Scott Towers Demolition

Conestee Ice Breaker 8K

Date: January 25, 2014

Race Start: 9am

Lake Conestee Nature Park
840 Mauldin Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607

Course: 8K Trail Run on mix of dirt, gravel and pavement

Beneficiary: Conestee Foundation

Entry Fee: $20 pre ($25 day of) registration

The Ice Breaker 8K is the first race of the Greenville Dirt Trail Run Series. The rolling course winds its way through the beautiful Conestee Park and features a mix of dirt, gravel and pavement. Greenville County Rec has been working hard to make Conestee one of the best facilities in the county, and this is a great opportunity to see all the fantastic improvements that have been made to this wonderful outdoor oasis. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Conestee Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing Lake Conestee Nature Park and contiguous community lands into a nature park and wildlife sanctuary for public recreation.

2014 Greenville Dirt Series

Presented by:  Greenville Rec, Square One Events, and the Greenville Track Club

What is it:    A collection of 6 trail races over 10 months held at 2 different parks crowning one champion.  The races covering distances from 5k to 16k are designed to test your trail running skill and show you 2 of the most beautiful parks in the Upstate of South Carolina.

When:  Below are the 6 races that make up the 2014 Series.
•    Ice Breaker 8k            January 25th        Lake Conestee Nature Park
•    Easter Bunny Trail Hop 5K    April 19th         Lake Conestee Nature Park
•    Paris Mountain 12k        May 31st        Paris Mountain State Park
•    Paris Mountain     7k        August 9th        Paris Mountain State Park
•    Get Out Greenville 10k        October 4th        Lake Conestee Nature Park
•    Paris Mountain 16k        November 1st        Paris Mountain State Park

How it Works:    If you compete in a minimum of 4 races you will be in the running for the Series awards.  At the end of the 6 races we will take your 4 best results and add up the points. The first 8 finishers in each age group qualify for points. Awards will be given out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for the entire Series, as well as for each age group winner, male and female for each division. Special recognition will be given to folks who run ALL 6 races!

Signing Up: You can visit for info and registration for each race. If you have questions please contact Joe Lanahan: or 864-288-6470.
10 months, 6 races, 2 parks, 1 Champion!


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Susan G. Komen

This Saturday, the Susan G. Komen race for the cure for breast cancer returns to the Greenville Drive stadium.  This is a short fun walk or run, whichever you choose that runs through some areas of town that are being revitalized.

Distance from downtown Greenville: 0 miles

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Greenville and Spartanburg

We're proud to bring the SYRCL Wild and Scenic Film Festival back to the Upstate for the second year in a row. On September 25 the festival will be at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg and on September 27 in Greenville at the Children's Museum of the Upstate. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for you to meet sponsors and register for door prizes and drawings throughout the evening. Movies will start at 6:30 p.m. and will have a running time of two hours. More information about ticketing will be available on our website soon and movie trailers will be posted on our Facebook page so be sure to "Like" us and check in often.

Thu Sep 25 6pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time
Chapman cultural Center

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Thu Sep 27 6pm – 9pm Eastern Time
Greenville Children's Museum

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Greenville Triathlon and Paris Mountain 7k

Well the Paris Mountain Tri was cancelled at the last minute last weekend due to weather, but two other events of a similar nature are occurring this weekend. 

Saturday the Paris Mountain 7K takes place at 7 AM.

Sunday, the last tri event of the season in the Greenville area takes place at the Westside Aquatic Center with the Greenville Triathlon

Grandfather Mountain Trails

One of the best hikes I've ever experienced occurred recently at Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC.

I started on a trail called the Profile Trail. The image to the left demonstrates why it's called that. Near the top there is this view that looks like the profile of an old man.

The Profile Trail is beautifully constructed with lots of large boulders, moss covered stones, a couple of creek crossings, and some great views.

This trail goes up hill to the Grandfather Trail which is where it really gets great.

The Grandfather Trail is a ridge trail that requires the use of several ladders, some cables and in some spots crawling on hands and knees.
 There's a short spur trail that leads to a large cave. 

This is not a view from the trail. This is the actual trail.

This is the same section of trail looking the other direction. 

The trail goes all the way to the swinging bridge, so you either have to turn around or catch a ride back down the mountain. If you want to do this same hike, travel through Linville toward Boon on HWY 105 and park at the area labelled "Profile Trail Parking."

Distance from downtown Greenville: 125 Miles

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Paris Mountain Triathlons (Sprint and International)

This Saturday there will be an International Triathon at Paris Mountain that starts at 7:00 AM. It involves a 500 meter swim, a 20 mile bike ride over Paris Mountain followed by a 5 mile run.

At 7:15, we novices will be competing in a sprint triathlon that involves a 500 meter swim, a 13 mile bike race, and 5 k run. Come cheer us on - and perform CPR if needed.

Distance from downtown Greenville: 10 miles

Rick Erwin's Nantucket Seafood Grill

I've been dying to try Nantucket Seafood ever since it opened.  My wife and I finally had a chance to try it out recently. It was amazing. And by amazing, I don't mean amazing the way some say people use amazing about everything they find slightly better than average, I mean it really was actually amazing.  (I generally despise hyperbole and exaggeration so much I want to tear my hair out, so rest assured that every part of the following review is meant quite literally.)

Our waiter, David, wasn't amazing but he was very good. If he had serenaded us and comped our meal, then I would elevate him to the level of amazing as well, but since he did not I'll simply say he was awesome.  

I entered the restaurant definitely in the mood for seafood, but David mentioned how good the pork loin was. He was right. It was outstanding. Moist, succulent...amazing. A few days later I replicated the dish at home complete with bourbon reduction. Mine was so-so. My wife was complimentary and mentioned that it was a good effort. 

My wife ordered the Mahi Mahi special. She also reported that it was amazing. Actually I think she said it was fantastic. Even the salad that was topped with some sort of bacon vinaigrette was amazing. Epic even. 

In all seriousness, one thing I really enjoyed about the experience, is that the restaurant is very quiet even when all the tables were full. That isn't true with several other of our local upscale restaurants (and no I'm not talking about Sobys, The Lazy Goat or Nose Dive - yes I am). 

Distance from downtown Greenville: 0 miles.