Run Hard Columbia Kids 2K

(fun run for the kiddos)

The Run Hard Kids 2K is a shorter race designed for kids, age 5 and up. Kids will enjoy all the experience of a marathon race event, but only run a 2K.
NEW: This is a timed event with official awards!

Note: We have changed the format from a Kids Marathon to a 2K so that more kids can participate. The Kids Marathon is still an option, but is not required.

Important Details

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 am
Cost: $15 – May 1 - June 30
$20 – July 1 - November 30
$25 – December 1 - March 2
$30 – March 4 (@ Packet Pickup)
Location: Near the SC State House at 1100 Gervais St Columbia, SC

All runners receive a technical race shirt and all finishers receive a medal and finish line refreshments.

Race Day

Kids seven and under MUST have a chaperon with them on the course. (Although, any age child can run with an adult if he/she chooses.) There is no charge for adult chaperones. One adult per child only.


Registration includes a high quality running shirt. All shirts are UNISEX.
*Registration must be received on or before February 12, 2020 in order to guarantee a shirt and proper sizing.

Bag Drop

A bag drop service will be available for all runners at the finish line.

Finisher Medals

All participants will receive an official Run Hard Columbia finisher medal. (They are awesome!)

Marathon Option (not required)

Looking to raise the training/commitment level for your child? Consider the optional Kids Marathon training program. Students will run with a parent and/or in their school's PE class, after school program or with their friends and family on their own. Each child will keep a mileage log to track their progress. Mileage is based on adult supervision and the honor system. Kids will complete the final 2 Kilometers on the actual marathon course on race day. Your child can chart their miles in 0.25-mile increments and won’t have to feel pressured to run a complete mile when they begin their training. However, if your child is training with their school’s PE class they may structure it differently. Upon completion of 24.95 miles, your child will be prepared to run the final 2K of the marathon on race day.


We go to great measures to insure your child's safety and we appreciate everyone abiding by our rules to accomplish our mission.

First, each child will receive a T-shirt that they must wear on race day. Your packet will also contain your child's race number that MUST be worn on the front of their shirt. Attached to the race number is a PARENT CLAIM TAG. You must detach this and keep it with you so that you may identify and claim your child after the race. After the runner crosses the finish line, they will be directed to the left and walked over to the FIRST CITIZEN CAFÉ COURTYARD.

Please DO NOT take your child from the finish line. Volunteers will keep them moving away from the finish line. This is for the safety of each child.

Parents will sign their child out at the First Citizen Café by showing the wrist band. NO CHILD WILL LEAVE WITHOUT A PARENT WITH A WRIST BAND! Please come quickly to pick up runner, we do not want them missing the fun over at the Athlete’s tent.

Second, we will have uniformed officials such as firemen, policeman, athletic teams and high school ROTC members running with the children. They will insure that the runners stay on the correct course while offering them encouragement to finish their marathon goal. This is also another reason your child must wear their designated race day T-shirt so our officials can identify them.

With your help, we will make sure the kids have an enjoyable and safe experience!

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A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Corporate and Individual sponsorships are available for the Run Hard Columbia Marathon, Half Marathon,
Marathon Relay, and 5K. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Stacy Kirkland.

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