On a cold and brisk Saturday morning Greenville's James Quattlebaum ran a fast 14:14 to win the 44th Edition of the GTC Run Downtown. His time equals the event record of ASICS GTC-ELITE's Austin Steagall set in 2017 on a different course. Quattlebaum is the 2021 South Carolina Long Distance Runner of the Year and is currently ranked first in the SC Road Race Rankings.
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Jason Weitzel and Eddie Garcia placed second and third. Weitzel, the 2022 Run Downtown champion, who is ranked second in the SC Road Race Rankings, improved his time from 14:37 last year to 14:29. That is now the third fastest performance in race history. Garcia ran 14:40, which now ranks equal fifth in race history, equaling former ASICS GTC-ELITE's Adam Freudenthal's time from 2013.
The women's race was won by Greenville's Sydney Welch with a time of 18:19. She was followed by Piedmont's Sunday Davis at 18:43, Greenville's Grace Smith at 19:11 and Rachel McCoy of Raleigh, NC at 19:11.
Other top performances were turned in by 53-year-old Philippe Giguere who ran 16:49 to place sixth overall and first Master and Easley's Eddie Posey (age 50) who placed 9th overall and second Master with a 16:53.
The Run Downtown is produced by the 51-year-old Greenville Track Club and is the first race of the 2023 GTC Running Series and also a Corporate Shield event.