If you travel through Simpsonville this week, you’ll most likely encounter more runners than normal. The extra foot traffic is practice for the city’s annual Sunrise Run, an 8K race through the heart of the city.
The race is hosted by Greenville Track Club, and turns thirty-eight this year. Runners will depart with the sunrise on Saturday, June 10, and conquer the city’s rolling hills before the day warms up.
Because of the growth and related construction at First Baptist Church Simpsonville, the course was adjusted two years ago. Saturday’s race will follow the same revised path that begins next to the church’s historic chapel on Hedge Street.
The course feels deceptively smooth for the first two miles along Main Street, but the undulating hills become more obvious through Powderhorn and Poinsettia. Traditionally residents of those neighborhoods show up to help provide racers relief from the heat, offering a run through a hose or sprinkler.
The Sunrise Run is USA Track and Field certified, and is the largest race held in the city. Bibs will be chip-timed, and runners will be given commemorative flip flops at the finish line.
Runners need to be ready at the start line by 6:10 AM, and the sun is expected to rise five minutes or so later. A 1/4 mile “Kiddie Kaper” will also be held at the site for children 8 and under.
Registration is online at It’s About Time, or runners can register before the race from 5-6 AM. Packet pickup will be held on Friday, June 9 at First Baptist Church Simpsonville, 3 Hedge Street.