The Kiawah Marathon in Charleston, South Carolina completes a second circuit of a marathon or ultra in all 50 states. A flat, coastal marathon on roads and a little bit of bike path through the golf resort. Cold temperatures, 40 degrees, made for great running conditions. The nearly hour I spent in traffic trying to get to the parking and shuttle buses, made me think I was going to hate this race. But I made packet pickup just in time, and started the race. In the first 5 miles there was quite a bit of jostling until the half split off, and I stopped at about 0.5 for a photo of a sign Marty and Terri King Pignone had made for the occasion. We came back together at about 13 when I got an opportunity to spend a mile with Kimberly Danchus, who had a “50 State Marathon Finisher x2” sash made for me. After our mile we split again and around mile 21 when I stopped to get a beer the 4:30 pacer passed me, so I decided to make that my goal for the day I followed her until the last 200 meters and finished in 4:28:30. It’s by no means my best performance, but I felt good about today. The post race party was excellent. Race wife Amy Melissa Guimond completed her 75th half, and new friend Brigitte Mittler was completing her 50th half. Fun fact: South Carolina’s ordinance of secession was written December 20, 1860 in Charleston. It listed as a primary motivation “increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the Institution of Slavery.” 12 other states, and the territory of Arizona would follow, and April 12 of the following year traitorous confederate forces would fire artillery on the union garrison at Fort Sumter, also in South Carolina, beginning the American Civil War which would claim nearly 2/3 of a million lives.