On Saturday, April 12, 2014 I ran in the Coffin Island 5k on Folly Beach, SC. The race was a part of the The 24th Annual Folly Beach Sea & Sand Festival weekend. It was to have taken place two weeks ago, but Mother Nature had other ideas dumping lots of rain, so today was the rescheduled date. The race is still in its infancy, and we had around 80-90 runners, which was a good turn out.
The race was well organized. I have to say that because I have friends that organized and directed it. Actually it went really well. You could pre-register on Active.com or register on race day.
The race started on time at 9 AM at the Folly Beach Pier. The weather was great at 66 degrees, no wind, and 88% humidity. The course headed East down Arctic Ave. turning Left on 12th Street East. Go one block and turn left on Ashley Ave. Run East Ashley Ave to 2nd St East and turn left. Go one block and turn right on to Arctic Ave. and sprint to the finish at the Pier. It was a great big rectangle.
I ran the race with my running partner from work, Luke. Another fellow running partner, Amy, ran as well, but she was far faster than us. There were also friends from church in the Meadows & the Teagues present. Thanks to the Meadows for helping to organize the race. Well done, can’t wait for next year.
We blistered the pace. Luke and I are more long distance runners, so we did not know what to expect. We started out really fast, with most of the first mile in the sub 7 minute pace. It balanced out through the race, and I finished at 23:30 (7:34/mile pace). Luke sprinted at the quarter mile remaining, and finished about 10 seconds ahead of me.
One of the key components of the race, was a push to get runners to dress like a pirate. There was an award for the person best dressed as a pirate. Here were our pirate runners, with #568 winning the title!
My time of 23:30 was good enough for 3rd place in my age group. This made it all worth it! The awards were provided by Fleet Feet Sports of Mount Pleasant.
The race went really well, and I hope it will return next year. Just to throw out a few rumors to tickle your fancy! Next year: on the beach, coffin shaped medals, and coffin themed mile markers. Keep an eye out this time in 2015 and come out an join us. It was a beautiful day at the beach for a run!
Some photos provided by Chandler Meadows of CBM Photography.