The Mill Stone 50K consists of three 10.5-mile loops at the scenic ASC Greenway in Fort Mill, SC. The course in this private green space in the suburban Charlotte area consists of mostly single-track, technical trail, with some gravel road and dirt trail. There will be at least two creek crossings, with the possibility of more depending on the weather. It will also most likely be muddy.
The Mill Stone is a landmark located deep in the heart of the ASC Greenway. It was the original millstone from Webb's Mill, located about a half mile from where the stone now stands. For many years, the regular Rock Hill Striders Saturday run has passed the Mill Stone and all of the runners are strongly "encouraged" to touch the stone as they pass. What would happen if the stone isn't touched is unknown, but no one wants to find out.
The stone is from the mill where Fort Mill gets its name.
Please review the Directions section for information on how to get to the race. If you go to the wrong Greenway entrance, it may be difficult for you to get the correct entrance in time for the start of the race.
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The race will start at 8:00 AM. Bib pickup will begin at 7:00 AM at the Rush Pavilion at the ASC Greenway. Directions are in the section below. There will be a pre-race meeting to discuss the course and other details at 7:45 AM.
There will be two aid stations located at the start/finish and the 3.5 mile point, which will also be passed at the 7 mile point. The aid stations will be stocked with the usual ultra food (candy, pretzels, water, Gatorade, etc.) Runners will be asked to carry at least one water bottle.
This race will be fairly challenging and we need to be out of the park by dark, so no runners will be allowed to start the third loop after 2:00 PM. This gives 6 hours to do the first two loops.
The race cost is $40 through January 18, after which the price goes up to $50 until registration closes on February 6.
The Rush Pavilion can be reached through the Nature Center entrance to the ASC Greenway.
From I-77, take Exit 85 and follow Hwy. 160 east towards Fort Mill. After less than a mile, take a left at the stop light at Hwy. 21 and go two miles until you see the Greenway entrance on the right. There are ASC Greenway direction signs at the turn. The attendant at the gate will direct you to the Rush Pavilion.
You can click on the map icon above to get the location of the entrance.
I suggest that you do not use your GPS to find the race location. There are several entrances and entering the ASC Greenway in your GPS will almost definitely take you to the wrong entrance.
About 25 runners joined the Rock Hill Striders for the Preview Run on a cold morning. Thanks to everyone who came out.
Once again, Bob Doster will be creating custom awards for the event. This year there will be overall male and female awards, as well as over male and female masters. Bob will also be making custom medals which will be given to all finishers.
Local time: 3:55 AM