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Palmetto200 Race to Finish in Charleston Metro Area
2/26/2014 9:57:23 AM

James Island County Park just outside of Charleston, SC will be the site of the finish line for the 5th annual Palmetto200 relay race on the afternoon of Saturday, March 29. The running event will start at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce, SC on the morning of Friday, March 28.

Beginning on Saturday morning, runners will approach the area from Huger, SC in Berkeley County. Participants will run through Mt. Pleasant, cross over to the Isle of Palms, run through neighborhoods of Sullivan’s Island, cross the Ravenel Bridge, run down E. Bay Street, past Rainbow Row and to the historic Charleston Battery before crossing to James Island.

Approximately 100 teams and 900-1,000 runners are expected to participate in the Palmetto200 and the Palmetto70, which joins the race in progress in Cordesville, SC.

The Palmetto200 course is split into 36 legs, and teams of 4-12 runners will cover the 200 miles. The race begins at 6AM on Friday with waves of runners starting throughout the morning. The runners will race during the day and night and finish outside of Charleston on Saturday. The Palmetto70 covers 70 miles and begins Saturday morning.

After completing a lap around the Historic Columbia Speedway at the start, runners will travel through Santee State Park and Francis Marion Forest before reaching Charleston. Counties through which teams will run include Lexington, Calhoun, Orangeburg, Berkeley and Charleston.

“This race continues to grow, and we are pleased that we can share this unique relay experience through our community with so many runners. We look forward to returning to the same areas, seeing some familiar faces, and making new friends along the way.

The runners really appreciate the local support at the exchange zones and the volunteers from the area who help make this race possible,” said Race Director Brian Malak.

Avid runners Malak and business partner Kirk Sadler from Mt. Pleasant, SC developed the race after running in various team endurance relays. They wanted to provide a local event that brings the team sport mentality and camaraderie to the traditionally solo sport of running.

The Palmetto200 is a unique, overnight running adventure in which you and 11 friends cover 200 scenic miles from the Historic Columbia Speedway to Charleston. Palmetto Relays are great fun for everyone -- you don't have to be an ultra runner to enjoy them.

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