The 10 Best Road Races in South Carolina!

South Carolina offers excellent running races, all year-round. From 5Ks, to strenuous warrior courses, to races full of colorful surprises, South Carolina’s mild temperatures make perfect conditions to work out for great causes. Here’s a quick peek at the 10 best road races in South Carolina.

1. Cooper River Bridge Run, Charleston, SC

This event is the third largest 10K in the nation, leaving a $30 million impact on the Charleston economy. A Health and Wellness Expo serves as the precursor to the event, spanning the two days prior to the run. There’s also a Taste of the Bridge Run, featuring the local flavors of over 25 restaurants. The folks running the show cap the number of participants at 40,000 (yes, it’s a big deal), so register early to save your spot.

2. Ultimate Challenge Mud Run, Columbia, SC

Get ready to get dirty, and for a good reason! This spring event, held in honor of marines and veterans, consists of 6.2 miles of 36 military style obstacles, giving participants a greater appreciation for the hardcore training our Marines endure. This race isn’t for the faint of heart and, just like the work of our Marines, you can’t make it to the finish line alone. You will sweat, you might bleed, and you may be pushed well beyond your limits, but if you think you’ve got what it takes to conquer the Ultimate Challenge, then this race is for you.

3. Cupid’s Undie Run, Charleston, SC

What’s better than running a mile outside during the winter in your underwear? Not much, really. This awesome fun run happens right in the middle of a big bash dedicated to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Runners strip to their skivvies (not mandatory, but highly encouraged) and take to the streets and beach for a mile-long saunter. Who knew underwear could be so important?

4. South Carolina Rugged Maniac, Mount Pleasant, SC

Beautiful Boone Hall Plantation serves as the backdrop to this extreme event, complete with festival afterwards. It’s not called the Rugged Maniac for nothing: participating teams have a habit of donning coordinating costumes as they trek through mud, clamber over obstacles, slip down water slides, and have a crazy good time. Plus, your registration entitles you to one free beer (though you might want to cross the finish line before you redeem your prize).

5. Carolina Beast and Sprint Weekend, Winnsboro, SC

For seasoned runners and novices alike, Carolina Beast and Spartan weekend is packed with daredevil obstacles, uphill hikes, even barbed wire and fire! Test your mettle as a Spartan in a three to five-mile race, complete with over 20 obstacles. For those ready to conquer a tougher challenge, try to take on the Beast, a 12 to 14-mile journey with over 30 obstacles. There’s also a shorter race specially designed for kiddos only. It’s a great way to get them off the couch and on their feet.

6. The GloRun, Columbia, SC

This race has a lot of bright features, namely the flitting bits of glow-in-the-dark accessories everywhere you look. Complete with an 80s theme, DJ, and costume parade, you’ll be dashing your way through a glowing wonderland.

7. Resolution Run, Travelers Rest, SC

If a good clean run is more your style, ditch the mud and muck and head to the Resolution Run, a half marathon race to support the YMCA’s Open Doors campaign. You’ve got three hours to go the distance (75 minutes for the 5K), so pace yourself and keep your healthy New Year’s resolutions in your focus.

8. Run Your Ice Off 5K and 8K, Greenwood, SC

If you still haven’t shed those extra holiday pounds, get ready to run your ice off! Yes, this race is held in one of South Carolina’s coldest months, but it’s a great way to stay on your New Year’s resolution track of creating a healthier you.

9. Greenville Dirt Series, Greenville, SC

Greenville sure knows how to put on a race, so well that they decided to create an entire series of races to keep your running calendar full. With seven races throughout the year, Greenville’s Dirt Series ranges from a 5K to a 16K across a variety of trails. The copious amounts of dirt involved reminds us that the battle isn’t always pretty, and to win you must first be challenged.

10. North Myrtle Beach Winter Run 5K/15K, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Since you can’t play in the ocean in the middle of February, you may as well join the party at the North Myrtle Beach Winter Run. There’s no mud, no obstacles, no festival, no foam, no glow sticks, just a good old fashioned clean run around flat, paved streets surrounded by cheering bystanders and well-wishers.

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