Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
2.8
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.8
SCENERY
2.4
PRODUCTION
3
SWAG
2.8
The Run Hard Marathon in Columbia, SC is back! This spring race event is fun for all ages. The Run Hard Marathon provides course support, fluids/nutrition, shirts, medals and awards. From 5K to Marathon, we’ve got the race you need at a price you’ll love! So, save the date and … MORE
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    Bibwearingdad FIRST-TIMER '20

    Kudos to the police who were out in full force to make it a safe and fun event for all of us to run hard and enjoy through their coordination … MORE

    Kudos to the police who were out in full force to make it a safe and fun event for all of us to run hard and enjoy through their coordination and safety in directing traffic through intersections and other neighborhood streets. Big thank you to you ALL!!! Honestly, if you were not able to coordinate it, I do not know how this race would function or survive without just shutting down allthe streets.

    Hard to get excited for a recap of a race that did not have much of the logistics figured out during race day with the volunteers (ie bag drop, pickup, food, etc). It is a challenging course with a new downhill for the first half (rolling hills) and then a new uphill and two nice climbs around mile 10 & 11 (and more rolling hills). If you are training for Boston, or another hillier race in the spring/summer, this course may be the right fit for you since it is an early March race, but if you want a fast and fun race… this is not for you. It reads closer to a 500-600+ ft gain vs. 300 that they promote.

    The email and digital communication leading up to race was great, timely and very accurate, but everything outside of it just did not seem to be correct or up to the standards of what their website and email communications were.

    It is an easy and convenient race that if you are a local (you can show up and literally park a block away from starting line), should definitely look into and participate, but for out of towners and to travel in for this race, I would only do this if convenient for you.

    Main street is a great street downtown to end on, but with a huge market happening on that Saturday with like 100+ vendors, you think they would take advantage of that and all the fans/students, but it was so quiet and no one was cheering on the runners as they were finishing… just not ideal, not fun and kind of disappointing.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    joliecostello REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is a very well organized race. There are a lot of hills, so take that in mind while training. Good post race food. The weather has been perfect both … MORE

    This is a very well organized race. There are a lot of hills, so take that in mind while training. Good post race food. The weather has been perfect both times I’ve run it. I will definitely do it again next year. They also give you a free picture of yourself running!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    Rhondalyn10 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The race is small (which I like) but it is not well marked. Running with a recovering injury my time was much slower and often had really no idea where … MORE

    The race is small (which I like) but it is not well marked. Running with a recovering injury my time was much slower and often had really no idea where to go next. The traffic directors were busy on their phones or eating and a few people almost got hit. The course is hilly and nothing exciting. At the end of the half marathon (a marathon was still being ran) the only thing for food was a quarter of an orange, quarter of a stale bagel, half of a banana and your choice of either a water bottle or bottle of store brand electrolyte.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    2

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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '17

    I know, it seems like a minor detail, but Run Hard is something I make myself do, and Hard Run is something the course imposes on me...anyway... I'm not sure … MORE

    I know, it seems like a minor detail, but Run Hard is something I make myself do, and Hard Run is something the course imposes on me…anyway…

    I’m not sure there was ever a more beautiful day for running, 38 degrees to start, and mid 50’s to end, with very little wind. Sunny day, and the course had a lot of shade…in short, great running weather.

    Packet pick up was a breeze, lots of good hotels in the area, parked right next to the courthouse on race morning (meter parking is free on the weekends here), and was able to walk to the start line in 5 minutes.

    The race was small, 275 marathon runners, about the same for half marathon, and 400 and some odd 5k runners…which was nice for a city run. The race started with no issues, and there was adequate police presence at intersections. Parts of this course were open to traffic, and some residential folks were not to happy we were there, but I’ve come to expect this in any city. The scenery was ok, some really nice southern homes, and other residential areas. All in all no major course issues.

    Probably the biggest challenge of the course was the hills. I was running a great PR run until I got to the last few miles (which I knew were coming since this was the second loop), which are some massive hills, I can see how this would upset some folks, but for me it was just another training run for an upcoming 50 miler, so I just walked the hills and took an average finish time.

    No real fanfare at the finish line, get your medal, get a bottle of water, get in the car, get a shower at the hotel, drive 10 hours home.

    The swag was ok, but not the best ever.

    At the end of the day, South Carolina was crossed off of the list, but if I had to do it over again, I would probably choose a different race. There was just nothing that really stood out about this one. It was kind of like running at home…you enjoy it because you’re out running, but not really something you would pay money to see and do.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3
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    indigo4081 FIRST-TIMER '17

    It starts out at the State House but after that, the only scenery are houses and houses and more houses. Not much of a scenery. And there were a LOT … MORE

    It starts out at the State House but after that, the only scenery are houses and houses and more houses. Not much of a scenery. And there were a LOT of hills, up and down, up and down. It seemed never-ending. The last 0.5 miles was running through a Farmer’s Market which felt weird as you could smell all the delicious food being sold and swarms of people around, but you had to keep going as the Finish line was in sight. Only to be rewarded by a medal that was so-so. I will not be repeating this race next year.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    Joerobe Mar 06, 2017 at 8:34am

    Totally right about the Farmer's market, it was the first time I've ever run past someone playing ukulele while doing a marathon...congrats on the finish!

    Totally right about the Farmer's market, it was the first time I've ever run past someone playing ukulele while doing a marathon...congrats on the finish!

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