This is part of a series of articles about my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states.  

When I signed up for the Kiawah Island half marathon in South Carolina, 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 there 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 beautiful area of South Carolina with some gorgeous homes to admire and plenty of things to do.  There are award-winning golf courses, tennis, shopping, great restaurants, and a beautiful beach perfect for walking or just relaxing and watching the sunset.  This is an expensive area but since the race is during the off-season, you can usually get a deal on lodging which definitely helps.

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."

https://www.kiawahresort.com/recreation/kiawah-island-marathon

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Published by Donna Stefanick