At this point, I still hadn’t set the goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states. My husband and I got a good deal on a place to stay in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, so we decided to go. Of course, I checked to see if there were going to be any half marathons in the area when we’d be there, and there was, so I signed up for the Kiawah Island Half Marathon.
I knew someone who had ran this race and she said she set a personal record (PR) on the course, so I was excited about the possibility of that for myself. I knew it would be pancake flat and the weather would most likely be good since it was in early December. The biggest unknown factor was the wind, since the course is notorious for strong winds. The winds that day turned out to be extremely brutal, up to 20 mph that morning. That being said, I still set a PR of 1:58:54, breaking the 2 hour barrier that plagues so many runners who want to finish under that time. When I ran it in 2004, there were an estimated 1200 people running the marathon and 2300 running the half marathon.
Kiawah Island is a small community about 45 minutes from Charleston, South Carolina with huge homes in a private gated community, the Sanctuary Hotel, as well as the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. It is a quiet, relaxing family-friendly place perfect to relax after running a half marathon or marathon. This area is known for its white sand beaches with palm trees, marshes, and maritime forests. If you’re running the marathon or half marathon, there are packages available with discounted rates on accommodations. This is a nature-lovers paradise with fishing and paddling tours, bike rentals, a nature program, walking tours and much more.
From my post-race notes:
“Ran on streets in private neighborhood (with huge beautiful houses) for portion of race. Very flat. Wind was very strong at times. Good finish time. Good food at finish, but was too chilly to stay around long. Finish time 1:58:54.”