I’m hesitant to call this a “Race Recap” because even the organizers constantly mentioned that it wasn’t a race but a fun run (and boy was it fun!), but any event that gets 50+ people out at midnight to run in the rain deserves a blog post.
Two years ago, two Charleston runners, Thomas Skelton and Joe Kohut, decided to have a midnight run on Folly Beach, just for fun, and the Midnight Half Marathon was born. Last year it grew and they had more participants, so they even did race bibs (what’s a real race without bibs, right?) and shirts.
Even more people wanted to participate this year, so the organizers emphasized that anyone could come out and run a half marathon or a 5K or 10K distance, whatever they were up for. I really liked that, because everyone felt included even if they cannot or don’t want to run a half marathon. A couple of training groups like Moore On Running got involved and pretty soon, over 60 people RSVPed on Facebook for the run.
A lot of people I told thought I was crazy for running at midnight, in the drizzling rain, but I think it was crazy NOT to! You can sleep 364 nights a year- you only get one chance to run a midnight half marathon with a bunch of friends.
I’m not sure what the final numbers were, but you can tell from the pre-race picture that we had a great turnout despite the rain, and we definitely got some looks from people partying at Folly Beach!
In the picture, I am the third from the left on the bottom row (squatting), wearing the pink TrySports shirt. We came with our headlamps, glow sticks, flashlights, etc and ready to run! This was actually a few people’s first half marathon distance run.
Everyone started out together, and soon I settled into a good pace with Steve, Paul, and a girl named Katy who we met and was about our pace. We just all ran it together, with a few friends biking near us. The half marathon course had several aid stations with both gatorade and water, and one of the bikers had a tupperware container of fresh watermelon- talk about yummy.
All of us talked the whole time during the run, cheered for the others, stopped when we wanted to, and even went to the beach to dip our toes in the sand. None of us had any pace expectations, especially since Steve, Paul, and I did the Race the Landing 5K the night before. This run was purely for fun.
I finished with a time of 2:11:33, around a 10 minute mile pace. Not too bad for drizzling rain, wet roads, the fact that the run was at midnight, and of course, lots of chatting!
If you’re a Charleston area runner who likes to have fun, think about the Midnight Half Marathon next year. Remember, you don’t even have to run a half marathon- just come out and run! Plan to take a nap or sleep in the next day, and you will be fine.