Heres a breakdown of Saturdays Columbia SC Marathon, including how it compares to others in the state:
The Columbia SC Marathon course is far from flat. Its highest elevation point is 381 feet.
The Spinx Marathon in Greenville 1,100 feet
Kings Mountain Marathon in Blacksburg, 1,014 feet
Myrtle Beach Marathon, 50 feet
Kiawah Island Marathon, 20 feet
The Charleston Marathon has no elevation listed on its website, but the site does describe the race as flat and taking place in a sea level town.
The Columbia SC Marathon is expecting around 700 runners. Including the half-marathon and 10K, there will be about 2,500 racers on the course.
Spinx Marathon, more than 400 runners
Kiawah Island, almost 800 runners
Kings Mountain, more than 800 runners
Charleston Marathon, almost 900 runners.
Myrtle Beach, almost 1,800 runners
If youre from Columbia, the biggest perk of the Columbia SC Marathon is its convenient location. The Myrtle Beach Marathon, the Kiawah Island Marathon and the Charleston Marathon all offer picturesque beachside panoramas during the run. The Charleston Marathon also greets finishers with a bowl of shrimp and grits, a great snack if you can stomach it after running 26.2 miles.
The Columbia SC Marathon is also the only marathon in the state with a course that contains two 13.1-mile loops. Originally, the course was going to be point-to-point, starting in Ballentine and going through Lexington County and West Columbia before finishing in the Vista. Race Director Dan Hartley said the original route could not get approved by Lexington County for various reasons and was then moved to downtown.
I would have liked to have made it a one-loop course, but after spending a lot of time with the Columbia Police Department, the route we have (starting in the Vista, going through Shandon and Lake Katherine and ending back in the Vista) was the only way it was going to happen. Hartley said.
Compiled by Erin Shaw