We are excited to announce the inaugural Koala Bottle South Carolina Trail Run Series! Formerly known as Xterra, this series will continue to visit the same beautiful parks and scenic trails that you have run over years past.
Additionally, Koala Bottle’s location in Columbia, South Carolina and close relationship with the outdoor community will allow the race series to grow by offering more events throughout the state – in the mountains, the midlands, and the coast.
Koala Bottle’s events will provide an opportunity for you to explore and enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends and to challenge your fitness and your competitiveness, if that’s your thing. However, Koala Bottle wants your experience to be one that is environmentally sustainable and leaves no trace in the parks, so it is our plan for these events go cupless.
That’s right! At these events you will not find disposal plastic bottles or paper cups. Koala Bottle will provide water and Gatorade, and you are encouraged to bring a reusable bottle to each event. Available for each participant at the events will be a free 21oz Koala Bottle just in case you need one. Koala Bottle hopes that reusing a bottle becomes part of your daily lifestyle. Let’s race. Let’s have fun. Let’s keep our parks clean! And, let’s stay hydrated.
Harbison State Forest Half Marathon & 5k
July 7, 2019
Join us at Harbison State Forest for the Koala Bottle Half Marathon & 5K. Located a mere 8 miles from downtown Columbia, Harbison State Forest’s 2,200 acres of woodland is a paradise where urban growth and noise disappears. Visitors can enjoy 67 species of trees and a wide range of wildlife on the more than 20 miles of flowing trails for walking, biking, and running. Columbia’s famously hot downtown features many local dining hotspots and music venues music. So, consider extending your time in this historic southern town.
Start times: Half Marathon @ 7:00am and 5K @ 7:10am.
Table Rock State Park 15k & 5k
August 18, 2019
Located on the doorstep of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in northwest South Carolina, this event features a scenic 5k course that is great for novice trail runners and experienced racers alike. The single-track trails meander along and across scenic Carrick Creek from the nature center as you climb toward Pinnacle Mountain. After a short climb, the 5k runners will race downhill, looping back toward the start/finish line. Up for more of a challenge? The steep terrain of the 15k race course will test even the most seasoned trail runners. It follows the same route as the 5k for the first two miles. However, the 15k course climbs nearly 2000 feet over the first 5 miles. You will struggle to make it over several gaps and reach the race’s high point of Pinnacle Mountain. As you descend you will be rewarded with spectacular views from Bald Rock and other overlooks. More stream crossings, gnarly roots and jagged rocks will keep you on your toes as you wind your way back down the valley toward the finish. All racers will welcome the sight of the finish line where there will be plenty of food and ice-cold drinks to replenish your body after a tough run. For your extraordinary effort you will received a finishers award and a specially design Koala Bottle race T-shirt featuring art work by the renown Sammy Lopez.
Start times: 15K @ 7:00 a.m. and 5K @ 7:35 a.m.
Oconee State Park 15K & 5K
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