Marathon Spectators and Volunteers
We are excited to announce that with our new race courses, our top spectator viewing points are now an easy walk from the start and finish line! Whether you are looking for the perfect location to see your family member or friend run by, or want the thrilling opportunity to support large groups of runners- we’ve hand-picked the best areas to spectate along the course and get you right in the middle of the action!
Best Spectator Viewing Areas
Click here to see a list of our favorite spectator viewing areas → Best Spectator Locations .
Tracking Racers through RaceJoy App
RaceJoy is a GPS-based tracking app that follows a runner’s progress in real-time as they run their race. Both the runner and the spectator must download the app, and keep their phones with them. RaceJoy allows spectators to have access to a number of fun features. For example, spectators can send athletes motivational audio cheers through the “Send-a-cheer feature.” Spectators can also receive progress alerts from their runners as they cross milestones along the course. Typically, alerts are sent at EVERY MILE, including location, pace, elapsed time and estimated finish time. Click here for more information on RaceJoy for spectators.
Since much of the race course is behind a security gate, bikes are the best way for runners and their fan clubs to preview the race course. The Resort has Beach Cruiser style bikes for family members of all ages, including child attachments. For safety reasons, children’s bikes are highly discouraged from the race course. For advanced bike rental reservations, please call 843.768.6001.
The whole family is invited to grab some pasta at our pre-race dinner! This grab-and-go option has plenty of kid-friendly options and you can enjoy live music at the venue. For information on the Pre-Race dinner option, visit here.
Stop by the Night Heron Park Nature Center and get an up-close look at some of Kiawah’s coolest creatures, even turtles and alligators! Naturalists are on-hand to answer questions about the wildlife on Kiawah and identify any mystery items you discover on your Island adventures. The Nature Center is also home to our Nature Shop, the perfect place to purchase unique eco-friendly toys and Holiday presents. The Nature Center is open daily at 8:30 am, Race Day hours are 8:30 am to 12 pm.
The Nature Program has family-friendly guided tours available every day. Let our Naturalists open your eyes to all the beautiful wildlife Kiawah has to offer. Nature tours require reservations, which can be made in advance by calling (843) 768-6001 or by visiting the Heron Park Nature Center.
The expansive running course creates a tremendous demand for volunteers at key directional points and water stations. The Marathon is a fun, high-spirited event and we need enthusiastic volunteers to motivate, encourage and support our runners. For 2023, volunteers are needed Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th.
All volunteers will receive a marathon long sleeve staff shirt, snack and beverage service, and preferred parking. Register to be a 2023 Marathon Volunteer here.
Raise money for your charity. We are offering an incentive program for our volunteer groups. Bring a minimum of 10 people and we will donate $25 per volunteer to your charity. If your group would like to volunteer, please contact us at RaceVolunteer@KiawahResort.com.
Race Day Shifts
Water Stations Morning: 7am – 1 pm – Great for larger groups 25 – 40 volunteers
Water Stations Afternoon: 11am – 4pm – Great for smaller groups 10 – 15 volunteers
Finish Line Morning: 6:30am – 12:30pm – Great for a groups of 20 – 30 volunteers
Finish Line Afternoon: 11am – 4pm – Group of 10 – 15 volunteers
If you have questions before your sign up to volunteer, please email RaceVolunteer@KiawahResort.com.