Saturday, February 13, 2016 • Hilton Head, SC • Course Map
Set for its 14th annual running in the late winter of 2016 — after its 2014 running saw just over 1,100 runners cross the finish line in all three races combined, including more than 640 in the half marathon alone — the Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K is run as a benefit both the the Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s “Strive to Excel” program as well as the Hilton Head Island Children’s Memorial Garden.
Fast and largely flat, this scenic race course takes runners and walkers — the 10K and 5K races are open to both, while the half marathon is open to runners only — from the starting line at the island’s Jarvis Creek Park along a course that’s made up mostly of paved roads and a few bike trails. The race’s only real hills occur at the bridge over Broad Creek, which crosses about a one-mile span (runners in the half-marathon cross the bridge twice during the race).
Both the half marathon and the 5K start at 8:00 AM, and both races are open to both runners and walkers — the walking portion of the event begins shortly after the runners leave the starting line. The course is restricted to race participants until 11:00 AM, when it is opened again to traffic.
At last year’s race, the distances included a half marathon, 10K and 5K. For the 2016 race, the event will include a full marathon, half marathon and a 5K — no 10K will be run this year. The course time limit for the full marathon will be 6 hours, while runners in the half marathon will have 4 hours to complete their race.
That means you’ll need to keep a pace of 13 minutes, 40 seconds per mile or better, and runners (in the full marathon) who are still on the Cross Island Parkway after 6 hours will be removed from the course, organizers say.
All three races combined are limited to a total of 2,500 entrants, so runners are encouraged to sign up early.
Race Weather & Climate
In its brief winter season, Hilton Head rarely sees temperatures that go below the mid-thirties, as February temperatures average between 39°F and 61°F. Year-round the island gets plentiful rainfall, but February is one of its drier months, with an average of 3.3 inches of rainfall during the month.
On the day of the race (Feb. 13), the average low is 38°F and the average high is 60°F.
- $55 for the half marathon, if registered by November 1, 2015
- $65 between November 2 – January 2, 2016
- $75 between January 3 – February 10
- $85 after February 10
To reserve your spot in the late winter 2016 running of South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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