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Fun planned this fall will show off Close greenway

The Anne Springs Close Greenway is a quiet jewel in Fort Mill, but over the next few weeks it will be jumping.

BBQ and bluegrass

This Saturday the Greenway hosts a Barbecue and Bluegrass festival with up to 25 cooking teams competing for trophies and cash prizes up to $1,000. Team entry fees are due Monday.

For those of us who would rather eat than cook, simply show up at The Dairy Barn 11a.m.-3 p.m. to check out barbecue team offerings and kick back with bluegrass music.

Cost: adults, $10; ages 6-12, $5; children under 5, free.

Questions: Linda Turner, 803-548-7252.

Nature walks

After all that food, it'll be time for exercise, so check out the greenway's guided nature walks with naturalist and environmentalist Dottie Metzler. The next walk will explore the greenway's rich history 10 a.m.-noon Sept 23. The walk begins at the Nature Center. Walks are also scheduled for Oct. 25 and Nov. 4.

Walks are free with $2 admission to the greenway. Walks will cover about 1.5 miles over dirt trails, so wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. A camera, binoculars and a sandwich for after the hike are also suggested.

Details: 803-547-0234.

Marathon

The greenway will host a Trail Marathon, Marathon Relay and 5-Miler at 7 a.m. Sept. 27. The course consists of single-track trails, horse trails and dirt roads.

If you normally run on pavement, this will be a new experience. Roots, rocks and mud make random appearances throughout the course, though mud is doubtful with our drought conditions. Most of the course is wooded, and views of lakes, ponds and a creek connect participants with the greenway's beauty. A few swinging bridge crossings add to the race excitement.

Relay participants should realize that the legs are not equal. The first leg is 10.8 miles, the second is 5.7 miles and the last leg is 9.7 miles. All relay exchanges are at the start/finish on the cloverleaf course, allowing for easy viewing and a more spectator-friendly race than most.

Online registration at www.active.com closes Sept. 25, but you can register race day.

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