Race 13.1 Charleston Preview- October 29, 2016

I hope everyone’s having a wonderful weekend! I’m writing from a plane headed toward Charleston, but when you’re reading this, I’m home safe and back to training as usual.

As a Race 13.1 ambassador, I’m highlighting the upcoming Race 13.1 Charleston event on October 29. Back for its second year in Charleston, Race 13.1 is on Halloween weekend, and the themed perks include a costume contest, party, and finisher’s medal for half marathoners. 


Like most Charleston races, post-race beer is included for all 21+ runners and provided by locally-owned Palmetto Brewing Company.

Race 13.1 features a 5K, 10K, and half marathon at Middleton Place Woodlands, one of the most beautiful trails in the area. I’ve run several races at Middleton Place Woodlands, and it’s one of the less technical, faster, trails. The trail is hard-packed dirt and doesn’t have roots or rocks. It’s a little harder than a road race but easier than other local trail courses (for locals, both Laurel Hill Plantation and Mullet Hall are more technical).


Last year’s Race 13.1 Charleston was my first Race 13.1 event. The organizers did a great job planning the event, marking the course, and ensuring the race had enough volunteers. Although it rained in the week leading to the race, the trail was remarkably dry and all slick areas were marked and easy to avoid.

When choosing races, I’m selective and opt to run charity events rather than for-profit events which seem to take away from the community without giving back. The Charleston Race 13.1’s charity partner is Girls on the Run Charleston, which provides running and character education for several local schools. The event is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or first-timer, Race 13.1 offers something for everyone- from overall and age group awards to sweepers, pace groups, and generous course time limits.


To read more about Race 13.1 Charleston and register, check out the event’s website. For those in the Charleston area, Race 13.1 will be at Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant’s Luau Pub Run. The organizers can answer any questions for you and will offer some giveaways, including a free entry.

Be sure to register before Tuesday, August 23– as the price increases to $69 that day.

I hope to see you there on October 29!


As a Race 13.1 Ambassador, I promote Race 13.1 events in the Charleston area and on this blog. I’m not paid or compensated for these posts, and all opinions are my own. 

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7 Responses to Race 13.1 Charleston Preview- October 29, 2016

  1. That is a pretty cool medal there. I think I just added another half to my already busy fall schedule! I will be signing up tomorrow!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks for your comment and reblog! Definitely try to get your gang to come out. This one’s cheaper than Sweet Tea and perfect for first timers or newbies.

      Also, the drive is soooo quick from Summerville down Hwy 61…

  2. Reblogged this on DoomBuggy Runner and commented:
    I think I just decided to add this local half to my already busy half schedule for the fall. That is one cool medal there!

  3. This sounds like a lot of fun and I love races that have a theme. I might check this out next year, as I obviously am not planning any races for this fall. Greg and I have been meaning to visit your neck of the woods for some time!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I hope you’ll be back to running and racing soon. I saw your post that you were running again for short distances and was so glad to read it.

      Race 13.1’s destinations and cities change each year, so I was excited to see them return to Charleston. This is a tough city to direct a race. I especially like that it’s a Fall half marathon as we are lacking in those- this is a good tune-up for those marathon training.

      If you ever decide to visit Charleston, let me know what time of year and I’ll find you a race to run. I would advise avoiding the Cooper River Bridge Run, as hotels during that weekend require 2-night minimum stays and are very expensive. Also, Charleston has far better races.

  4. laurenweiner says:

    That is a pretty awesome medal. I love when races have multiple events for runners that prefer different distances. If I didn’t already have a race on the 29th, I’d consider it!!!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Race 13.1 offers a lot of races in other cities too, so you might be able to find one closer to home. They all have great medals and shirts.

      It is a good event for runners of all abilities, from competitive runners to first timers and that’s one reason why I love the organization. No one is left out at a Race 13.1 event.

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