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South Carolina > Columbia SC Marathon, Famously Hot Half Marathon & 5K
Columbia, SC  •  Saturday, March 8, 2014  •  Course Map


Note: The 2014 Columbia Marathon and Famously Hot Half Marathon has been cancelled.

South Carolina's capital city hosts the 3rd annual running of the Columbia SC Marathon in 2014 with both the Famously Hot Half Marathon and Surprisingly Cool 5K, after the race's 2013 running saw more than 1,400 runners cross the finish line in all three races combined, including 767 finishers in the half marathon alone.

The race takes the place of the old Columbia Marathon which was last run in 2000, when the city served as the site of the Women's U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the marathon. Today, the newly resurrected race takes runners on a tour of the city's historic neighborhoods, downtown arts and entertainment areas, and through parts of the campus of the University of South Carolina, which lies right in the heart of downtown, just blocks from where the starting line lies.

Runners will follow an out-and-back loop course through the city for both the full and the half marathons -- those running the half marathon distance will make a single loop around the course, while those running the full marathon will run the loop route twice before crossing the finish line. The starting line lies near the downtown park known as The University of South Carolina Horseshoe, just blocks from the state capitol building.

From there, the race takes runners southward and eastward, first through what is known as the Congaree Vista district, a neighborhood known best for its restaurants, art galleries and retail shops, and then next runners head northeast into the U.S.C. campus, the home of the Southeastern Conference's South Carolina Gamecocks football team. Through this stretch, runners can catch a glimpse off in the distance of Williams-Brice Stadium, where the Gamecocks play.

The next stretch of the race brings runners into the Five Points area, which is surrounded by parks, residential neighborhoods and has shops and restaurants at its center. The race continues around Gregg Park along Blossom Street and Saluda Avenue to take runners south and then east into the part of the city known as Shandon. They'll make their way all the way through Shandon and Heathwood Park until reaching the edge of Lake Katherine, which marks the easternmost point of the race near the northern end of the lake.

Once they reach the top of the lake, the course begins to turn around and head west back through the city, bringing runners through more residential neighborhoods like Melrose Heights and Old Shandon, and back into downtown.

The home stretch of the race brings runners through Midtown and Downtown and skirts the edge of the U.S.C. campus again before bringing them across the finish line at Gervais and Main Streets. This final half-mile stretch through downtown is (thankfully) largely flat at the very end.

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the geographic center of the state, about 110 miles northwest of Charleston and roughly 90 miles south of Charlotte, N.C., Columbia typically sees March temperatures that average between 47°F and 71°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 4.5 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (March 8), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 69°F.

Course Map

See the race route map for Columbia's Famously Hot Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:30 AM - half marathon, full marathon, relay
7:35 AM - 5K
8:00 AM - kids' marathon


See race website


To reserve your spot in the late winter/early spring 2014 running of the Columbia SC Marathon, Famously Hot Half Marathon or Surprisingly Cool 5K race, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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