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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?

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.

Bus System

I hope there’s a better bus system. I started the race 20 min later. Though, my time didn’t suffer due 2 it being a chip time. But, I suffered in placing. Please correct for 2013.

4th Marathon

Training in Chicago – it’s nice weather now but it most likely will get colder. First trip to SC – I’m looking forward to it. 2013!


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.

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