Set for its 4th annual running in the early fall of 2014, this historic seaport city draws more than 400 runners each year for its Historic Georgetown Half Marathon & 5K, which takes the field on a tour of the third-oldest city in the state, located at the confluence of three rivers and just down the coast from some of South Carolina’s most famous island resorts.
The out-and-back route for half marathon will start and finish in the hub of the city on Front Street in historic downtown Georgetown. After running past downtown’s eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks, including the famous clock tower at the Rice Museum, the course quickly transitions into the East Bay Park area where runners will be greeted by lovely views of Winyah Bay.
As you circle the park, off in the distance you will get your first glimpse of one of the notable features of this Half Marathon; the two bridges that cross the Black and Waccamaw Rivers. Upon leaving East Bay Park the course passes through a residential area showcasing Georgetown’s signature tree-lined streets and beautiful lowcountry architecture.
From there, the route proceeds onto US Highway 17 where the next immediate focus will be to cross Georgetown’s gateway bridges.
This early morning race will surely provide amazing panoramic sunrise views of Winyah Bay, with Hobcaw Barony creating a splendid natural background. After the turn-around you will cross the bridges again and head straight back towards the historic district of Georgetown.
The race will follow Prince Street, a corridor of majestic trees, historic homes, churches, museums, and significant cultural landmarks. Here, runners will experience vintage Georgetown as they begin the second half of the race. The course then reconnects with Highway 17 and heads towards the southern end of Georgetown.
Perhaps the most challenging portion of the course awaits runners at the third bridge over the Sampit River into the city’s Maryville district. Although the majority of the race course is flat, this stretch will test runners uphill racing abilities. While in Maryville, runners will traverse through some other residential neighborhoods of Georgetown, which provide additional views of Winyah Bay.
Once you ascend the Sampit River Bridge, it is a short distance back to downtown Georgetown and to the finish line on historic Front St. The finish line area is located in the heart of beautiful Georgetown, so grab some water, stretch out, walk around the attractive Harbor Walk and celebrate your accomplishments the rest of the day in our fantastic city.
Provided by Daniel Newquist, Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge Run organizing committee
Race Climate & Weather
Located inland just behind Pawley’s Island along the South Carolina coast, about 60 miles northeast of Charleston and roughly 40 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, Georgetown is known for mild to moderately warm weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 16°F (in 1999) and as high as 96°F (in 1986).
On race day (Oct. 11), the average low is 56°F and the average high is 79°F.
- $50 for the half marathon, if registered by May 31, 2014
- $60 between June 1 – October 8
- $70 onsite at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2014 running of Georgetown’s Historic Bridge 2 Bridge Run Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.