Saturday, February 9, 2019 • Hilton Head, SC • Course Map
Set for its 17th annual running — after last year’s race saw just over 1,100 runners cross the finish line in all races combined — the Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K is run as a benefit both the the Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s “Strive to Excel” program as well as the Hilton Head Island Children’s Memorial Garden.
Fast and largely flat, this scenic race course takes runners and walkers from the starting line at the island’s Jarvis Creek Park along a course that’s made up mostly of paved roads and a few bike trails.
The race’s only real hills occur at the bridge over Broad Creek, which crosses about a one-mile span (runners in the half-marathon cross the bridge twice during the race).
At previous years’ races, the distances included a half marathon, 10K and 5K. For the 2019 race, the event will include a full marathon, half marathon and an 8K — no 5K or 10K will be run this year. The course time limit for the full marathon will be 6 hours, while runners in the half marathon will have 4 hours to complete their race.
(Walkers are welcome in the 8K, but the race organizers note that you should not attempt to walk either the full marathon or the half marathon.)
That means you’ll need to keep a pace of 13 minutes, 40 seconds per mile or better, and runners (in the full marathon) who are still on the Cross Island Parkway after 6 hours will be removed from the course, organizers say.
All three races combined are limited to a total of 2,500 entrants, so runners are encouraged to sign up early.
Race Weather & Climate
In its brief winter season, Hilton Head rarely sees temperatures that go below the mid-thirties, as February temperatures average between 39°F and 61°F. Year-round the island gets plentiful rainfall, but February is one of its drier months, with an average of 3.3 inches of rainfall during the month.
On the day of the race (Feb. 9), the average low is 38°F and the average high is 60°F.
- 2017 Hilton Head Island Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Hilton Head Island Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Full Marathon Results
- 2014 5K Results
- $60 – $95 for the half marathon
- $90 – $125 for the full marathon
- $32 – $50 for the 8K
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island Half Marathon or 8K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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