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.