Saturday, November 7, 2015 • Florence, SC • Course Map
Set for its 9th annual running and timed to coincide with the city’s annual Downtown Florence Pecan Festival, which draws an estimated 55,000 visitors to this eastern South Carolina city each year for a day filled with music, arts and crafts, a car show and the half marathon race, the Run Like a Nut races saw just over 310 runners cross the finish line in the half marathon, 10K and 5K combined in 2014.
Runners follow a winding out-and-back course for the race that starts and finishes within a stone’s throw of the festival at the Florence Fitness Forum — which also is the organizer for the running event — near the Florence County Library and the city’s Regency Hospital.
From there, runners follow a route with numerous twists and turns through mostly flat neighborhood streets, running past two local city parks (Timrod and Lucas Parks) in the first half of the 13.1-mile race before heading west into nearby neighborhoods for the race’s second half.
The course features some gently rolling hills, but also features an overall elevation changes of less than 50 feet, so runners can expect mostly flat or only mild changes in the terrain through most of the route. Many of the roads take runners along streets divided by medians in residential neighborhoods, with ample tree cover and plenty of green along the way.
Once runners complete the two out-and-back straightaway stretches along Madison Avenue and State Road S-21 in the race’s second half, they then make their way back around Heatherwood Circle and then make a run past Timrod Park on their way back in to the finish line.
Following the race, runners are invited to make the short walk over to the festival near the 100 block of East Evans Street, which lies just a few blocks north of the race finish line, to take in the festivities including the bands on seven music stages, several rides for kids and the Art Trail Gallery, showing the work of local and visiting artists.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among what is known as the “Pee Dee” region of the state, just over 80 miles east of Columbia and about 70 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach, Florence typically experiences mild to moderately cool and mostly dry weather in the mid-fall.
On race day (Nov. 7), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 71ºF.
- 2014 Run Like a Nut Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Run Like a Nut Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Run Like a Nut Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Run Like a Nut Half Marathon Results
- $50 for the half marathon, until November 3
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of the Pecan Festival Run Like a Nut Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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