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Summerville, SC Raving since 2017 50 States hopeful/finisher active 1 year, 4 months ago

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 12, 2015 4:59:17
Half Marathon Morgantown, WV Jun 6, 2015 1:54:37
15K Sullivan's Island, SC Jan 27, 2018 1:32:46
10K Charleston, SC Apr 2, 2016 56:43

Future Races (1)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Memphis, TN TBD

Past Races (42)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Davis, WV Aug 22, 2020
10K Charleston, SC Aug 1, 2020
Half Marathon Johns Island, SC Nov 16, 2019
Half Marathon Summerville, SC Nov 9, 2019
Half Marathon Tazewell, VA Jun 8, 2019 2:24:40
Half Marathon Athens, OH Apr 14, 2019
10K Charleston, SC Apr 6, 2019 1:01:29
Half Marathon Folly Beach, SC Feb 2, 2019 2:25:46
15K Sullivan's Island, SC 2019 1:37:25
Half Marathon Lexington, OH Nov 22, 2018 2:24:55
Half Marathon Johns Island, SC Nov 17, 2018 2:13:04
Half Marathon Hershey, PA Oct 21, 2018 2:24:45
Half Marathon Baltimore, MD Oct 20, 2018 2:20:50
Half Marathon Greenville, SC May 19, 2018 2:24:15
Half Marathon Ormond Beach, FL Mar 24, 2018 2:10:20
Half Marathon Augusta, GA Feb 24, 2018 2:24:52
15K Sullivan's Island, SC Jan 27, 2018 1:32:46
Half Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 13, 2018 2:17:04
Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 9, 2017 5:19:46
Half Marathon Mount Airy, NC Nov 18, 2017 2:11:53
Half Marathon Georgetown, SC Oct 28, 2017 2:14:55
10K Johns Island, SC Sep 16, 2017 57:50
Half Marathon Albuquerque, NM Aug 13, 2017 2:30:33
Half Marathon Flagstaff, AZ Aug 12, 2017 2:40:37
Half Marathon Cat Spring, TX Aug 5, 2017 3:18:19
Half Marathon Burkes Garden, VA Jun 10, 2017 2:19:00
10K Charleston, SC Apr 1, 2017 59:16
Half Marathon Folly Beach, SC Feb 4, 2017 2:09:19
Half Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 14, 2017 2:05:10
Half Marathon Summerville, SC Nov 12, 2016 2:07:20
10K Charleston, SC Oct 22, 2016 57:11
10K Johns Island, SC Sep 17, 2016 1:00:46
Half Marathon Tazewell, VA Jun 11, 2016 2:21:00
10K Charleston, SC Apr 2, 2016 56:43
Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 12, 2015 4:59:17
Half Marathon Summerville, SC Nov 14, 2015 1:59:49
Half Marathon Tazewell, VA Jun 13, 2015 2:03:00
Half Marathon Morgantown, WV Jun 6, 2015 1:54:37
Half Marathon Albany, GA Mar 7, 2015 1:54:55
Half Marathon Folly Beach, SC Feb 7, 2015 1:56:45
Half Marathon Summerville, SC Nov 15, 2014 2:02:21
Half Marathon Tazewell, VA 2014 2:09:00

My Raves

This was my 5th time running this race. Even with light rain which dampened the views, Burkes Garden never lets you down. The rain actually made the last few miles … MORE

This was my 5th time running this race. Even with light rain which dampened the views, Burkes Garden never lets you down. The rain actually made the last few miles a bit easier, as there is little shade on that part of the course. It’s a hilly course, especially in the first 4 miles, but the scenery is always spectacular, and for those of you fast enough to medal, the prizes are homemade sheep! The race was in its 26th year this year. It’s always on my calendar!

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This race starts in the town of Travelers Rest, travels mostly along the Swamp Rabbit Trail (a paved rail-to-trail), and ends up in downtown Greenville right on the Reedy River. … MORE

This race starts in the town of Travelers Rest, travels mostly along the Swamp Rabbit Trail (a paved rail-to-trail), and ends up in downtown Greenville right on the Reedy River. There is a ‘net elevation loss’, which I’ll elaborate on later. I recommend this race even though I had a crappy run!

I’ll start off with the cons:
1. There are a few hills at the beginning and a big one thrown in for good measure when you loop around the Furman campus. This isn’t a negative unless you’re a flatlander like me.
2. I talked to a local runner who said that the weather is highly variable, especially in the humidity department. We had rain until about 15 minutes before the race started, so the humidity was killer. The local said that they have a half in February which is much better in that regard.
3. It’s advertised as a net downhill run. The elevation profile on my Garmin confirmed that to be the case, but it sure didn’t feel like it!! The key word is ‘net’.
4. Could have used another aid station or two in the middle section.
5. This is a point-to-point race, so there is a shuttle. However, it’s $20, even for runners. This didn’t affect me since I had a friend running and we both had cars, but…

Now, the pros:
1. Great looking tech shirt and medal. Nice swag!
2. Excellent organization and a nice finish at the TD Center.
3. Decent post-race food.
4. The Swamp Rabbit Trail isn’t super scenic, but it is definitely nice enough, mostly shaded, and well-maintained. The loop around Furman University’s campus is beautiful, however! And the town of Travelers Rest is quaint and charming.
5. Since it’s mostly on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, there isn’t too much concern with traffic; however, all of the intersections are manned by police.

A couple of other notes:
– Greenville has several events going on that weekend, so hotels are not as cheap as I expected. I stayed at an AirBnB in Travelers Rest, and that was a great option! We were only about a 3 minute drive from the race start.
– Re. the shuttle – fortunately, Greenville has plenty of parking garages, and two of them are free on weekends. If you need to park downtown, I recommend the Richardson St garage, which is about 4-5 blocks from the race finish. And it’s right near all the good shopping and eating in downtown Greenville. Greenville is a great little city to visit.

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This is a moderately-sized race (around 750 halfers, along with marathoners and 5K folks) that starts and ends at a huge park along the intracoastal waterway. The only elevation change … MORE

This is a moderately-sized race (around 750 halfers, along with marathoners and 5K folks) that starts and ends at a huge park along the intracoastal waterway. The only elevation change is crossing the bridge twice! The course is a straightforward almost out-and-back which runs along the intracoastal waterway for the majority of it, with an entrance and loop through the Tomoka State Park, which is ‘old Florida’ at its best. The afterparty is awesome, with plenty of free food and entertainment. There is great course support and a lot of encouragement by the locals. Weather is just about perfect (like an Ohio summer race). And the medal was huge! Definitely one of my favorites (out of 22 so far). And if you are traveling from out of town, you are right near the beach, just north of Daytona! We loved our stay in Ormond Beach!

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There were some really good things about this race, and some areas that could use improvement. Overall, I'm glad I ran it, but it's not one I'd plan on running … MORE

There were some really good things about this race, and some areas that could use improvement. Overall, I’m glad I ran it, but it’s not one I’d plan on running multiple times.
Good stuff:
1. I met up with several friends and family! So that made up for the downsides I saw.
2. Overall, not a bad course (but see the downsides). Fairly scenic in some portions, and you get a good look at the city of Augusta.
3. BEST PART BY FAR: on the back side of the course along a trail, there was a tribute to fallen service personnel (military, law enforcement, etc). They had placards along the course with pictures, names, etc. Right down from there, a group all held American flags along the course as they cheered you on. I was proud to be an American as I ran through this part of the course!!!
4. Great afterparty in the city park, which had been resodded not too long before the race.
Bad stuff:
1. A really long hill – around 3 miles! For us flatlanders, that was hard!
2. Something they couldn’t control: Awful humidity for February. It was pretty miserable.
3. Packet pickup: (NOTE: I am very picky about packet pickup convenience) They only advertised packet pickup until 7 PM on Friday night before the race. For those of us coming from out of town who had to work, this was very inconvenient, and I had to take off 1/2 day from work to get there on time. Fortunately I was allowed to pick up packets for my friends also coming in late. It turns out that for $20, you could get your packet the morning of the race, but this was not advertised. I just think that they didn’t really consider out-of-towners, as the vast majority of runners appeared to be local.

The swag was ok, although the shirt ran really small. But that’s not a big deal to me. Overall, I did end up enjoying the race, despite the negatives.

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My second time running this race as a local. The cold front which came through during the race made it quite windy and cold, but the race itself was just … MORE

My second time running this race as a local. The cold front which came through during the race made it quite windy and cold, but the race itself was just as good as last year despite the change in management. The first 6 miles are in downtown Charleston and are beautiful. The next 5 are through the industrial neck area of the peninsula, and the last two go through the old Navy base, through the N. Charleston Riverfront park, and into downtown North Charleston. The race medal was great, and they gave out a nice big beach towel this year as well as a good long-sleeve tech shirt. The after party with shrimp and grits, coffee, bagels/fruit, etc. was also excellent. At the race start, they also had Burke High School open so you could stay warm before the race. The only negative this year was having to pay for parking (being a local, I figured out other places to park that were free). The pre-race expo the night before at the Gaillard Center seemed to be pretty nice and well organized although I only ran in and out to get my packet. Glad I ran it again!

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The course was modified since my first go-around 2 years ago. It had fewer out-and-backs and a spur out to an ocean overlook. A very couple of rainy, cold days … MORE

The course was modified since my first go-around 2 years ago. It had fewer out-and-backs and a spur out to an ocean overlook. A very couple of rainy, cold days beforehand dampened it a bit but actually made for good running weather, as the rain cleared out just before the start. Personally, I did worse than my first time (20 minutes slower), but I actually enjoyed it more – I wasn’t as exhausted, so I thoroughly enjoyed the post-race buffet. The 40th anniversary long-sleeve hoodie (still tech fabric) and medal were very nice! And the organization is top-notch, even better than 2 years ago.

One thing for out-of-towners to know: the traffic going onto the island in the morning is awful – arriving at the traffic jam prior to 6:30, it took us another 25 minutes to get to the parking lot to catch the shuttle (race starts at 8). There is only one road leading to the island. So, if you can afford it, stay either on Kiawah Island itself or Seabrook Island.

2nd thing to know: Weather in December can be erratic compared to other times during the year. Two years ago, it was humid and in the 70s. Last year, it was clear and cold (mid-30s at the start). This year, it was rainy leading up to the race and low 40s. So be sure to check the Charleston weather forecast just before you leave home.

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Loved this race...They changed the course so that most of the race is along the Greenway. Therefore, it's pretty flat! It starts out in picturesque downtown Mt. Airy, goes down … MORE

Loved this race…They changed the course so that most of the race is along the Greenway. Therefore, it’s pretty flat! It starts out in picturesque downtown Mt. Airy, goes down hill to Riverside Park, then starts on a long out-and-back along the Greenway, finishing at Riverside Park. Course support was great (including port-a-potties near each aid station); registration at the Emporium was inside, with plenty of room so that you didn’t have to stay out in the elements pre-race (it was in the upper 30s at the start, 50s at the finish of the half). Since the start and finish were about a mile apart, they offered a school bus shuttle between the two. Local businesses helped out quite a bit, including free coffee and doughnuts at a local running/fitness store for spectators, and a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich for all runners (5K, 10K, or Half). This year was a record number of total runners (591), so it is a nice fairly small race, about the right size for this beautiful town of 10000. And when you’re in ‘Mayberry’, you just HAVE to visit the Andy Griffith Museum, Floyd’s Barber Shop, and Snappy Lunch. The medal wasn’t all that big, but it was distinctive and matched the tech long-sleeve shirts. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at this race, and my weekend in Mt. Airy!

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This race was a hidden gem to me. I live in the Charleston area but had never run it, and I'm wondering why I didn't run it before! The hospitality … MORE

This race was a hidden gem to me. I live in the Charleston area but had never run it, and I’m wondering why I didn’t run it before! The hospitality and organization are what sets this race apart in my opinion! The course itself crosses two bridges, twice each for the half marathon, and winds through the streets of Georgetown, a ‘sleepy’ little Southern town along SC’s coast. The section from miles 8-11 is difficult for the lack of scenery, but otherwise it’s a nice course. But back to the hospitality: although there aren’t that many locals cheering you on through the majority of the course, at the finish there is lots of support. And the best part for me was when the last runner came down the home stretch, all of the volunteers were notified, and they cheered him through the finish as if he were the winner! As a late October race, the weather can be fabulous, or still hot and muggy. It was a little muggy when I ran it, but I was ready as a local. If you haven’t been to Georgetown, they’ve rebuilt the boardwalk and local businesses since the fire that ravaged the town several years ago. It’s a great little town to enjoy!

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The first couple miles of the race were on a main city street; after that, most of the race is on a river/canal trail or alongside parks. The scenery was … MORE

The first couple miles of the race were on a main city street; after that, most of the race is on a river/canal trail or alongside parks. The scenery was pretty nice, and I was able to see 3-4 hot air balloons take flight. The early start for the race was good because of the August heat. The folks running the race were very friendly and the bling was good. The downsides of the race were: 1. Hard to sign up initially online; 2. Directions to the parking area weren’t clear for out-of-town folks; 3. They ran out of some of the food for us late finishers; 4. Hard to find results online. I think if they can improve the race promotion, organization, and communication, they could attract more folks to run it.

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This is one of my favorite races to date despite my relatively poor showing as an eastern US flatlander. The first couple of miles on this mostly-trail race are killer … MORE

This is one of my favorite races to date despite my relatively poor showing as an eastern US flatlander. The first couple of miles on this mostly-trail race are killer as you climb up to the mesa, and part of the logging trail is somewhat difficult, but the views are just amazing! The race organizing team, the other runners, and locals were all extremely friendly and helpful, and it’s a relatively small race so you don’t get lost in the crowd. No wonder Flagstaff is rated the #19 running city in the world.

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If you are used to running at night on single-track horse trails, or you're an accomplished trail runner, you would probably enjoy this race. For those of us who are … MORE

If you are used to running at night on single-track horse trails, or you’re an accomplished trail runner, you would probably enjoy this race. For those of us who are NOT the above, it was tough! The race was well organized by Trail Racing Over Texas and had great swag, and the camaraderie among the runners was great, which made it an overall good experience. But running in the dark, even with flashlights, was hard, so I had to stick with other runners throughout. It was in early August, so it was still extremely hot and humid, even at night. And the single track horse trails had a lot of sand (especially in the first 7 miles), making the sledding tough. Fortunately, my only goal was to finish (to cross TX off my 50 state list), so mission accomplished…and I still made some new friends!

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This is a small race located in a mountain valley in southwest VA. If you want an extremely beautiful course at about 3000' elevation, this is your ticket! (Full disclosure: … MORE

This is a small race located in a mountain valley in southwest VA. If you want an extremely beautiful course at about 3000′ elevation, this is your ticket! (Full disclosure: I now run this race every year, as we own some property in Burkes Garden.) The first mile is downhill, then there are two relatively big hills in the next 3 miles or so. After that, it is mostly rolling until the end when there is a hill coming out of a gully to the finish. It’s not an easy race, but the weather is usually good, the medals and trophies are distinctive (trophies are sheep!), and the scenery is just incredible. And it’s cheap – $40! The upside/downside (depending upon your viewpoint) is that since it’s out in the country, hotels and amenities nearby are not plentiful.

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Save The Light Half Marathon and 5K benefits the efforts to preserve the Morris Island Lighthouse in Charleston. It's not the best organized race, but the size (~500 people) and … MORE

Save The Light Half Marathon and 5K benefits the efforts to preserve the Morris Island Lighthouse in Charleston. It’s not the best organized race, but the size (~500 people) and beach scenery can’t be beat! And it’s cheap ($40-50 in 2017). The Tides Hotel in the center of Folly Beach is where registration, packet pickup, and awards all take place…and that is good, because it’s usually clear and cold the first week of February (well, it has been the last 3 years that I’ve run it), so the indoor warming area is greatly appreciated. (Northerners might not find it to be that cold – upper 30s to upper 40s, with beach wind, but usually not a cloud in the sky.) The race is all on Folly Beach and goes out to a view of Morris Island Lighthouse. They slightly changed the course in 2017 to provide this view by adding a sand portion, which was difficult, but only about 1/2 mile. The rest of the course is on paved roads.

Course support is pretty good; the medals themselves aren’t anything to write home about, but everyone gets a poster-sized photo or painting of the Morris Island Lighthouse with the title and date of the race. Post-race refreshments are the standard bananas, oranges, and bagel pieces. It takes a long time to start the awards ceremonies, which are crammed into a conference room at the hotel, but at least it’s warm! And the prizes for the overall winners have been Harbor Lights or similar lighthouse replicas, and coffee mugs or similar for age group winners.

All in all, it’s a very good race (I’ve done it every year since I started running halfs). And Folly Beach is a great place to visit, even if it’s a bit cold. The laid-back beach town ambience is worth a try!

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As someone who prefers smaller races, the 30K+ runner aspect had scared me from running this for several years despite being a local race. However, this race was run very … MORE

As someone who prefers smaller races, the 30K+ runner aspect had scared me from running this for several years despite being a local race. However, this race was run very efficiently, with plenty of bus locations to get you to/from Mount Pleasant (start) and downtown Charleston (finish). This is best run with friends, though! The post-race food and entertainment is great, and I highly recommend the views of Charleston from the Ravenel Bridge and through downtown. The only negative was that they had out-of-town bus drivers for the shuttles who didn’t know their way around town and sometimes got lost.

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