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Kiawah Island Triathlon

The Tri-Kiawah is a USAT-sanctioned intermediate distance competition. Featuring a .7-mile swim, 25.1-mile bike and 6.1-mile run around beautiful Kiawah Island, this triathlon is sure to be popular among locals and visitors alike. Be sure to register early for this event!

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon


Triathlon Details:

  • Swim: 0.7 mile
  • Bike: 25.1 miles
  • Run: 6.1 miles
  • When: Sunday, September 20, 2015
  • Start Time: 7:30 am
  • Location: Night Heron Park, Kiawah Island
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Tri-Kiawah is a USAT sanctioned (#213334) intermediate distance competition featuring a .7-mile swim, 25.1-mile bike and 6.1-mile run. This race is currently the only intermediate distance triathlon in the Charleston area to feature an ocean swim.

The competition kicks off with the .7-mile point-to-point swim in the vast, beautiful and calm Atlantic waters off Kiawah’s stunning coastline. The bike and run portions of the race take athletes along the scenic marshland, maritime forest and beachfront, allowing participants to capture the unique essence of Kiawah Island. Transition area will take place in Night Heron Park, a 21-acre spectator and family friendly park at the heart of Kiawah Island.

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon will not only test beginner triathletes, but seasoned competitors alike in a unique environment that showcases Kiawah’s diverse natural habitats and unparalleled beauty.

Interested in Sponsorship and Vendor opportunities? Check out the Sponsors page for the 2014 Sponsorship & Vendor Packet.


Course time limit of 4 hours.



The .7-mile point to point swim takes place in the Atlantic Ocean in front of The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island. Athletes will be swimming with the current. Ocean temperature is expected to hover near 82 degrees Fahrenheit. On Kiawah wave height can vary daily averaging 6 inches to 3 feet. All participants must wear the official race swim cap provided at packet-pick up. Following the swim event, athletes will travel approximately 200 yards over a boardwalk and asphalt bike path to the Transition Area at Night Heron Park.


The 25.1 mile bike course is a well-marked course that stretches the entire length of Kiawah Island. Winds are expected to be moderate to light as athletes bike through Kiawah’s maritime forest, with winds increasing in strength through the vast and open salt marsh habitat. Helmets are required.


The race ends with a 6.1-mile run that loops through well-shaded neighborhoods and onto Kiawah’s front beach. Participants can expect an elevation change of less than 18 feet throughout the entire course. Transitioning from pavement and boardwalks to wide beach with hard packed sand provides an unequaled racing experience. On the run, hammer-nutrition-logo aid stations are available at approximately mile 1.5, 3, 3.75 and 4.5 .  Aid stations will provide water and Heed Sports Drink.


Entry fee includes:

Short sleeve race shirt, swimmer’s cap, finisher’s medal, course support, food and entertainment at the finish line party.

A limited number of entries are available for the 2014 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon. If spaces are still available, we will allow race registration at packet pick-up. As we approach capacity of our race, we will notify friends via Facebook that registration will close in 48 hours. NO RACE REGISTRATION ON RACE DAY.

USAT Membership:

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon is a sanctioned event (#213334) through USA Triathlon Association. The option to purchase a one-day membership ($12) is available when registering for the race. All participants are required to show their USAT membership card at Packet Pick-up. If you forget your membership card, you will be required to purchase the one-day membership. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN. Rules: All participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by USAT and Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon rules and regulations.

Individual Athletes

Age restrictions:

Athletes registering as individuals must be at least 17 years old by December 31st .


Our Triathlon has ample opportunity for volunteers to get involved in the action. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Volunteer as a group to raise money for a non-profit organization. Details will be available soon.


Night Heron Park provides an exceptional spectator friendly venue with 7 vantage points all within an easy walk. For the safety of athletes, we ask that spectators remain off all roads and bike paths throughout the race course, but particularly around Night Heron Park. Please walk and view athletes from grassy open spaces. Spectator bikes are prohibited on the entire course.

Best Spots to Cheer

  • Swim Start: Front beach just north of the Sanctuary Hotel and Boardwalk 27
  • Swim Exit: Front beach at Boardwalk 18, adjacent to Night Heron Park
  • Bike Mile 17: Kiawah Island Parkway adjacent to Night Heron Park
  • Bike Finish: Sea Forest Drive adjacent to Night Heron Park
  • Run Mile .2: Sea Forest Drive adjacent to Night Heron Park
  • Run Mile 4: Front beach at Boardwalk 18, adjacent to Night Heron Park
  • Race Finish: Center of Night Heron Park, near stage


2014 Race Results

2013 Race Results are also available at the link above.

SIM Photography

Kiawah Triathlon has partnered with Sports in Motion to provide TOTALLY FREE HIGH QUALITY Digital images from our inaugural Triathlon.

Images will be ready within the week. Access your digital images to download them and share or print as you like. The images are not searchable by Bib number, but are broken down into groups of Swim, Bike and Run. You can also view the Candid section for some AWESOME images!

You can also simply order prints and have them shipped to you. The prints are not free, but there are some great options there as well.