Palmetto Half Marathon, 5K & Fun Run

Saturday, November 23, 2019 • Columbia, SCCourse Map

Home to both the University of South Carolina and its Gamecock football team as well as the state government, South Carolina’s capital city of Columbia hosts the 10th annual running of the Palmetto Half Marathon this year, joined by a 5K for runners and walkers, a youth half marathon and a one-mile fun run.

The event serves both to encourage physical fitness in the community and as a fundraiser for four locally-based nonprofit organizations, including Harvest Hope Food Bank, Alston Wilkes Society Veterans Home, St. Lawrence Place and the Family Shelter.

The course for the race starts and finishes in the area of Columbia known as the Village at Sandhill.

From there, runners follow an out-and-back route through the Wildwood and Woodlands neighborhoods in the northeast part of the city, and follows an overall downhill route to the mid-point of the race, and then an overall uphill back to the finish line.

Runners can expect to encounter the steepest hills of the race around the mile 7 marker, right after the course reaches its lowest point and then takes runners back along the route they’ve just run, after the roughly one-mile loop around Boyds Pond.

The next biggest hill occurs around the mile 10 marker along Valhalla Road, after which runners then head back up along Two Notch Road and make the turn up and around the entrance ramp to the highway, and then make their way back to the Village at Sandhill for the finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the center of the state, between South Carolina’s Lake Murray and the Fort Jackson Army base, the city of Columbia typically experiences cool to mild weather conditions in the late fall.

On race day (Nov. 23), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 65ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Palmetto Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 7:15 AM – 5K
  • 7:20 AM – youth half marathon

Course Time Limit

4 hours


  • $40 and up for the half marathon
  • $20 and up for the 5K Run/Walk


To reserve your spot in the fall 2019 running of Columbia’s Palmetto Half Marathon, 5K or one-mile race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the Palmetto Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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1 comment… add one
  • Marquitia Trusty October 27, 2019, 9:51 am

    Good Morning,
    I would like to ask about your events and marathons that are given at your Sandhill locations. Doing these times is it possible you have vendors out there? If so, can you specify what can a person sell when events are happening?
    Thank you Kindly
    Ms. Trusty


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