The Georgia Regents University Augusta Half Marathon and 10K is experiencing another increase in participation following a 40 percent increase last year.
Helping boost the overall numbers is the addition of a 10K, the first time it has been offered in the event.
“The 10K is obviously a great choice for athletes who don’t want to do the half marathon but want to participate,” Augusta Sports Council CEO Brinsley Thigpen said.
Thigpen said beyond the half marathon and 10K, the event will also feature a wheelchair race to support adaptive sports.
“Adaptive sports are important,” she said. “It gives a lot of the physically challenged people in the community the opportunity to participate. We’re thrilled to offer that.”
The half marathon and 10K will be held Sunday at 8 a.m. Both the start and finish lines are at Enterprise Mill. The half marathon course features the same route as last year, with the exception of the runners using 15th Street to get to Broad Street at the beginning of the race.
There are also events on Saturday at Enterprise Mill. An expo will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
Following the expo is a Medals for Miles Fun Run at 4 p.m. The race is open to children in grades K-5 and encourages children to run or walk 12 miles on their own before finishing the final 1.1 miles as a group. The race is free but requires registration at augustahalf.org.
Along with the half marathon and 10K on Sunday, the event features food from Waffle House and a band following the run, Thigpen said. The awards presentation will be held from 10 a.m.-noon.
SUNDAY’S ROAD CLOSINGS
The Georgia Regents University Augusta Half Marathon and 10K will impact traffic on portions of the course, which will run through parts of downtown, Summerville and Harrisburg as part of a 13.1-mile run. Traffic control will be managed by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
The following roads will be affected on the day of the event:
• Greene Street-Eastbound lane from 15th Street to 13th Street – closed from 4-8:45 a.m.
• 15th Street-Northbound lane from Greene Street to Broad Street – closed from 7:50-8:30 a.m.
• Broad Street-Eastbound lane from St. Sebastian Way to 7th Street – closed from 7:50-8:45 a.m.
• 7th Street-Northbound lane from Greene Street to Broad Street – closed from 7:50-8:45 a.m.
• 15th Street-Northbound lane from Greene Street to Broad Street – closed from 8-8:45 a.m.
• Greene Street-Westbound lane from 7th Street to St. Sebastian Way – closed from 8-8:45 a.m.
• St. Sebastian Way-Southbound right lane from Greene Street to Walton Way – closed from 8-8:50 a.m.
• Walton Way-Westbound right lane from 13th Street to Highland Avenue – closed from 8-9:25 a.m.
• Milledge Road-Northbound lane from Walton Way to Broad Street – closed from 8:15-9:15 a.m.
• Highland Avenue/Berckmans Road-Northbound lane – closed from 8:15-10 a.m.
• Washington Road-Eastbound right lane from Berckmans Road to Calhoun Expressway – closed from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
• Lake Course Drive-Broad Street exit ramp – closed from 8:20-11 a.m.
• Broad Street-Westbound right lane from Lake Course Drive to Lakemont Drive – closed from 8:30-11 a.m.
• Lakemont Drive-Broad Street to Milledge Road – closed from 8:30-11 a.m.
• Lake Olmstead Park – runners inside the park from 8:30-11 a.m.
• Broad Street-Eastbound right lane from Milledge Road to Greene Street – closed from 8:30-11 a.m.
• Greene Street-Eastbound lane from Riverwatch Parkway to St. Sebastian Way – closed from 9-11 a.m.