Harper’s run always worth the breakfast after

The Pirates Week Jerry Harper 10K Run is a challenging one but attracts more than 150 runners locally and internationally.  

Organized by the Phoenix Athletic Club and named after the founder, Jerry Harper, who is still very much in control of this event, the race has traditionally started opposite Governor’s Beach on West Bay Road, with the course running into West Bay to Town Hall Road then on to Hell Road turning around at the Devil’s Hangout and returning to West Bay Road.  

The 2013 Pirates Week Jerry Harper 10k Run is on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7 a.m. with breakfast and awards ceremony afterward at Surfside Beach Resort. 

Registration is $25 and will be on Saturday, Nov. 16, from ,noon until 5 p,m. at Surfside Beach Resort on West Bay Road. There is no race day registration. 

It’s a new route this year. The start is at Consolidated Water Company on Esterley Tibbetts Highway and finish is at Surfside Beach Resort. 

Entry fee includes opportunities for performance and random awards, as well as breakfast. 

Runners are advised to take precautions against dehydration and expect a course of maximum 90 minutes.  

This race is also open to joggers, walkers, and baby carriages, so you can make it a family affair if you wish. 

Last year, 181 runners and walkers took part in the 2012 Pirates Week Jerry Harper 10k Run sponsored by KRyS Global.  

Marius Acker won and set a new course record of 34 minutes 19 seconds. First female finisher was Sara Ellis, successfully defending her 2011 title with a time of 40:16. 

The start is at Consolidated Water Company on Esterley Tibbetts Highway and finish at Surfside Beach Resort, West Bay Road. 


The Jerry Harper 10K run is always well supported. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD