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Palmetto Half Marathon

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

About Palmetto Half Marathon

The Palmetto Half Marathon is a community movement in which experienced runners and enthusiastic volunteers come together to promote fitness, community involvement and charitable causes. It has become a tradition among Columbia residents, and the Half Marathon event is now attracting the attention of elite runners nationwide.

 The race, which began in 2010, has become a tradition among Columbia residents and is highly anticipated statewide. Event proceeds go to a Charity Beneficiary that is selected by the race’s planning committee, and the race also presents a variety of opportunities for local organizations to gain exposure and raise funds.

The course starts in front of Academy Sports + Outdoors inside the Village at Sandhill and finishes at the Fountain in the center of the Village at Sandhill.


Palmetto Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

Palmetto 5K Run/Walk

  • 5km


After Race Services

At the finish line participants will be awarded a finisher’s medal and will be able to enjoy food, drinks, music, awards & visit with the sponsors and the Health & Fitness vendors that will be there. After the race, participants and their families can enjoy visiting the local shops and restaurants at the Village at Sandhill.

Aid Stations

Water stations are positioned approximately every 2 miles along the course. There will be bathroom facilities along the course as well as a First Aid tent that will be located near mile 4 and mile 9.

Maximum Time

There is a 4-hour time limit for this event.

Palmetto Half Marathon Route Map

Palmetto Half Marathon Route Map


Academy Sports + Outdoors inside the Village at Sandhill



Fountain in the center of the Village at Sandhill



The course for the race starts and finishes in the area of Columbia known as the Village at Sandhill. From there, runners follow an out-and-back route through the Wildwood and Woodlands neighborhoods in the northeast part of the city, and follows an overall downhill route to the mid-point of the race, and then an overall uphill back to the finish line.

Runners can expect to encounter the steepest hills of the race around the mile 7 marker, right after the course reaches its lowest point and then takes runners back along the route they’ve just run, after the roughly one-mile loop around Boyds Pond.

The next biggest hill occurs around the mile 10 marker along Valhalla Road, after which runners then head back up along Two Notch Road and make the turn up and around the entrance ramp to the highway, and then make their way back to the Village at Sandhill for the finish.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.