Columbia’s Olympia Village
April 20, 2013 @ 9 a.m.
Number of participants may be limited, so register early!
The Quarry Crusher Run is the only race of its kind in South Carolina and one of only a handful in the entire country! The approximately 3.72-mile route starts and finishes at the green space in front of the impressive Olympia and Granby Mills Apartments in the Olympia Village. Once in the quarry, the route winds down a 10% grade through granite cliffs to the quarry floor. The approximately 375-foot ascent from the quarry floor to the finish marks the grueling event as Columbia’s most challenging foot race! Because it is a working quarry, the precise distance of the race won’t be known until closer to the race date as excavation continues to go deeper.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the magnificent landscape of the environmentally-responsible, operational Olympia Quarry. In addition to the “other worldly” feeling of the scenery, runners can take in ancient rock deposits, waterfalls and may even encounter deer, fox and red-tailed hawks.
The Quarry Crusher Run is a unique opportunity for runners to challenge themselves physically and get an exclusive look at the Olympia Quarry and the massive equipment used in excavation. The quarry was started in 1880 and is now one of South Carolina’s largest aggregate operations processing an average of 10,000 tons of rock a day.
The run is slated to be an annual event, but, only as long as the quarry continues to be operational, so don’t put it off until next year and miss a chance to be a part of history! Quarry employees will be stationed along the spiral to ensure the safety of runners. There will also be water stations along the route.