On December 14, 2013 I ran in the Kiawah Island Half Marathon on Kiawah Island, SC. This is my second year to run this race. This race is about a one hour drive from our home. Kiawah Island is a beautiful coastal place for a race. It is a gated community, so we had to park outside the gate and be bused in to town for the race. The race start is 8 AM; however, you have to be to the bus stop by 6-6:30 Am if you will make the race start. The event features both a marathon and half marathon, and both start at the same time. The entire group runs the first 13 miles together, then the marathoners turn right just before the finish area to run the course once more.
The weather was very questionable as their was rain in the area. The forecast was for low 50s and a 40% chance of rain. When we arrived at the parking area, we were hit with a shower. There was also a shower while we were inside waiting for the start. When the race started the temperature was 57 degrees, and it never rained throughout the race, which was a blessing!
The race start is uneventful, a little crowded like most races for the first few miles. I started the race with Disney running friends Becky & Matt. We separated after a mile or so, as they were planning a much faster pace. I ran the race on my own, which was fine since I didn’t know what to expect, as it was the first race out of my hand brace. I was quite satisfied with my time of 1:54:47. It was about 2 minutes slower than last year, but 3 minutes faster than the Space Coast Half Marathon 2 weeks ago. My only goal was to be under 2 hours.
As for the course, it is so beautiful. It course is extremely flat and fast. It runs through the community with lots of views of marshes, animals, and beautiful homes. The people that live on the island come out in their driveways and support us. The crowds were great, and very motivating. There were people out bicycling as well that kept encouraging us as well. It was quite impressive. I must have passed this one guy 6-7 times as he would ride ahead and cheer us on, and when we passed, he would again, bike ahead and do it again. When we got to the point where the marathoners turned, I personally thanked him, as he was continuing his mission on the marathon course.