Road Race

Bryan Philipsheck finishes in first place in the 2018 Festival of Roses 1-mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by the Columbia YMCA.

Stopping to smell the roses may be a difficult task for runners in the annual Orangeburg Festival of Roses Road Race.

The races, which include a 5K and a 12K, are usually held on the Saturday morning of the festival. This year's road race will be held May 4. The festival itself will be held May 3-5.

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Last year, a total of 189 runners took part in the 5K and 12K competitions. The event, which also includes a walking component, has drawn upwards of 400 participants in the past.

There are races for men and women and are divided into a number of age groups from under 10 to over 70.

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The road race brings racers from across the state.

The 5K and 12K road races both have a high rate of return runners each year, for the competition that is into its fourth decade. The road race began in the late 1970s and has been held most every year since.

The event is sponsored by many local businesses and corporations.

In addition to the main 5K run/walk and 12K races there is the 1-mile Fun Run and the Kids Fun Run.n A Double Down 17K is also given to the individuals with the best combined time in the 5K and 12K.

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All the races begin at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center.

Cash awards are given to the top male and female finishers of the races as well as to the top finishers in each of the age groups.

Proceeds from the road races have gone to support the YMCA’s annual campaign toward community betterment.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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