The United Community Bank 43rd Reedy River Run was designated as the 2021 Road Runner's Club of America South Carolina 10K Championships. The 2021 State 10K Champions are:
On a cloudy and humid Labor Day morning with temperatures in the low 70s, Greenville's James Quattlebaum and Emily Forner won the overall and women's titles at the United Community Bank 43rd Reedy River Run 10K. The race was cancelled in 2020 and postponed from its usual April date in 2021 due to COVID-19.
Quattlebaum, the defending champion who is also currently ranked first in the South Carolina Road Race Rankings, ran an impressive 30:01 over the redesigned route around and through downtown Greenville and Cleveland, Cancer Survivor's and Falls Parks. The course started on the S. Main Street Bridge and crossed the Reedy River six times before finishing on the same bridge.
Quattlebaum was followed across the finish line by two other Greenville runners. Jason Weitzel of the ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE placed second with a time of 30:22. Ricky Flynn, who has competed in this event multiple times, placed third in 30:56. Chip times were used instead of gun times this year due to COVID-19 protocols in an effort to spread runners apart during the five-wave staggered start.
ASICS GTC-ELITE's Emily Forner won the women's title by running 37:28 in her first career 10K. She was followed by Greenville's Porter Grant at 37:49 and ASICS GTC-ELITE's Mackenzie Lowe in 37:55.
Quattlebaum and Forner also earned the title of 2021 Road Runner's Club of America South Carolina State 10K Champions.
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The United Community Bank Reedy River Run is one of the South's oldest running events and was established to highlight Greenville's Reedy River, Cleveland Park and the continuing evolution of the vibrant downtown area. The event plans to return to the usual time of year for 2022 with an announced date of April 23.
Parking will be limited in areas in close proximity to our Start and Finish. It is recommended to use public parking areas which can be found @ http://www.greenvillesc.gov/513/Parking.
Arrival routes to the 10K Start are available via S. Main Street. Portable Toilets are located on Falls Park Drive at the intersection of S. Main Street (directly across from Lululemon). Starting Wave corrals will be on S. Main Street with Wave A being nearest to the Start Line and working north toward the Peace Center. Runners should be in their assigned corral by 7:05 am. Social Distancing is strongly encouraged. Wave A starts at 7:15 am with Wave B at 7:16 . . .
Arrival route to the 5K Start will be via Falls Park Drive or walking north on S. Main Street from the intersection with Augusta and River Streets. There will not be access via the S. Main Street bridge as that is the finish area for the preceding 10K race. Runners should be on S. Main Street by 7:50 am. Portable Toilets are located on Falls Park Drive at the intersection of S. Main Street (directly across from Lululemon).
Visual showing Portable Toilets
Visual of 10K Start Area
Visual for 5K Start
Local running specialty shop Run In will be providing bottled water at the 5.5 kilometer mark in the United Community Bank 43rd Reedy River Run 10K on Monday (Labor Day), September 6.
Due to the continuing COVID-19 concerns, we will not be providing cups of water during our 10K and 5K races. However, our partner Run In will have bottled water available on the 10K route in Cleveland Park.
Runners who may desire additional hydration are strongly encouraged to carry their own.
There will also be bottled water available for all 10K and 5K finishers immediately after the finish line.
The current weather forecast for Monday morning ranges from 63 to 68 degrees F with high humidity.
Greenville's James Quattlebaum will toe the starting line next Monday in an attempt to defend his title at the 43rd running of the United Community Bank Reedy River Run 10K. He won the previous race back in 2019, as the 2020 event was eventually cancelled due to COVID-19.
After qualifying for and participating in the 2020 USA Olympic Team Trials Marathon in Atlanta at the end of February, James returned to the 3000-meter Steeplechase event in 2021 and qualified for the USA Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, OR. He placed 23rd at the reimagined Hayward Field in late June.
James' winning time in the 2019 Reedy River Run was 30:18. James represents Run In, where he is also employed.
The women's race will have a new champion as 2018 & 2019 winner Esther Atkins recently gave birth to her first child, a boy named Sol.
The 10K starts at 7:15 am on Monday (Labor Day), September 6 on the South Main Street bridge in downtown Greenville. It will be followed by a 5K at 8:00 am.
We understand that you may (or may not) have concerns regarding participating in our United Community Bank 43rd Reedy River Run on Monday (Labor Day), September 6th due to recent cases of COVID-19 trending higher.
Every since the postponement of our April 2020 event, our planning has revolved around conducting a safe event. While we had anticipated that COVID-19 cases would be trending downward by our September races, that has not been the case. However, with vaccination rates continuing to rise and promoting as much social/physical distancing as possible we believe that our event will be as safe as possible considering the current circumstances.
We are not requiring proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 tests (as some other fall running events are requiring). However, we are encouraging those that are willing to wear a face mask to do so when in potentially crowded areas before and following their respective race (10K or 5K). This is not a requirement, only a suggestion to keep everyone as safe as possible.
We will have five starting waves of up to 200 runners in each for the 10K. We are recommending and encouraging runners not in the same family to keep a safe distance between themselves and others while in their respective staring wave corral. With that in mind, we are using Chip Timing for our official results (excluding the top ten overall men and women). The clock will start when you cross the timing matt and not with the starting gun. The starting wave is printed on each 10K race bib. Bib numbers were assigned by the estimated finishing time recorded during the registration process and may or may not reflect your current level of fitness.
The 5K start will not have pre-assigned starting waves, but we encourage participants to practice physical distancing.
Due to our attempt to eliminate needless contact, we will not provide water on the 5K route. One of our local running specialty shops, Run In, will be providing water for the 10K, which will available between 5K and 6K (in Cleveland Park). If you anticipate you will need water in the 5K or more than one water access in the 10K, then we recommend that you carry your own.
We will provide bottled water immediately after runners finish either race. The water will be situated just past the finish line on S. Main Street at the intersection with Falls Park Drive.
In order to reduce close contact and gathering we will not have an awards ceremony following the races. Awards will be available at Fleet Feet Greenville beginning on Tuesday. We are encouraging participants to depart the finish line area immediately after receiving their 10K finisher medals, bottle of water and mini-sub from Jersey Mike's Subs.
We want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding during this hopefully atypical period. We are planning on resuming our Spring date for our 44th edition of the race on April 23, 2022.
We reached our limit of 1000 for our 10K on July 1 and implemented a 'waiting list." The final deadline for 10K registrations was midnight July 31. However, due to a few recent cancellations by previously registered runners, we are opening those spots until our limit is once again reached (before August 28). These registrations will not have personalized (names on) bibs, but will receive all other amenities as previously registered participants. To register for our 10K, you must sign up for the waiting list @ https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Greenville/ReedyRiverRun.
Each registered participant in our upcoming United Community Bank 43rd Reedy River Run will receive a set of Bibboards in their race packet. Bibboards are replacements for safety pins and do not make holes in your running apparel. A regular $10 retail value, the set of four snap and lock fasteners are included in the race packet with race bib number and race T-shirt.
We are excited to announce that Jersey Mike’s Subs is once again our partner for the 43rd edition of our historic event. Finish our 10K or 5K and receive a delicious mini-sub to start your post-race recovery.
United Community Bank 43rd Reedy River Run
Monday, September 6, 2021
10K SOLD OUT on July 31
5K has approximately 100 spots remaining
We would like to announce that we have added a Friday packet pickup for the United Community Bank 43rd Reedy River Run.
As there will NOT be packet pickup on the morning of the races, participants now have three options to obtain their race packets. Each packet will include race number bib, non-pin fasteners, race shirt, etc.
Packet Pickup Location and Times:
United Community Bank @ 306 East North Street Greenville, SC 29601
Friday, September 3. - 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 4. - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 5. - 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Race Start Times:
10K - 7:15 am. S. Main Street Bridge near intersection with Falls Park Drive
5K - 8:00 am. S. Main Street between Falls Park Drive and intersection with Augusta and River Streets