More than 2,600 participants and spectators are anticipated at the 10th Annual Beaufort Twilight Run on Saturday, March 24th as the area’s largest running party invades the Spanish moss lined streets of Habersham.
To celebrate a decade of racing this year, the BTR is proud to host two-time Olympian and America’s fastest marathoner, Ryan Hall, who will be in attendance for the entire BTR weekend speaking at a special pre-race event on Friday and then running alongside aspiring young runners in the 1 Mile Youth Run on Saturday. Hall will be the keynote speaker at the pre-race pasta dinner on Friday, March 23rd, where he will share his story and engage in a Q & A session. Friday night’s event is family-friendly and will be held at Riverview Charter School beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets for Friday’s Private Dinner and Signing Event are available for purchase at BeaufortTwilightRun.com.
“Hall has a huge following from all over the country – many who will travel long distances for a chance to hear him speak and meet him in person,” said BTR Race Director Lauren Kelly. “His story and journey are incredibly inspiring and we are so honored he chose to come to the BTR.”
For the main event on Saturday, March 24, the BTR expects more than 2,600 participants and spectators from across 20 states this year. Known as “The Lowcountry’s Running Festival”, the BTR is a USATF-sanctioned event that is Chronotrack timed by RMS Sports and offers more race options than any other event in the Lowcountry – drawing competitive runners and recreational participants. The BTR offers events for runners and walkers at all levels including a signature 13.1 Mile Beaufort Challenge (10 Mile + 5K Runs), 10 Mile Run, 8K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Youth Run, and Kids’ Fun Run. The BTR is one of two events in South Carolina offering a 10 miler. All race courses are spectator-friendly and flat offering beautiful marsh views while racing beneath canopies of live oaks.
“This family-friendly event is a draw not only for participants in the six races, but for spectators who are looking for an evening with live music and great food,” said BTR Event Director Jeff Althoff.
This year the BTR welcomes back the band Broke Locals, who specialize in “Southern Fried Funk.” Throughout the afternoon and evening, everyone can enjoy a variety of delicious food and drinks from oysters to gourmet food trucks to the Habersham Marketplace restaurants.
The BTR’s total cash purse is more than $6,100 with payouts to be awarded in the 13.1 Mile Beaufort Challenge, 10 Mile Run, 8K Run and 5K Run. Categories include the three overall male and female winners of each of those races, as well as for the top male and female Masters (40+), Active Duty Military and Hometown Hero (a Beaufort County resident). In addition to cash prizes, age group winners will receive a gift for their accomplishment. Races and festivities take place from 3:30-9:30 p.m.
For online details about race registration, the pre-race event with Ryan Hall and more visit www.BeaufortTwilightRun.com. Early registration discounts are available for all participants, as well as additional discounts for students, groups of ten or more and active duty military. The BTR’s mission is to host a fun, competitive and memorable annual event for Beaufort to benefit Riverview Charter School – a free public school open to Beaufort County K-8th grade students.