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Spartan Race Spartanburg

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spartan Race Spartanburg

What’s more poetic than Spartanburg hosting its first Spartan Race in early November? Nothing. But if you’re unfamiliar with the Spartan Race experience, understand that poetry has nothing to do with the Nov. 4-5 Carolina Beast and Sprint Weekend. If you’re unsure what we’re talking about, you’re not alone. So we’ve pulled together some frequently asked que

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How Panthers Training Camp Went From Fun-Time to Big-Time

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How Panthers Training Camp Went From Fun-Time to Big-Time

My first trip to Wofford College for the Carolina Panthers training camp was in the summer of 1997. I was a rookie sports reporter for the Spartanburg newspaper, still trying to find my way around town. The Panthers were coming off a magical second season in which they went 12-4 and beat the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs. I remember struggling

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Tyger River Park Celebrates Five Years of Hitting it Out of the Park

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tyger River Park Celebrates Five Years of Hitting it Out of the Park

Built five years ago on 137 acres in the western Spartanburg County town of Reidville, Tyger River Park has quickly become one of the crown jewels of the state’s sports tourism industry. The park boasts 13 baseball/softball fields, a clubhouse, a playground, picnic shelters, a 1.25-mile walking trail with outdoor fitness equipment, an 18-hole disc golf course and a splash

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Drayton Mills Trail – A Getaway That’s Not Too Far Away

Friday, July 22, 2016

Drayton Mills Trail – A Getaway That’s Not Too Far Away

An urban trail in any city is a treat and retreat for both locals and visitors. It is a path of protected greenery that both skirts and winds through the concrete jungle of city life, giving walkers, runners, cyclists, and skaters a little time and distance to get back to nature without having to leave civilization. On Spartanburg’s east side, Drayton Mills Trail is one of th

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Visiting Peter’s Creek Preserve

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

By Tim Marsh, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. When I first arrived in Spartanburg as the new Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writers Project, there was naturally a lot I needed to learn. There was the social and economic history of a very old county, the mannerisms of a deeply intricate culture, and the environs of a widely-diverse ecosystem. My

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Disc Golf – Spartanburg County Style

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Disc Golf – Spartanburg County Style

By Susan A. Sistare, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. Updated for accuracy in April 2019. Disc Golf from Joe Canali on Vimeo. Not far off of Highway 9 in Boiling Springs, my friend Rhonda and I found the Shoally Creek disc golf course, a beautiful little spot on the grounds of Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park, a county-owned park north of Spartanburg. We w

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To the Mountaintop with the Founder of The Assault on Mt. Mitchell

Monday, February 09, 2015

To the Mountaintop with the Founder of The Assault on Mt. Mitchell

By Brad Wright, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. When it came to cycling, John Bryan was simply a Southern pioneer. In the 1970s, when the idea of a bicycle as a legitimate means of transportation was an afterthought at best, laughable at worst, he used his on his daily commute. It should be mentioned, however, that this was a commute between Spartan

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Skating on the Square

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Skating on the Square

By Rachel-Richardson, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. I am not the most graceful of girls. My center of balance has yet to be found. If I were an animal, I’d be less of a swan and more of a hedgehog. In short—which I also am—the idea of putting on ice skates and swishing around a rink seemed like an express pass to a pair of crutches. I would fa

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Cycling Spartanburg, Year-Round, Day and Night

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cycling Spartanburg, Year-Round, Day and Night

By P. L. Thomas, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. If you are visiting Spartanburg and happen to be driving at night in the city or country during those increasingly cooler months after the end of daylight savings time, you may see an unusual sight: small, white and blinking red lights approaching you slowly and seemingly unconnected along the road.

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Triple Tree Aerodrome

Monday, November 03, 2014

Triple Tree Aerodrome

By Brad Wright, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. Updated for accuracy in May 2019. It’s a beautiful, early fall day as I make my way down Highway 221 to the Triple Tree Aerodrome near Woodruff. The sky is as clear as my expectations are hazy. I have never heard about this place in our community, yet it’s billed as the "Augusta National of Aviation.

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