Saturday, October 25, 2014 • Greenville, SC • Course Map
Set for its 10th annual running on the weekend before Halloween, Greenville’s Spinx Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K has become one of the state’s most popular running events, with more than 3,000 finishers in all three races combined each year, including some 2,000 in the half marathon alone.
While the full marathon course has been redesigned as recently as 2011, the half marathon — officially titled the Run Town USA Half Marathon — follows largely the same route as the one used in past years, an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Greenville’s Fluor Field, the home of the Greenville Drive minor league baseball team, a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
From the starting line at the corner of Markey and Main Streets near the ball park, the race route what could basically be described as a clockwise loop course through the city, along a combination of city and neighborhood streets as well as stretches along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 13 1/2-mile-long trail for bikers, walkers and runners that runs alongside the Reedy River, connecting Greenville with the nearby town of Travelers Rest.
Runners follow the course as it winds through local parks like Meadowbrook Park, Reedy River Falls Park and Cleveland Park, and much of the early and middle miles of the race unfold along the river. The second half of the race includes more hills than the first, with some short, steep hills especially as runners head into miles 8 through 10, along Cleveland Street, McDaniel Avenue, Lanneau Drive and McPherson Lane.
After the hills, the route then flattens out again as runners hit the home stretch back in toward the finish line, making a few turns in the blocks just west of the baseball stadium. The last stretch of the race includes perhaps the highlight of the course, as runners make their way all around Fluor Field and then into the ballpark to cross the finish line on the field.
Runners will have 4 hours to complete the 13.1 miles of the half marathon, organizers note, and both the full and the half marathons are for runners only — walkers are welcome to enter the 5K.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the Piedmont region of northeastern South Carolina, just over 100 miles northwest of Columbia, Greenville typically sees October temperatures that average between 50°F and 71°F, and relatively even precipitation throughout most of the year — rainfall totals average just under 3.9 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 25), the average low is 46°F and the average high is 68°F.
- 2012 Half Marathon Overall Results
- 2011 Half Marathon Overall Results
- 2010 Half Marathon Overall Results | Age Groups
- 7:30 AM – full marathon
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:30 AM – 10K
- 8:45 AM – 5K
- $65 for the half marathon, if registered by October 15, 2014
- $75 after Oct. 15
To reserve your spot in the fall 2014 running of Greenville’s Spinx Run Fest Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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