The 36th annual Springmaid race will be held Saturday at the Anne Springs Close Greenway.
Once a road race, the event has now morphed into a run along the trails of the Greenway due to the size and growth in the town, traffic has become an issue with holding the event on the streets of Fort Mill.
But that doesn’t make it any less fun, according to Tammy Woods, director of recreation at the Anne Springs Close Greenway Recreation Complex.
“You don’t have to worry about traffic anymore,” she said. “But you do have rocks and trees and if it rains, mud.”
The race is expected to draw more than 400 runners this year and will benefit the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park, a 12-acre park located on the Greenway. The event’s primary sponsor this year is Red Ventures, based out of Indian Land.
Awards will be given for the top overall male and female 5K and 10K winner and top three male in female in 14 different age groups.
It is anticipated that 89-year-old matriarch of the Springs-Close family, Anne Springs Close, will be at the event.
The race will start at the Greenway Field Trial Barn and will finish near the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park. The entrance to the race will be off Springfield Parkway.
Ready to run?
The 36th annual Springmaid race is Oct. 10. There will be two races, a 5K and a 10K, with the events kicking off at 8 a.m. Registration is $35 until Oct. 9 and $40 the day of the race. Pre-race packet pickup will be held Friday, Oct. 9 from 1-6 p.m. at the Recreation Complex on Tom Hall Street (S.C. 160 East) next to Springfield Pkwy.
For more information, go to leroysprings.com.