story by Sissy Perryman
One of the highlights of the spring in Beaufort, is the Beaufort Twilight Run (BTR), which is celebrating a decade of racing at this year’s event presented by Habersham Properties on Saturday, March 24 in Beaufort’s beautiful Habersham Marketplace.
The 10th Annual BTR is proud to host two-time Olympian Ryan Hall. Hall will be coming for the entire weekend to serve as the keynote speaker at a pre-race event on Friday and then run alongside aspiring young runners in the 1-Mile Youth Run on Saturday. Everyone who registers for a BTR event will have a chance to meet, get an autograph, and take a photo with Hall, one of America’s greatest distance runners.
“Hall has a huge following from all over the country – many who will travel long distances for a chance to hear him speak and meet him in person,” said BTR Race Director Lauren Kelly. “His story and journey are incredibly inspiring and we are so honored he chose to come to the BTR.”
Known also as “The Lowcountry’s Best Running Festival,” the BTR expects more than 2,600 participants and spectators from across 20 states this year. This family-friendly event is a draw not only for participants in the six races, but for spectators who are looking for an evening with live music and great food. This year the BTR welcomes back the band Broke Locals, who specialize in “Southern Fried Funk.” Throughout the afternoon and evening, everyone can enjoy a variety of delicious food and drinks from gourmet food trucks and the Habersham Marketplace restaurants.
For online details about race registration and more visit www.BeaufortTwilightRun.com. Early registration discounts are available for all participants, as well as additional discounts for students, groups of ten or more and active duty military.
The BTR’s mission is to host a fun, competitive and memorable annual event for Beaufort to benefit Riverview Charter School – a free public school open to Beaufort County K-8th grade students.
Top 10 Reasons To Attend the
2018 Beaufort Twilight Run
#10. Top Notch Event. These people really know how to put on an event! With more than 200 volunteers and 50+ sponsors – this running festival is a fabulous experience for both recreational walkers/runners as well as competitive athletes.
#9. Family-Friendly. This event is made for families. Between the kid’s zone, fun run and fun walk – this race is a safe and fun way to spend the evening with your family. You won’t want to miss watching those little kids run their hearts out, dance in the streets with the live band, and cheer on their parents from the sidelines.
#8. Breathtaking Running Course. What better place to run or take an evening stroll – then through the paved streets of Habersham? Ranked one of the “Top 20 Best Places to Live on the Coast” by Coastal Living Magazine, this neighborhood is one of the most beautiful running courses. All race courses are spectator-friendly and flat, offering beautiful marsh views while racing beneath canopies of live oaks.
#7. USATF Sanctioned. This means the BTR is committed to follow national and international rules and regulations to provide a safe environment for the participants and spectators. In general, a sanction is required for a record to be set – which there have been a few attempts on the course!
#6. Accurate Timing. For competitive runners, nothing is more important than to ensure an accurate time. The RMS Team Leader, Danny White, has been awarded the position of the USATF/RRTC National Certifier for the USA & South Carolina Regional Certifier – an elite group of individuals who strive to make this sport the best. The BTR is honored to have him time the run year after year.
#5. After Race Party. Live music, amazing expo space and a stunning sunset, you’ll never want to leave! The party continues long into the night as runners get a chance to sit in the grass with a cold drink, relax and enjoy the moment after a hard day’s work.
#4. Food. From oysters to food trucks to local sit-down restaurants right in the heart of the event – there is something for everyone!
#3. Fitness. With 6 events to choose from, there’s sure to be a fitness event for you. The BTR offers events for runners and walkers at all levels including a signature 13.1 Mile Beaufort Challenge (10 Mile + 5K Runs), 10 Mile Run, 8K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Youth Run, and Kids’ Fun Run.
#2. Fun. Whether you’re a runner, walker, volunteer or spectator, it’s hard to walk away from the night without a smile on your face.
#1. One Great Cause. The BTR is the largest fundraiser for Riverview Charter School – a free public school open to Beaufort County K-8th grade students. It is all made possible because of runners and walkers like you!
REGISTER TODAY @ BeaufortTwilightRun.com
Group and Military Discounts Available