The Run Hard Columbia marathon is a double loop track marathon in the capital city of South Carolina. The start and the finish lines are by the South Carolina State House, and passes by the beautiful Lake Kathrine between miles 5 and 6 and then again at mile 19. The start elevation is 324 ft., the maximum elevation of the track is 374 ft., and the gain is 544 ft. so it does have some hill running involved, especially at the 11th and 23rd miles, but it is the hills that make it one of the favorite marathon runs for regular runners.
The full marathon is held on March 4th every year. The final line is on the beautiful and scenic Main Street of the city.
The participants in the events have a chance to win a money prize of $250 for both male and female winner of the Run Hard Marathon, and $100 for second place, $50 for third. There are prizes for top male and female masters of $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.
All participants receive beautiful big medals, event t-shirts and finish line refreshments, as well as water at the water stations. In fact, some of the water stations have bananas and gels as well.
There are pace groups, friendly volunteers and a lot of cheering spectators along the marathon route and especially at the finish line.
The event also includes a Run Hard half-marathon, a Run Hard marathon relay for teams of 4, and the Run Hard Columbia 5K.
The Run Hard Columbia marathon was started by the CEO of Crossover Athletics and the Run Hard Running teams. The Run Hard running teams are part of the Run Hard club – a running course for children in elementary and middle school teaching them perseverance, making wise choices, respect and honor, leadership, teamwork and peer pressure.
Participants in the Run Hard Columbia marathon have a Double Dip option – if the finish the run, they can take part in the Run Hard Lexington half-marathon for $25. These participants get special Double Dip medals and an additional t-shirt.
So, don’t miss this great marathon which combines a good running track, beautiful scenery and the perfect weather of spring time in Colorado. Sign up for the next one, and try it out yourself!