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Annual Challenge Run/Walk hosted by McLeod Sports Medicine

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - McLeod Sports Medicine is hosting the annual Challenge Run/Walk on  March 19. The race day begins at 9 a.m. with the 5K and 10K Run/Walk, the one-mile Pet Walk will begin at 9:40 a.m. All races take place at Briggs Elementary School, located at 1012 Congaree Drive, Florence. Race day registration will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

Included in the McLeod Sports Medicine Challenge are the following divisions: 5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run, 5K Wheelchair, 10K Wheelchair and 1 Mile Pet Walk. 

The McLeod Sports Medicine Challenge Run/Walk Course is USA Track and Field Certified. The course is designed for competitive and recreational athletics. The race technical direction is managed by Championship Timing by Race Management Systems, Inc. (RMS), who has previously provided race direction for both the Men's and Women's 1996 Olympic Trials, the Women's 2000 Olympic Marathon Trials, and the Observer Race Festival from 1996 to 2001. 

Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male and female winners. Prizes to overall winners include first place $100, second place $50 and third place $25. A $100 cash bonus will be awarded to the male or female who sets a new course record. Medals will be awarded for each age division.  

The cost to participate is $15 if pre-registering (March 12th deadline), $12 McLeod employee, Military Personnel, and High School Track and Cross Country Athlete. Registration cost on the day of the event is $20. Cost includes a Run/Walk T-shirt.  The Fun Walk and Pet Walk cost is $5, $10 for a family. 

Stefano's Italian Restaurant will provide a post race pasta meal at the completion of the race.

5K & 10K Run/Walk proceeds benefit the Geoffrey Kier Memorial Athletic Excellence Award Scholarship Fund. The Geoffrey Kier Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to four college-bound high school senior athletes who exhibit excellence in academics, athletics, and also possess strong leadership skills. Male and female athletes are selected from participating area public and private high schools.

The Pet Walk proceeds benefit McLeod Children's Hospital. Enter your pet into the Race Day Pet Contests ($1 entry fee), prizes awarded for Cutest Pet, Best Costume, and Pet That Looks Most Like Owner.

For more information or to receive registration information, call McLeod Sports Medicine at 777-5043, visit the www.McLeodMotion.org, or register on line at www.strictlyrunning.com, or www.rmssports.com.

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