Upstate Men’s Cross Country Clears Community Trails

Upstate Men’s Cross Country Clears Community Trails

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's cross country team spent three hours Saturday (Aug. 20) morning working with the Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) to clean up the Cottonwood Trail.

The Spartans volunteered their services over the weekend, working to straighten up a local Spartanburg trail. The men's team's hard labor included clearing existing paths, removing all invasive plants, picking-up litter, clearing the river of tires and other debris and general up-keep of the trails. All 17 team members were on hand to assist in the cleaning process.

"Cottonwood is a great trail system in the middle of Spartanburg and we try to run on the trails whenever we can," said Carson Blackwelder, interim head coach for the men's and women's cross country teams. "Cleaning the trails Saturday was a great opportunity for us to maintain one of our favorite places to run. Cottonwood is used by the Spartanburg running community, including our men's and women's teams as well as the other cross country teams in the area."

SPACE was founded in 1989 by citizens concerned over the loss of green areas and open space in Spartanburg County. Initial funding for the organization was provided by the Spartanburg County Foundation.

SPACE is a private, not-for-profit land conservation organization whose purpose is to protect and preserve natural areas of ecological, historical and aesthetic value to enhance the quality of life for all residents and future generations.  

For more information about the Spartanburg Area Conservancy and how to get involved visit the SPACE website here.

Both Upstate men's and women's cross country teams open the 2011 season Sept. 2, hosting the Eye Opener Invitational. Follow the Spartans this season on Facebook and Twitter.