When Covid-19 turned into a global pandemic, were you one of the many who took to the streets to run or ride your bike to beat the stress of it? Maybe you were cooped up too long and just wanted an excuse to get outside. On the other hand, you may have already been a regular runner or rider who was disappointed to see your upcoming race event canceled or sent virtual. If so, 2021 might be the year begin (or come back to) group racing events. With the introduction of a vaccine, events like these should start to be the norm again. There are lots of them around Hilton Head Island to enjoy! Here are a few you can pencil in on your calendar.
January 16, 2021
If you’ve been training for a long race, now’s the time to start the year off right. Whether your distance is 10K, a half marathon, or a full marathon, you can enjoy the beauty and rich cultural history of the island as you run along the South Carolina coast.
February 6, 2021
For those who might be starting out and looking for a shorter run, try the Chilly Bean 5K and 10K in Beaufort. During this flat run among tall trees and beautiful waterfronts, you’ll be running into a party atmosphere. Super Bowl chili and beer await you when you cross the finish line, along with fun for the kids before you head home to watch the big game.
May 2, 2021
The big cycling event on the island is Pedal Hilton Head Island. It’s more than a bike ride. It’s a celebration of the bike-friendly community at Hilton Head that raises money for the local branch of the Boys & Girls Club. Choose your mileage: 10, 20, 30, 40, or 62 (metric century). Stay the whole weekend! When you pick up your packet Friday night, you can join the packet pickup party.
Come back to the peloton or race group in Hilton Head this year! There are plenty of groups ready to escort you along the way.