South Carolina > Run Like a Nut Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Florence, SC • Saturday, November 2, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 7th annual running in the fall of 2013 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 180 runners cross the finish line in the half marathon, 10K and 5K combined in 2012.
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.
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.
In November, temperatures average between 44°F and 67°F -- on the day of the race (Nov. 2), the average low is 47°F and the average high is 70°F -- while rainfall totals average just under 2.6 inches for the month, making November the city's driest month of the year.
View the race route map for the Run Like a Nut Half Marathon
8:00 AM - half marathon
9:00 AM - 10K, 5K
$40 for the half marathon, if registered by October 12, 2013
$50 after Oct. 12
To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2013 running of Florence's Run Like a Nut Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at AllSportCentral.com.
Official Race Website
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