Charleston Marathon

Historic architecture, beautiful weather, and scenic waterways are a few reasons why runners flock to the Charleston Marathon each year. If you have yet to participate, then add it to your bucket list for 2021. Read on to learn more about this one-of-a-kind race.

Afterward, make the most of race weekend by downloading your free Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island Vacation Guide. Our guides are full of recommendations for restaurants, spas, entertainment, and more!

FAQ's to the 11th Annual Charleston Marathon

Where Does the Course Take You?

The Charleston Marathon course encompasses many of the things that we love about Lowcountry living. The first few miles lead you along Charleston’s harbor. Then, the route winds along the peninsula and leads runners through the heart of downtown on King Street. Runners finish the race on the Cooper River at Riverfront Park.

For those who aren’t yet prepared to take on the full marathon, a half marathon and Shrimp and Grits 5K are also available! Each race finishes at Riverfront Park, only a few minutes away from the Park Circle area’s top restaurants and attractions.

What is the Weather Like?

The race takes place in January. You can expect chilly mornings and mild afternoons, with average temperatures ranging from the low 40s to the high 50s. In addition, the course is relatively flat with altitudes at or below sea level.

Is There A Post-Race Celebration?

The post-race celebration is one of the greatest aspects of the Charleston Marathon! Once you cross the finish line, you can look forward to plenty of great eats, live music, and fun for the entire family. Free shrimp and grits are available for all participants, and local beer and mimosas are available for participants over 21.

What about Covid-19?

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the marathon is offering "Worry-Free Registration". Should the 2021 race be canceled due to Covid-19, the registration fee will be fully refunded to all participants in the form of a race credit. The race credit will not expire and can be applied to any Capstone Races.

Details On the 2021 Charleston Marathon

  • Before race day, familiarize yourself with the courses on the Charleston Marathon website!
  • The 2021 Charleston Marathon is Saturday, January 16th. Avoid disappointment by registering for your race well in advance. Registration is now available for the marathon, half marathon, youth marathon, and 5K!
  • After your run, your muscles will need time and pampering. We recommend scheduling a deep tissue massage at one of the area’s top spas, like Urban Nirvana or Synergy Day Spa.

The Best Place to Stay

After you cross the finish line, recover on one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast.

Both Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island are only a 30-minute scenic drive away from the bustling Holy City.

With miles of pristine beach, championship golf courses, world-class tennis, and some of the area’s best shopping and restaurants, a Charleston sea island vacation is one that you will always remember.


Browse our handpicked collection of Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island rentals today. Should any questions arise during your search, contact us at Pam Harrington Exclusives. 


We can’t wait to welcome you to the South Carolina Lowcountry! If you are looking for another fun Charleston marathon, read our blog on the Kiawah Island Marathon!