Marathon Spectators and Volunteers

Best Spectator Viewing Areas

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!

Click here to see a list of our favorite spectator viewing areas → Best Spectator Locations .

Tracking Runners via RaceJoy

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.

Bicycle Rentals

Cheer squad! We are pleased to offer you the convenience of reserving adult bikes for easy access to our spectator locations along the course.

Reserve bikes now and pick them up race day beginning at 7am at the race venue in West Beach or at the Bike Pavilion located at the Sanctuary Hotel in East Beach. If you require longer durations or different bike sizes, contact Kiawah Recreation at 843.768.6001.

It is imperative for all cyclists to abide by the rules and regulations set in place for the spectators. We prioritize safety above all else on race day, and adhering to these rules ensures the well-being of all runners and spectators. Spectators on Bikes: Rules and Regulations

Family Dinners

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. For information on the Pre-Race dinner option, visit here.

Nature Center

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.

Nature Tours

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.

Individual Volunteersmarathon helpers

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.

Volunteer Groups

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 $30 per volunteer to your charity. If your group would like to volunteer, please contact us at

Race Day Shifts 

Water Stations Morning: 7am – 12 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 – 11:30am – 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