Summerville race continues to gain popularity

Each year the Summerville Family YMCA offers people the opportunity to get a running start on their Flowertown Festival festivities. Held the weekend prior to the festivalís other activities, the Flowertown Festival Run/Walk has become a huge hit. Started years ago by Dr. Bob Randall and Doug McElveen, the event has grown to become a signature fundraiser for the YMCA and the kick-off event for the festival. Sponsored in part by Summerville Medical Center and McElveen Pontiac Buick Jeep Hummer, the event features a 5K run, 10K run and one-mile fun run. More than 900 runners and walkers registered in 2009 and organizers were anticipating 1,000 for the 2010 event that was held March 13. All races begin and end in front of the Yís John Tupper Gymnastics Center, located at 205 West Richardson Avenue. The race route takes participants through downtown Summerville, past historic homes and beautiful gardens. It is a fast course and a great warm-up for the Cooper River Bridge Run. High school finishers in the 5K and 10K are eligible to win a free laptop computer, courtesy of McElveen Pontiac Buick Jeep Hummer. The school with the most participants receives a trophy and a $250 donation for their school library, courtesy of the YMCA. The event appeals to both local runners and those from other areas so the field is usually very competitive. Runners and walkers interested in next yearís event may register online at or in person at any YMCAlocation. Registration typically opens in early March and race day registration is available on site prior to the first race. For additional information about the YMCA or the Flowertown Festival Run/Walk, contact Liz Graham at 871-9622, extension 124. Results from the 2010 Festival Run will be posted at and in the Summerville Journal Scene once they are available.

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