DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Williamson Park is holding the 10th annual Darlington 5000 race on Saturday.
This USATF-certified course takes runners 5 kilometers through the park in downtown Darlington. The race begins at the Public Square at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The fee is $20. There will be Prizes awarded for top male and female overall winners as well as top finishers in various age groups. There will be water and refreshments provided.
The race is designed to raise money to remove invasive exotics, plant native trees and help the land recover from recent summer storms. Previously, proceeds have helped to replace the three-foot-wide walkway in the rear of the park. "We have a wonderful asset in Williamson Park, and we want to continue to make improvements there to give citizens a welcome respite from our fast-paced, digital culture," said Lisa Chalian-Rock, city planning director.
In 1927, Bright Williamson and his wife Margaret gave the 64-acre tract to the city. In past years this annual fundraiser has assisted in the improvements of the park.