On Saturday, I ventured to Seabrook Island for the Bohicket Marina 5K/10K. It was my first time visiting Seabrook Island, and my friend Pat, affectionately known as “Popsicle Pat” to the Sunday morning run crew, directs the race, so I wanted to support him. It was about a 25 minute drive from my house, on scenic country roads.
The Bohicket Marina run offered 5K and 10K options, and while I considered the 10K, I stuck with the 5K since I planned to run a 10K later in the month. The 5K was $5 cheaper, required less running, and would be easier to handle in case the weather was crazy hot- but the temperatures were tolerable on race day.
When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was how small the race was. The 5K had 51 runners and 56 10Kers. The Charleston area had four races that day- five if you count that this race had two distances. When Pat set the date last year, none of those races were on the Charleston Running Club calendar. I wish events would check calendars because Charleston doesn’t have enough runners to support this many races- 4 of the 5 races this weekend had ~50 runners.
Although both races started and finished at the 10K started 5 minutes before the 5K. I only recognized a few people running the 5K. Once the race started, I eased into my pace, which wasn’t hard since the race was small and didn’t have much starting-line fanfare.
We ran around the marina and then onto the road, which was open to cars. The race had signs on the road to warn drivers to watch out for runners, but we were still on the open road and traffic started to build with people coming to Seabrook Island since it’s a hot vacation spot. It was also a little windy, and with only a few guys ahead of me, I couldn’t find anyone to tuck behind and draft from.
I hit the first mile in 7:08, not too shabby since I had to dodge a few cars. Shortly after, we turned off into a neighborhood in the Seabrook Island Resort, and Mile 2 was almost entirely in that neighborhood and my fastest mile at 6:54 pace. I focused on running my own race knowing I was the lead female (As I mentioned, it was a *very* small race). The course was an out and back, but instead of a sharp turn we ran a long loop in that neighborhood- so I wasn’t sure if any females were close behind me.
Mile 3 ended up being 7:07 pace. I caught the only guy I could reasonably catch- unlike the Race for the Ark where I picked other runners off throughout the last mile. I wish I had more guys to pick off, because I probably could have run a faster time, but the next guy was at least 20 seconds ahead of me. I sprinted toward the finish and managed to hold the guy I passed off.
I finished the race in 22:17, first place female overall. My Garmin read 3.17 miles, probably due to weaving in traffic at the Seabrook Island Resort gates. Despite not breaking 22 minutes, my average pace the same as Race for the Ark. Since it was a smaller (tougher!) race with open roads, I was cool with that!
I ran a two mile cooldown back on the course to cheer for some of the remaining 5Kers and the top 10K runners, then headed back to the Marina to change shirts and clean up. By then, Reyna and Erica were done with the 10K so we hung out at the after party. The view was gorgeous, and I should’ve taken pictures. The after party had unlimited free beer (coolers not ticket on the bib) as well as snacks. Everyone hung out and had a good time.
For placing first female overall, I received an acrylic trophy (is that the word for it?) as well as a Tervis Tumbler cup. Age groupers got the cups as well. The Tervis Tumbler cup is a great award because runners always need to stay hydrated. I’ve been drinking water and refilling my tumbler multiple times per day ever since Saturday. The cup also holds warm drinks like coffee and hot chocolate, which will come in handy when the temperatures cool down. Ironically, it cooled down big time the day after this race.
I really enjoyed the Bohicket Marina 5K/10K, despite the cars and traffic, which were really the only drawback. The course itself was beautiful and unlimited free beer is a good selling point for a race. I hope this one gets more participants next year because it was a lot of fun running in a new place and near the beach.
Race Name: Bohicket Marina 5K and 10K
Location: Seabrook Island, SC
Date and Time: September 12, 2015, 8 AM
Terrain: Paved, flat road, not closed to traffic, partially on bike paths. One water stop halfway.
Entry fee: 5K: $25 (advanced registration), $30 (week before), $35 (late/day of registration). 10K prices were $5 more.
Swag: Reusable bag, tech shirt, koozies
Post-race Food: Fruit (bananas, oranges, apples, peaches), brownies and cinnamon rolls from Costco, water, soda, gatorade, unlimited free bottled/canned beer
Weather: 77 degrees, 89% humidity, cloudy and drizzling rain.