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      McLeod Sports Medicine run and pet walk

      The annual McLeod Sports Medicine Challenge Run/Walk will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013. The race day begins at 9:00 a.m. with the 5K and 10K run/walk, the one-mile Pet Walk begins at 9:05 a.m. All races take place at Briggs Elementary School, located at 1012 Congaree Drive in Florence. Race day registration will be available 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, 5K wheelchair, 10K run, 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 Greg Elmore and Carolina Running Company.

      Prizes valued at $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded to the top three overall male and female winners. 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.

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

      The race 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.

      For more information or to receive registration information, call McLeod Sports Medicine at 777-8167, or email On line registration is available at