Time for serious training as Charleston Distance Run nears

Maria Busienei, the 2007 winner of the Charleston Distance Run, heads down the final stretch of Laidley Field toward the finish line. This year's Charleston Distance Run is Sept. 3. (WCHS/WVAH)

It’s time to get serious for those planning on running the Charleston Distance Run – the race is less than 40 days away and Capital Punishment Hill awaits.

The 44th edition of the race begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, on Kanawha Boulevard across from the West Virginia Capitol. Participants can choose between the challenging 15-mile event, the three-person, 15-mile relay, the 5K run and the 5K walk.

Early entrants to the Distance Run can save money. Registration for the 15-miler is $65 if received by July 31 and $80 if received by noon Sept. 2. Meanwhile, registration for the 5K Run/Walk and three-person, 15-mile relay (per person) is $40 if received by July 31 and $45 if received by noon Sept. 2.

America's 15-miler is run on a scenic but challenging course, starting at the state Capitol, taking competitors through downtown, rolling through hillside neighborhoods and along Charleston's riverfront before finishing at University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.

Entrants receive some perks, including a T-shirt, pre-race banquet, finisher’s medal and are eligible for awards and cash prizes.

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