South Carolina > Rivertown Half Marathon & 8K
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Just over 270 runners turned out and crossed the finish line here in this South Carolina town that lies just a short drive from Myrtle Beach at the inaugural running of Conway's Rivertown Half Marathon & 8K race, which takes runners along a fast and largely flat course that starts and finishes at the city's marina, on the banks of the Waccamaw River.
Known as one of the state's oldest towns, Conway was established all the way back in 1734 and today counts a number of historic buildings and structures on the country's National Register of Historic Places, many of which are on the Historic Sites Trail that runs through the city. Conway's riverfront areas were also revitalized in the 1980s and now feature an 850-ft boardwalk along the winding Waccamaw River, where visitors can take in many of the city's quaint shops and restaurants.
For runners in the half marathon, like those in the 8-kilometer race, the course begins downtown at the city's marina just off Elm Street. From there, runners follow Elm Street northward and make their way in the first mile up the course's only significant uphill stretch, which rises roughly 50 feet in elevation between the starting line and the first mile marker.
After running through the first mile, runners next make turns on 12th Avenue and Lakeland Drive, and then again onto Long Avenue, running through a tree-lined stretch along the road as it crosses the bridge over the river on its way northeast. Runners remain on Long Avenue for roughly the next three miles, turning left with the road as it turns slightly northwest and hits the half-way point of the race, which then begins turning runners around to head back in the direction of town.
Runners then head in a roughly southwest direction back towards Conway, along Rainwood Road and then back onto Long Avenue (with a brief loop around Plantation Circle). The course turns again off Long Avenue onto Country Club Drive for a brief stretch, and then runners turn left on Sherwood Drive to bring them back to Long Avenue. The course re-joins Lakeland Drive for about a mile and a half, and then takes runners back down Elm Street to the finish line at the marina.
Weather & Climate
Located in the state's eastern corner, just miles from the border with North Carolina and about 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach, the city of Conway typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather in the mid-fall season, and usually its driest weather of the year in the month the race is held. In November, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 69°F and 44°F, while rainfall amounts average just over 2.7 inches for the month.
Registration for Conway's Rivertown Half Marathon is now closed, as the event has completed. Please check back for updated information on how to sign up for the fall 2010 running of the race, or visit the race website shown below.
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