Runners support track club, Florence 7

May 12, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. — More than 270 runners hit the pavement to support the Florence 7 and the Florence Track Club in the sixth annual Race4Taylor/Running with Angels at Florence First Presbyterian Church.

The Florence 7 are the sheriff’s deputies and police officers who were shot in an ambush on Oct. 3 as they were attempting to serve a warrant in the Vintage Place subdivision. Two of the seven died. One was a Florence police officer and one was a Florence County sheriff’s investigator.

The race has not been run since 2014, said race organizer Belinda Elmore.

“After five years it kind of got emotionally draining,” Elmore said.

In its previous five years the race raised about $35,000 for the Florence Track Club, the International Children’s Games and for a scholarship to the College of Charleston. This is the first year the race was run on the Cherokee Course, she said.

Elmore said her son Taylor died in a car crash while traveling to visit the College of Charleston.

The course runs through neighborhoods along Cherokee Road, Park Avenue, Wisteria Drive and Santee Drive.

The race was won by Norman Mathathi with a time of 16:08. The top female finisher was Joy Miller with a time of 17:57.