When I left Charleston after my first go at the big Cooper River 10K this past April, I swore I'd be back in '10 -- and that I'd get a hotel room closer to the action next time.
On our visit, we stayed at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood, which is about two miles from the finish line. It was also about two miles from the most interesting parts of the city: the historic districts and the university area. So whenever we wanted to go over there, we had to wait for a shuttle, ride the shuttle (sometimes through horrible traffic), and do it all over again to get back. After the race, it took 45 minutes to return to the hotel.
Anyway, this week, I e-mailed the race team down there to find out what the closest hotels to the finish line are. The answers are:
- The Holiday Inn Charleston Historic District Hotel at 125 Calhoun St. Click here and you'll find standard rooms for $323.10/night.
- The Francis Marion Hotel at 387 King St. Click here for the Web site. Online reservations are not being accepted yet, but you can call the hotel; they quoted me $299/night for a standard room and $329/night for deluxe rooms.
Hope this tip helps runners who like to plan way ahead ... especially since these two places are likely to fill up fastest.