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.