Recreation-By Interest-Marathon-About-Course

About the Course

Course Description

Both races will be run on scenic Kiawah Island. Enjoy maritime forest, marsh views and grand homes as you run through the island community. Be aware that during the race, roads are open to automobile traffic.

Full Marathon Course
Full Marathon Elevation Chart
Half Marathon Course

Race Start

Both races start and finish in the East Beach Village. Race start located on Sea Forest Drive between the Sanctuary and the East Beach Conference Center (just around the corner from the old race start). ALL RUNNERS BE READY FOR THE 8 AM START! This race is not seeded, however we do ask late arrivals to join the group at the end of the line. Pace signs will be throughout the starting line to organize runners.  Please respect faster runners and line up accordingly.

Pacers

There will be eight different pace groups, ranging from a finish goal of 3:15 hours to 5 hours. Pace signs will be throughout the starting line to organize runners, please line up accordingly. Our pacers will be carrying that sign throughout the race, if you choose to run with a pacer, they are there to help you achieve your finishing goal. All pacers will run the full marathon route. Half Marathoners, if you choose to run with a pacer, you will do so for the first 11.5 miles, at which point the full and half courses diverge.

If you would like the opportunity to meet pacers in person or ask questions about the groups, Pacers will be at the East Beach Conference Center on Friday of Race Weekend during the race expo. Check out the Pace Team Line-Up.

Course Restrictions

  • All participants will have 7 hours to complete the course. The course will officially close at 3pm.
  • The 2015 course time limit will be 6.5 hours.
  • All runners must have a Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon bib.
  • Participants are not permitted on the race course with animals, bicycles, baby joggers or strollers.
  • Runners are encouraged not to use earphones or earbuds for portable devices. If ear buds or phones are used, the runner may only use one earbud or earphone.
  • Spectators are able to access many areas of the course with bikes and strollers. Bikers may not pace runners. For all biking regulations, click here.
  • The majority of the course lies within a private community and is not accessible to the general public. If you would like to preview the race course please refer to the Pre-Race Bike Tour.

Water Refill Stations

Awesome volunteers at the Kiawah Island Marathon

Water refill stations are placed approximately every two miles and are supplied with Appalachian Spring Water and lemon-lime Gatorade. Volunteers will present water first and Gatorade second, and lastly a water refill station. The volunteers distributing Gatorade will be wearing yellow jerseys. Additionally, bananas and oranges will be available until the supply is depleted.

Drop Zones

In an effort to continue being environmentally responsible and reduce trash in our marshes, drop zones will be the located on the course of the Full Marathon and the Half Marathon. You will find these drop zones after each water station. Trash (goo packets), recyclables (plastic water bottles, water station cups), compostables (orange and banana peels) and any clothing items should be dropped within the drop zone.

First Aid

Trident Medical Center

Medical personnel from Trident Sports Medicine, Charleston County EMS and Roper Lifelink will be available at the finish line medical tent and on the course to assist any runner in case of an emergency. Advil, Tylenol, Aspirin, etc... will not be available on the course. 

Restrooms

Port-a-lets will be available in front of and behind the start / finish line, and placed approximately every two miles along the course.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL RUNNERS!