On the weekend of May 18-19, 2019, Greenville and the surrounding areas of the Upstate will host the 3rd Annual Mountains to Main Street Race Festival. The festival is comprised of several races, including a 13.1 mile half marathon, a 5K, a one mile fun run, and the signature 70.3 mile Mountains to Main Triathlon.
The triathlon has been the main attraction of this event for the past two years, and with good reason. The race begins at Lake Keowee, where the competitor will swim 1.2 miles in the lake, then bike 56 miles through Pickens and Oconee county to arrive in Greenville, and start the last leg of the race with a 13.1 mile run along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, to finally finish at the Peace Center TD Stage where there will be vendors and celebrations. The race is a great way to see the area and has even received tourism grants from the state and city for bringing competitors to the Upstate.
The race was organized by co-founders of SaBaR Charities, Steve Pennington, and his partner Malinda. Pennington explained, “We are so excited to expand this event over the years into a race festival, which has made it a more family-friendly event, and not just for people training for triathlons.”
Pennington also raved about how great it has been working with police departments and other entities in the Upstate to organize the logistics of the race.
SaBaR Charities is a non-profit that strives to promote health lifestyles and active individuals living in underserved communities in the Upstate.
The race itself hopes to benefit recreational tourism, active lifestyles, and outdoor sport safety. In past years, proceeds of the race have been reinvested into the recreation community in Greenville and the Upstate, and Pennington plans to continue this in the years to come.
Registration is open for the fest now. The race has already reached 15 percent capacity.