The 43rd edition of Greenville's historic Reedy River Run will be conducted on Monday, September 6, 2021 - Labor Day.
"Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe it is of the best interest for our participants and volunteers to move our event to a date that we hope will allow us to return to more normal circumstances," explained race director Mike Caldwell. "With current participant size limitations, it would be difficult for us to accommodate the number of registrants we currently have and those that we expect to register in the future."
"We are making this decision now so that everyone will have ample opportunity to adjust their plans accordingly. With the continued rise of positive cases in the Greenville area, we do not feel that it is prudent to attempt to conduct an event of this size in April."
The event features the 10 Kilometer road race and a less competitive 5K. Due to expected restrictions/limitations the 10K is limited to 1,000 runners and the 5K to 750 runners. The 10K already has over 700 entries and the 5K over 320.
Registration is currently closed and is targeted to open on May 1, 2021.
The 42nd annual Greenville News Run Downtown 5K is one of the oldest, largest and most-popular 5K runs in the state. The run/walk is presented by The Greenville News and Greenville Track Club. It is also a GTC Corporate Shield event and is a part of the Greenville Track Club running series.
A lot of thought has gone into planning the 2021 event. Although we're prohibited from holding a one-day event in the usual fashion, we've designed an event that's every bit as fun and interesting as the "real thing".
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The Greenville Track Club is pleased to announce the 44th Running of the Green Valley Road Race. We will be following protocols laid out during this cautionary time. At the same time, we have received permission from the South Carolina executive order to hold this in-person. This year's event will be held at Hampton Park Baptist Church, 875 State Park Road, Greenville, SC on February 13, 2021. Due to there being a school and church on site, we ask that all training runs be completed prior to 7:30 am or after 4:00 pm during the week and prior to 8:30 am or after 7:00 pm on Sundays.
For more information, and to register, please go to:
The other day I was thinking about the economic crash of the late 2000s. I had not been active in the Greenville Track Club very long then, and what really made an impression upon me was how the club served as a constant in people’s lives and in the community as a whole during that time. Our running community experienced a lot of stress and disruption in those years, and many people I knew relied more than ever on running to mitigate that stress and keep them focused upon weathering the storm. Many local charities also struggled during that time, and those who received donations from the GTC relied more than ever upon them during those years. There was one agency in particular that was able to stay afloat due in large part to donations from our club. When I saw all that at work, I thought “this is the place where I want to be.”
This club has seen many changes over the past half-century. It has seen trends come and go, seen markets ebb and flow, seen shiny new objects lose their luster. Through it all, it has remained a constant, something that the community can count on. This situation is a little different – OK, a lot different. But one thing that has remained constant is our commitment to the well-being of our community and to being a source of strength and stability during tough times. Like everyone else, we pulled back at first out of concern for the safety of our runners and volunteers; and out of that concern, we have come back slowly and deliberately, placing our responsibility to community above all else. We came up with new ways to do things, followed science and the guidelines of our sport’s governing bodies, and refused to play politics. And by the final months of the year, we were able to host several events with live timing, course certifications, and strict safety protocols. In doing so, we laid a foundation for a strong comeback in 2021.
In the coming year, our club will lead the way in bringing the community out of this pandemic with the events that Greenville has come to know well over past decades. The Run Downtown will be a little different this year, but with our Virtual-Plus format, it will be live-timed on a certified course. At approximately 20 years old, the RDT 5k is one of the younger races on our calendar, although there was a 10k under that moniker before that. Next up is the Green Valley Road Race, also a little different this year but live with safety protocols in place in an alternative setting. The GVRR is over 40 years old, as is the Reedy River Run, which is tentatively scheduled to happen live in April. As the summer approaches, we have the Sunrise Run 8k in Simpsonville, the All-Comers’ Meets, and the Open and Masters’ Meet, all of which are 40+ years old. And who knows: we may have a new event or two mixed in among those stalwart races! Either way, we will continue to be that source of strength and stability that we have been for nearly half a century.
We are more than just another running club. We are more than just another race organizer. We are more than race discounts. We are more than free singlets (don’t you love those orange singlets, though?). We are more than meetings, more than awards, more than donations, more than the sum of our parts. We insist upon being more, as leaders in a community and a city that insist upon being more.
We are the Greenville Track Club, the greatest running club in the Carolinas, 48 years and running, separate but (for now) together.
Happy New Year, and God bless this wonderful community.
Mike Burchett, GTC president
The Nominating Committee of the Greenville Track Club is proud to announce the results of the election of the Officers and Board of Directors for the year 2021. These positions will take effect on January 1, 2021.
Due to Covid-19 concerns the election was conducted online and voting ballots sent to each current membership. The proposed slate of nominees was approved by 99.94% of the returned ballots.
2021 GTC Officers and Board of Directors
The above officers and directors are joined on the board by:
The GTC is opening up the period for accepting nominations for a Club Officer or At Large Board Member for the 2021 calendar year. The period for submitting nominations is from September 28 through end of day October 19, 2021.
Officer positions include: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
We have included information from our Club By Laws regarding the process below. Our Nominating Committee will review all nominations and present a list of candidates to the Executive Committee. The list of candidates will then be presented digitally to the club membership for approval.
NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBERS
Nominations shall be solicited from the membership by notice on the Greenville Track Club website or via social electronic media at least three (3) weeks in advance of the Annual Meeting. In the event At-Large Director or Officer positions have insufficient nominations before the Annual meeting, the current Executive Committee, by consensus of the GTC officers, who make up the committee, shall have the authority to appoint members to occupy unfilled positions.
For an At-Large Board Position, nominees shall have been club members for a minimum of one (1) continuous year prior to the Annual Meeting and have volunteered for at least three (2) GTC events within the two (2) years prior to the Annual Meeting.
For an Officer position, nominees shall have been club members for a minimum of two (2) continuous years prior to the Annual Meeting and have substantially volunteered for at least three (3) GTC events within the two (2) years prior to the Annual Meeting.
In special cases, the Nominating Committee shall have the option to waive the above requirements.
General Info & Requirements
If nominated, be prepared to provide a summary of your volunteer involvement with the club. Confirmation may be required from race or event directors.
Except for emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances, board members should commit to attending at least 7 out of 11 GTC monthly board meetings and monthly club meetings, whenever possible.
Nominees should be willing to wear GTC apparel at club races except when representing their organizations at GTC Corporate Shield events or wearing sponsor apparel at a specific event.
For At-Large Positions, please identify which of the following age groups the nominee will be in as of 1/1/21 as we're attempting to balance the membership on the board: Under 30, 31-45, 46-60 and 60 +.
Please complete and submit the form below if you have a nominee and indicate the position for that nominee.
The date for the 50th Anniversary/51st running of the Paris Mountain Road Race is set for December 5, 2020. Barring an unforeseen circumstance, it will be in person.
Participants will be asked to wear face masks and/or socially distance up until the start of the races.
This year will have a 10K and 20K, but the start and finish will be on Old Buncombe Rd. at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
Early entry fees are $35 for the 20K and $25 for the 10K. Additionally, current GTC members will receive an automatic $5 discount when registering on Run Sign Up.
For more information and to sign up, please go to:
The 2020 edition of the TD Bank Reedy River Run, which had initially been rescheduled for September 5, has now been cancelled due to safety concerns related to COVID-19.
“We are extremely disappointed that we will not be able to conduct the TD Bank Reedy River Run this year due to concerns and restrictions related to the uncertainty presented by COVID-19,” stated race director Mike Caldwell. “We explored all options to hopefully provide a safe event utilizing physical distancing protocols, staggered starting processes, etc. However, with anticipated size limitations on group gatherings and other concerns, we must cancel the event for this year. The safety of our participants, volunteers and sponsors is our primary concern.”
We will be contacting each registered participant via email with several options regarding their registrations, including deferral to the 2021 event, a partial refund of entry fees or a donation to the Greenville Track Club’s Youth Running Program.
While we won’t celebrate with the Reedy River Run this year, the Greenville Track Club is already looking ahead to April 17, 2021 to conduct the 43rd edition of this historic road race.
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic the GTC monthly meeting scheduled for June 1 has been cancelled. We look forward to the future and in-person monthly meetings.
We hope that you are still running during this difficult period. Please stay healthy.
We just wanted to provide a quick update during this time of uncertainty. We have 100 days before our 43rd TD Bank Reedy River Run. As you should be aware our event was postponed from the original date of April 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many events have been postponed or cancelled, we have continued to plan for our event to occur on Saturday, September 5. That is Labor Day weekend and our current plans are to start the weekend with a bang.
Our primary concerns revolve around providing a safe event from all aspects. While we don't have all of the details worked out yet, we anticipate some changes to our event. The temperature may be warmer than what we anticipated for our April date, so the start time for the 10K has been moved to 7:10 am instead of 7:55 am. We will also use a new/alternate course due to the TD Essential Market occupying a portion of Main Street. The good news is that the last half of the major hill in Falls Park on Furman College Way will be eliminated. Our current plans have both the start and finish on the Main Street Bridge. The course will continue to highlight the Reedy River and crosses the river seven times.
We are developing plans for the 5K, which will start approximately at 8:00 am and will have the same finish line as the 10K.
While we do not know what the health policies and guidelines will be at that date regarding size of gatherings, we are planning on using multiple starting waves with Social/Physical distancing. Therefore, it will be necessary to impose size limits on the number of participants. Those numbers are still unknown, but those previously registered are secured.
We will continue to update the race website @ www.tdbankreedyriverrun.com as more information becomes available. Please train smart and stay healthy.
Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) the 43rd TD Bank Reedy River Run was postponed from April until September 5. That allows potential participants time to prepare and train for this historic Greenville event.
We asked Coach Victor Pataky to develop training plans for beginners and more advanced runners to train for the 10K race. Victor is the coach of the GTC-Rabbits--the Youth Running Program of the Greenville Track Club. He is also a member of ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE and has run a 2:22 marathon among other notable performances.
To access the training plans please click on http://www.tdbankreedyriverrun.com/training-program.html. The plans begin on May 17th. and are complimentary and provided by our sponsors.