Beaufort Twilight Run to host husband and wife national champion runners

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The Beaufort Twilight Run (BTR), presented by Habersham Properties, will host husband and wife national champion runners Stephanie and Ben Bruce at its 11th annual event on Saturday, March 23, at Beaufort’s Habersham Marketplace.

“Stephanie is one of the fastest and most popular female distance runners in the country,” said BTR Race Director Lauren Kelly. “She has developed a huge following for her transparency on the challenges of life and motherhood. Stephanie and Ben are family-oriented and have a heart for giving back to their community, making them the perfect fit for BTR.”

The Bruces plan to attend the BTR on race day with their two sons. In addition, the community is invited to meet and hear from them at a family‐friendly pasta dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at Riverview Charter School. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at

BTR expects 2,600 participants and spectators from across 20 states at the main event on Saturday, March 23. Races and festivities take place from 3:30‐9:30 p.m.

Known as “The Lowcountry’s Running Festival,” the BTR is a USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned event that is Chronotrack timed by RMS Sports and offers more race options than any other event in the Lowcountry – drawing both competitive runners and recreational participants.

The BTR offers six options for runners and walkers at all levels including the signature 13.1 Mile Beaufort Challenge (10 Mile + 5K Runs), 10 Mile Run, 8K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Youth Run, and Kids’ Fun Run. The BTR is one of two events in South Carolina offering a 10 miler. All courses are flat and spectator‐friendly, offering beautiful marsh views under shaded live‐oak canopies.

“This family‐friendly event is perfect for participants at all fitness levels as well as spectators and friends who want to enjoy an evening of live music and great food,” BTR Event Director Jeff Althoff said.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, everyone can enjoy a variety of delicious food and drinks from oysters to gourmet food trucks to the Habersham Marketplace restaurants. The after‐race party officially kicks off at 6 p.m. and features the crowd favorite band “Broke Locals,” who specialize in “Southern-fried funk.”

The BTR’s total cash purse is more than $6,100 with payouts to be awarded in the 13.1 Mile Beaufort Challenge, 10 Mile Run, 8K Run and 5K Run. Categories include the three overall male and female winners of each of those races, as well as for the top male and female Masters (40+), Active Duty Military and Hometown Hero (a Beaufort County resident). In addition to cash prizes, age group winners will receive a gift for their accomplishment. In addition, a $1,000 bonus prize will go to any male or female runner who sets a new 10‐mile all comers state record.

For more information and to register, please visit Early registration discounts are available for all participants, as well as additional discounts for students, groups of 10 or more, and active‐duty military.

The BTR’s mission is to host a fun, competitive and memorable annual event for Beaufort to benefit Riverview Charter School – a free public school open to Beaufort County kindergarten through eighth‐grade students.

Beaufort Twilight Run Race Day Schedule (tentative)

3:30 pm – Youth 1 Mile run – ages 5‐14 (registration for 1 Mile closes at 3:00 pm)

4:00 pm – Kids 1/4 Mile Fun Run – ages 8 and under (registration for Fun Run closes at 3:30 pm)

4:30 pm – Beaufort Challenge Leg 1, 5K Run & Fun Walk

5:00 pm – Late Registration closes (pre‐registered pick‐up available until start of event)

5:30 pm – 10 mile Run, Beaufort Challenge Leg 2, 8K Run

6:00 pm – Awards Ceremony for Youth Mile Run and 5K run. After Party begins.

7:45 pm – Awards Ceremony for 8K, 10‐Mile, and Beaufort Challenge. After Party continues following awards.

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