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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Two New Half Marathons in Columbia SC

I just found out about two new half marathons in Columbia, SC yesterday - Columbia has had a single half marathon (The Governor's Cup) for a long time, but has been lacking in other events. New this year are the Columbia Half Marathon ( on Feb 27, 2010 and the Palmetto Half Marathon ( on April 10, 2010. The Columbia Half Marathon is the kick-off event for a new series of races sponsored by USRA that will focus on half marathons mid-size cities. Columbia in mid-February is usually about perfect for distance running from a weather standpoint. The US women's Olympic marathon trials were held in Columbia a few years ago, and they intend to utilize much of that course. It will likely be a hilly course, but probably a great run. The Palmetto Marathon appears to be more of a locally run event that will largely be a fund raiser for local charities. April can be kind of warm in South Carolina, but it will probably be a flatter course as well. Of the two events, the Palmetto Half also seems to have the cooler logo. I'll likely run both, though the Mercedes Half Marathon is only two weeks before the Columbia Half Marathon. They're both halves (or when one is referring to two half marathons, is its "halfs"?), though, so two weeks should be more than enough recovery time.

1 comment:

  1. I'm very interested in reading your progress and your race report when you compete in the 2010 Goofy Challenge!

    I've set my sights on 2011 and I'm interested!