Tryon Half Marathon: Giving back one step at a time

Published 4:51 pm Monday, October 31, 2016

Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry (Outreach) and the Tryon Running Club are hosting the Tryon Half Marathon on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Harmon Field in Tryon. This annual race, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors of Tryon and PRO Physical Therapy of Columbus, will offer participants the opportunity to enjoy scenic mountain views without all the hills.

“Fall temperatures and a mostly dirt and gravel course that meanders along a riverside through Tryon’s famous horse country are all that is needed to make this an unbelievable running experience,” says Laura Phelps of the Tryon Running Club. To learn more about the racecourse, visit

100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to Outreach. “It takes endurance, dedication and focus to outrun poverty in Polk County. We are grateful to be part of this exciting, annual event,” said Outreach executive director, George Alley. Main Street Insurance Group, Columbus Data, and Entegra Bank are also sponsoring this community event.

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To register for the Tryon Half Marathon, go to or contact George Alley at for more information.

Outreach is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has served Polk County residents for 25 years. The organization’s mission is to provide compassionate assistance to Polk County residents who are unable to provide for their basic life needs. For more information on Outreach, please visit or call 828-894-2988.

-Submitted by Margot Carter