The Kiawah Island Marathon

On your mark, get set, go… to our 42nd Annual Marathon on Kiawah Island, where 26.2 miles (or 13.1 miles) has never looked so beautiful. Enjoy the ultimate marathon experience and stay at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Your body, mind and soles of your feet will thank you!

Race Start: 8:00 AM, Saturday, December 14th, 2019

The 42nd Annual Event

Now entering its 42nd year, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon starts and finishes in beautiful East Beach Village. Along the way, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of maritime forests, marshes, and grand homes, as you run throughout the Island community. The only thing more wonderful than the scenery is the moment when you cross the finish line, after completing your full or half marathon!

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon and Half Marathon courses are both Certified and Sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Organization and the Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Register for the 2019 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon

Marathon and Half Marathon Race Courses

Marathon Packages

Marathon packages include your entry fee for the marathon or half marathon at time of booking. Reserve your package today and enjoy the ultimate Marathon experience!

Packages include:

  • Two nights accommodations with housekeeping
  • Early, guaranteed registration into Kiawah Island Marathon or Half Marathon
  • Pre-Race Celebration Buffet on Friday Night

Call us today for the best selection of accommodations call: (800) 654-2924 and ask for the reservations department. * Package rates vary based on type of accommodations, number of runners, and which event(s). Taxes & service charge are additional. Marathon entry fees are non-refundable. Marathon entry(s) will be cancelled upon room/package cancellation.

Book a package

Race Entry

A limited number of entries are available for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon and Half Marathon. When race registration is at maximum capacity the race registration will automatically close.  Race management will make every attempt to give at least 24 hours before anticipated closing to our followers on our Facebook page (Kiawah Island Marathon).

Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Anyone found participating with another person’s number will be disqualified and both people will be barred from future Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathons. Fees includes: long sleeve race shirt, finishers medal, course support, food, beer and entertainment at the finish line party and complimentary shuttle for off island runners (from off island parking area).

Register for the 2019 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon

Age Groups

Marathon RunnersAge minimums:
Half – 14 years old  |  Full – 18 years old

  • 18-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 40-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75+

*Age groups are for both men and women

Athletes with Disabilities

The Kiawah Island Marathon has a tradition of extending the challenge of the full and half marathon to people with disabilities.

Push Rim Wheelchair Division

Open class for men and women who use wheelchairs in sport. Please register through the on-line method of registration. For more information please email the Marathon office at

Mobility Impaired Runners

Individuals with permanent disabilities that affect ambulation and who would like to register in order to be put in this class for race result purposes, please register as usual and then contact A member of the Race Administration office will contact you and give further information.



The Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon event is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Organization. Each course, the Marathon course (USATF#SC13101DW) and the Half Marathon course, (USATF#13102DW) is officially USATF certified. Both the half and the full marathon races are qualifiers for the Boston Marathon. Official marathon results will be mailed shortly following the event to the Boston Athletic Association.

Please consult the official Boston Athletic Association website for qualification information.


Temperatures vary greatly this time of year, averaging from 40 to 60 degrees.

Directions to Kiawah

If you are driving to Kiawah Island Golf Resort, click here.

Contact Information

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon
1 Sanctuary Beach Drive | Kiawah Island, SC 29455 | Phone: (843) 768-6001

“Being able to ride bikes all over the island on the beautiful and shady bike paths was one of my favorite parts about our stay.”
–Sarah H.

“Loved being able to ride bikes around the island.”
–Kerley  |  Boone, NC