5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Rivalry Fan 5k Greenville, SC 27 November 2021 Rivalry Fan 5k
    Holiday Hustle 5k Travelers Rest, SC 4 December 2021 Holiday Hustle 5k
    Chase the Rainbow 5k Greenville, SC 13 March 2022 Chase the Rainbow 5k
    The Country Mile Slater-Marietta, SC 9 April 2022 The Country Mile
    Red White & Brew 5k Greenville, SC 1 July 2022 Red White & Brew 5k

    About 5k races

    A 5K is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular event you are looking into running.  5Ks are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and newcomers as well.  5Ks are also something fun for families to do together.

    How did we choose the best 5K events in South Carolina?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  There are currently 459 5K races in the state of South Carolina.  Most of these 5K races are held in April, May, and October with over 50 events in each month.

    How did we choose the best 5K races in Charleston?

    Charleston is the oldest and largest city in South Carolina, making it a popular location for 5K races.  Some of the most popular 5K events in Charleston include the Charleston 5K, Cupid's Chase 5K, and the Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble.  The Charleston 5K and Cupid's Chase 5K give Finisher's Medals to all participants.  The Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble is the 9th largest 5K in the US with 2017 being the 40th year for this 3.1 mile event.

    What are the best 5K events in Columbia?

    Columbia is the capital and second largest city in South Carolina.  Therefore, it is a popular city to host 5K events.  The popular 5K events in Columbia include the Harborside Lights 5K, Red Shoe Run, Summer's End Solar Run, Sweet Baby O 5K, and Tunnel to Towers Columbia.  The Harborside Lights 5K, Tunnel to Towers Columbia, Sweet Baby O 5K and Red Shoe Run are charity events.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Sadlers Creek Stumble Anderson, SC 7 November 2021 Sadlers Creek Stumble
    Snowbird Challenge Seneca, SC 22 January 2022 Snowbird Challenge

    About 10k races

    A 10K is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 (10 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into.  They are twice the distance of the 5K and still relatively short in distance.  Less runners tend to participate than the 5K, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10K events in South Carolina?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  According to Running in the USA, there are 79 10K races in Virginia with most of these 6.2-mile races being held in April and October.

    What are the best 10K races in Charleston?

    The most popular 10K races in Charleston include the Charleston James Island Connector Run, the Cooper River Bridge Run, and Race 13.1 Charleston.  All three of these 6.2 mile races provide runners with great views of the oldest and largest city in South Carolina.

    What are the best 10K races in Bluffton?

    Bluffton is a Lowcountry town in South Carolina.  The popular 10K races in Bluffton include Bluffton 10K and the Buffalo Run.  The Buffalo Run offers runners a muddy trail run while the Bluffton 10K occurs at the same time as the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival.

    What are the best 10K races in Anderson?

    Anderson has been nicknamed "the Friendliest City in South Carolina".  The popular 10K races in Anderson include the Cross Your Heart 10K Trail Run and the Freedom Dream 10K Run.  Greenville is located in Anderson County and is home to several popular 10K races.  These include the Downtown 10K and the Get Out Greenville 10K.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Sadlers Creek Stumble Anderson, SC 7 November 2021 Sadlers Creek Stumble
    The Longest Night Greenville, SC 19 December 2021 The Longest Night
    Snowbird Challenge Seneca, SC 22 January 2022 Snowbird Challenge
    Carolina Reaper Challenge Seneca, SC 16 July 2022 Carolina Reaper Challenge

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon of 26 miles.  The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance, and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states.  The growth rate of participants for the half marathon distance is currently higher than that of the full.  According to Running In the USA, there are 42 half marathons in the state of South Carolina.  Most of these half marathons take place in March and October.

     

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in South Carolina?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 13.1-mile course is.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Columbia?

    Columbia is the capital and second largest city in South Carolina.  Therefore, it is a popular city to host half marathon events.  In fact, 4 out of the 20 half marathons described above are held in Columbia.  These include the Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, the Governor's Cup Road Race, the Palmetto Half Marathon and the Run Hard Half Marathon.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Myrtle Beach?

    Myrtle Beach is home to 3 out of the 20 half marathon events described above.  These include the DIVAS Half Marathon, the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon.  All three of these half marathon events provide runners with a chance to run through beach-side communities and enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean.  The Myrtle Beach Half Marathon and Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon offer runners a USATF certified course.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Greenville?

    The best half marathon events in Greenville, South Carolina include the Resolution Run Half Marathon and Race 13.1 Greenville.  The Race 13.1 Greenville offers runners a USATF certified course.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    The Longest Night Greenville, SC 19 December 2021 The Longest Night
    Snowbird Challenge Seneca, SC 22 January 2022 Snowbird Challenge
    Carolina Reaper Challenge Seneca, SC 16 July 2022 Carolina Reaper Challenge

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2017 there are currently more than 800 events being held in North America, and that number is consistently growing.  Over 90% of these marathons are being held in the United States, with 7%  being held in Canada.  About 72% of these marathons are certified, which means they are Boston Marathon Qualifiers.  September and October are the most popular months for marathon events, with over 100 in each month.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in South Carolina?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 26.2-mile course is.  Four of the marathons described here are USATF Certified.

    What are the best Marathons in South Carolina's coastal cities?

    The most notable marathons along the coast of South Carolina include the Hilton Head Island Marathon, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon, the Charleston Marathon and the Myrtle Beach Marathon.  All of these marathons offer runners beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.  The Hilton Head Island Marathon, Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon, and Myrtle Beach Marathon are Boston Qualifiers.

    What are the best Marathons in Greenville?

    Greenville is located in the upstate region of South Carolina and is the sixth largest city in the state.  The most popular marathon events in Greenville include the Altamont Marathon and the Swamp Rabbit Marathon.  The Altamont Marathon is a looping course and the Swamp Rabbit Marathon is a point-to-point race.

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