The Quarry Crusher Run is the only race of its kind in the southeast.
This once-in-a-lifetime look inside a magnificent landscape that is prohibited to the general public will leave a lasting memory in addition to the aching of your muscles and bones.
The approximately 3.72-mile route starts and finishes near the Olympia-Granby Mills in the Olympia Village, but it grows each year as the quarry gets deeper.
Once in the quarry, the route winds down a 10% grade through granite cliffs to the quarry floor. The approximately 400-foot ascent from the quarry floor to the finish marks the grueling event as Columbia’s most challenging foot race.
NEW THIS YEAR! Have you run the Quarry Crusher and think you have conquered it?!?! Think again! How about our new Double Crusher? Yes, that is right! Special Division this year for those who just can’t get enough! You will run all the way down and back up TWICE! Another addition this year for all those that wanted to “experience” the Quarry Crusher Run without actually Running we have added a 1 Mile Walk for you! This is a chance for families and kids to get a sneak peak at this awesome event! The Walk will be held after the run at 9:30 and will be open for 1 hour.
The quarry was started in 1880 and is now one of South Carolina’s largest aggregate operations processing an average of 10,000 tons of rock a day. In fact, one of the most popular products that is produced from the Quarry each year is a product known as “crusher run”, a fine granite substance used to make roads. Hence, the name of the race. But don’t be fooled, this run will crush you.
The run is slated to be an annual event, but, only as long as the quarry continues to be operational, so don’t put it off until next year and miss a chance to be a part of history! Quarry employees will be stationed along the spiral to ensure the safety of runners. There will also be water stations along the route.