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Olympic runner visiting Beaufort

An Olympic marathon runner will make his way to town to take on the Beaufort Twilight Run on Saturday.

Pardon Ndhlovu of Zimbabwe not only plans to run the 10K leg of the annual twilight run, but also take part in a clinic hosted by Ground Running.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Port Royal’s newest running store, Grounded Running, Ndhlovu and American marathoners Tyler Pennel and Nicole Dimercurio will visit with fellow runners and share stories of what it takes to be the world’s best.

Ndhlovu will share his story of humble beginnings in Zimbabwe, where he ran barefoot in all his races, and how his drive for success can be a lesson for anyone.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to meet these folks and to talk running with some of the leaders of the sport,” Grounded Running owner Tim Waz said. “Their individual stories are interesting and inspiring.”

All three runners will compete Saturday in the 10-mile race at the Beaufort Twilight Run. This USATF sanctioned running festival offers four competitive courses: 10-mile, 8K, 5K and a 1-mile youth run. Participants also can sign up for the 5K fun walk and a quarter-mile kids fun run.

Runners can compete for the Beaufort Challenge title by participating in both the 10-mile and 5K events. Participants and friends can enjoy the after-party with gourmet food trucks and live music. Back on stage this year will be the Broke Locals.

The Beaufort Twilight Run supports Riverview Charter School. Over the last seven years, it has raised more than $325,000.

To sign up for the race, go to www.beauforttwilightrun.com.

To learn more about the Grounded Running clinic, go to www.groundedrunning.com. The store is located at 864 Parris Island Gateway in Shell Point.

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