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Palmetto Half Marathon Celebrates 7th Year in Honor of Fallen Runner at Last Year’s Race

Organizers encouraging participants to wear t-shirts and donate in honor of Amanda Peake Glover

COLUMBIA, S.C.– The Palmetto Half Marathon (PHM), being held on Saturday April 9, 2016, has been a local favorite for 6 years in the Columbia running community and this year, is changing the focus of the 13.1 mile road race to a celebration of life. The 2016 race is being held in memory of a fallen runner during the 2015 race, Amanda Peake Glover. The annual PHM hosts a half marathon, youth half marathon, 5K run and walk and a kid’s fun run. The youth half marathon begins on Friday April 8 and all other races will be held starting at 7:00am on April 9 at the Village at Sandhill in Northeast Columbia.

Amanda Peake Glover was 32 years old when she collapsed after crossing the finish line of the 2015 PHM.  She was a dedicated wife and mother of four children, an active member of her church family at Spears Creek Baptist Church, a property manager for Peake Properties, and a co-owner of Fitness 535 gym in Elgin. Amanda met every goal she set for herself with excitement and vigor. She truly ‘Lived Life Loud’, which has become a mantra celebrated among her friends and family in her honor. Not only did Amanda finish the half marathon before her passing, but she finished the race of life, and she finished it well.

The PHM organizers are asking all those who wish to participate in the runs or walk do so in honor of Amanda. To do so, Fitness 535 has designed a special t-shirt to celebrate her mantra and color of life, pink.  Any participant or non-participant can purchase these t-shirts by making a donation on the PHM’s website and all the proceeds will go directly to a charity of her family’s choosing. Any run participant who donates $20 or more will receive a t-shirt in addition to the race shirt that comes with their registration. Non-runners or walkers can purchase a t-shirt by making a donation of $25 or more. There will also be a balloon release at the Start of the Race.

“The decision to celebrate Amanda’s life and legacy during this race didn’t take any thought at all” says Jaime Lomas, race organizer. “She was an incredible individual that lived each day enthusiastic about family, friends and fitness.  Amanda’s friends reached out to us in their own time and we were happy to do what we could to help them celebrate her life. We are honored to celebrate Amanda by dedicating this year’s race in her loving spirit. Live each day out loud!”

The out and back half marathon course takes runners through parts of Northeast Columbia including the Woodlands and Wildewood neighborhoods. Water stations are positioned approximately every 2 miles along the course. There will be bathroom facilities along the course as well as a First Aid tent that will be located near mile 4 and mile 9. At the finish line, participants will be awarded a finisher’s medal and will be able to enjoy food, drinks, music, awards and visit with the sponsors and Health & Fitness Expo vendors. Registration for all races is now available online at www.palmettohalfmarathon.com

 

About the Palmetto Half Marathon: The Palmetto Half Marathon is a community movement in which experienced runners and enthusiastic volunteers come together to promote fitness, community involvement and charitable causes. The race, which began in 2010 and attracts and average of 1500 participants, has become a tradition among Columbia residents and is highly anticipated statewide. Event proceeds go to a charity beneficiary that is selected by the race’s planning committee each year, and the race also presents a variety of opportunities for local organizations to gain exposure and raise funds. The course starts in front of Academy Sports + Outdoors inside the Village at Sandhill and finishes at the fountain in the center of the Village at Sandhill. After the race, participants and their families can enjoy visiting the local shops and restaurants at the Village at Sandhill.

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