Saturday, October 29, 2016 • Charleston, SC • Course Map
Set for its second annual running two days before Halloween, the Race 13.1 Charleston Half Marathon takes runners on an out-and-back route through the private tree-lined roads of the Middleton Woodlands, across the street from historic Middleton Place and about a 20- to 25-minute drive from the Charleston Battery.
With nearly 1,000 runners registered for the inaugural race in 2015 and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from runners across social media after the race, Race 13.1 is expecting the event to nearly double in size in 2016.
Like the 2015 event, the 2016 will benefit Girls on the Run of Charleston – a positive youth development program that integrates running into lessons of team work and goal setting for elementary school aged girls.
The race starts and finishes just off Middleton Lakes Road, next to a picturesque lake surrounded by century-old trees covered in Spanish moss. Runners will begin the race by making a loop around the lake, followed be a course that will lead runners through the natural beauty that can only exist on thousands of acres of undisturbed land.
The entire course will take place on hard-packed dirt roads, which will provide a flat, fast surface that is far more forgiving on runner’s knees than paved streets. Walkers are welcome as participants will have a 4-hour course time limit, which means they’ll need to keep a pace of 18:19 minutes per mile or faster.
Middleton Place is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the U.S. and is a National Historic Landmark, which the Garden Club of America has called its 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America.” The gardens are open to the public and are a great post-race activity.
Runners can expect to have a text message from Race 13.1 with a link to the live results waiting for them when they cross the finish line, along with a first class post-race party.
As many as 2,000 runners are expected in the half marathon, so runners are encouraged to sign up early.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers here along the South Carolina coast, Charleston typically sees some of its mildest and driest weather of the year in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 39°F (in 1962) and as high as 93°F (in 1986).
On race day (Oct. 29), the average low is 58°F and the average high is 72°F.
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:15 AM – 10K, 5K
- $50 for the half marathon, if registered by November 16, 2015
- $65 between Nov. 17 – August 24, 2016
- $69 between Aug. 25 – September 26
- $79 between Sept. 27 – October 24
- $89 between Oct. 25 – 29
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Race 13.1 Charleston Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
Ever run in the Race 13.1 Charleston Half? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.