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Zest Quest 10k and 5k – Travelers Rest, SC – September 5, 2009

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UPDATE: 4:02 PM September 5:  results are in.
5k results …
10k results …
This sounds like a nice, scenic pair of races in Travelers Rest.  The 10k starts at 9 AM and the 5k starts at 9:10 AM.

Here’s how the website describes it …

This is the sixth annual running of this charity race. The location for this race is spectacular; it really lets you experience the grounds, ponds, streams, golf course, and home sites that make the Valley a special place.  The Start/Finish line is at the beautiful Cliff’s Valley Wellness Center, as well as the runner’s village.  The 5k is designed for runners AND walkers, with relatively flat terrain.  The 5k course runs out Terry Creek Rd. to a turn-a-round, the return route is around 2 trout ponds, and along a paved path next to the racing Terry Creek, then crossing onto the Cliffs Valley Golf course to run on the cart path.  The transition from the golf course back to the community is via a very short but steep ‘grassy knoll’, there is a short run through a couple of streets; then on to the finish line.

This year the race is once again to include a 10k race, for runners only.  The 10k follows the exact same route as the 5k for the 1st half.  The 10k runners will ‘run right by’ the finish line & onto a new course for the 2nd half.  This new course takes in the last 2 miles of the US Cycling Championship’s Time Trial course, only in reverse direction. This 2nd 5k is significantly more hilly & challenging than the 1st 5k.  The course stays on the pavement, but takes you by 1 waterfall, by a peaceful arboretum and nature trails, to a 2nd waterfall & the Cliffs Nature center at the turn-a-round.  The return route then turns right onto Glen Hollow Road which has several ups & downs before coming out back on Terry Creek Rd, by the tennis center & to the finish line. 

Here are directions …

All participants must enter the Cliffs Valley via ‘Old Hwy-25’, then turn @ Terry Creek Rd, to the ‘back gate’ entrance to the Cliff’s Valley.  Please do not try to enter via the main gate off Hwy-25. 

As the entrance to the community via Terry Creek Rd., runs into the runners course, therefore we must ask that all participants be inside the back gate of the community no later than, 8:30.  At that time the gates will close to allow course preparation & for runners safety.  Thank you for your help with these logistical needs.

Here is a link to the 10k page at Setup Events …

http://tinyurl.com/mfghot

And here is the 5k …

http://tinyurl.com/ndsfjp

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