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Pre-Race Information

Refunds and Deferrals

The 2016 to 2017 Triathlon Deferral program

In order to be eligible for deferral to 2017, participants use the online deferral link no later than by Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 11:59pm.

  • Athletes may EITHER choose a deferment OR pick up packet. Athletes who defer may not pick up their bib and t-shirt for 2016 race.
  • The deferments are only valid for 1 year - the year proceeding the date of original race registration.
  • All 2016 complimentary entries and discounted race entry fees are not eligible for a triathlon deferral.
  • Only individual entries are eligible for the deferral program. Relays are not eligible for deferment.
  • Participants that are in a 2016 deferral status are not automatically registered for the succeeding year.
  • All registrants in a deferred status from 2015 race have a responsibility to contact the race office at Race Office in 2016 to sign the 2016 Liability Waiver and register for the 2016 race.
  • 2015 deferrals may begin the 2016 registration process after January 1, 2016.
  • Athletes mush contact the race office prior to May 31, 2016 in order to be eligible for lowered deferral fee in 2016.
  • The race deferral fee is 50% off the race fees paid at the time of the initial triathlon registration in 2015. The deferral fee is not charged until the athlete signs the 2016 liability waiver and registers in 2016.

Relay team information

Course Briefing, Packet Pick Up, Bike Drop off

1. Course Briefing

An optional course briefing is available to all participants who want more information regarding race day.

  • Saturday, September 17th
  • Night Heron Park
  • Times: 11:30am - 12pm & 3:30pm - 4pm

2. Packet Pick-up

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 ($12).

  • Saturday, September 17th
  • 10:30am - 5pm
  • Sunday, September 18th
  • 5:30am - 6:30am

3. Bike Drop off

Bike drop off is located in the Transition Area, located in the ocean side parking lot at Night Heron Park. Your bike number will be inside your race packet, please attach to your bike before drop off.

As an amenity to our athletes, we are providing an optional bike check in on Saturday. Overnight security will be provided.

  • Saturday, September 17th 10:30am – 7pm
  • Sunday, September 18th, 5:30am – 6:45am

Transition Area

  • Saturday, September 17th, 10:30am – 7pm
  • Sunday, September 18th, 5:30am – 7am

Event staff will be on hand to control entry and exit to the transition area for athletes only. 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.

Bike Drop Off

If you are taking advantage of our Saturday drop off, please secure your bike and remove all electronics. Transition area will be monitored overnight by Charleston County Police Deputies.


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. Do not leave any shoes or equipment overnight in the transition area.

Bike Mechanics

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.


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Weather Policy

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.

Thunderstorms / Lightning

Race start may be delayed (up to 2 hours) 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.

Unsafe ocean conditions (strong undertow / rough seas)

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.

Natural disaster (hurricane, tornado)

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.

USAT Swim Policy

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon will follow the wetsuit guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. Those guidelines state:

  • USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits without penalty if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 - 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits at their discretion, but will not be eligible for awards or prizes.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.

Kiawah's projected water temperature is 80 degrees for this time of year. Water temperature will be checked at 5am race morning to determine the legality of wetsuits.