TRC to host Tryon’s inaugural half marathon

Published 4:36 pm Thursday, June 28, 2012

Race to be held Saturday, Nov. 17
The Tryon Running Club (TRC) has announced its plans to host Polk County’s first half marathon on Nov. 17. Proceeds from this 13.1-mile race will benefit Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry.
“A big reason we decided to become a nonprofit running club was to enable us to host events and give back to the community where we love to run,” explains TRC President Laura Phelps. “And this race distance appeals to many of our members who love the challenge of a half marathon or have always had it on their running bucket lists.”
The out-and-back course will begin at Harmon Field and meander through mostly flat terrain on Old Howard Gap Road to Clarence Rhodes Road, then to Scrivens Road, and down River Road and back to Harmon Field. Participants will enjoy mountain scenery on a dirt road without the hills that are usually a challenge for Polk County runners.
The Tryon Half Marathon’s presenting sponsor will be Wells Fargo Advisors of Tryon.
“I’m so glad to be able to support such a worthy cause as Thermal Belt Outreach by way of something I’m passionate about,” said Mike Ashworth, running club member and senior vice president of Wells Fargo Advisors.
The Tryon Running Club is a 501(c)(3) chapter of the Road Runners Clubs of America that welcomes walkers and runners of all ages and abilities. Group training runs are regularly scheduled and members enjoy discounts to club events including races and clinics.
Membership applications for 2012 will be available until July 15 at or on the club’s Facebook page. Call Phelps at 828-817-1833 for more information.
– article submitted by Scarlette Tapp

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