Marathon - Pre Race

Pre-Race Information

Changing Races

Once registered, based on availability, you have the option to change from one race to another.

  • December 8 and December 9: | $45 change fee, in person at On-Island Packet Pick-up.
  • Race Day: No race registration and no changes allowed.

Deferring

Our race staff understands that injuries, family emergencies, last minute business plans, and life in general can keep you from participating in our event after you've registered. Though we do not offer refunds, we do offer the option of "deferment" (running the following year's race instead.). Please see below for the simple steps on how to complete this process.

Deferring 2016 to 2017

  • Click here to change your race status to “deferred”. You must use this online deferral link BEFORE RACE DAY (by midnight Friday, December 9th, 2016)
  • Once deferred, you will not be able to pick up your race packet for the 2016 race (t-shirt and bib.)
  • Participants that are in a deferral status are not automatically registered for the succeeding year.
  • Contact the race office after January 31, 2017 (Kiawah_Marathon@KiawahResort.com) to recieve your deferral code. 
  • Deferred runners must not register online for next year’s race until they have a defferal code. We are not able to offer refunds when a runner is eligible for a deferral code but registers on their own.
  • All runners who are eligible to defer are guaranteed entry into the succeeding race as long as they have followed the directions, completed the online liability waiver and paid the $45 admin fee by October 31st, 2017.
  • The deferments are only valid for 1 year - the year following the date of original race registration.
  • All 2016 complimentary entries and discounted race entry fees are not eligible for deferral.

2015 Deferred Runners Registering for 2016:

  • 2015 deferred runners should contact the race office at Kiawah_Marathon@KiawahResort.com after January 31st, 2016 for their deferral code.
  • Entry to 2016 is not automatic.
  • Do not register for 2016 online without your deferral code. We are not able to offer refunds when a runner is eligible for a deferral code but registers on their own.
  • Every runner must sign a 2016 Liability Waiver and pay the $45 administrative fee by October 31, 2016.
  • If you have questions, please contact the marathon office at Kiawah_Marathon@KiawahResort.com, please include your full name and birth date.

Early Bird Packet Pick-up

We hold an Early Bird Packet Pick-up as a convenience to our local runners. Pick up your bib, T-shirt and pertinent information in advance, so race weekend you can focus on your performance and the festivities. Runners are not permitted to pick up anyone's bib but their own.

Where: Friday, December 2nd, 3pm-6:30pm
Where: Stretch Science, 163 Rutledge Ave, The Penthouse, Charleston SC 29403. Directions
Eligibility: All runners are eligible for Early Bird. However, you must:

  • Have registered to run before midnight Thursday, November 17th
  • RSVP for Early Bird by 9am on Wednesday, November 30th 

What to Bring to Early Bird Packet Pick-up

  • Identification: Valid photo id is needed to pick up your bib (B-tag). All runners must pick up their own race bib and b-tag. Runners are not permitted to pick up anyone's bib but their own.
  • Canned goods: We are asking every runner to bring at least two non-perishable canned items for donation to the Charleston Area Senior Center OR two new or gently used schools supplies for Teacher's Supply Closet.
  • Reusable Bag: As we strive to be an environmentally responsible race, we will not be supplying bags. Please bring your own tote bag, book bag or messenger bag for your bib, shirt and any marathon apparel you might purchase.


On Island Packet Pick-up

Race Weekend, East Beach Conference Center, Kiawah Island

  • Thursday, December, 8th, 4pm – 7pm
  • Friday, December 9th, 10am – 8:30pm
  • Race Day, Saturday 10th, 6:30am – 7:45am 

What to Bring to On Island Packet Pick up

  • Identification: Valid photo id is needed to pick up your bib (B-tag). All runners must pick up their own race bib and B-tag. Runners are not permitted to pick up anyone's bib but their own.
  • Canned goods: We are asking every runner to bring at least two non-perishable canned items for donation to the Charleston Area Senior Center OR two new or gently used schools supplies for Teacher's Supply Closet.
  • Reusable Bag: As we strive to be an environmentally responsible race, we will not be supplying bags. Please bring your own tote bag, book bag or messenger bag for your bib, shirt and any marathon apparel you might purchase. 

Official Race Shirt

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon is proud to once again work with Charleston based company Vapor Apparel to provide the official 2016 race shirts. This performance-wear shirt also has an eco-friendly purpose; it meets FTC guidelines for recycled products, reduces energy consumption, and conserves petroleum resources.

Please use the sizing chart to select your shirt size. Men's Shirt or Women's Shirt. If you need to alter your shirt size, you may do so until December 1st by contacting the Marathon office at Kiawah_Marathon@KiawahResort.com. After December 1st, shirts may be switched out, based on availability, beginning at 8:30am on race day at the information desk inside the East Beach Conference Center.


Bibs and B-tag

We are using the B-tag timing device, the "chip" is attached to your bib. The B-tag requires no additional application, you simply use the supplied safety pins to attached the bib to the clothing. When crossing the mats at the start line, finish line and throughout the course, it is important to have the bib on the outside of your clothing, placed high on your chest. In addition, we ask that you refrain from folding or wrinkling your bibs before the race. Before the race, please fill out the medical information on the back of your bib. Sharpies will be available at Packet Pick-up inside the East Beach Conference Center.Download your Medical Backprint.


Pre-Race Festivities

Race Expo

  • Thursday, 4pm – 7pm (mini expo)
  • Friday, 10am – 8:30pm
  • Race Day, Saturday, 6:30am – 2pm

Vendors with sports apparel, health and wellness products, and services will be stationed inside Kiawah’s East Beach Conference Center on Thursday and Friday, and outside at the Finish Line on Saturday. Pick up some last-minute race necessities and be sure to visit the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Official Merchandise Store. The Expo is FREE and open to the Public. If you are interested in becoming a race sponsor or vendor, please email us at RaceSponsor@KiawahResort.com.

Pre-race Bike Tour
Friday ~ Race Weekend, 2:30pm - 4pm

Get a leg up on the competition by previewing the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon race course! Join our Lead Cyclists before the race and ride the half marathon (11 miles of the full). Don't miss this exclusive chance to see the new course layout and starting line or enjoy yourself before the big day! Familiarize yourself with the water station layouts and select beautiful landmarks to help you keep pace on race day. The Pre-Race Bike Ride isn't just for race participants; family and friends shouldn't miss this opportunity to stake out cheering spots before the race begins. Additionally, most of our race course is located within a private community and is only accessible to previewing by foot or bike. The tour costs $20 per person. Complimentary bicycle included; however, participants are welcome to bring their own. Bikes will be available to participants beginning at 2:15pm adjacent to the Finish Line at the East Beach Conference Center race venue. For more information call (843) 768-6001. Make My Reservation Online.

Pre-race Van Tour
Friday ~ Race Weekend, 3:30pm - 5pm

Preview the full marathon course in the comfort of our climate- controlled van. This is a perfect way for runners to take a look at the entire course and for spectators to pick out the best spots to cheer their loved ones on. $25/ person, space is limited. Tour will leave from the finish line area adjacent to East Beach Conference Center. Call (843)768-6001 for information.Make My Reservation Online.

Pre-race Celebration Buffet 
Friday ~ Race Weekend
| Seatings between 5pm - 8:30pm | East Beach Conference Center

1-Mile Beach Glow Run
Friday ~ Race Weekend, 5:30pm | Sanctuary Beach Access

Pre-Race Yoga
Friday, Race Weekend, 7:30pm
This class in almost full, $10 on-line special (available until 12/7) or $20 race weekend. Reservations will be accepted race weekend if space is available, call 843.768.6001 or visit the Information Table inside the East Beach Conference Center.

Runner's Pre-Marathon Warm Up
Race Day, 6:45am - 7 am

stretching and warming up before the marathon Join our fitness instructor before the race begins to help warm up and stretch your entire body. With an emphasis on the ankles, calves, quads, hamstrings and hips, we will clear your mind and connect your breath-flow in this complimentary 15-minute warm up. Session will meet inside the East Beach Conference Center. No reservations required. For more information visit the Information Table inside the East Beach Conference Center. Complimentary.


Race Day Parking/ Shuttle Service

Off Island Runners
All runners staying off-island are urged to arrive NO LATER THAN 6:30 AM TO AVOID MISSING THE 8 AM RACE START. You will be directed to parking areas outside the front gate and shuttled to the race start via motor coach. Shuttle busses will begin at 5:30 am.

On Island Runners
West Beach Villas: Runners are advised to use the provided shuttle service. Beginning at 5:30am until race start, shuttles will depart every 15 minutes from the Straw Market. If you wish to drive your car to the race venue, parking is available at the soccer fields at Night Heron Park, from which it is a .4 mile walk to the race start via the bike path.

Night Heron Park Villas: Night Heron Cottages, Mariners Watch and Windswept guests are advised to walk to the race start or use the provided shuttle service. Beginning at 5:45am until race start, shuttles will depart every 15 minutes from the 3-way stop on Sea Forest Drive at the entrance to Mariners Watch Villas.

East Beach Villas: Tennis Club, Turtle Point, Turtle Cove, Turtle Beach, Maritime guests are advised to walk to the race start. If you wish to drive your car to the race venue, parking is available at the soccer fields at Night Heron Park, from which it is a .4 mile walk to the race start via the bike path.

Vanderhorst gate and beyond: Guests staying past the Vanderhorst Gate may park in the soccer field at Night Heron Park, from which it is a .4 mile walk to the race start via the bike path.


Personal Article Storage

Two tents are available for personal storage articles, one near the Start Line and one near the Finish Line. Markers and masking tape are available to label your items. Please note these tents are unsupervised, refrain from leaving valuables. This year's race will include drop zones for items while on the course. Any personal items and trash should be dropped only in these drop zones located after each water station. Our excellent course clean up crew will be collecting all personal items discarded on the course. These items can be picked up, if retrieved, at the Heron Park Nature Center at 8:45am on Sunday of Race Weekend.