If you’re like 99% of Americans, your New Year’s resolutions include putting down the remote and putting on your running shoes. We’re here to help you achieve a healthier, happier year with unique, challenging races during 2015. From a psychedelic paint run to a team-based obstacle course race, tons of heart-pumping challenges await in The New Running Hot Spot.

December

Main Street Crit Dec. 31; Open Registration
Ring in the New Year with an evening Kids Fun Run, 5K Open Race and 8K Race for Elite runners. Challenge yourself to pass your friends in the "criterium style," two-block loop through the heart of downtown Columbia during the Famously Hot New Year celebration!

January

Harbison 50k Trail Race Jan. 3; Registration Closes on Dec. 27
Trek across a challenging 18-mile trail course through fire roads, wide trails and across streams with plenty of rocks, roots and mud along the gorgeous trails of the Harbison State Forest. Hurry! There are only eight spots left!

February

MGC Long Run 15K, 5k Feb. 7; Open Registration
Returning for a second year, this competition will include a 15k, 5k and a new Kids' Fun Run to benefit South Carolina USO. Celebrate your accomplishment with a fun, family-friendly party at the finish line!

March

Run Hard Columbia Marathon March 7; Open Registration
Get your heart pumping on a double loop track with a finale at the scenic South Carolina State House. From 5k to marathon, this race has everything you want!

St. Pat's Get to the Green March 14; Open Registration
Chase the rainbow in the largest road race in the Midlands to reach the coveted pot of gold at the Finish Line. Don't forget to wear your green! If you're lucky, you might just be named "Best Leprechaun." 

Palmetto 200 Relay March 20; Open Registration
Embark on a unique, overnight running adventure in which you and 11 friends cover 200 scenic miles from the capital city of Columbia, SC to Patriots Point in Charleston, SC.

The Color Run March 28; Registration Not Open Yet 
If life hands you color, run with it! Dive into a unique race celebrating healthiness, happiness and individuality that will have you doused in color from head to toe. Making rainbows all over the world, the Color Run really is the Happiest 5K on the Planet.

 

April

Columbia Downtown Sprint Triathlon April 4; Open Registration
After a 500 meter swim and three-loop criterium style bike course, finish strong with a three-mile run through downtown Columbia.

Ultimate Challenge Mud Run April 11; Open Registration
Blood clots, bones heal, sweat dries, but pride is forever! Push yourself to the limit mentally and physically at The Leatherneck, a 6.2 mile all-terrain course with 36 military obstacles that can only be conquered by swimming, crawling, climbing, jumping and possessing sheer determination.

May

Lake Murray Triathlon May 24; Open Registration
Prove that you're the best in the state with a 750-meter loop swim, 16-mile biking loop and a 5K run across the scenic Dreher Island State Park.

July

Xterra Harbison Half Marathon July 12; Registration Not Open Yet
Do you have what it takes to be a Trail Run Series Champion? Enter as many XTERRA Trail Runs as you can and rack up points to contend for the national title.


 

September

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run/ Walk Sept. 18;  Registration Not Open Yet
In a one-of-a-kind 5K experience, run along servicemen in full uniform to honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.

October

10th Annual Ray Tanner Foundation Home Run Oct. 24; Registration opens first day of Baseball Season
Run the bases at the Carolina Stadium to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and their families. Choose your speed: 12K, 5K, One Mile, Youth Run or Kids Fun Run.

Ultimate Challenge Mud Run: Night Ops Oct. 24; Registration Not Open Yet
Thought The Leatherback team-based obstacle course was a challenge in the daylight? Enter the darkness with Night Ops! Each team will face a 5K version with 20 obstacles, illuminated with chem lights and luminescent paint guided only by the light of head lamps. Do you have what it takes?

43rd Annual Governor's Cup Road Race TBD; Registration Not Open Yet
One of the oldest, continuously conducted road race events in the Southeast. This half marathon (and other races) take you through downtown Columbia, SC with the start and finish line at the South Carolina State House.

November

SC Rivalry Run benefiting The Frye Foundation Nov. 27; Registration Not Open Yet
Kick off rivalry week with another win over Clemson by participating in the SC Rivalry Run.

 

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