Hilton Head Island will host its first marathon on Feb. 8, 2014

Marathons are still hot. Not only does the Charleston area have two, but Myrtle Beach, Greenville and Columbia each have a marathon. Asheville has recently added not one, but TWO marathons, and Savannah has a relatively new Rock ‘n Roll.

And now Hilton Head …

Here’s the announcement – JUST RECEIVED! You heard it here first, most likely …

Bear Foot Sports is happy to announce that they will be bringing Hilton Head’s first marathon to the Island on February 8, 2014. The Hilton Head Island Marathon will be an expansion of the Half Marathon that has been run on the Island by BFS for the past 11 years.

“We are thrilled to land approval for this event as it not only is a ‘first’ for the Island, but it will bring additional revenue to our hospitality industry during the off season,” says Bear Foot’s Mark Weisner.

“We look forward to expanding on the Half Marathon and also turning this into a popular event among marathoners. ”

Weisner added that what is great about the Hilton Head location is that “athletes that compete here, and their families, tend to stay several days taking advantage of the beauty and amenities of the Island, giving a nice boost to the local economy.”

Runners in the marathon will run the already established Half Marathon course starting at Jarvis Creek Park with slight adjustments.

The scenic certified course is fast and flat and takes runners over the Cross Island Parkway, through two parks, numerous neighborhoods, and over Broad Creek. The additional 13.1 miles of the marathon course is all new and will run on the other side of the Cross Island Parkway, Spanish Wells Road and Point Comfort Road.

Both The Marathon and Half Marathon will feature all standard male and female divisions.The race will also feature a 5K, children’s run, and post race party.  The Hilton Head Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k will be limited to a total of 2500 participants. On line registration is open now. To register or for more information, call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520 or visit   http://www.bearfootsports.com/heels.htm

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