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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?



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! :)

Something special for our 40th birthday

My twin sister and I decided to run the first Event for our 40 th birthday, and plan to attend every year in one or more event. She has graduated to the marathon distance and I plan on the bike ride and 5 k this year. We look forward to the race every year and bring a couple additional family members with us each race.
Thanks for a great excuse to spend quality time with family in my city.

After the Finish

My husband, Robert, and I came to Charleston to run the Half Marathon and planned to return the next day to Michigan. After the finish line, (also the shrimp and grits line,) but before the shuttle back to our hotel, we took a side trip to MUSC. My husband had emergency heart surgery. Here we went, still in our running clothes, bibs pinned to our chests, straight to the cardiac cath lab, and then to surgery. All along the way, we were helped by the wonderful city of Charleston. Thank you to many, many, people who’ll never know how grateful we are.

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