Runners get ready for July 3 5k event

Published 4:35 pm Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Local runners who usually compete in the Coon Dog 5K during Saludas annual Coon Dog Day festival will have to lace up their running shoes a week earlier this year.

The Saluda Running Club, which has traditionally organized the Coon Dog 5K, is hosting the inaugural Firecracker 5k run this weekend in Columbus as part of the towns Fabulous 4th Celebration.

Organizers hope to attract some of the areas top short-distance runners, despite races in Greenville and Easley, and expect most particpants to register Saturday morning.

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Doing the Coon Dog 5k, we usually had about 150 pre-registrations and 300 on race day, so thats what were hoping for, said organizer Ross Fox.

Cash awards will go to the top three overall male and female winners. Merchandise awards will be given to the first-place overall Masters division winners. Trophies will be awarded to the top finishers in other divisions.

After the race, runners, spectators and families can enjoy family games, food and craft vendors as well as a Tai Chi class. A full day of activities will include music in the afternoon and a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.

For more information and entry forms, visit or call (828) 859-9979.

All proceeds from the run will go to the Shepherds Feast, a Christmas dinner served on Christmas day for local citizens.