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We are sorry to announce that tonight's GTC monthly meeting scheduled for Conestee Park has been cancelled due to the inclement weather and potential thunderstorms.
We are rescheduling our speakers and program for Monday, June 14th at the same location.
The 49-year-old Greenville Track Club is proud to announce a new partnership with United Community Bank as the title sponsor for the crowd favorite “United Community Bank Reedy River Run.” The 43rd edition of Greenville’s iconic 10-Kilometer (6.21 miles) is scheduled for Monday, September 6, 2021.
The event, which also includes a less competitive 5K race, was postponed from the original April 2020 date due to COVID-19.
“We are extremely excited to have United Community Bank partner with the GTC for one of Greenville’s historic events,” stated race director Mike Caldwell. “United is committed to the Greenville community and recently named Greenville, SC as the bank’s corporate headquarters. We believe this is an excellent partnership to promote physical fitness and to continue to provide such an exciting event to the community of runners in our growing city.”
“We are thrilled to begin a partnership between United and GTC and work together in support a shared mission of creating a healthier community through financial and physical wellbeing,” said Michelle Seaver, President of Greenville and Spartanburg Counties. “United is proud to sponsor such a beloved tradition and make a positive impact on the city of Greenville in the years to come.”
The United Community Bank Reedy River Run was first conducted in 1978 to showcase the new paved paths in Cleveland Park and our Reedy River. Those paths have since become part of the nationally recognized Swamp Rabbit Trail. The races will once again start and finish on S. Main Street and actually cross the Reedy River multiple times.
The 10K race will be limited to 1,000 runners this year and the 5K to 750 participants. Registration will open on May 1, 2021. There are approximately 250 and 350 remaining spots in the 10K and 5K, respectively. Details can be found at the race website: ucbireedyriverrun.com.
Hello all! We have great news!
We are excited to announce that we will have our first GTC meeting of 2021!
Mark your calendar for Monday, May 3rd at Lake Conestee Park’s Gazebo, at 6:00pm (840 Mauldin Rd, Greenville)
After such a challenging year, we feel that now is the time to start the process to getting back together, cautiously. GTC members and their guests that attend are encouraged to follow COVID-19 safety procedures. Maintaining distance between each other and wearing mask when moving near each other. (Because of the extra cautions we will not have food available for this meeting.)
We are looking forward to hearing from our guest speakers: GTC-ELITE Coach and board member of the national Women’s Running Coaching Collective organization, Laura Caldwell, plus the very talented GTC-ELITE athletes.
Please come out in the fresh air to see the familiar faces you haven’t seen in a while. Bring your families and friends whether they are members or not. We want all to know what Greenville Track Club is all about and how dedicated we are to the wellness of Greenville County and the surrounding areas of Upstate South Carolina.
Can’t wait to see you out there!!!
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Annie Rodenfels qualified for the upcoming USATF Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR with her impressive 9:46.98 victory in the 3000-meter Steeplechase. On a cloudy and windy Saturday morning, Annie took the lead from the gun on the brand new Beynon track surface at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Her goal was to run under the 9:50.00 qualifying standard that would provide an automatic-qualifier to be included in the field of top women steeplechasers at the new Hayward Field in Tracktown USA in late June.
Rodenfels covered the first full lap of the race, which includes 35 wooden hurdles, 7 of which have a water pit, in a brisk 72 seconds and had already put a gap of 30 meters on the remainder of the field. Midway through the race, veteran public address announcer Dave Milner informed those in attendance that Rodenfels was on pace to take the current USA lead in the event. ON Athletics Club's Leah (O'Connor) Falland, a 2-time NCAA DI champion while at Michigan State, has the fastest 2021 USA time of 9:44.73. However, Annie slowed slightly over the next laps before rallying with a 76-second final circuit. Her time was a personal best by over ten seconds and was basically a solo effort as the runner-up's time was 10:57.37. Annie's performance is now the third fastest in the USA during 2021--only behind Falland's time and Hannah Steelman (9:46.35) of NC State.
Annie is the eighth ASICS GTC-ELITE athlete to qualify for a USATF Olympic Trials and the first to do so on the track. The previous seven were at the marathon distance.
GTC-ELITE was established in 2012. The program produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles, one qualifier/participant for the 2019 Pan American Games Marathon in. Lima, Peru, three qualifiers/two participants for the 2020 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Atlanta, GA and now one for the 3,000-meter Steeplechase in 2021 at Eugene, OR. Also, the group set four South Carolina State road race records in 2020 (5K, 15K and Half Marathon). The post-collegiate, Olympic development program is sponsored by ASICS, the 49-year-old Greenville Track Club, Joy Real Estate (Adopt an Athlete partner), the Borch Foundation, generous individual contributors and partnerships with Performance Therapy, Carolina Spine and Rehab, Roll Recovery products, FinalSurge (on-line training log), The ATI Running Academy, ElliptiGO, NormaTec Recovery Boots, Cocoa Elite recovery products, Stryd Running, Coach Bob Williams Pace Calculator, the DorsiFlex (stretching device), the MOBO board (balance & mobility), On Pace Wellness (nutrition coaching) and LEVER Running (treadmill body weight support). The club is a proud and active member of both the Road Runners Club of America and USATF.
The Greenville Track Club is excited announce a new event. The Big Kahuna 5K will be conducted on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Location: Hampton Station. Click here to REGISTER.
Our 2nd GTC Corporate Shield race of 2021 takes us to the campus of ZF Transmissions in Gray Court. This timed 5K road course takes place safely with both a morning and afternoon session. Only $10 registration and all are welcome on Saturday April 17th - https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/GrayCourt/GetInGearRoadRace
Our GTC Newsletter is available at the highlighted (red) link for those who may not have read it. Thanks to our Editor Bill Blask and the other GTC contributors. March Newsletter. It is also archived with previous newsletters on this website under the "Newsletter" tab on the menu (click on "More" and then "Newsletter."
The GTC Hall of Fame committee is now accepting nominations for the induction of a new class. Nominations must be submitted no later than April 30, 2021. Submitted nominations must contain detailed justification for the nominee. Nominees must be identified as having at least one of the 5 categories of criteria for qualification.
The 5 categories are – Athletic Performance, Club Leadership, Volunteerism for GTC, Community Relations for GTC, and Ambassadorship and/or Club Promotion.
Please use the nomination form below and submit the form.
Any and all nominations must be submitted no later than April 30, 2021.