Half marathon, 5km race and 1.6km kids race in Charleston, a region that dates back to the 1600’s


In brief

The marker on the map indicates the city in which the race takes place and does not display the exact start or finish location.

14 January 2023 (Saturday)
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Number of participants: 4.000,
marathon 2020 — 862,
half marathon 2020 — 2.389
Course Record: —
Entry fee:
$50—110 half marathon

The Charleston Half Marathon is an annual long-distance running event held in Charleston, state of South Carolina, USA. The official name of the event is Charleston Half Marathon. About 4.000 athletes take part in marathon race and other competitions (862 runners completed marathon and 2.389 finished half marathon in 2020).

In 2021 and 2022, the Charleston Marathon was cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Virtual races were held instead.

From 2023, marathon distance is excluded from the races held in Charleston.

More about Charleston and its attractions you may find here, about North Charleston here.

Charleston Marathon (O2 Fitness Charleston Marathon) 2019

Charleston Marathon 2020

Events and Activities

Half Marathon race, 13.1mi/21.097km

The half marathon race of 13.1mi/21.097km starts at 7:30 14 January 2023 (Saturday) on Fishburne Street in front of Burke High School (244 President St, Charleston).

3.1mi/5km Race (Shrimp and Grits 5k)

The 3.1mi/5km race starts at 8:30 14 January 2023 (Saturday) at Bexley Street and Aragon Avenue in North Charleston.

Entry fee: $30—50.

Course of the 3.1mi/5km Race, Charleston Marathon 2023

Course of the 3.1mi/5km Race, Charleston Marathon 2023

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The course of the Charleston Half Marathon 2023 tracks through the streets and parks of Charleston and North Charleston, along the Ashley River.

Highlights of the course:

  • Hampton Park, the largest park on the Charleston peninsula;
  • The Citadel, one of six United States senior military colleges, was established in 1842;
  • The Battery, a fortified seawall and promenade in the heart of Charleston’s historic district;
  • King Street, the spine of the city connecting the Charleston Harbor to uptown;
  • Riverfront Park on the banks of the Cooper River.
  • Firefly Distillery, Charleston’s oldest working distillery.

The course of the Charleston Half Marathon 2023 coincides with the first half of the marathon route.

Course of the Charleston Half Marathon 2023

Course of the Charleston Half Marathon 2023

Altitude profile of the Charleston Half Marathon 2023 course

Altitude profile of the Charleston Half Marathon 2023 course

Course video, Charleston Half Marathon 2018

Start line for the Charleston Half Marathon 2023 is on Fishburne Street in front of Burke High School (244 President St, Charleston).

The finish is at Charleston’s oldest working distillery, Firefly Distillery, located at 4201 Spruill Avenue in North Charleston.

You may find the official course maps of the Charleston Half Marathon 2022 here.

The time limit for completing the half marathon is 4 hours. Additional limits are applied for certain points of the course.

The pace makers of the Charleston Half Marathon 2023 provide the necessary pace in order to finish within a certain time. Finish times for half marathon are following: 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00 hours.

6 water and nutrition stations are located at the half marathon route. The stations provide runners with drinking water, Sports Drink, energy gel.

Before the start 14 January 2023 (Saturday) until 7:30, you may leave your personal belongings at the gear check area near the start zone. The stuff must be packed in a deposit bag, you should attach to your bag a tag that has your race number on it. The tag and the bag are included in your Race Pack along with your bib number. The bags are transported to the finishing area and are available for pickup until 13:30.

The route of the Charleston Half Marathon 2023 is certified by the Road Running Technical Council of USA Track & Field (USATF).


You may sign up for races of the Charleston Half Marathon 2023 online.

The online registration is open till the slots last.

If slots are available you may sign up for the races 13 January 2023 (Friday) at the Charleston Half Marathon 2023 Health & Wellness Expo in the Grand Ballroom of the Gaillard Center (95 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401).

The entry fee for the Charleston Half Marathon 2022 varies depending on the date of purchase:
till 4 May 2022 — $50,
from 5 May till 15 July 2022 — $75,
from 16 July till 2 August 2022 — $79,
from 3 August till 27 September 2022 — $89,
from 28 September till 13 December 2022 — $99,
13 January 2023 — $110.

You may sign up for the Charleston Half Marathon Virtual events 2023 (Shadow Runner — $50).

Student and military discounts are applied on demand. More info is here.

If the event is cancelled due to COVID-19, entry fee (minus taxes and fees) is awarded as race credit to be spent on future Capstone Races.

You may switch to another distance (with surcharge if applicable) or defer your registration to a future event. More info is here.

Your Half Marathon Race Entry includes:

  • Bib number with time measuring chip
  • Goody bag
  • Food and beverages stations, toilets along the course and after the race
  • Bag deposit
  • Pace maker service
  • Music and performance groups along the course
  • Live athlete tracking through the mobile app
  • Finisher medal
  • Shrimp & grits post-race party
  • Online race results
  • Digital race diploma with indicated finish time
  • Medical aid if necessary

You may order at extra charge bib mailing to USA postal address ($9.99).

You may pick up the Race Pack with your bib number at the Charleston Marathon 2023 Health & Wellness Expo in the Grand Ballroom of the Gaillard Center (95 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401).
Pick-up desks schedule:
13 January 2023 (Friday) from 10:00 till 20:00.

To get your Race Pack you should show your photo ID.

You may authorize another person to collect your Race Pack. The collecting person needs to present a copy of your ID (electronic or printed).

No health certificate is required to enter any race of the Charleston Marathon 2023.

Race Results 2020*

Men (marathon)
1. Mike Katsefaras 2:26:30
2. Esayas Nida 2:39:03
3. Alan Carreno 2:39:24

Women (marathon)
1. Kelly Woodard 2:53:47
2. Shannon Mcginn 3:03:02
3. Melissa Hine 3:11:09

* Source: capstoneraces.com

Find your result and the results of your friends and companions here.

Contact Information and Links

Organizer’s address:
Capstone Event Group
3803B Computer Dr UNIT 205, Raleigh,
North Carolina,
United States
tel. +1 866-561-5651

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Weather during Previous Races

Date: 15 January 2022 (race cancelled)
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Temperature: 6°C – 13°C (43°F – 56°F)
Wind: 17 km/h (10 mph)
Date: 16 January 2021 (race cancelled)
Clear throughout the day.
Temperature: 5°C – 11°C (41°F – 52°F)
Wind: 20 km/h (12 mph)
Date: 11 January 2020
Rain in the evening. Rain 1.8 mm (0.07 in).
Temperature: 18°C – 22°C (64°F – 71°F)
Wind: 24 km/h (15 mph)

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Flights to Charleston

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Race participants are fully responsible for their life, health and any consequence that may result from running a distance. Keep in mind that ordinary health insurance does not cover participation in sport events. Special sport insurance is preferable.

Accommodation in Charleston

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Tours and Excursions

Other Races in January 2023

M — Marathon, 42.195 km
H — Half Marathon, 21.097 km

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