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Anne Springs Close Greenway Hosts Second Annual Blue Star Blitz

Kicks Off “April is Love the Greenway Month” with New Competitive Races and Day-long Festivities

Kicking off the spring season and the start of the second annual “April is Love the Greenway Month,” the Anne Springs Close Greenway will host the Blue Star Blitz on Saturday, March 24th, an outdoor recreation festival featuring 5k and 10k trail races, short track mountain bike racing and a geocaching contest. Race participants and community spectators alike are encouraged to enjoy live music through the afternoon, as well as the Blitz Biergarten (11am-3pm).

Races are scheduled throughout the day beginning with junior boys and girls short track races, followed by the 10k and 5k trail races and additional bike racing in the afternoon. Live music featuring Diamonds & Whiskey and Chunky Daddy will play all day beginning at 11am and will accompany Blitz Biergarten attendees as they taste their way through more than 40 regional craft beers from over a dozen breweries.

The Blue Star Blitz begins a month-long initiative to celebrate “April is Love the Greenway Month,” which intends to spread greater awareness about the Anne Springs Close Greenway and garner greater financial support from its members and donors. The annual community campaign sets out to raise much needed annual funds to support and care for the 2,100 acres that comprise the Greenway.

“The Greenway is an incredible regional asset and as the demand for outdoor recreation increases, we are working to build programs that continue to meet our users’ lifestyle goals,” says John Gordon, Executive Director of the Greenway. “We want to encourage people at all levels of fitness to get outside and appreciate nature, a habit that has far-reaching benefits both emotionally and physiologically. The addition of more competitive races to the Blue Star Blitz is a taste for what is to come, as the Greenway continues to expand its outdoor recreation opportunities.”

Events include:
9:30-10:00a: Junior Boys & Girls Short Track Races
10:05-10:45a: Women's Short Track Races
10:50-11:30a: Beginner Men Short Track Races
11:00a-4:00p: Biergarten & Live Music ft. Diamonds & Whiskey and Chunky Daddy
11:00am: 10k Trail Race
11:20am: 5k Trail Race
11:30am-1:30pm: Geocaching Contest
11:40am-12:25pm: Sport Men Short Track Races
12:30-1:10pm: Single Speed & Clydesdale Short Track Races
12:45pm: 5k & 10k Awards Ceremony

1:15-2:15pm: Expert Short Track Races

Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall trail race winners in each age group (men/women), as well as the top two overall finishers (men/women). Short track races will award the top three finishers in each category. Registration fees vary. All fees increase the day of the race. All participants are guaranteed a medal and long-sleeve event t-shirt. Shirts will also be available for sale at the event.

Events are located at the Greenway’s Adventure Road entrance, 104 Adventure Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29715. To register or purchase tickets, please visit: BlueStarBlitz.org. 

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