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Half Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 16, 2016 1:39:59
5K Charleston, SC Dec 12, 2015 21:22

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Past Races (25)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
5K Oak Island, NC Feb 17, 2018 23:47
Half Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Dec 9, 2017
5K Savannah, GA Apr 8, 2017 22:28
Half Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 16, 2016 1:39:59
5K Summerville, SC Dec 19, 2015 21:45
5K Charleston, SC Dec 12, 2015 21:22
5K Florence, SC Nov 26, 2015 21:47
Half Marathon Charleston, SC Oct 31, 2015 1:48:35
Half Marathon Georgetown, SC Oct 10, 2015 1:41:43
5K Summerville, SC Aug 22, 2015 21:55
10K Charleston, SC Mar 28, 2015
5K Mount Pleasant, SC Mar 14, 2015
10K Charleston, SC Feb 28, 2015
Half Marathon Folly Beach, SC Feb 7, 2015 1:41:50
Half Marathon Charleston, SC Jan 17, 2015
5K Charleston, SC Jan 1, 2015 22:22
10K Charleston, SC Nov 1, 2014
10K Summerville, SC Mar 15, 2014
5 Miler John's Island, SC Mar 1, 2014
5K Sullivan's Island, SC Jan 25, 2014
5K Mt Pleasant, SC 2014
5K Isle of Palms, SC 2014
Marathon Darlington, SC 2013
Half Marathon Georgetown, SC 2012 1:49:00
Half Marathon Florence, SC 2012 1:42:00

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In February, I ran the Run Oak Island 5K in Oak Island, NC. Although I ran the 5K, the race also offered a half and full marathon. It is a … MORE

In February, I ran the Run Oak Island 5K in Oak Island, NC. Although I ran the 5K, the race also offered a half and full marathon. It is a part of the BAM (Big Ass Medals) series, which includes three other races on the NC coast. This was my first time running a race in that series, and I was very impressed. The medals and swag are great- the medals are beautiful, and even the 5K has a finisher’s medal. The 5K finisher’s medal is not as big as the half marathon, but it is better and more colorful than many of my marathon medals. The shirts are colorful and soft cotton.

The 5K course itself was great- fairly no frills, but we had two aid stations. It was well marked and had plenty of volunteers. The starting times were staggered that people did not run into each other, which I liked, and all the races started on time. The after party had pizza and barbeque for refreshments, along with post-race beer.

This race was on President’s Day weekend, and with many people having that Monday off work, it’s a great destination race to visit North Carolina for. The weather during that time of year is perfect for a half or full marathon and great if you are coming from a colder climate and want a break from the weather.

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As a Charleston resident, I've always heard about the Kiawah Island Marathon but was never able to run it in years past. In 2017, I ran the half and saw … MORE

As a Charleston resident, I’ve always heard about the Kiawah Island Marathon but was never able to run it in years past. In 2017, I ran the half and saw what the fuss was about. It was 100% worth it!

The Kiawah Island Marathon is one of the best organized races I’ve run. I signed up early and got a great rate. Since so many locals run this, Kiawah Island Marathon hosted an early packet pick up in Mt. Pleasant, which I took advantage of, so I didn’t have to drive to the island the days before the race. You can pick up your packet the day of the race, though, which is great if you are travelling into town on a late flight or morning of. The shirt is excellent- gender specific and hooded.

Race day brought an early wake-up call. If you’re not staying on the island, you must take a shuttle. We had to park in a muddy field, but the shuttles were the best of any race I’ve run- chartered bus instead of school buses. I did have to go to the car wash and spend $6 after the race to wash my car. When you get off the shuttle, it is about 1/4 mile walk to the conference center, where you can stretch and stay warm until time for the race. If you pick your packet up on race day, this is where you’ll do it.

The course was great. The half and full run together. If you are a faster runner, you can submit a time to enter the high performance corral, too. There are pacers for popular distances and adequate aid stations with very cheerful volunteers. Aside from a short sandy area of the course that were slightly damp/muddy from the rain, the course is all paved and flat and fast.

The race calls your name as you finish, which is a fun touch, and the after party and medal were wonderful. The after party had some of the best post-race food, not just bananas and water. There was coffee, hot chocolate, tons of desserts, and warm soup and cornbread, as well as pastas. Awards were beer growlers for the age groupers and Patagonia backpacks for overall placing finishers. The staff kept the food and beer stocked up so that no one missed out no matter what time they finished.

While I ran the half this year, I plan to return next year. If I do run a full marathon, I would probably opt for this one because of its proximity to my home and how well organized the race was.

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2017 was my first year running the Savannah Women's Half Marathon races, but hopefully it won't be the last. This race is in its third year and did a great … MORE

2017 was my first year running the Savannah Women’s Half Marathon races, but hopefully it won’t be the last. This race is in its third year and did a great job. I hoped to run the half, but due to an injury had to switch to the 5K in the weeks before the race. I like that two distances are offered because that makes this race perfect no matter what your goals are. Both races included the same swag and finisher’s medals.

This was my first women’s race and a great experience. The race environment was very supportive of ladies of all ability levels. Men could also run, but were not eligible for awards. The men who did run were very respectful and the ladies were respectful back. At one point on the half course, there is an out and back section and the runners cheer for each other.

The course is beautiful and perfect for your first race or for a PR. It’s flat and fast and runs through some beautiful areas of Savannah. The finish is in Forsyth Park in front of the fountain, which is a perfect backdrop for photos- and a fun place to hang out post race.

The Savannah Women’s Half would be perfect for a girl’s weekend in Savannah, or if you’re a local looking for a well-organized race.

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2016 was my 4th year running this half marathon and I have already reviewed it before, but the race staff made some positive improvements this year. At the expo, the … MORE

2016 was my 4th year running this half marathon and I have already reviewed it before, but the race staff made some positive improvements this year.

At the expo, the race shirts are now blue instead of the usual white, and runners now receive a plastic backpack instead of one of those drawstring bags. The bag is better quality and holds more. It seemed like the expo had more vendors and more races offering discounts this year, too.

The after party was also nice this year, with a better layout. There were 2 beer tents to ease congestion, as well as a mimosa table. The mimosas were already made and laid out for the runners as we finished, preventing lines. Also, there were more volunteers serving shrimp and grits and other food so that runners did not have to wait.

Race results are now emailed to you immediately after you finish, so you can check on your phone instead of standing in line to check or waiting until that afternoon.

A few things have not changed- the course is basically the same (no wrong turns in 2016), and the full course is definitely a bit longer than 26.2. Even for a certified race when you expect the course to be over 26.2, many runners logged 26.5 on their Garmins. If you are shooting for a BQ here, you may want to keep that in mind when planning training paces.

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The Cocoa Cup 5K, presented by Fleet Feet Sports and Nexton, is the largest 5K race in Summerville. I ran this race in 2014 and again in 2015, and both … MORE

The Cocoa Cup 5K, presented by Fleet Feet Sports and Nexton, is the largest 5K race in Summerville. I ran this race in 2014 and again in 2015, and both years had registration caps.

The 2014 race was well-produced. While the course was very boring and through an undeveloped neighborhood, the race was well staffed with enough refreshments and great age group and overall awards. In 2015, the number of registrations was raised to 2,000, and I don’t think the race was ready for that. The hot chocolate was not hot or ready for runners when we finished, runners experienced traffic and parking issues, and the races age group awards were not as nice as 2014 (pint glass).

The pros are that the course is flat and fast, as it is an out and back with few turns. The swag is a Nike hoodie and really nice, and all finishers get a mug for the hot chocolate as a finisher’s gift. I also liked that the race packet was a reuseable shopping bag.

I hope that the race returns each year, but it should probably have fewer participants and managed so that slower runners do not miss out on cocoa or refreshments.

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The Charleston Reindeer Run 5K is a fun holiday race for all abilities. It is held in Downtown Charleston with a great view of The Battery and Rainbow Row. The … MORE

The Charleston Reindeer Run 5K is a fun holiday race for all abilities. It is held in Downtown Charleston with a great view of The Battery and Rainbow Row. The course is flat and fast and perfect for a PR, and if you are a speedy runner, the grand prizes include cash. However, this race is a solid option for any runner. It is very beginner friendly with lots of Couch-to-5Kers choosing it, and you can walk the whole course and still have fun. The course has spectators and local radio stations playing Christmas music, and the after-party at Southend Brewery features free beer.

The only snags I had were parking (garages were $5 cash that day), and our packets did not have Reindeer Antlers like some runners received. I’m not sure why they forgot our antlers!

I would advise anyone running this race to arrive early, as it is a large race and the parking garages in Downtown Charleston get crowded and fill up quickly!

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I ran the Florence Turkey Trot in 2015 when I was in town visiting relatives. It is a small but growing race, and offers both 5K and 10K options. I … MORE

I ran the Florence Turkey Trot in 2015 when I was in town visiting relatives. It is a small but growing race, and offers both 5K and 10K options. I opted for the 5K, but I haven’t seen a 10K turkey trot, so that was interesting (I guess those runners can eat twice as many helpings of Thanksgiving dinner).

The race itself is very no-frills. The only swag was a t-shirt, which is cotton, but it is blue with a fun design. The age group and overall awards were medals, and it’s a very fun medal with a turkey running from a train, since Florence is a railroad town. The refreshments were very simple- fruit, water, cookies, and crackers. No free beer or drinks, and I guess you don’t need many refreshments at a Turkey Trot since most people will eat dinner later that day.

While I did not run the 10K, it seemed to have some issues. I believe a turn was missed on the course because a sign blew down. A friend and I spectated most of us, and the person we thought would win (who led most of the race) did not and had a much lower than expected time. The only issue I personally experienced was that the water stations had bottled water instead of cups, so there were bottles on the ground as well as caps that you had to run around.

This could be a really great race- hopefully the course issue is worked out for the 10K. There were a LOT of turns on that course. I think having only a 5K option would work, though.

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Race 13.1 came to Charleston and blew other local trail races right out of the water- or I guess, blew them off the trail. They produced a quality event with … MORE

Race 13.1 came to Charleston and blew other local trail races right out of the water- or I guess, blew them off the trail. They produced a quality event with a big-time feel right here in Charleston.

Race 13.1 Charleston was one of the more difficult half marathons I’ve run since it was a trail course, but they did an excellent job of marking the troublesome spots and having volunteers at each turn, junction, or crossing. As far as I know, no one got lost, which is a first out of the local trail races I’ve run here in town. The course had mile markers and motivational quotes, which were a big help in the last 2 miles.

Race 13.1 also strives to host events that appeal to runners of all abilities. This race had far more pace groups than others I’ve run, and they make sure that even the runners in the back feel special. They do not run out of medals or have strict time cutoffs. If you are in the front of the pack, they have very nice age group medals as well. Both the finisher’s medal and age group medal are some of the nicer ones I’ve received.

If you like to travel and run, you can purchase a pass to run more than one race at a discount. You also get extra medals for completing certain milestone numbers of Race 13.1 half marathons (extra medal when you complete 3 or 7 in a year).

This was my first experience with the Race 13.1 brand, but it surely won’t be my last. I look forward to this year’s Charleston race as well as some in other cities.

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I ran this race again in 2015. It was rescheduled from Oct. 10 to Nov. 14 due to flooding back in October, but the race organizers did their best to … MORE

I ran this race again in 2015. It was rescheduled from Oct. 10 to Nov. 14 due to flooding back in October, but the race organizers did their best to accommodate runners. They offered to transfer registrations to others or a 50% off discount for 2016 for those who could not run. I was able to run the race, so I did. It is a fairly small race, but has great course support with about 6 total water stops and one with gels/gu.

The race course is the most difficult half marathon on the SC coast. There are 3 bridges and you run over each bridge twice. The bridge at mile 11 is no joke and got me, that was my slowest mile.

The organizers are great to work with and very responsive on Facebook (and nice in real life). They care a lot about their community, charities, and putting on a quality event in a small town. Georgetown does not have very many road races, so I’m glad they bring a really good one to an area that needs more health and fitness oriented events. That is one reason I keep supporting their race and repeating it.

The swag was pretty good this year. Everyone got a tech shirt or a choice of a long-sleeved cotton shirt. You also got a bandana with the course map and a place where you could write your finish time. The bibs were nice and had your name on them, which is always a nice touch. Every runner got a finisher’s medal, whether you did the 5K, 12K, or half marathon, and the age group and overall winners got additional medals. The medals are very nice and high-quality. There is an after party with a band and also one free beer per runner.

This is also a good half marathon to run as a training run if you are running a hilly full marathon.

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For a 5K in a small town like Summerville, Race the Ark is a large race. This year had almost 500 participants, and it brings out all kinds of athletes. … MORE

For a 5K in a small town like Summerville, Race the Ark is a large race. This year had almost 500 participants, and it brings out all kinds of athletes. Tons of high school cross country kids run it as a time trial for Fall, but you also have recreational runners as well as walkers and first-time 5Kers.

The shirts are very nice gender specific tech shirts, but you can also specify the no-shirt option. The course is a simple out and back but closed to traffic and very flat- very PR worthy if you run through the summer heat and it happens to be a little cooler that day (sometimes it happens). After the race, sponsors set up tables with refreshments and there’s a ton of food to go around.

The proceeds benefit Alzheimer patients so it’s for a great cause. The race awards are wooden Noah’s Arks that are made by Alzheimer’s patients in the program, which provides respite care so caregivers can shop, get their hair done, or have time to themselves.

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The Cooper River Bridge Run is a race that Charleston residents love to hate. It is expensive, and it brings tourists to our city to run a bridge that we … MORE

The Cooper River Bridge Run is a race that Charleston residents love to hate. It is expensive, and it brings tourists to our city to run a bridge that we can run any time on the pedestrian lane. I do run it on a regular basis but participated in the race for the first time this year.

I had a great race. I was able to start in the competitive corral (45 minute 10K) so I did not experience a crowd at the start. If you are not in Corral A, the competitive corral, or the elite (sub 40) corral, it is very crowded. Spectators line the streets of Mt Pleasant and downtown, so I felt like an elite with so many people cheering for us.

This year’s race was very well produced, but in years past, there have been late starts. Also, free beer after the race has been eliminated in favor of a free beer at the race expo (who wants a beer at the expo?). The shirts are cotton.

Locals may not like the run, but it defines Charleston as a running community. So many people start running due to the CRBR and many *do* keep running. Running or walking over the bridge in this race is a bucket list item for many people. It’s something every local should do at least once, but it’s up to you if you want to do it more than that. It was fun for me but not a must-do.

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The Peyton's Wild and Wacky 5K (or 10 x 5K) is a great cause. The proceeds benefit the Mt. Pleasant Track Club and Injured Marine's Semper Fi fund. The race … MORE

The Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 5K (or 10 x 5K) is a great cause. The proceeds benefit the Mt. Pleasant Track Club and Injured Marine’s Semper Fi fund. The race is held in memory of Peyton Moore, who passed away at the age of 10 from a seizure.

This is a trail run, and the trail is technical. Last year, the trail was very muddy and I was coming off an injury, so I did not push the pace. Peyton’s family directs and manages the race along with some friends, and you may not run your fastest time but you will have a fun time. Also this 5K starts at 11 AM so you can sleep in.

If you want to run a 50K ultra this is a great option as you run a 5K on the hour every hour. Also you can divide it up and run as a team with friends.

Last year’s food was catered by Jim and Nick’s BBQ but they also had some typical race refreshments. You could get a post-race massage as well. The swag was good as everyone got a finisher’s medal, most people won awards (rocks painted by Peyton’s classmates), and you got a tech t-shirt.

This race was really fun and I would encourage everyone to add it to their calendar! It is a great value for the money and you are supporting great people and a great cause.

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I participated in the 10K and 5K this year. The race was set up to where runners could do both, with the 10K at 8:15 and the 5K at 9:30 … MORE

I participated in the 10K and 5K this year. The race was set up to where runners could do both, with the 10K at 8:15 and the 5K at 9:30 (although a few 10Kers were still on the course when the 5K began). The 10K is basically running the 5K course twice, but the course itself is easy. IT IS NOT CERTIFIED but it is correct.

This year, everyone got finisher’s “dog tags” with the race’s mascot, which is a dog named Chance the Donor Dog. I thought this was a nice touch for everyone to receive something. The shirt was also a tech shirt and is nice.

This race is a great option for a local 10K, as it’s one of the few that’s flat, and a good tune-up before the bridge run. The cause is great and it is a good one for beginners. The top finishers receive cash prizes, so the top times are fast. I didn’t care for the excessive promotion of the cash prizes on Facebook, as I believe they could attract more runners by promoting the finisher’s “dog tags” medals, tech shirts, etc. Only a few runners will ever win money. I also feel like 5 year age groups would have been better for a race this size. There is a big difference in a 30 year old runner and a 39 year old runner (as well as 40-49). The field is already fast due to the cash prize so there’s little chance for an age grouper in other races to win an age group award here.

Age group awards were nice- medals and gift cards to a local running store. There was one water stop on the course but it was a cold day so that was enough.

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I ran Save the Light in 2015 and really liked it. It's a fairly small, no-frills half marathon at Folly Beach, but the course is 100% road. The race is … MORE

I ran Save the Light in 2015 and really liked it. It’s a fairly small, no-frills half marathon at Folly Beach, but the course is 100% road. The race is very inexpensive, and even race day, I believe the cost tops out around $50 (discounts if you register early). Runners receive a long-sleeved cotton shirt and poster, and you do get a very simple finisher’s medal. There’s a hotel at the start and finish so you can hang out and stay warm, too (also where packet pick up is held on race morning).

The course is flat and fast, and if you can zone out and just run, and the weather’s right, it’s a great place to PR. You won’t find many spectators but the race organizers did a fairly good job of marking the course. The first mile or so was crowded, then it thinned out substantially once we got going. If you are local or going to be near Charleston that weekend, it’s a great race option- definitely not a destination or bucket list race, but works for a solid local half marathon.

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I've participated in the Charleston Half Marathon for the past 3 years, and it's one of my favorite local races. It is flat and fast, with a good crowd of … MORE

I’ve participated in the Charleston Half Marathon for the past 3 years, and it’s one of my favorite local races. It is flat and fast, with a good crowd of runners and volunteers. The half marathon course is excellent and you will always be around other runners, but the full marathon course is not as scenic and goes through a lot of neighborhoods. I highly recommend the half marathon, though- especially the first 6 miles which are through downtown Charleston.

The race is for a good cause- arts in the schools. The expo does not have a ton of vendors or races, but it’s worth going just to see the art that the students have on display. You can pick up your packet the day of the race if you can’t make the expo, which is a huge advantage for anyone travelling whose flight gets in when the expo is over, or someone who wants to drive in the morning of.

For what you pay for the race, you get a good deal. It includes a long-sleeved tech shirt and finisher’s medal. The finish line has good refreshments (Shrimp and grits) and each runner gets 2 beer tickets if you are over 21. You can purchase more. There are bands at the finish and they do give awards, 5-year age groups.

Check the race’s Facebook page for discounts. They periodically have sales around the holidays where they post percent-off codes or run a special.

Now, in 2015, there was a SNAFU and the course was about .1 long. Not much, but just enough to anger those who were hoping to BQ. This could have been a PR mess, but the organizers handled it so well, offering a 20% off discount for the next year to all runners, as well as posting adjusted/corrected times about a week later. My time dropped a little over a minute. The course was not very much longer (I had 13.24 on my watch) and I barely noticed, but they went out of their way to make sure runners were happy.

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I run this race every January 1 because it is a great way to kick off a new year. The race is recycling themed, so the shirts and awards are … MORE

I run this race every January 1 because it is a great way to kick off a new year. The race is recycling themed, so the shirts and awards are left over from other races. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to leftover t-shirts from other Charleston races, this is where they go.

Race the Landing goes five runners deep for age groups awards, so most people place. Everyone got their choice of a vintage donated award or an award from a previous Race the Landing summer series race. Race the Landing awards are pretty fun, and this is a good chance to earn a sword or gator if you missed those races or didn’t place in them. Everyone also got a finisher’s medal.

Refreshments include soup and cornbread, and everything is homemade by volunteers. It was one of the best post-race meals I’ve had.

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The JICR is one of the most beautiful but most difficult courses in Charleston. The views are incredible and the race production improves each year. They have recently started giving … MORE

The JICR is one of the most beautiful but most difficult courses in Charleston. The views are incredible and the race production improves each year. They have recently started giving finisher’s medals, which is a nice touch for a 5K and 10K. The post race party has lots of refreshments as well as free beer, and the age group awards are very nice each year. The overall winners receive money which brings a lot of faster runners out.

It is harder than the Cooper River Bridge run, course wise, because the course has multiple inclines and is all run on the connector, which is a hard surface. However, the race is open to all, including stroller runners, those with dogs, and it is walker friendly. The 5K is point to point with a bus that returns you to the start, and the 10K is an out and back.

I would highly recommend this race because it is one of my favorites in Charleston. It’s not a PR course, but it is beautiful and a great race to use for training if you have a hilly race coming up.

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The Shamrock Shuffle is a great 5K/10K in Summerville. Summerville doesn't have many races, but this one is close to home and goes through some beautiful neighborhoods. The race always … MORE

The Shamrock Shuffle is a great 5K/10K in Summerville. Summerville doesn’t have many races, but this one is close to home and goes through some beautiful neighborhoods. The race always has tech shirts and great refreshments as well as nice awards (medals/plaques). The course is very well marked and there are plenty of porta potties, signs, and volunteers. It is before the Cooper River Bridge Run and a great tune-up race for that, but also good for first-timers.

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The Mullet Haul trail run is held each March on John's Island, which is near Charleston, SC. Charleston County Parks & Recreation hosts this run and they do a great … MORE

The Mullet Haul trail run is held each March on John’s Island, which is near Charleston, SC. Charleston County Parks & Recreation hosts this run and they do a great job. The price is lower if you are a county resident (always nice to save), but this year, they offered a deal on one of those daily deals sites, which was another great touch. Racing a lot gets expensive.

For the cost, this race was well worth it. For a small local race, you got a great tech shirt- including a women’s cut for the ladies. Everyone is encouraged to wear a mullet (fake or real… I guess if you’re into getting a mullet just for this race), flannel shirts, cutoffs, and other country/redneck looking clothes. They also have a costume contest- which is fun, it makes it more like an event than a competition. Runners also got a fun “Mullet on the go” headband.

The after party had free beer, soup, macaroni and cheese, bread pudding, and the typical race refreshments. The awards were also great (winners got a “red solo cup” trophy), and they had a band and photo booth.

Another touch: I think it’s the only 5 mile/10 mile run in the Charleston area, so if you’re local… it’s a good chance for an instant PR

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I ran this race in 2014. The Charlie Post Classic is in it's 32nd year and hosted by the Charleston Running Club. Things should be pretty much perfected. It's a … MORE

I ran this race in 2014. The Charlie Post Classic is in it’s 32nd year and hosted by the Charleston Running Club. Things should be pretty much perfected. It’s a very large race with over 500 participants, mostly in the 15K. I guess you don’t get many chances to run a 15K (9.3 miles), so people take advantage of it.

In 2014, I ran the 5K (3.1 miles). I like shorter races and the week after a half marathon, I wanted something short! In 2015, this race was actually BEFORE the Charleston Half Marathon, and I’m not sure when it will be in 2016. The course is nice, well marked. The split for the 5K/15K is well marked- you cannot miss it. There are water stops, along with some spectators.

The post-race refreshments were from Black Bean Company and Triangle Char-N-Bar, and they were great. Veggie and meat burritos, cookies, yogurt, apples, bananas, etc. They also had coffee and water. The “swag” was good for a local race. Tech shirt, and you got a coupon for $10 off at Triangle and a water bottle. For the entry fee, the gear was awesome.

My gripe is in the awards. I won 3rd overall female, which is kind of a big deal in a large race. The overall winners got medals that say “age group winner”. That would be fun if I’d won my age group, but I didn’t… I placed overall!

It’s a very nice medal and I understand they mass-order the awards, but I wish the ribbon was correct! I would still recommend this race to others, though.

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I ran the IOP Connector Run 5K last year (2014) and volunteered in 2013. It's a very large, popular local race with a beautiful view of the intercoastal waterway. The … MORE

I ran the IOP Connector Run 5K last year (2014) and volunteered in 2013. It’s a very large, popular local race with a beautiful view of the intercoastal waterway. The race is an out and back, over the connector (the 10K goes out further, but the connector is only one incline). Awards last year were medals, but top finishers received cash prizes. They do awards for masters and grand masters as well. First-timers and walkers are also welcomed, and the timing of the race draws a lot of people who do Couch to 5K to prepare.

One highlight of this race was free photography from Tag Your Pix. The connector run has a beautiful course and views, and it was nice to get free pictures. They post them on Facebook about a week later and you can tag yourself or others tag you. I do wish they posted them online somewhere because not everyone uses Facebook, but if you do, keep this in mind.

The only downside to the race, to me, is the cost. Each year the cost increases a bit and they don’t seem to offer many discounts. You get a tech shirt, but even then, $40 for a 5K is a bit much. You do get unlimited beer at the finish and that draws a lot of runners.

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This is a good local trail race and attracts a variety of runners. The proceeds benefit CrossBridge Ministries which is a charity that helps people in need, and the beneficiaries … MORE

This is a good local trail race and attracts a variety of runners. The proceeds benefit CrossBridge Ministries which is a charity that helps people in need, and the beneficiaries come to the race and speak during the post-race pancake breakfast (which is delicious!). The speakers are proof that your money is going toward a good cause, and I always like knowing where my money goes when I run a race. It is run on Laurel Hill trails and very beautiful. The trails are not super difficult, but none of the race is paved and if it rains, the trail can be muddy. The awards are gift certificates for local businesses, and this past year they offered a tech shirt.

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I ran this race in its inaugural year. It was my first and so far only marathon, and it was such a terrible experience that I have had no desire … MORE

I ran this race in its inaugural year. It was my first and so far only marathon, and it was such a terrible experience that I have had no desire to run a marathon since. The race was held in late September that year, which is a poor time for a marathon anyway. It turned out to be a very warm day, so I got sunburnt on the course and ended up walking much of the last 6 miles.

Course support was very poor. Many of the volunteers left the course, and no one in the area knew a marathon was occurring. The organizers put up a few encouraging signs, but they were all at the beginning of the race, not in the end where we really needed them. The roads were open to traffic, including some very busy roads with 18-wheeler trucks speeding by. The aid stations that had volunteers, however, had encouraging volunteers and were well stocked with Gu and water.

The finish line was the worst part of this race. I finished in just over 4 hours, which is a mid-pack time with plenty of runners still on the course. When I finished, the race had no food left. The half marathoners, 10Kers, and 5Kers ate everything and they did not replenish. I also found out that the food offered was Chicken Noodle Soup. The organizers got this idea from the Myrtle Beach Marathon, which is held in February. I don’t eat meat, so if food was available, I could not have eaten Chicken Noodle Soup- nor was it appropriate for a race in September.

I would not recommend this race at all. Several other NASCAR-themed races such as Thunder Road in NC are more successful and much better directed. This race could have good potential for NASCAR fans but no one seems to care much about making it a good race for runners.

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Since Run Like a Nut is on the same day as the Florence Pecan Festival, one would think it would be a great race to bring runners into town for … MORE

Since Run Like a Nut is on the same day as the Florence Pecan Festival, one would think it would be a great race to bring runners into town for a tune-up before one of the upcoming marathons. However, this race consistently misses the mark. I participated in the 10K in 2010 and 2011, and the half marathon in 2012.

Each year, the half marathon course is short by about .3. The first year I ran it, I did not realize this and thought I’d set a big PR. Imagine my disappointment to find out my “half marathon” wasn’t really a half marathon. Not to mention the first timers who thought they’d completed the distance.

The course has a lot of turns without proper signage or volunteers, so some runners have accidentally cut parts of it or gotten lost. Several years, the organizers have run out of finisher’s medals because race day registrations were allowed and I have had friends who did not receive medals or received very poor quality/old medals from previous years. The tech shirt offered was the same color for each year from 2010-2012.

I personally would not recommend this race. If you live in Florence and need an aided long run on that day, that would be the only reason this race is a good option.

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I ran the Bridge 2 Bridge half marathon in 2012 and am running it again in 2015. It is a small local race but the town rallies around it and … MORE

I ran the Bridge 2 Bridge half marathon in 2012 and am running it again in 2015. It is a small local race but the town rallies around it and supports the runners. The course had plenty of volunteers and adequate water as well as gels at Mile 7. It is not an easy course, so don’t count on a PR here, and since it is a small race, the course does not have a bunch of spectators. The organizers are very active on social media, responding to runners’ questions and comments, and you can tell they really want people to run their race and put a lot of effort into it.

The finisher’s medal is one of the nicer ones I’ve received, especially from a small race. The race has also gone to tech shirts in recent years. My favorite part of the swag was a 13.1 oval sticker with the race name on it.

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