Columbia Community Partner

Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run Series is proud to show Community Love!

Supporting the community that surrounds each quarry is essential to the overall mission of the Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run Series. In 2019, we are excited to partner with the SC Youth ChalleNGe Academy!

Our Mission

The mission of the South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Program is to form a strong partnership with youth between the ages of 16 and 18 years old in creating and maintaining a viable plan for their educational and career goals while reaffirming the skills and talents they possess.


We offer two classes per year, in January and July. Our program provides a wealth of educational enrichment offered by the staff and facilities with the SC National Guard’s commitment to serving the state’s at-risk youth. This collaboration makes an unprecedented pledge of success to our at-risk youth–youth who represent South Carolina’s future.

SCYCA is a seventeen month program divided into two phases. The first part, the Residential Phase, is five months long. The Residential Phase includes a two-week Acclimation period, a short opportunity to adjust to the rigors and discipline of the program. The eight core components are studied during the residential phase: Academic Excellence, Life-Coping Skills, Job Skills, Health and Hygiene, Responsible Citizenship, Service to Community, Leadership/Followership, and Physical Fitness. During the second part, the Post-Residential Phase, students pursue their academic and vocational goals with the guidance of a mentor from their home community. The mentor helps the graduate to explore continued opportunities for success by assisting with career planning and decision making.

History of the Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run Columbia

The 2018 Columbia Quarry had 460 runners and added a new twist in 2018, with a Triple Crusher to their event. This was also Bob Johnson’s last race as Plant Manager at Columbia and “Godfather of the QCR” before he retired in May. The series began at the Columbia Quarry in 2012 with Bob and has raised over $84,000 in the seven years for their beneficiary, the Olympia Community Education Foundation.