The Charleston Marathon has definitely become a race to be reckoned with. Its 7th edition is set for January 14th 2017 in Charleston, SC. It is traditionally held in rather cold January, but the number of participants keeps growing year after year.
The event features the full marathon of 26.2 miles, plus the half marathon (13.1 miles) and the 5K and bike races (30 and 60 miles).
Charleston is also known as “Holy City” because of the large number of churches it has, and the almost complete lack of tall buildings. The architecture of Charleston is sort of a combination between that of New Orleans and Boston, and provides its visitors with the ultimate urban experiences.
The half marathon route passes through most of the landmarks of the city, and so the participants will be able to get a sense of that charm and southern beauty of Charleston. The start line of the half marathon is in the downtown area known as “south of Broad”, and passes through the city and the North Charleston area to the finish which is set by North Charleston High School.
Overall, the terrain is mainly flat and allows for a fast race. There a few rolling hills but nothing too steep. The streets in the city are relatively narrow, so runners have to be cautious when passing through some of the narrower areas, since there are usually spectators lined on the sidewalks. Walkers can also participate in the half marathon, but are not allowed in the full marathon.
The marathon is a fundraising event to help children in the area get better access to arts. The city is known for its art appreciation, and has numerous art galleries, plus hosts an annual Spoleto art festival.
Being held in mid-January, the weather is expectedly cold. The average temperature for January 14th in the city of Charleston is 42° – 57° F. The average precipitation is just a little over 3,6 inches for that time of the year.
The record number of participants in the full marathon is 1,194 and 2,903 in the half marathon in 2014. The 5K participants in 2016 were 885 which is an all-time record for the event. Participants from 9 countries took part in the 2016 Charleston marathon, and the winner in the men’s full marathon was Anders Fransson from Sweden with 2:27:15. The female winner was Ashley Casavant from Nashville with a time of 2:52:28