facilities and associations in the City of Columbia as well as Lexington and Richland counties.
This year's event includes wakeboarding lessons coached by pro riders on Friday and Saturday. Also on Saturday, Spinner's Resort will host an In Water Boat Show, Watersports Gear Demos and Pro Lunch Cruise aboard the Southern Patriot.
This year's lineup of riders are pro wakeboarder Josh Palma, pro wakeskater Aaron Perkins, pro kneeboarder Roadkill Hartshorn (from Charleston, SC), world champion wakeskater Reed Hansen and world champion wakeboarder Shaun Murray.
Don't miss the Pro Wakeboard Show in Rocky Creek at 2 pm Saturday. Maps to the show are available online, spectators without a personal boat can join the pros aboard the Southern Patriot for viewing the show.
Pro Lessons with Shaun Murray / Josh Palma / Reed Hansen Your day of one-on-one coaching and lunch with Shaun Murray, Josh Palma and a Reed Hansen. Master new moves & take your riding to the next level. Reserve now. (lunch, snacks, event t-shirt & hat included) 8 am - 4 pm
SATURDAY, June 15 Events at Spinner's Resort, Lake Murray SC (Resort will be open to the public for the event)
In Water Boat Show & Wakeboard Test Drives Check out the latest boats from the top SC dealers. Malibu, Mastercraft, Nautique, Tige, Excursion Pontoons, Bryant and more. Don't miss this opportunity to compare boats side-by-side & in the water. 9 am - 1 pm
Pro Lessons with Shaun Murray / Josh Palma (event t-shirt & hat included) 8 am - 12 pm
Sonic Pro Cruise aboard the Southern Patriot No boat? No problem! Cruise to Rocky Creek with the pros aboard the Southern Patriot. Have lunch catered by Sonic, get autographs and photos and hang with the pros. When the pros jump ship to perform, enjoy the Wakeboard Show from the Southern Patriot's deck, what a great view! Boards at Spinner's Resort. Reserve now. (lunch included) 12:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Front Row Seats Want to get even closer to the action? Get your front row seat for the Wakeboard Show. Boards at Spinner's Resort. (Resort will be open to the public for the event). There's nothing like watching world class wakeboarding from the tow boat. Reserve now. (event t-shirt & hat included) 1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Rocky Creek Wakeboard Show & Raft Up Lake Murray's wakeboard party! Raft up in Rocky Creek for the big show. This year's riders will include Josh Palma, Aaron Perkins, Reed Hansen, Kent Hartshorn, Shaun Murray and local talents. Afterwards stay anchored for your chance to meet the pros. (Location at Rocky Creek: GPS: 34.058, -81.480 near SCE&G Ramp #3 & Acapulco Landing) 2 pm
SUNDAY, June 16 Ronix Wakeboards Five Gallons of Freedom Wakesurf Clinic Join the Rough Riders and Ronix to catch a swell. We will have Ronix's full line up of wakesurfers available for demo. The boat will leave & return to the dock on the hour. Three rider slots per hour, two boats running. Get stoked for wakesurfing, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. 9 am - 1 pm
Guest post contributed by Brynley Farr, Weekend with the Pros. Keep up with the event at scroughriders.com.
Each year, thousands of sports fans pour into Columbia, SC for 'famously hot' game day weekends. In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week in The New Game Day Hot Spot, we'll be at Carolina Stadium on Sunday, May 5 as the South Carolina Gamecockstake on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the last game of the series.
Be one of the first 100 fans to enter the gate (gates open at 10:30 am) and you'll have a chance to receive some swag - like famously hot t-shirts.
We're celebrating what it means to be The New Game Day Hot Spot as a part of National Travel & Tourism Week. If you've never played a game of disc golf, soccer or flag football at one of the region's parks or attended a Gamecocks baseball game, now is the time to learn why this region is The New Game Day Hot Spot.
Look for Cocky wearing his "Famously Hot" sweatband! Snap a picture of him and tweet or Instagram it with the following message: "Hanging with @Cocky2001 and it's a #famouslyhot @UofSC@Gamecockbasebll game day in @columbiasc!"
We love South Carolina Gamecocksbaseball season at Carolina Stadium. Between the energy of fans cheering on a team that's been named the NCAA College World Series champions twice in the last few years, watching from a gorgeous palmetto-lined stadium and munching on boiled peanuts and Carolina barbecue, college baseball in Columbia, SC is one of the reasons we love Spring as much as we do.
Here's the 2013 South Carolina Baseball Schedule of home games at Carolina Stadium:
The only question is “Are you ready for the craziest, colorful, 5k of your life?” You bet you are. Race it solo or form a “color team” of 4+ members. Go to thecolorrun.com/columbia for updates on when registration will open.
With no winners or official times, The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality, bringing the community together to create a five-kilometer canvas of colorful fun event in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Participation in, and buzz for, The Color Run have exploded since its debut last year with over a half-million "likes" on Facebook.
The Color Run visited over 50 cities last year with close to 600,000 participants, a feat following their first event in January of 2012. They plan to make 2013 a stellar year, launching over 100 events with an estimated one million participants.
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“We call The Color Run the ‘happiest 5K on the planet’ because our events bring together friends and family in a unique, healthy, and fun environment,” said Travis Snyder, founder of The Color Run. “Our only rules are that people wear white and prepare to be covered in color at the finish!”
The Color Run chooses an individual charity to donate to in each city they visit. Historic Columbia Foundation will be teaming up with The Color Run as their local charity.
The Color Run is a feel-good, happy, colorful event. “Color Runners” of all shapes and sizes happily go from wearing pristine white clothing, to being covered in prismatic color. At each kilometer mark, a different color of powder fills the air and covers the participants, creating an ever-increasing spectrum of color and beauty. At the finish line, the color festival kicks off and the air isfilled with millions of vivid color combinations as participants get in on the color throwing fun as well. For more information, go to www.thecolorrun.com, follow us on Facebook, or check out this video.
Guest blog submitted by Jessica Nixon, Public Relations Specialist at the Color Run.
For the seventh year, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center hosts the competition from January 11-13, 2013. “War of the Stars” will bring together thousands of competitive athletes from all over the southeast as they vie for the coveted UCF National Championship Trophy.
Each year, thousands of visitors pour into downtown Columbia to watch their family members and friends compete in this thrilling, three-day cheer extravaganza. Powerhouse tumblers, dancers and more fill the Convention Center in hopes of being named “War of the Stars” champ.
Started by Randy and Amie Dickey back in 1998, American Cheer Xtreme (ACX), works with all-stars from all over the country as they train to become some of the best tumblers, stunters and dancers around. In addition to training their own competitive all-star teams, ACX works with and choreographs many South Carolina high school cheerleading squads as well as conducts an extensive tumbling class program for children of all ages. With the addition of their Charleston location, ACX is now the largest cheerleading training organization in South Carolina.
Tickets are $10 for Friday, with the option to buy a two-day pass between 2 pm – 8pm for $30. Those attending the cheer competition on Saturday and Sunday can buy a one-day pass for $25 or a two-day pass for $35. Children 5 years and under will get in for free. Food concessions will be available throughout the event.
WARNING: The following event is not for the faint of heart. If you think that wrestling is dull or that boxing is utterly boring and uneventful, then this may not be the post for you…
DING - DING - DING! Ladies and gentlemen, we are pleased to announce that Conflict Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Promotions is bringing back the Carolina Cage...fighting that is. Carolina CageFights One returns to Columbia, SC on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Township Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Join Tim “The Terror” Goodwin and Matt “The Spiderman” Tran as they storm the cage in this gripping, knockdown battle to decide who will be crowned the winner of South Carolina’s Bantamweight (135 lbs.) Division.
Goodwin, who has a pro record of six wins, three losses and zero draws, is a Columbia native known for his quick moves, impressive wrestling techniques and advanced kickboxing skills. This 5’ 9” up and coming MMA champ, began taking Tae Kwon Do classes at the ripe, young age of 10. After four years on Appalachian State University’s wrestling team, Goodwin developed a strong competitive spirit for mixed martial arts and has been fighting his way to the top of scene ever since.
This New Year, Goodwin will face off against one of his toughest opponents yet, Matt "The Spiderman" Tran. Hailing from Easley, SC, with a record of three wins, one loss and zero draws, Tran comes in at a towering 5' 11".
“Matt is a very talented and well-rounded fighter,” stated Goodwin.“His height is a definite advantage; [I mean] he [literally] towers over much of the Bantamweight (135 lb.) Division. [Plus, he's known for] his strong, striking skills and an excellent ground game."
"If you're a fan, then trust me, you won't want to miss this fight," continued Goodwin. Goodwin and Tran are sure to show guests their 'terror'-ifyingly great 'spidey' skills as they duke it out to become the state's new Bantamweight champ. So, if you're into full contact combat sports then this Conflict Mixed Martial Arts fight is just for you. Trust us, this thrilling, one-on-one battle will put you and your friends in the "fight for your life" spirit. Join us in Columbia, SC for an unforgettable night of action at the Township Auditorium, Saturday, January 5. Tickets for Carolina Cage Fights One are on sale now at the Township Auditorium, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or for purchase by phone, at 1-800-745-3000.
Ticket prices | Orch - C and D: $40.50; FBAA and FBAJ: $40.50; FBAB and FBAI: $25.50; Guests interested in table seats should call (803) 816-0011.
The only tournament ranked in the top five nationally less than 25 years old, the Chick-Fil-A Classic will feature five (5) teams that are nationally and regionally ranked from South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, California, Florida, Virginia, New York, and Pennsylvania. The tournament will also feature 12 of ESPN’s “rising high school basketball stars,” such as Shannon Hale (Christ School, N.C.), Isaac and Daniel Hamilton (St. John Bosco, Calif.) and South Carolina star, P.J. Dozier (Spring Valley, S.C.). Classic participants will compete in one of three separate showcases, with the 16 teams divided into eight-team brackets, all to be determined at a later date.
Daily ticket prices are $15 for reserved floor seating, $10 for general admission and $5 for children age 10 and under. To purchase reserved seats tickets, visit the Chick-fil-A classic website. Individual daily tickets can be purchased at the gymnasium ticket booth no earlier than one hour before the first scheduled game of the day. Tournament proceeds support the Greater Columbia Educational Advancement Foundation (GCEAF) to provide scholarships to student in the Greater Columbia area.
The Carolina Challenge Showcase will again be played in conjunction with the Chick-fil-A Classic. The Carolina Challenge Showcase will feature 9 additional teams competing in a series of games. View the list of participating Classic teamsand Challenge teams on their website.
The Columbia Regional Sports Council is a non-profit organization committed to serving as the central clearinghouse for information regarding the sponsorship, promotion, and coordination of sporting events, facilities and associations in Columbia. If you would like additional information on the Columbia Sports Council, please visit our website at www.columbiasportscouncil.com or contact Scott Powers at (803) 545-0009. Keep up with the latest from the Sports Council on facebook and twitter.
The only running criterium race in America, Main Street Crit brings fitness and festivities to downtown Columbia, SCthis Saturday evening, December 8, 2012. This race has drawn several of the country's elite runners are registered, including Bobby Mack from Raleigh, NC (6th overall finisher at Cooper River Bridge Run) and Alissa McKaig (member of the World XC Team in 2011).
But that's not all this event will bring to downtown Columbia. Kids will race (1K) at 7 PM with the open race (8K) starting at 7:30, and the elite race starts at 9 PM. With live music on each corner of the race course, Soda City Farmer's Market vendors, and Santa taking wish lists - there's no better place to be.
Of course, one has to wonder: who first had the idea that running in circles, downtown, under the lights was a something Columbia was ready for? Curious, I took my questions straight to two of the race founders, Amos Disasa and Henry Moore:
Q: What inspired you to bring the first running criterium race in the country to downtown Columbia? Amos: Columbia is home. It's not perfect but it’s also not done being perfected. We had a unique idea about racing under the lights downtown that showcased the kind of city we think Columbia will grow up to be. Waiting for someone else to make the future happen now and 'talking' about it incessantly would be easy but boring. So we decided to do it instead.
Henry: I believe we have a real healthcare and obesity problem facing our state (and country). I believe First Lady Obama's and the City of Columbia's "Let's Move" initiative is an important one - especially for our state. We need to be proactive about not only our children's health but our own by eating right and staying active… We wanted to do something fun and different that would engage the spectator while giving Columbia a unique and signature event. The "criterium" style or laps keeps everyone in a central location where they can mingle, eat, shop, or do whatever while they cheer on their runners again and again and again from start to finish. This should be fun for both the runner and spectator.
Q: What would you say to someone who hasn't heard about the race to get them there on Saturday?
Amos: Come if you promise not to talk about how much cooler the event could be if you planned it. Come - if 30 years from now you want to say to your friends in Greenville and Charleston that you raced in the southeast's most unique and celebrated running event. Henry: Music. Food. Cool atmosphere. Great weather. Lively spectators. Flat course. First one ever (would be pretty cool to say you ran in the inaugural Cooper River Bridge run or 15 years from now the first Main Street Crit)!
If you have ever been curious about this sport of teamwork and endurance, come watch crew teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and New York racing on the 4,000 meter course. Youth (13 – 18) and Masters (26 years or older), with rowers as young as 13 and as old as 71 registered to race in singles, two-person, four-person, and eight-person shells. The Columbia Rowing Club’s Youth Rowing Program will be represented, featuring high school rowers from the Columbia area.
Bring lunch and a lawn chair to Richland County Rowing Center on Omarest Drive. Get directions
About Columbia Rowing Club: Columbia Rowing Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of the public about the sport of rowing, and to promote the sport in the SC Midlands at all age levels through education, competition, and recreation. We encourage youth and adults to learn to row at our free “Learn To Row” Clinics at the Richland County Rowing Center on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to noon. WIS TV’s own Ben Hoover was one of our star students! If you want a full body workout while enjoying the natural beauty of the Broad River, come join us!
The Missouri Tigers make their first SEC road trip this Saturday, September 22 - and we're ready to welcome our visiting team to South Carolina and show fans what makes us a hot spot on game days. If you'll be at Williams-Brice this weekend for the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Missouri Tigersgame, keep your eyes peeled for us. (You guessed it! We'll be the ones kicking off the game in 'Famously Hot' gear, welcoming visitors and pumping up our Gamecock fans for another hot season in Columbia, SC.)
MISSOURI TIGER FANS Visitors, meet us at the entrance gate! We will be handing out fans. We promise you'll find them useful in staying cool -- and you'll be able to catch special deals as local hot spots just for those with fans!
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCK FANS Gamecock students, be on the lookout as we bring back 'Famously Hot' sweatbands for you to sport and show off as you cheer on your South Carolina Gamecocks! Make sure to get into the stadium early to get in the lower stands for a chance to get a sweatband.
Looking for a place to stay or things to fill your time while you're here for the game? Find nearby hotels and information about things to do at columbiacvb.com. Visit our mobile site, experiencecolumbia.mobi, for information on the go or tweet us! Drop by Columbia Regional Visitors Center for more visitor information and to grab 'Famously Hot' Tervis Tumblers, t-shirts, car magnets and more souvenieres. Located on the upper level of Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the Vista, the Visitors Center is open Monday - Friday 8:00 am t- 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Carolina football and Columbia, SC regulars, do you have a hot spot that our visiting fans must check out while they're here for the game? Tweet @columbiasc to let us know what our visitors have to hit while they're here, and we'll share your suggestions!
As we gear up to watch the Summer Olympics from Columbia, SC, we'll be looking out for a familiar face in London. The only American referee for the 2012 Summer Olympics taekwondo, Master Myung Chan Kim, calls this 'famously hot' city his home.
Master Myung Chan Kim of MCKim’s Taekwondo USA in Northeast Columbia has been teaching in Columbia since opening Columbia's first taekwondo studio in 1989. He has also been an International referee for 22 years. Master Kim has successfully completed the process to receive the highly coveted invitation to referee the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
Becoming an Olympic judge is a lengthy, yet rewarding process. The first step is an invitation from the World Taekwondo Federation to attend a training camp where referees are evaluated on several criteria from speed and agility to a written test. If a referee passes the first step, they are invited to the World Championship in Korea to go through another series of tests and evaluations. The 60 judges that complete this qualifier continue to regional qualifiers held around the world. From there, only the top 30 who earn the highest evaluation continue to London.
We're proud to have our own Master Kim complete this difficult process and stand out over 4,000 referees worldwide. He has traveled over 150,000 miles since May 2011 and paid for airline tickets out of his own pocket. The time and money are simple sacrifices Master Kim has made to reach this point of excellence. We wish him the best and know that he will represent Columbia and the United States well. Congrats, Master Kim!
Guest blog contributed by Audrey Crawford, student and fan.
This Thursday, May 17, be one of the first few people through the gate at Carolina Stadium for the South Carolina Gamecocks v. LSU Tigers Baseball game to cheer on our back-to-back NCAA CWS National Champions and get Famously Hot & Cocky! We’ll be there to welcome you with Famously Hot t-shirts, stickers, face tattoos, fans, and visitors guides.
Look around the stadium for Cocky, who will be wearing a “Famously Hot” sweatband. Snap a picture with Cocky and tweet it with this message “Hanging out with @Cocky2001! We’re getting #famouslyhotandcocky at @Gamecockbasebll in @columbiasc!”
Gamecock Encore: The 2011 University of South Carolina Baseball Team's Run to Back-to-Back NCAA Championships by Travis Haney
The Visitors Center is located on the upper level of Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the Congaree Vista. Visitors Center hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
The game starts at 7:00 but gates open at 5:30 – so don’t be late!
Some come to compete, but many come just to complete!
Registration for the USMC Mud Run ends on Sunday, April 1, 2012! The run will be held on April 21 at 7:30 am at the Leatherneck in Sandy Run, SC. The Leatherneck is a private property that is not generally open to the public - visit the official Mud Run website for specific directions.
The mud run is a challenge for runners at any level. Unlike any other trail run or 5K you may have done in the past, the Mud Run takes your ability and pushes it to the limit. The 5.2 mile course follows a obstacle-filled path, facing you (and your teammates) with walls to scale, ropes to climb, logs to cross, and mud to conquer. All activities must be completed by every team member, requiring teamwork to play a large role in the race's completion.
Gather together 3 friends and register your team of four for $160.00. All proceeds benefit the United States Marine Corps. Not a runner? You can still make a donation and participate vicariously through the thousands of runners that are estimated to run in April. If you can't make this spring's race but would still like to run, keep an eye out for the Mud Run scheduled for October 13, 2012.
About the Mud Run:
Since 1993, the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation has hosted the USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run which has grown to attract participants from all across the United States. In 2010, the USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run reached capacity with 3,600 teams and over 14,000 participants, making this the LARGEST Mud Run in North America. Because of the overwhelming response, the Foundation made the decision to host two events per year. This will allow organizers to provide a higher quality event for everyone involved.
This semi-annual event was created to raise money, awareness and support for Marines and their families around Columbia, SC and across the nation who have been wounded or killed while serving on active duty. Profits from the Mud Run are also used to support several local college scholarships which have been named in memory of Marines killed serving their country as well as local events which promote the Marine Corps in the community.
Columbia, S.C. (Friday, March 2, 2012) - With an objective to draw sporting events to the region, Columbia Regional Sports Council is proud to announce the sports events scheduled for March will generated an estimated economic impact of more than $1 million.
"Our Sports Council works tirelessly with sporting directors and event managers across the nation professing why the Columbia region is the best location for their sporting events," said Ric Luber, president and CEO of the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism. "Their efforts play a large role in helping sustain tourism and increase visitor spending across the Columbia region."
The numerous sporting events are slated to bring over 35,000 athletes and families during the month; occupying roughly 1800 hotel rooms.
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. For more information, please visit www.columbiasportscouncil.com.
About the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism: The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism is a private, not-for-profit corporation funded primarily by revenue generated by visitors through accommodations taxes and is the parent organization of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and Columbia Regional Sports Council. The mission of the Midlands Authority is to strengthen the area's economy by marketing and selling Columbia, its accommodations, restaurants, facilities and attractions as a destination for meetings, conventions, tradeshows, special events and leisure travel. For more information, please visit www.columbiacvb.com.
“The idea for a carbon neutral athletic event took shape when Nicole and I began to realize that as student-athletes, our sporting events produce carbon emissions and, in turn, leave a carbon footprint on the environment,” Erin Fedewa said.
Gamecock Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Green Initiatives Team will be joining together to host a USC first: a game in which all of the carbon emissions produced from team and fan travel, energy, electricity and waste will be matched by carbon offsets. In order for the game to be a net zero event, student-athletes have been planting trees and exchanging energy efficient light bulbs around campus. Emissions will also be offset by replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. The newly installed light bulbs are 75% more energy efficient than standard bulbs. Tree plantings and light bulb exchanges will continue after the basketball game to achieve the carbon offset target based on game energy reports.
“Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions are a growing concern for many universities and especially their students. Our first carbon neutral athletic event is a great example of our students demonstrating leadership and action in developing and implementing ways to offset our impact on the environment. We expect the example they and other students are setting across our campus will lead us to achieving our goals,” Michael Koman, director of the USC Office of Sustainability said.
“Colonial Life Arena is committed to educating our patrons on the importance of going green,” Global Spectrum’s Lexie Boone, general manager at Colonial Life Arena said. “We continue to expand our own efforts to be environmentally friendly while always striving to aid in the university’s progress toward becoming a more sustainable campus.”
Basketball team finalists from public high schools all over South Carolina, from class A to AAAA, will converge in the capital city to compete for the state title in their respective divisions. The basketball championships will be held March 2-3, 2012 at the state's largest arena. Cash-only admission is $10.00 each day at Colonial Life Arena. Children ages five and under are admitted free. If you leave, you must pay to re-enter. Gates open at 6:00 pm on Friday and 10:00 am on Saturday. Handheld posters, signs and noise makers are not allowed. General parking is available at the arena for $5.00 per car. Discounted hotel rates are available at Clarion Hotel Downtown, Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fort Jackson and Riverside Inn by mentioning discount code "High School," with rates ranging from $58.00 to $99.00 per night.
BASKETBALL STATE FINALS SCHEDULE Friday, March 2, 2012 Gates open - 6:00 pm AAAA Girls - Orangeburg-Wilkinson vs Dutch Fork - 7:00 pm AAAA Boys - Lexington vs Gaffney - 8:30 pm
Saturday, March 3, 2012 Gates open - 10:00 am A Girls - Abbeville vs Timmonsville - 11:00 am A Boys - Great Falls vs Johnsonville - 1:00 pm AA Girls - Columbia vs Bishop England - 2:30 pm AA Boys - Newberry vs North Charleston - 4:30 pm AAA Girls - Wade Hampton vs Dreher - 6:00 pm AAA Boys - Southside vs Hartsville - 8:00 pm Watch the action live on the SCHSL network or on demand on Time Warner Cable on channel 522.
This past weekend I took to the streets with roughly 45 other running enthusiasts for a sneak peak at the 2012 ‘Famously Hot’ Columbia SC Marathoncourse. From the beginning, the course wakes you up with a steep incline up Blossom Street on the campus of the University of South Carolina. Me being the, “wanna be really good runner, but just ok runner” that I am felt every step, but made it up the hill thanks to my running buddies Justin Bieber, Adele, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. (Judgment is most definitely not allowed).
From there we started to wind in and through Old Shandon, and, after conquering the mammoth of a hill on Saluda (take this one slow my friends), I have to say it was a nice and pleasant run in this part of town. Looking at the unmatched charm and quaintness of the homes in this area made passing mile three and four bearable.
While there is a fairly long stretch of flat road along Kilbourne, it feels like it just won’t end; like you’re running into an abyss or something. I really had to crank up the jams, open up my stride and just go for it. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is half way kids. You’re really just getting started!
At the end of that long run, there is a much needed and beloved aid station at mile six. Having only run one half in the past, I love the aid stations. They’re exciting when you see them on the horizon; like they are there just for you! “Orange slice? Yes. Water? Yes. Granola bar? Well duh!! I, along with any new runners, should be careful at these aid stations. While they are there to help and hydrate, they aren’t there to provide a four course meal. Grab a little bite (if you need it) and keep running!
While I didn’t make it through the whole course (I’m still in training my friends) I did really appreciate seeing what I’m going to facing on the actual day of the race. I would encourage any and everyone planning on running the 10K, half or full marathon to come out to the next Columbia SC Marathon Preview Run, Saturday, February 4 at 7 a.m. at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. I’ll see you on the course!
The routes will be fully supported with rest stops, a SAG wagon and police at key intersections. Routes will include a 100 mile “Century” tour around Lake Murray; a 62.5 mile “Metric Century” and a 40 mile route, both ending at Dreher Island State Park for a cruise back to the Lake Murray Dam aboard the Southern Patriot. The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)3 organization.
All rides will leave at 7:30 am from the Wetlands Pavilion at Saluda Shoals Park and follow the same route to the second rest stop near Dreher Island. All bikes will be padded, secured and transported from Dreher Island back to Saluda Shoals Park. All bikes will be padded, secured and transported from Dreher Island back to Saluda Shoals Park. Vans will pick up all riders at the Lake Murray Dam and return them to Saluda Shoals Park to reunite with their bikes.
More Information on Bike Routes:
The 100 mile “Century” route will continue on around Lake Murray and return to Saluda Shoals Park.
The 40 mile route will end at Dreher Island State Park. The 62.5 mile “Metric Century” route will complete an additional 22.5 mile route and will also end at Dreher Island State Park. Riders of these routes will then board the Southern Patriot for a cruise back to the Lake Murray Dam.
The Southern Patriot will depart at 12:00 pm and arrive at the Lake Murray Dam between 2:00 and 3:00 pm. Food, beer and other beverages will be available on board.
Food, beer, and other beverages will also be available at Saluda Shoals Park from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. The staff at Saluda Shoals Park will have multiple activities throughout the day which riders and their families and friends are welcome to attend. Visit our website, tourdelake.com, for more information and to register.
Sponsorships Opportunities We welcome organizations, large and small, that desire to support the Tour de Lake and promote their business through on-site displays or advertising in our media campaign. For more information, contact Brooks Williams, (803) 753- 6356.
After you've had your fill of collards and black eyed peas, we have the perfect resolution for you! Make a resolution to get in shape and start training for the Columbia SC Marathon. Having not held a marathon since the Women’s US Olympic Team Trials in 2000, the city of Columbia is set to host its first marathon in 12 years. The 2012 Columbia SC Marathon, Famously Hot Half-Marathon, Surprisingly Cool 10K, and Columbia SC Kids Marathon, presented by YMCA of Columbia, will take place on March 10, 2012.
The Columbia region’s beautiful southern scenery serves as the backdrop for the inaugural 2012 Columbia SC Marathon. Famous for reaching tip top temperatures during the late summer months, springtime in Columbia proves to be the perfect, moderate temperature for runners to enjoy this all paved, road race.
Starting at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, the first leg of the race takes runners through the popular Congraee Vista district, rich with a variety of restaurants, art galleries and retailers. Located along the banks of the Congaree River, the Congaree Vista was once a vital warehouse district filled with textile mills and railroad stations. Today it is once again a center of activity in the city.
The course continues through parts of South Carolina’s largest public university, the University of South Carolina. If runners glance to the right during their cross over Assembly Street, they will see where the Fighting Gamecocks play, Williams-Brice Stadium! The Columbia campus is the university’s flagship campus and boasts traditional southern architecture with beautiful landscaping. The ever-expanding campus has more than 350 programs of study for almost 30,000 students from all over the globe.
Continuing into Five Points, participants run through the historic neighborhoods of Shandon, Sherwood Forest, Heathwood and Lake Katherine, all showcasing homes and bungalows with Southern charm, class and character. The Five Points area has been a shopping and commercial district for more than 75 years. This charming City Village has remained a popular destination for all ages to shop and dine, and is also the heart of nightlife for area college students. Shandon is a vibrant, multi-generational community whose homes reflect one hundred years of architectural heritage. The wide, tree-lined streets are favorites of residents and others who stroll, walk, jog or run, while the neighborhood children and adults enjoy the pleasant parks spaced throughout the urban suburb.
After completing the portion of the course near gorgeous Lake Katherine, runners will make their way back toward downtown Columbia, running along popular Trenholm Road. This area is a diner’s dream, offering restaurants specializing in authentic Mexican, Italian, Asian and American cuisine.
Before heading back into the Congraee Vista area, where marathon runner’s will start their second loop, runners will continue on Gervais Street, running pass the South Carolina State House. Right in the hub of downtown Columbia, the copper domed South Carolina State House houses the government of South Carolina. Construction began on the structure in 1851, and damage to the building from General Sherman’s cannons is marked with bronze stars. The State House serves as an anchor facing the thriving Main Street corridor; a street filled with unique restaurants, retail shops, rooftop bars and Columbia’s Museum of Art.
The last mile of the course will take runners back through the University of South Carolina campus on Pickens Street, Greene Street and Sumter Street and past well-known campus landmarks including, The Russell House, Longstreet Theater and The Horseshoe. Part of USC’s original campus dates back to 1805 and is still the heart of the University. The 11 buildings that make up the tradition-rich Horseshoe frame a lush lawn that is an irresistible gathering place for students, faculty, local residences and alumni.
A block of rooms have been reserved for March 8-11, 2012 at the Hilton Columbia Center and Hampton Inn Downtown Historic District. The special room rate will be available until February 9 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Both the Hilton and Hampton Inn are located just 1 block from the Marathon and Half-Marathon start. Additional hotels in the surrounding area are also available.
Though we're still cooling down from a 10-win season in 2011, it's time to start thinking of 2012 Gamecock football, South Carolina Gamecock fans! The University of South Carolina, in conjunction with the SEC's 14-team conference game schedule, has officially announced the 2012 schedule, and we're getting excited for another hot season.
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Baton Rouge, La.
Saturday, Oct. 20
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There's nothing like the unmatched tailgating and roar of Gamecock football at Williams-Brice Stadium, so start planning your visit now! Check out the upcoming games and book your room now.
Every year, the January issue of SportsEvents highlights some of the United States most creative and professional convention and visitors bureaus, sports commissions and venues. Nominations were made by sports events owners and planners who receive the magazine monthly, identifying and voting on venues and commissions they believe display exemplary creativity and professionalism toward groups.
“Due to the power of social media and online voting capabilities, we received an overwhelming response from readers this year, which allowed SportsEvents to honor more than 100 destinations and venues—and the marketing organizations that represent them—with a 2012 Readers’ Choice Award,” said Kristen McIntosh, SportsEvents editor. “These award winners have proven they are willing to go above and beyond the normal service levels expected by providing both the physical attributes and commitment to hospitality and service that today’s discriminating sports event planners demand. It is an honor to announce their selection by sports event planners as some of the best in the United States.”
Look for the winners in the January 2012 issue or view the full list of recipients at SportsEvents online.
Bar-B-Que, Halloween and great show cars may seem like strange companions, but at the Second Annual Smokin at the Speedway they will give visitors a little something for everyone. The event will take place in the grassy infield of the Historic Columbia Speedway, located at 2001 Charleston Highway in Cayce, on October 28-29, 2011.
Last years event was a huge success with 42 competitive BBQ Cook teams, music, and kids play area. This year the event will add a number of new elements such as events embracing the Halloween theme and additional spots in the vendor area for SC Specialty Foods. The addition of Harvest Hope Food Bank as the benefitting charity only enriches the goals of the festival.
The event begins Friday, October 28th with the Cookers competing in an “Any Thing But”competition starting at 6:00. Visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of dishes like Coconut Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits to a multitude of soups and stews in addition to being able to view the filming of the “Grate TV Show”. Friday night’s contest will be judged by celebrity judges such as politicians, a former NFL Player, Radio Personalities, and a member of the Clemson National Champion Golf Team.
Along with great food, the Friday night event will include a “Movie Under the Stars” courtesy of the Speedway’s outdoor movie system. For the kids there will be bouncy houses, a Haunted House, and trick or treating with the cook teams. Tickets for Friday night are $5.00 and a non-perishable food donation is encouraged.
Gates will open at 9:00 on Saturday, October 29th, tickets $10.00, as the BBQ Cook Teams compete in their specialty Pork BBQ and Ribs Competitions. The real winners are the visitors who will be able to sample from this incredible variety of BBQ. The teams will compete for a purse of over $5,200.00 in prize money. Many of the top ten teams from South Carolina as well as two SC State Champions are returning to this year’s event.
There will be a wide array of activities beyond great food on Saturday. A new car show will fill the upper third of the 9 acre infield. A Fall-O-Ween costume contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, as well as several bouncy houses and a Fall-O-Ween Haunted House will keep the kids busy. Saturday, the cookers will be passing out candy to the children in costumes as they go "cook-or-treating" around to the cooker's tents for their goodies. Live music will be provided from 10:00 to 2:00 headlined by Greg Austin. The Chik-Fil-A cow will also be on hand with his prize wheel.
Bring in two non-perishable items for the Harvest Hope Food Bank get a discount at the gate and support an important charity in the busy holiday season. A portion of the procedes from the event will also go to Harvest Hope to fight hunger in this very difficult economy. The mission of Harvest Hope Food Bank is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education. Harvest Hope is a community organization providing relief from hunger throughout 20 counties in South Carolina. Churches, businesses, school groups and civic organizations come together to connect with their communities through Harvest Hope and join our mission to put food on the tables of those who suffer from hunger.
Smokin at the Speedway benefitting Harvest Hope Food Bank is sponsored in part by Love Automotive of Cayce. For more information on the event visit smokinatthespeedway.com.
Ever wanted to putt-putt your way through Five Points bars and restaurants? Here's your chance!
On Friday, September 16, 2011 the Babcock Center Foundation along with the Five Points Association will be hosting the 3rd Annual Long's Bar Stool Classic starting at 5:00 pm.
Pick up your pre-registration packets at the Five Points Fountain starting at 4:00 pm or register at the fountain to get started day of the event. Registration packets will include a official tour t-shirt, souvenier golf ball, prizes, schwagg, after party invite, score card, and more! Each hole will have prizes for putting, volunteers to make sure no one cheats!
First place prize is $500 and 2nd and 3rd place prize packs include a round of golf for 4 at Woodcreek Farms or Wildewood and a free golf lesson from Chris Foley. There will also be a Ben Arnold Wine Tasting at 2 holes, prizes for Holes in Ones, great beer, best dressed prizes, after party - game, free food and cash bar, and free rides from Capital Pedicab during the event for participants.
Worried about lines to putt? Don't worry - we will have a sign in sheet at each hole so you can jot down your name and relax with a beer or snack until it's your turn to putt. All proceeds will go to the Babcock Center Foundation for their dedication to adults with disabilities in the community. Participants don't need any equipment, but you can bring your own putter if you want.
Solo play only, no teams or captain's choice. Groups are encouraged and can receive a group discount by contacting Merritt. Visit the Five Points Association website for additional registration information.
Columbia, SC boasts more than a thriving downtown with rich history and Southern charm. This centrally-located South Carolina hot spot offers beautiful and unique natural venues accommodating a variety of sports events. Its three distinct rivers, scenic lakes, forests and parks distinguish this capital city as a superior location for sports events and recreation.
The Broad River features three miles of unobstructed, calm water, making the perfect venue rowing winter and spring training. With mild temperatures and water that never freezes, the Broad River has been the training location of choice for over 40 rowing teams since 2003. Richland County rowing facility offers teams a purpose-built 100-foot rowing dock as well as near-perfect water for training.
The Saluda River’s Class II to IV rapids – including Stacy’s Ledge, Blast o’matic and Mill Race Rapids – make an exceptional whitewater experience. In 2007, the Saluda River set hosted the IFC Junior Wildwater World Championship, the first international whitewater competition held in the United States, where more than 120 competitors from 15 different countries competed.
Formed as Saluda and Broad rivers meet, the Congaree River calmly flows through the heart of Columbia and offers a scenic venue for events or recreation just steps from thriving entertainment districts. The Congaree River flows through South Carolina’s only national park,Congaree National Park, which offers 22,000 acres including over 20 miles of hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The majestic park features the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent and contains some of the tallest trees in Eastern North America.
Further up the Saluda River, 50,000-acre Lake Murray stretches 41 miles long and up to 14 miles wide. The lake offers canoeing through calm waters, sailing through cutting winds, boating, swimming and fishing. Dreher Island State Park’s 348 acres and 12 miles of shoreline hosts many major fishing tournaments, including Walmart FLW Tour and B.A.S.S. Bassmaster.
Off the water, Harbison State Forestencompasses 2,177 acres of forestland less than ten miles from the downtown district. Its unique urban location offers a surprising 16 miles of trails that weave through the pine and hardwood forest, crossing wandering streams and descending through leafy glades to the Broad River. Events such as the EXTERRA Harbison Half Marathon use the scenic trails to offer competitors a truly unique 13.1 mile course.
The United States Marine Corps Mud Run, hosted for nearly 20 years in Columbia, is counted as one of the most successful and creative uses of natural terrain. Combined with man-made obstacles, the 5.2-mile course has hosted over 14,000 participants, making it the largest mud run in North America.
With more than 300 days of sunshine and year-round temperate weather, Columbia, SC sends a warm invitation for competitors, trainers, trainees or simply those seeking to enjoy the many natural venues. Let Columbia, SC be your New Southern Hot Spot for your next sporting event.
It's almost that time of year that we've all been waiting for -- football season -- and with football season comes the Palmetto Capital City Classic! Fall is just around the corner, and this game is sure to bring excitement to the Columbia region.
September 3, 2011 will mark the 10th Annual Palmetto Capital City Classic, an ultimate college football experience. The Benedict College Tigers will take on the Virginia Union University Panthers at the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 5:00 pm. The primary mission of the event is to generate revenue for scholarships and financial support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities by highlighting the educational and athletic endeavors through quality athletes, academic programs, sportsmanship and school pride.
"We are thrilled to be celebrating our 10th year," said Willie Jeffries, Collegiate Hall of Fame football coach and executive director of the Classic. "This game brings together so many individuals within and outside of our community, and I believe this year's success will be our best by far."
Not only does the Palmetto Capital City Classic bring you an entertaining football game, there are several activities planned surrounding the event for all ages. Some of these events include the Jazz in the City concert, the Palmetto Capital City Class golf tournament, a low country broil and Beaufort stew party, a pre-game parade as well as a pre-game Hip Hop party. For more information about events and tickets, visit palmettoccc.com. Then, make a weekend of your football experience and book a hotel nearby.
Benedict Tigers Head Coach, Stan Conner
Benedict Tigers, led by Head Coach Stan Conner, have won five of the last six Palmetto Capital City Classic games.
"More than anything we want visitors to know this event is more than a football game; it's an experience," added Jeffries. This event is sure to bring fans, alumni, family and friends from all over the Southeast to Columbia. Make sure to mark your calendar for the Palmetto Capital City Classic, and remember it's more than a game…it’s an experience!