The Ray Tanner Home Run
The Ray Tanner Home Run, established in 2006, is a unique event presented by Strictly Running. The Home Run features a 12K Run, a 5K Run/Walk, a 1-Mile Run and a Kids’ Fun Run. The 12K event is certified by USA Track & Field and presented in conjunction with the Columbia Running Club.
“When we started the Ray Tanner Home Run in 2006, we had about 200 runners who joined us at the old Sarge Frye field (on USC’s campus),” said Karen Tanner, co-founder of The Ray Tanner Foundation. “Since then, we have seen our numbers increase significantly and are expecting approximately 1,800 runners and walkers this year.”
Proceeds from the Home Run have been contributed to Families Helping Families; the Family Shelter; Oliver Gospel Mission, and the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, among others. “Our foundation’s mission is focused on improving the quality of life for those in this community who are medically or economically challenged,” Tanner said.