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It was at the 2013 Half Marathon finish area that my husband (Robert Rieckman, bib #3582) had a heart attack and we spent the following week at MUSC. He’s recovering now and just got the ok to start running again. I’m prettty sure we won’t be back in 2014, but perhaps 2015?


I didn’t see any info. about handcycles. Do you allow handcyclists in the race? Thank you.

John R. Davis

Tom from Kalamazoo

I am 47 and have been running for 3 years having used this activity to prepare for adult league hockey and competing against players 15 plus years younger than myself. I started off using Nike software and my i-touch to determine how I was doing and plannning my workouts and found with time that my true love was being able to improve my running ability and hoping hockey didn’t get in the way. I have switched to using GPS technology and that actually has made training easier in getting ready for the Bayshore Marathon and Chicago Marathon. I look forward to being in the South and being able to race in January while everything is frozen over here in Kalamazoo.



Phillipians 4:13

Hi! My name is Summer and this is my first Half Marathon ever! Two things have brought me to this event. First, breaking my weight loss plateau and second, the urge to run! However, during my training I have learned a few things about myself. I have always felt like a quiter. I actually have a history of quiting things when things get too hard and believe me I wanted to back out of this race plenty of times. I have spent a lot of time praying and everytime I would cry out I can’t do this, God would bring Phillipians 4:13 to mind. With that verse, the added benefit that I have paid a registeration fee, and now the paid for hotel room backing out doesn’t seem like an option. The Charleston Half Marathon for me will be proof that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (phil 4:13) and that I am not a quiter! I can’t wait to see y’all there. 🙂

Marathon Week

As we all prepare for the race on Saturday, I’ve written a short blog post about my experience. Like many, this will be my first marathon, and I’m feeling so many emotions that I can’t even put it into words. Training for this marathon has easily been the most life-changing event in my life thus far, and finishing the race will simply be the cherry on top of an already awesome sundae! 🙂


Have family here in Charleston that have never seen a marathon, and are excited to watch the race. This will be my 8th marathon. I’m running for all the people my husband and I lost last year with their battle of cancer, too many to name!

very slow runner

My friends and I from Michigan have run this marathon for the past two years and will be running again. The city is wonderful, the views are great and we eat ourselves silly after the race at too many restaurants to name. We can’t wait to get back.

My wife got cancer, I started running

For years I have struggled with my weight, topping out in the mid-270s, which put me as much as 90 pounds overweight. Then my wife was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in June of 2012, at the age of 33, only four months after having our fourth child.

This served as a wake up call as, despite my wife having good odds of beating the cancer, I thought through many of the possible scenarios, including having to raise four children on my own. So by the end of August, I became serious about running.

Since then, I have lost 50 pounds, I have actually exceeded the planned distances on the training scheduled I used to prepare for the Charleston Half Marathon (actually running the complete half distance five weeks prior to the race), and on January 19, 2013 I will run the first race in my life.

Chasing marathons

As a Pennsylvania resident with family living in South Carolina, I love any reason to hop on a plane and visit the south. This past year was no different, except that I was hopping off a plane to run 13.1 miles in the beautiful historic city of Charleston. The 2012 Charleston half marathon was my first half marathon. My biggest motivation as I was training was knowing that i’ll get to visit my family who I only see once a year, and getting tp share my first half marathon with them. It didnt stop there, I fell in love with the course and am currently training for the charleston full marathon in 2013. Thanks for putting together such a great crouse, and giving me another good reason to visit SC! 🙂

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