RiverDogs to Host 1K Backwards Run

RiverDogs, Operation Boot Camp, The Brick and 95SX Present Leisure Race

April 2, 2010 7:30 AM

04.02.10 RiverDogs 1K Race

CHARLESTON, SC - The Charleston RiverDogs' new "Be Your Own Fan" initiative has expanded to runners.


True runners enjoy a marathon or even a good 5K, but for the Lowcountry's "have-funners," the RiverDogs 1K Backwards Run might be more your style.  The largest 1K Race in Charleston is set for Thursday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. 


The event is sponsored jointly by Operation Boot Camp, The Brick and 95SX radio.


Runners will have to navigate backwards as they cover .62 miles (three laps) around the baseball field's warning track.  The course begins at the right field corner of The Joe and finishes in Doby's Deck.  Tracking everyone's speed -- or lack thereof -- will be split-times at each .2 of a mile, in addition to a beer station to hydrate at the halfway mark. 


All participants will enjoy a post-race dinner party in Doby's Deck, where prizes will be awarded from most leisurely runner to largest beer belly.


Following the ceremony and dinner party, the event leads right into the Charleston RiverDogs game against the West Virginia Power.  It's also another "Thirsty Thursday" at The Joe where there is a special $1 beer price.  The after-party celebration will conclude downtown at The Brick, which is located at 213 East Bay Street.


There is a minimum age of 21 for all participants.  A $20 registration fee covers the entry for the race, commemorative 1K Run koozie (while supplies last), post-race dinner and awards ceremony in addition to a ticket to the baseball game.  Additional game tickets are available for $7 each.


"The RiverDogs like to keep annual events exciting, so we decided to make it a backwards run this year," said RiverDogs Special Events Director Melissa McCants. "The backwards twist has created a lot of buzz and we can't wait to see how much fun the runners have."


Participants can register for the race at Riley Park, online at www.riverdogs.com or on the day of the race between 3 - 5:15 p.m. 


For more information about the 1K Backwards Run, please contact Amy Fritzsche or McCants at (843)577-DOGS or amy@riverdogs.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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