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The Home Run Mission
A premier annual running and walking event bringing together people of all levels to
help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and their families through the Ray
Tanner Foundation, while promoting the benefits of healthy and active lifestyles.

Click here to see an example of how the proceeds of the Ray Tanner Home Run
are used. Over the past 6 years  we have contributed over
$140,000 to the work Ray
and Karen do in our community to lend a helping hand through their Foundation.
Ray Tanner Foundation Grants
2013 Events
12K Run  features a scenic 7.5 mile course starting and finishing at the new
Carolina Stadium located at 431 Williams Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

  • Course certification by USATF
  • Palmetto Grand Prix Race - double points
  • Columbia Running Club Tour de Columbia
  • For runners with faster than 15 min/mile pace - course closes at 9:30

5K Run and Walk was especially for those out to enjoy a day of fun and fitness.  
This  3.1 mile course starts at the entrance to Carolina Stadium and returns for your
finish at Home Plate.  Scenic, nearly all flat and fun.

New 1 Mile Kids Run especially for those under 18.

Kids Fun Run sponsored by Optimist Club of St. Andrews is inside Carolina
Stadium Field at 9:15 am.   All kids receive a #1 Kids Run for Fun race bib, finisher's
medal and refreshments.  Of course Coach Tanner and USC mascot Cocky will be
there to cheer everyone on.
All Volunteer
Home Run Event Team Directors

Heather Alexander - Finish Line Director
Mark Bailey - Director of Food Services
Selwyn Blake - Technical Director
Carol Caulk - Kids Run
Kristi Davis - Director of Finances
Milly Hough - Public Relations Director
Mike Hudgins - Director of Race Course
logistics
Chris Rossiter - Safety and Traffic
Control
Tricia Roland - Kids Run
Patti Lowden - Inspiration Station
Ken Lowden - Race Director
Sandy Smith -  Director at Large
Coleen Strasburger - Registration
Director
Dale Stigamier -  Director of Event
Team Volunteers
David Watkins - Director at Large
Karen & Ray Tanner - Ray Tanner
Foundation
Ray Tanner Home Run
8th Annual 12K, 5K and Kids Fun Run - October 12, 2013 - Carolina Baseball Stadium, Columbia SC
9th Annual October 11, 2014
About the Ray Tanner Foundation
Founded by Ray and Karen Tanner in 2005, the Ray
Tanner Foundation is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit
organization dedicated to the betterment of economically
and medically disadvantaged children and their families.
For more information visit.  
www.TheRayTannerFoundation.org
The Home Run was
the first non-profit
race in the Midlands
with a
Technical race shirt
and the first race to
present all finishers
a Palmetto Grand
Prix patch.
Registration for the 2013 Home Run in
USC Baseball Stadium on October 12,
2013 provided by StrictlyRunning.com
Karen Tanner presenting grants
from the Foundation to 4 family
centered services Jan 17, 2009.
The Ray Tanner Home Run is presented
as a community service by the all
volunteer Strictly Running Long Distance
Team.  The purpose of our group is to
foster a fun and supportive environment
for runners of all abilities to prepare for
your next big race of simply enjoy a
weekly easy run with friends. The group
and runs are free and totally run by
volunteers. Through the support of the
Strictly Running store, Columbia
Running Club and the Columbia
Department of Parks and Recreation we
have grown from a handful of members
in 2005 to over 400 today. Our runs are
open to the public. For more information
email RunOnSC@yahoo.com
In Memory of Leona Lavallee. Home
Run "Inspiration Station" Director
2006-2009.  Oh how we  miss her
smile, friendship and life-long
dedication to helping others.