Running Down a Dream

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2022 marks 5 exciting years since Run 4 a Reason teamed up with Haig Point and created the Daufuskie Island Marathon

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Photos courtesy of Matthew Scott Owenby

What started as a small boat trip with 5 friends turned into a weekend many will never forget. It started in 2016 when Race Director, Dan Hernandez joined some friends to do an exploration run on this quaint island. Touring the island on foot for 18 miles provided Dan with enough inspiration to develop a race. With his experience being the first race director to bring ultramarathons to Savannah, Georgia, it only made sense to have a 25k or 50k race. Dan and race coordinator, Jason Edenfield, quickly planned the race. In January 2017, the race sold out its first year and proved to be a hit! Although successful, Dan knew this race could be so much more. Kerry Dulina joined the team as co-director the following year and the race was officially the “ Daufuskie Island Marathon and Ultra” and consisted of a half-marathon, full marathon, and 39.3-mile ultra marathon.


The Daufuskie Island Marathon is the perfect “runcation”weekend. This all-inclusive USATF certified race is a favorite among the locals and across the US. The ability to qualify for races like Boston, Chicago and New York only adds to the incentive of getting some island time! The weekend actually starts on Thursday, when packet pickup starts at Fleet Feet Savannah, then again on Friday at the Haig Point Embarkation. Daufuskie Island is a short 30-minute cruise aboard the private ferry from Hilton Head Island. This year to start off the weekend, Haig Point will be holding a Pre-Race Pasta Dinner. While you are carb-loading we will have Traci Falbo answering all your questions about training, family, and setting the world record for women in a 48-hour event.

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On race day, runners arrive at the heart of Haig Point and get pumped up under the tent with DJ Jarian Rich, and enjoy a homemade cinnamon roll and a cup of PERC coffee. LuAnn Lucier, our volunteer coordinator, will have our incredible volunteers in place to serve the runners’ needs. While on the course runners take in all the beauty Daufuskie Island offers while Corey Brooks will be out taking
action shots of the race.


This flat and fast course is nothing short of an incredible scenic tour. Runners
pass by many points of interest including the Daufuskie Island History
Museum. Here you’ll find the bricks of all the overall winners for this race
for the past 4 years. Runners will notice there aren’t many vehicles on the
island. Most islanders get around by golf carts or bicycles. The back end
of the course through Haig Point takes runners on a picturesque tour of
some beautiful homes. The best is saved for last when runners continue
over a wooden bridge that opens up to breathtaking views of the ocean and
Lowcountry wildlife.

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Lunch will be served to all runners, along with adult beverages courtesy of
Anheuser Busch. Local artist, Jacy Vergara, will be engraving medals as part
of the Artisan Village with local artisans and vendors. Visit with Jennifer Smith
for all your Daufuskie Marathon merchandise. Hang out and listen to the live
bands and mingle with other like-minded folks. Give big cheers to the overall
and age award winners at the awards ceremony! We encourage all spectators
to stay the length of the race to cheer all the runners in. Before you head
home on Sunday, consider joining us for a “ Mimosas after the Marathon”
party! Where there will be bottomless mimosas or bloody marys at the Grill
Room + Patio from 9 AM – 2 PM This post-marathon brunch buffet will be the
perfect finishing touch to the epic weekend. Again please make reservations
with [email protected]


It is Run 4 a Reason’s conviction to help make a better earth for everyone
and everything. The Daufuskie Island Marathon helps support the Daufuskie
Island Conservancy, an organization created for scientific study related to
the protection, and management of the island and surrounding ecosystem.
The conservancy helps to facilitate education, and bring awareness to
these studies. Haig Point, and the Daufuskie Island Conservancy’s mission
coincides with Run 4 a Reason LLC mission to protect and enhance
living on a safe and environmentally clean earth. To learn more visit
daufuskieislandconservancy.org

– Kerry Dulina
Race Director

2022 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, January 13th
Packet Pick Up Day 1
Fleet Feet Savannah
3405 Waters Avenue | Savannah, GA
The first person to pick up will receive some bonus swag!

Friday, January 14th
Packet Pick Up Day 2
Haig Point Ferry Embarkation
10 Haig Point Court | Hilton Head, SC

Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
Haig Point Clubhouse
5 PM – 8 PM
$20/person
Gluten-free and vegan options are also available
Traci Falbo, world record holder, will join us for dinner
and answer questions about her running career
Reservations Required

Saturday, January 15th – RACE DAY
7:30 AM – Ultra Marathon starts
8:30 AM – Marathon starts
9:30 AM – Half Marathon starts

Sunday, January 16th
Mimosas after the Marathon
Post-Marathon Brunch Buffet
9 AM – 2 PM
Grill Room + Patio
Reservations Encouraged

For more information about the race or to register you
may visit daufuskieislandmarathon.com

Haig Point x SC DNR Oyster Reef Build

Fittingly, on the 5th year anniversary of Haig Point’s first Oyster Reef Build, the community celebrated by building a second reef! The original

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New Year, New View

The Equestrian Department’s Ride ‘N Wines offer Members a unique experience The Haig Point Equestrian Center offers lessons and trail rides, along with

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Haig Point is committed to facilitating the accessibility and usability of its website. Our goal is to provide an accessible and barrier-free environment for our website, online services and other technology. We will be updating our website over time to implement the relevant portions of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA), which will also bring our website into further conformance with the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board (Section 508). Please be aware that our efforts are ongoing. If, at any time, you require assistance please contact us directly at 800-686-3441.