Vulcan Materials Company will host its sixth annual Vulcan Materials Quarry Crusher Run March 25, 2017, beginning at 8 a.m. This race, which is now held in six cities across the United States but started in Columbia, features a 3.7-mile race that takes runners to the bottom of the quarry 475 feet below sea level, and then back up an average 10-percent grade incline to the top of the quarry. Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run proceeds benefit the Olympia Community Education Foundation.
At the top of the quarry, runners will see stunning views of the Columbia skyline, and after they complete the Single Crusher race (3.7 miles, $40 registration fee), racers can also double down with the Double Crusher and run the course twice (7.4 miles, $50 registration fee). Runners will also receive a free t-shirt and finisher’s medal. This challenging course offers unbelievable views of the quarry with every step. Participants last year ranged in age from 12 to 80 years old.
New to the Vulcan Materials Quarry Crusher Run This Year:
- This challenging race has a brand new start line beginning at 611 Rosewood Drive in Columbia and features scenic views of the Vulcan Materials Company Columbia Quarry, a landscape unlike any other.
- Runners have the opportunity to donate to Operation Restoration, an organization that provides assistance to homeless veterans, in exchange for a rucksack (backpack filled with sand). The rucksack will make the race even more challenging and runners can honor their fallen heroes by writing those names on their rucksacks.
“We’re so proud that this race, now held in quarries all over the country, started right here in Columbia,” said Jaime Lomas of Eggplant Events and Vulcan Materials Quarry Crusher Run race director. “We look forward to seeing new runners up for this challenge and also welcoming back familiar faces that don’t want to miss this tough race every year.”
Though the Vulcan Materials Quarry Crusher Run started in Columbia, the event is now held in Vulcan quarries in Atlanta, Birmingham, Maryland, San Antonio and San Diego.
For special registration pricing for running more than one race in the Vulcan Materials Quarry Crusher Series, special hotel rates for participants and discount codes for members of the military, first responders and students, visit .