South Carolina > Spinx Run Fest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Greenville, SC • Saturday, October 26, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 9th annual running on the weekend before Halloween in late October 2013, Greenville's Spinx Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K -- officially titled the Spinx Run Fest Marathon, Run Town USA Half Marathon and "Big Punkin'" 5K Race/Walk -- has become one of the state's most popular running events, as just over 3,100 runners crossed the finish line in all three races combined in 2012, including just over 1,500 in the half marathon alone.
While the full marathon boasted an all-new 26.2-mile course in 2011, the 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 -- runners in the half marathon will start the race at 8:00 AM -- 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 four 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. 26), the average low is 46°F and the average high is 68°F.
View the race route map for the Spinx Run Fest Half Marathon
7:30 AM - full marathon
8:00 AM - half marathon
8:15 AM - 10K
See race website
To reserve your spot in the Halloween weekend 2013 running of Greenville's Spinx Run Fest Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website.
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