The Kiawah Island Marathon & What You Need to Know

Running a marathon is no easy feat, but a beautiful course can make the miles fly by! The Kiawah Island Marathon is a one-of-a-kind run, so make the most of it by enjoying everything that marathon weekend offers. Read on to learn more about pre-race activities, the maritime course, and other important details for the 41st annual run. Afterward, if you are looking for more ways to spend your time on Kiawah, download our free Kiawah Island Vacation Guide. It is full of recommendations for restaurants, parks, spas, and more!

Your Guide to the 41st Annual Kiawah Island Marathon

The Course

The Kiawah Island Marathon race course is stunning. It winds along maritime forests with spectacular views of the marsh and the Atlantic Ocean. The 26.2-mile route is fast and flat, with water stations, first aid tents, and restrooms available every two miles. 

For those who aren’t yet prepared to take on the full marathon, a half marathon is also available. Both of these races start and finish in the beautiful East Beach Village.

Pre-Race Events & Activities

The energy of the Kiawah Island community during race weekend is contagious! Throughout the weekend, many pre-race events are available for participants. These events will fire you up for the big day! If you are running the half marathon, start the weekend off with a bike tour to preview the course. A van tour of the full marathon route is also available. As you ride, keep an eye out for water stations, and remember to pick out prime spots for family and friends to cheer you on.
Other race weekend activities include the one-mile Glow Run at Sanctuary Beach and a yoga class in the Grand Oaks Ballroom. The morning before the race, there is a 15-minute, pre-marathon warm up at the East Beach Conference Center. This early morning session will wake up your ankles, calves, quads, hamstrings, and hips.

Post-Race Celebrations

Head over to party at the finish line after completing your run. Here, you’ll receive a commemorative medal to mark your accomplishment. Take a minute to catch your breath, then chow down on a carb-loaded buffet! There will be live music, craft beer, a results screening, and an awards ceremony.

Planning For the 2018 Kiawah Island Marathon

  • Check out the marathon course maps to get a better idea of what to expect before race weekend.
  • The 2018 Kiawah Island Marathon dates are Friday, December 7, and Saturday, December 8. Registration information is available on the Run Signup website. You must register for pre-race events as well!
  • After a marathon run, remember to treat your muscles and pamper yourself for the hard work. Schedule yourself a massage at one of the island’s nearby spas, such as Urban Nirvana or Synergy Day Spa.

Book Your Stay For Race Day

The last thing that you want to do on race day is hurry across Charleston for the Kiawah Island Marathon. Instead, choose a beautiful oceanfront home on one of Charleston’s beloved sea islands. Whether you prefer views of green golf fairways or serene marsh, our collection of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island rentals have it all. We even have a few properties in the heart of East Beach Village where you will find the start and finish line of the marathon! If you are ready to make your plans, browse our rentals and book your stay. Should any questions arise during your search, contact us at Pam Harrington Exclusives.