Late winter and spring weather brings more and more races to Columbia, SC. We've got a comprehensive list of races in Columbia, SC through May 2014, so be sure to sign up for a 5k, 10k, marathon or other event to enjoy The New Running Hot Spot.


Lexington's Race Against Hunger

Featuring a 5K fitness-walk, a 10K run and 1-mile fun run, the Lexington Race Against Hunger starts and finishes at the Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church. Bring food donations to donate to LICS, a non-profit who helps feed at-need members of the community. Then, after the race, enjoy pizza and drink with fellow runners.
5K Fitness Walk/Run $20; 10K Run $35 & 1-mile Fun Run $20
February 22 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church 8:15am (5K Fitness Walk/Run); 8:20am (10K Run) & 8:25am (1-mile Fun Run)  
 

 
Color Run Columbia 2014
The Happiest 5k on the Planet lived up to its name last year, and it's back in Columbia, SC! New participant gear will be included this year. Become a Color Runner by laughing, skipping, running and enjoying your way through 3.1 miles of downtown Columbia's streets.
Team Runners (4+), $45; Individual Runner, $50
March 1 at Finlay Park 9am



March for Meals 5k Walk and Run

Open to individuals and teams, the March for Meals 5k Walk and Run is at South Carolina's number one gated attraction, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. In addition to running through the zoo, receive a one-day pass you can use until March 31. Limited to first 500 registrants.
Runners $25; Walkers $20; Children 12 & under $10; (fees increase after February 16)
March 1 at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden 7:30am


Run Hard Columbia Marathon

This is the spring race event Columbia has been waiting for! It's fun for all ages. You get course support, fluids/nutrition to get you through the race, shirts, medals and awards. You'll love getting that 26.2 badge by running through the heart of the Columbia region.
Marathon: Now until February 19 $75; February 20 - March 6 $85; March 7 $95
Half marathon: Now until February 19 $55; February 20 - March 6 $65; March 7 $75
Marathon Relay Team Cost: Now until February 19 $130; February 2- March 6 $140; March 7 $150
5K: Now until February 19 $25; February 20 - March 6 $30; March 7 $35
Kids Marathon: Now until February 19 $20; February 20 - March 6 $25; March 7 $30
March 8 at Main and Gervais Streets 7:30am (marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay) & 8am (5K and kids marathon)


St. Pat's Get to the Green 
Chase rainbows to a pot of gold through Columbia, SC's beautiful Devine Street! Literally, cash prizes will be awarded at St. Pat's Get to the Green for top finishers and best-dressed leprechauns. Everyone who runs in the one of the St. Pat's races (a 10k, 5k and 1-mile walk) get free entry into the St. Pat's in Five Points Festival. USTA Certified.
10K: Now until March 1 $35; March 2 - March 14 $40; Race Day $45
5K Run & 1-Mile Walk: Now until March 1 $30; March 2 - March 14 $35; Race Day $40
Kids' Fun Run: $10
March 15 at Maxcy Gregg Park at 7:30am (10k); 8am (5k) and 8:15am (1-mile walk & kids fun run)


5th Annual Palmetto Half Marathon

The Palmetto Half Marathon starts and finishes at the Village at Sandhill, an open-air shopping center, in northeast Columbia. Not ready for the half marathon? There's also a youth half marathon, a 5k and kids fun run. You get a virtual race bag full of goodies and a tech shirt with the half marathon, while other event participants get an official t-shirt and race bag. Join us at one of Columbia, SC's favorite shopping districts for a serious run!
Youth Half Marathon: $15
Half Marathon: Now until March 31 $65; April 1 - April 10 $75
5K Run/Walk: Now until March 31 $30; April 1 - April 10 $35
Kids' Fun Run: (age 10 & under) $10
April 11 at Village at Sandhill at 6:30pm (Youth Half Marathon); April 12 7am (Half Marathon); 7:15am (5K Run/Walk) & 9am (Kids' Fun Run)
 
USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run

USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run
Run, crawl and climb The Leatherneck, the 6.2 mile all-terrain course that tests your strength and determination. Mud holes, walls, trenches and more military obstacles will challenge you physically and mentally. Get your team together by April 5 to participate. Then come to Columbia, SC to not only enjoy the challenge of the Mud Run, but also the Ultimate Afterparty with bands, drinks and more.
$225 for team of four 
April 12th at The Leatherneck 7:30am-10am start times



3rd Annual Quarry Crusher Run
Starting and finishing at the impressive Olympia and Granby Mills apartments in the Olympia Village, this foot race gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the landscape of an environmentally-responsible, operational quarry. The 3.72-mile route winds down a 10% grade through granite cliffs to the quarry floor. Then, you have a 375-foot ascent from the quarry floor to the finish -- a grueling event that makes the Quarry Crusher Run one of Columbia, SC's most challenging foot races!
Now until February 28 $25; March 1-31 $30; April 1-25 $35; April 26 $40
April 26 at Historic Olympia Quarry 9am


5th Annual Crawdaddy Dash

Want a great way to kick-off your visit to the Rosewood Crawfish Festival? The race starts at 9 am at City Roots and participants will enjoy delicious Cajun-style post race refreshments at the farm after the race. All participants will receive free entry to the Rosewood Crawfish Festival($12 value) and an official Race T-Shirt.
Now until March 17 $25; March 18 - April 30 $30; May 1 & 2 $35; Race Day $40
May 3 at City Roots Farm 9am

Lake Murray Triathlon 
750-meter swim, 16-mile bike and 5km run, the Lake Murray Triathlon is one of the top triathlons in South Carolina.
Now until March 1 $60; March 2 - May 1 $65; Before May 3 $69 & Before May 4 $75
May 4 at Dreher Island State Park 8am

Coming to Columbia, SC for a race? Book your stay at one of our region's hotels, then browse listings for things to dorestaurants and more on www.columbiacvb.com.