Robinson & McElwee PLLC Member Directs Local Racing Tradition

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (July 5, 2012) – The 40th annual Charleston Distance Run represents the pinnacle event for the local racing community. It’s been a local tradition since 1973 and for the past two years, Robinson & McElwee member John Palmer has led the race as director.

The Distance Run, scheduled for Sept. 1, continues to grow and gain national exposure as Palmer and the race committee publicize the nation’s only 15-mile race.

For runners, there’s a plethora of marathons and half-marathons, but the unique 15-mile race has remained a tradition in Charleston, one runners from across the United States and beyond have come to experience

“It’s the only race of its kind in the country,” Palmer said. “We have such a great course. Running continues to grow as a sport and we’re proud to have so many athletes enjoy this annual Charleston event.”

This year’s Distance Run marks the second under Palmer’s direction. Palmer assumed leadership of the event two years ago when organizers discussed the possibility of changing format.

As an avid runner, Charleston native and traditionalist, Palmer said he would maintain the event’s unique distinction.

Palmer and the race committee have worked to increase the participant experience and spread the event’s brand. Last year’s competition featured nearly 700 participants in the 15-mile race.

In addition to the 15-mile distance run, the event features a three-person 15-mile relay, a 5K run and 5K and 10K walks on Sept. 1, starting on Kanawha Boulevard at the State Capitol. The Frontier Communications Pasta Party, as well as the Children’s Fun Run, will be held at the Charleston Civic Center on Aug. 31.

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