Championship Race Comes to Lowcountry

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The Lowcountry will be home to champions in December. 

The Mortgage Network Road Races is set for Dec. 5 at Hardeeville Elementary School off Red Dam Road. The featured race will be the 2021 USATF Half Marathon National Championship presented by Toyota.

The women’s championship race will begin at 8:50 a.m. and the men’s championship race and the Sub Elite section will follow at 9:05 a.m.

There will be a $40,000 prize for the championship event and series money will be given to the circuit’s top 10 female and male runners, a news release said.

The women’s championship race will be the final leg of the USATF Running Circuit and will feature past Olympic medalists and U.S. team members. Kiera D’Amato, who has one of the top five marathon times in U.S. history, is expected to compete.

Heading the men’s field will be Sam Chelanga, a 14-time All American runner while at Liberty

University. Morgan Pearson from Boulder, Co., won the silver medal in the mixed triathlon relay at the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.