Other than the Flowertown Festival/Shamrock Run in mid-March and the Race for the ARK in mid-August, Summerville isn't a hotbed of road racing for the Charleston area, particularly when compared to downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach.

But that's about to change.

On Friday, word came to me that Summerville will host the inaugural Sweet Tea Half Marathon on November 15. The race starts at 7 a.m. in town and will end in the town square area and benefits the Summerville Fire and Police Benevolent Fund.

"A group of us runner types are very excited to bring this race to our town," said Race Director Kelly Hazel.

Hazel added the event will have live entertainment on course and that runners will be asked to vote on their most memorable group after the race.

Medals will be awarded to all finishers and age group awards will be presented as well. Overall winners will receive monetary awards. ($150, $100, $75) masters and grand masters ($75).

Entry fees will be $65 before Sept. 1 and $75 after. No registration will be available on the day of the event.

www.sweetteahalf.com.