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Fallen Hero Scholarship Fund to Receive Support from Community & Runners
Monday, March 25, 2013

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to partner with the fourth annual Palmetto Half Marathon, presented by Moore Sports Medicine, which will be held at the Village at Sandhill on April 12 & 13, 2013. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the 2013 event will feature a scenic Half Marathon starting and finishing at the Village at Sandhill, and also includes a Pasta Dinner by Carrabba’s, Youth Half Marathon, 5k and Kids Fun Run.

In just three years, the event has raised more than $87,300 for the charity beneficiaries. Proceeds from the event will benefit Jubilee Academy and eight local charity partners, including the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff’s Deputies will be volunteering for traffic control for the event to raise funds for the Ryan Rawl Memorial Scholarship Fund. In addition to a lump sum donation from the Palmetto Half Marathon, $3 from each registration using the promo code “RCSD” will be donated back to The Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Leon Lott added that Ryan Rawl was a hero; a Richland County Deputy Sheriff killed in active military duty on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012, while serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard in Afghanistan. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Ryan’s last assignment with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department was as a school resource officer at Crayton Middle School where he served with distinction and professionalism.

The event is expected to draw 3,000 participants from across the Southeast. Early registration is suggested to ensure a commemorative shirt in your size. Online registration will close on April 12, 2012 and day-of-race registration is only available for the Kids Fun Run. However, a t-shirt and finishers medal cannot be guaranteed for kids who register on race day.

Join us at Academy Sports + Outdoor at the Village at Sandhill for Packet Pick-Up and Pasta Dinner by Carrabba’s on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. This will be the only opportunity for runners to pick up their race materials prior to race day. Carrabba’s Italian Grill will be providing a delicious and affordable pasta dinner made from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Tables will be set for dine-in or you can take-out hand-prepared Penne Pomodoro with our without meatballs. Each meal includes a Carrabba’s Italian Salad with creamy parmesan or Italian vinaigrette dressing, bread and olive oil with their signature herb mix. Mini sized Sogno Di Cioccolata "Chocolate Dream" and Dessert Rosa will be available separately. 100% of the proceeds from the Pasta Dinner will benefit the Palmetto Half Marathon to raise money for Jubilee Academy and our Charity Partners.

The Youth Half Marathon is an opportunity to encourage your kids to get active by running or walking in increments leading up to the race to total 12 miles prior to race day. Kids will keep track of their miles on an activity log provided at registration and bring it with them on race day to vouch that they have completed 12 miles. On race day, they will run 1.1 miles to complete the 13.1 miles distance of a half marathon.

The Half Marathon race course is a mix of flat terrain and rolling hills through The Woodlands and Wildewood neighborhoods of Northeast Columbia. The course is relatively fast and runner friendly for first-time half marathoners but challenging enough for veteran runners who want a unique and fast course.

The 5k race course takes runners through the Village at Sandhill and onto Clemson Road before looping around on the Two Notch Road exit ramp for your return to the Village. The course is fairly flat with a few small hills.

All events start in front of Academy Sports + Outdoor at 730 Fashion Drive, Columbia, SC 29229, unless otherwise noted. Start times for this Columbia tradition in the making are as follows:

· Packet Pick-Up & Pasta Dinner – Friday, April 12, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

· Youth Half Marathon – Friday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.

· Half Marathon – Saturday, April 13, 7:00 a.m.

· 5K Run/Walk – Saturday, April 13, 7:15 a.m.

· Kids Fun Run – Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. *Start at the Fountain in the center of the Village at Sandhill.

Sheriff Leon Lott would like to encourage everyone to go to www.palmettohalfmarathon.com for more information, to volunteer, register for the event, make reservations for the Pasta Dinner and print course maps. The Sheriff wants to remind everyone that $3 from each registration, using the promo code “RCSD”, will be donated back to The Richland County Sheriff’s Department for the Ryan Rawl Scholarship Fund. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Ryan was a hero, serving his community and country when he was killed while on active duty on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012, while serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard in Afghanistan.

About Jubilee Academy

Jubilee Academy is a small, independent, Christian school for inner city children and families desiring to break the bonds of generational poverty, in Columbia, SC. Jubilee gives students who are zoned for failing schools, the opportunity for an excellent education based on Faith, biblical principles and Montessori methods. Jubilee works with entire families in a nurturing environment devoted to discipline, high standards, and love to facilitate health, freedom and independence.

Learn more about Jubilee Academy at www.jubileeacademysc.org.

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