Now for Kiawah! I have wanted to run this race for about as long as I have been running. It’s an old race on the resort island of Kiawah, South Carolina. This year was the 40th anniversary of the race!
My run club picked it as a focus destination race and a lot of my friends were going. This was the year! I checked with Ron and he was free that weekend so I quickly signed us both up. Since I knew we’d be with friends and no one would want to wait 5.5 hours on me to finish a full, I signed up for the half as well.
We had a blast! Ron and I stayed with 3 other couples and 4 of the 8 of us were running! Here’s a shot of Kim, Connie, me and Ron at the finish!
The drive to Kiawah from our home was about 4.5 hours. It wasn’t a bad drive but it was raining the entire way and the traffic got a little busy once you make the turn to Kiawah from Charleston. For anyone thinking about doing this race, I’d recommend that you make it down to Kiawah early in the day or even 2 days before the race. Kiawah is a private island resort and all the cars have to enter through the main gate.
Also, I’d highly recommend that you plan early and stay on the island. Pick a place close to the start/ finish line and once you park at your rental home, you won’t have to drive again.
Connie had us covered and took care of all the arrangements. Here’s a few shots of our room. The home had 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms! We loved it!
The funny thing though was as nice as our home was, when we actually got out the next day on the run and saw all the mansions on the island, we realized as my friend Kim put it, that we were staying in a shanty! LOL
Connie, Kim, Ron, and I all ran together for the first 6 or 7 miles. We were doing 2 and 1s I think. That’s when you run 2 minutes and then walk 1 minute. We are all former or current Galloway runners and this method is very good to keep you injury free. Ron stayed with us but he decided to slow down at bit and then we split up.
It was a great run. The crowd support was awesome and even though the previous day was all rain, the day of the run it cleared up. It was cold but no rain! We were all thrilled. When you’re a runner you know you have to deal with the cold and you have to deal with rain but when mother nature attempts to throw both of them at you at the same time, it can be a little much for you to wrap your brain around. We were so happy we only had the cold to deal with.
I highly recommend Kiawah! Go run it next year and plan to have a blast!
Here’s a shot of the race shirt and the medal! Best race shirt ever! Check out the hood and the thumb holes!
Happy Running Friends!