Barry Paschal is a Columbia County resident who serves as senior director of marketing and communications for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA - He retired after 30 years in Augusta media, most recently as publisher as The Columbia County News-Times. Follow on Twitter @barrypaschal
Posted March 11, 2013 10:09 am - Updated March 11, 2013 07:44 pm

As weather warms, calendar fills with races


New shoes?

After unlacing from running in the Strength for Sawyer 5K on Saturday, I noticed a little tear had started in one of my shoes. I ran a few stitches through it to reinforce the spot, but I know I’ll need new running shoes soon.


Do you have a favorite shoe? Send me a recommendation, or let me know which shoe has or hasn’t worked well for you.


Full calendars 


One of the realities of running is that, as the weather warms, organized weekend runs start to pile on top of each other.


You can’t do every one. Not only is it typically not possible to be in two places at once, but unless your pockets are pretty deep, it can get expensive to participate in competitive fundraiser races.


The going rate for entry in a race seems to be about $25, with longer races creeping upward. (I’m not really sure why that’s the case, except for races where roads have to be shut down and extra deputies are needed.)


Sometimes you can run cheaper with a no-T-shirt option, but that’s rare. More likely, they only way you’ll skip the obligatory T-shirt is to sign up late – which costs more.


Maybe when the folks at Fleet Feet Sports (www.fleetfeetaugusta ) hold that race-organizers summit, they can help sort some of these things out.


Meanwhile, this weekend is one of those times in which there are several different Augusta-area races to choose from.


The Great Wesley Chase is a typical 5K with a children’s fun run, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 North Belair Road, Evans. It’s a fundraiser for the church’s you missions.


The race follows a pretty good course, particularly if you like the challenge of a few hills. It runs through the Deerwood neighborhoods off of North Belair, and there are plenty of ups and downs along the route. They didn’t sign up with one of the typical online running organizers like, so at this stage your best bet is to sign up on race day. Go to .


Also Saturday, a bit more challenging event is the Cloverleaf Duathlon – a two-mile run, 10-mile bike ride, and another two-mile run – at 8 a.m. at Riverwood Plantation in Evans.


Register at any Family Y or at .


It’s not a competitive run, but also Saturday is the Brain Injury Awareness Walk at the Columbia County Amphitheater (the one behind the library in Evans – not the Lady Antebellum).


The event is a fundraiser walk for brain injury survivors, who get a half-price discount on the $20 registration fee. You gotta walk before you can run, right? Sign up at .


Next weekend, and so far all by itself, is the Beautiful Feet 5K run/walk on March 23 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Search on .


If you know of any other upcoming races, or are involved in planning one, send me the information so I can help promote it. Email me at .




Let’s hit the road!