Columbia will host marathon in 2012

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Columbia Regional Sports Council announced Tuesday the long-awaited return of a marathon to the capital city.

The 2012 Columbia Marathon will be held Saturday, March 10.

It's been over 10 years since a marathon has taken place in Columbia.

The point-to-point 26.2 mile course will start in the Ballentine area, crossing Lake Murray Dam, through Lexington, West Columbia and into downtown Columbia through The Vista and Five Points.  The finish line will be near the State House.

Race Director Dan Hartley says once the course is USATF certified, it will be a Boston qualifier.

Hartley says there will be a shuttle service available because the course does not start and finish in the same general area.  He hopes to shuttle racers from downtown area to the starting line so they'll be close to their cars and hotels at the finish line.

The organizers do not anticipate on a cap on registration for the first year of the race. "We'll take as many people that want to run it," said Hartley.

A point-to-point half-marathon, kid's marathon, school challenge and corporate challenge will also be offered.  Registration information along with sponsors and charity information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

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