Over 100 runners gathered in Uptown Greenwood Saturday morning to take part in the fourth annual “Run Your Ice Off,” presented by Self Regional Healthcare. Competitors ran in both 5K and 8K races. The concept of the race, when originally envisioned, was to benefit not only the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, but the City of Greenwood as a whole.
“The Chamber of Commerce does special events that will help us with our budget,” Jeff Smith, Greenwood Chamber of Commerce director of small business and communications, said. “We want to do events that benefit the Chamber, but also the business community as a whole. We decided to start doing races because we found that there is a great core group of runners who enjoy it and we have been successful doing it, having over 100 runners today.”
Among the participants was Robbie Templeton, former chairman of the Greenwood County Council.
“I used to run a lot a few years back,” Templeton said. “My wife is the Head Cross Country Coach at Greenwood High School, I’m the assistant and my son runs. Running today was just a good way to be able to spend some time with family.”
In hoping that the race will carry on in the future, Smith explained that the event should benefit all parties involved, as it has proven to in the past.
“The good thing about the race is that we want to bring good attention to Greenwood,” Smith said. “It helps with economic development. We have runners here from Georgia, from other counties. They are able to become aware of what Greenwood has to offer, eat at a restaurant, buy gas. It serves as an economic boost and also raises awareness. We are happy to do it, with this being our fourth year. I think it’s been another successful year.”