Located at Kiawah's Night Heron Park. All race participants are REQUIRED to show photo ID (driver's license, passport or state issued ID) at Packet Pick-up. You may NOT have someone else pick up your packet. USAT members must bring their membership card. If you forget your card, you will be required to sign up for a one-day membership ($15).
Have one less thing to think about race morning and rack your bike on Saturday! If you are taking advantage of our Saturday drop off, please secure your bike with a lock. Do not leave shoes, equipment, electronics or valuables overnight in the transition area. Transition area will be monitored overnight by Charleston County Police Deputies.
Please note that each athlete must have their race number to gain entry to the transition area. No other individuals are allowed entry into the transition area for any reason. On race morning, all transition equipment such as sunglasses, running shoes, bike helmets, water bottles, biking shoes, towels, etc. may be organized in your rack area.
An optional 30 minute course briefing is available to all participants who want more information regarding the race course, aid stations and the transition area.
Join our race staff for a practice swim of our open water course. If you are accustomed to swimming in a pool or lake, you will find that Kiawah's ocean conditions force you to lift your head to see where you are going, and you will probably take a swig or two of salt water. Participating in this practice swim will reduce your pre-race anxiety and improve your race day performance!
This event is complimentary. Please RSVP via email to (Kiawah_Triathlon@KiawahResort.com) of your intention to swim. Meet on the deck right outside of the Heron Park Nature Center at Night Heron Park between 1pm and 1:15pm. Participants will walk or run (~.5mile) on the beach towards the official swim start. There will be NO lifeguards on duty, and swimmers will be swimming at their own risk. Kayakers and limited buoys will direct swimmers. The predicted water temperature is 82 degrees.
Prepare yourself for the race in this yoga geared for triathletes, or anyone looking for a good stretch. We will use breath awareness, poses, and different stretching techniques to improve your alignment and release your shoulders, back, legs, and hips for the race. Previous yoga experience is not required. Mats are provided. Must be 13 years of age or older. On-line special, $10 available through Thursday, September 14th.
Bike maintenance staff will be on hand in the transition area to assist with tire inflation and any last minute bike maintenance needs.
Portable bathrooms are available in and around the transition area and race venue.
Special rates on villas and homes are available through Kiawah Island Golf Resort, many within walking distance to the race start. Let our reservation specialists help make the most of your Tri-Kiawah experience, (800) 654-2924.
In order to be eligible for deferral to 2018, participants use the online deferral link no later than by Saturday, September 16th, 2016 at 11:59pm.
Races are rain or shine unless we determine that race conditions are dangerous. If the race is cancelled there will be no refunds. This position is consistent with USAT recommendations and with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of triathlon. In the event of inclement weather, Acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any/all portions of the race. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid including other amenities paid for such as t-shirts, insurance, and online administrative fees. All fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies. In the event of inclement weather, the following is the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon plan of action.
Race start may be delayed (up to 30 minutes) until weather conditions are safe. If weather continues, the event will be cancelled and a 50% credit will be issued for all participants that have picked up their bibs for the race. No refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.
The event will be changed to a duathlon with a 24 mile Bike, 6 mile Run format. The decision to change to a duathlon may be made prior to race day or race morning. No refunds or credits will be issued.
If the triathlon is cancelled due to natural disaster, a 50% credit will be issued for all registered Triathlon participants into either the next Kiawah event - the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon/Half Marathon of the same year- or the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon the following year.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon will follow the wetsuit guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. Those guidelines state: