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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
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
  • 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.

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 9:10 am.   All kids receive a #1 Kids Run for Fun race bib, finisher's
medal and refreshments.  
All Volunteer
Home Run 2015 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
Mary Lohman - Kids Run
Ken Lowden - Past Race Director
Sandy Smith -  Director at Large
Coleen Strasburger - Race Director
Dale Stigamier -  Race Director
Carol Wallace - Director Registration
and Team Gear
David Watkins - Director at Large
Karen & Ray Tanner - Ray Tanner
Ray Tanner Home Run
Carolina Baseball Stadium, Columbia SC
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.  
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 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.