By: Barry Paschal on November 10, 2013 - 11:27am - Add new comment

Randy DuTeau, the energetic executive director of the Columbia County Convention and Visitor Bureau, recently returned from a trip to Salt Lake City to learn (among other things) about attracting tourists with outdoor recreation.

By: Barry Paschal on October 19, 2013 - 11:36am - Add new comment

This is a great time of year for beginning runners mapping out their first competitive (or non-competitive) group events. With cooler weather here, events are competing heavily for weekend slots. If you can't find one to run in, you aren't looking very hard.

Here are some of the local races on the schedule:

By: Barry Paschal on September 1, 2013 - 1:04pm - Add new comment

Living here in the South, fall mostly is a state of mind. Our weather won't really cool off until, maybe, October at the earliest.

But signaled in part by Labor Day weekend, fall brings with it the college football that many of us have eagerly awaited since the last game of the previous season. 

Not many of us are gifted enough to actually play college football, however; our participation is limited to cheering from the sidelines or from the couch. But all of us can get into the fitness game by participating in the many organized running events that fall also brings.

By: Barry Paschal on August 18, 2013 - 6:38pm - Add new comment

There’s a first time for everything, so they say, and I got a first the other day.

By: Barry Paschal on August 11, 2013 - 5:44pm - Add new comment

Several weeks ago I noted that there was an effort underway to set up a meeting for those who are considering holding a fundraiser race. It’s now all set. Here’s the news release sent out recently by Randy DuTeau, from the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau:


By: Barry Paschal on July 28, 2013 - 8:51pm - Add new comment

Very cool news arrived in the local running world Friday when WJBF-TV News Channel 6 anchor and reporter Chris Kane announced his new business. 

By: Barry Paschal on July 23, 2013 - 9:20pm - Add new comment

Did you miss me?


Don't answer that (unless the answer is yes).


After a nearly two-month hiatus, my blog for beginning runners is back. As always, I'll be looking for opportunities to help promote races and running activities in the Augusta area. Send the info my way if you have something coming up.


And for the next blog, I'll provide information on the area's long-awaited race organizers' forum. It's set for Aug. 27, with details to come.


By: Barry Paschal on May 20, 2013 - 5:49pm - Add new comment


A recent meeting of the minds hopefully will lead to fewer headaches down the road.


Guided by Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Randy DuTeau, a few of us met to discuss putting together a race directors meeting for the area.


By: Barry Paschal on May 15, 2013 - 12:21pm - Add new comment


The folks at The Riley Guide ( ), a Web site for job search and career information, asked if I’d give one of their writers space for a piece offering information on starting an office jogging program.


Writer Ben Thomas offers the following tips.




By: Barry Paschal on May 8, 2013 - 3:17pm - Add new comment


Columbia County is halfway (after first reading) toward approval of new rules that would require at least 45 days notice for any races that require streets to be blocked, and will charge fees for the race organizers to pay for it. It also will require those organizers to carry pretty hefty liability insurance policies, too.


All that is likely to mean some charity races that run on a shoestring (don’t they all?) will have to seek other alternatives, including running on park trails or at Savannah Rapids.


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