Marathon Pre-Race Information


Confirm your Race Registration

Click here to confirm your Half Marathon or Full marathon registration.

Changing Races

Changing races: Once registered, based on availability, you have the option to change from one race to another. Changes can be made until 6am race morning. Once your bib is picked-up, changes cannot be made.

Race changes can be done directly through your Runsignup account, click “Manage Registration” under our “Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon” event name. At the very top of the next page, select “Transfer Event,” then select “start transfer” to complete the race distance change.

Changing races rate
(*includes processing fee). 

  • Half Marathon to Full Marathon: ~$45
  • Full Marathon to Half Marathon: ~ $35


Our race staff understands that injuries, family emergencies, last minute business plans, and life in general can keep you from participating in our event after you’ve registered. Though we do not offer refunds, we do offer the option of “deferment” (running the following year’s race instead.). Please see below for the simple steps on how to complete this process.

Deferring 2019 to 2020

  • Deferrals are accepted until midnight on Monday, December 2, 2019.
  • To defer sign into your personal account on Navigate to your profile page and select “Manage Registration” under your Kiawah Island Marathon upcoming event. At the top of the next page, select Defer Registration. Click “Confirm Deferral”.
  • There is no fee at the time of changing your status. There is a $45 administrative fee (+ processing fee) charged when using your reserved entry in the following calendar year.
  • Reserved entry links are emailed to eligible recipients after January 15, 2020 to complete 2020 Race Registration (Entry is not automatic).
  • All runners who are eligible to defer are guaranteed a reserved entry into the succeeding race, as long as they have completed the directions sent in the reserved entry email and paid the $45 administrative fee by October 31, 2020.
  • The deferments are only valid for 1 calendar year- the year following the date of original race registration
  • All complimentary entries and discounted race entry fees are not eligible for deferral.
  • The 2020 Kiawah Marathon will be held on Saturday, December 12th, 2020.

2018 Deferred Runners Registering for 2019

  • Entry into 2019 is not automatic.
  • Reserved entry codes have been emailed from RunSignUp to all eligible recipients as of February 6, 2019.
  • Do not register for 2019 without your reserved entry link. We are not able to offer refunds when a runner is eligible for a reserved entry, but registers on their own.
  • Every runner must use their reserved entry by October 31, 2019. After that date, entry is not guaranteed and entry cost is at the current registration rate on that date.
  • A $45 administrative fee (+ processing fee) will be charged when registering for the 2019 race.
  • If you believe you were eligible for a reserved entry for 2019, and did not receive an email from RunSignUp, please contact the race office at

Packet Pick-up

What to Bring to Packet Pick up

  • Identification: Valid photo id is needed to pick up your bib (B-tag). All runners must pick up their own race bib and B-tag. Runners are not permitted to pick up anyone’s bib but their own.
  • Canned goods: To our On Island Packet Pick-up, we are asking every runner to bring at least two non-perishable canned items for donation for donation to One80 Place and Charleston Area Senior Center.
  • Reusable Bag: As we strive to be an environmentally responsible race, we will not be supplying bags. Please bring your own tote bag, book bag or messenger bag for your bib, shirt and any marathon apparel you might purchase.

Official Race Shirt

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon is proud to work with GreenLayer to provide the official race shirts.

Please use the sizing chart to select your shirt size. Need to adjust your shirt size? Log into your RunSignup profile and select “manage registration” under our event. Under “my registration” at the top of the page, select “GIVEAWAY.’ Once your size has been adjusted, make sure to click “confirm changes.”


Bibs and B-tag

We are using the B-tag timing device, the “chip” is attached to your bib. The B-tag requires no additional application, you simply use the supplied safety pins to attached the bib to the clothing. When crossing the mats at the start line, finish line and throughout the course, it is important to have the bib on the outside of your clothing, on your chest. In addition, we ask that you refrain from folding or wrinkling your bibs before the race.

Pre-Race Festivities

Race Expo

  • Thursday, 4pm – 7pm (mini expo)
  • Friday, 10am – 8:30pm
  • Race Day, Saturday, 9:30am – 2pm

Vendors with sports apparel, health and wellness products, and services will be stationed inside Kiawah’s East Beach Conference Center on Thursday and Friday, and outside at the Finish Line on Saturday. Pick up some last-minute race necessities and be sure to visit the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Official Merchandise Store. The Expo is FREE and open to the Public. If you are interested in becoming a race sponsor or vendor, please email us at

Pre-race Bike Tour
Friday ~ Race Weekend, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Get a leg up on the competition by previewing the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon race course! Join our Lead Cyclists before the race and ride the half marathon (11 miles of the full). Don’t miss this exclusive chance to see the new course layout and starting line or enjoy yourself before the big day! Familiarize yourself with the water station layouts and select beautiful landmarks to help you keep pace on race day. The Pre-Race Bike Ride isn’t just for race participants; family and friends shouldn’t miss this opportunity to stake out cheering spots before the race begins. Additionally, most of our race course is located within a private community and is only accessible to previewing by foot or bike. The tour costs $20 per person. Complimentary bicycle included; however, participants are welcome to bring their own. Bikes will be available to participants beginning at 2:15pm adjacent to the Finish Line at the East Beach Conference Center race venue. For more information call (843) 768-6001. Make My Reservation Online.

Pre-race Celebration Buffet
Friday ~ Race Weekend | Seatings between 6pm – 7pm | East Beach Conference Center

1-Mile and 5K Beach Glow Run 
Friday ~ Race Weekend, 5:30pm | Sanctuary Beach Access

Pre-Race Yoga
Friday, Race Weekend, 7:30pm
Join us the evening before your run to celebrate with some yoga! This upbeat class will release your muscles to get you ready for the race. Previous yoga experience is not required, everyone is welcome. Yoga mats are provided. Register through your Runsignup account, $20. Meet at the Grand Oaks Ballroom inside the Sanctuary Hotel. Recovery Yoga is also available on Sunday at 10am.

Runner’s Pre-Marathon Warm Up
Race Day, 6:45am and 7 am
Join a fitness instructor from Stretch Science before the race begins to help warm up and stretch your entire body. With an emphasis on the ankles, calves, quads, hamstrings and hips, we will clear your mind and connect your breath-flow in this complimentary 15-minute warm up. Session will meet inside the East Beach Conference Center. No reservations required. For more information visit the Information Table inside the East Beach Conference Center. Complimentary.

Race Day Parking/Shuttle Service

Off Island Runners: Runners and spectators staying off-island will park in the fields adjacent to Freshfields Village. Runners are urged to arrive at parking fields NO LATER THAN 6am TO AVOID MISSING THE 8am RACE START. Off-Island Parking info sheet.

  • Arriving to Off-Island Parking: When approaching Freshfields Village, at the round-a- about follow the signs to Kiawah Island. Travel 0.4 miles, marathon parking will be on your right.
  • Shuttle to Race Start: Shuttle buses begin at 5:00am and will run continuously throughout the day. Shuttle buses will drop runners and spectators off at Night Heron Park (corner of Sea Forest Drive and Kiawah Island Parkway). From here it is 0.4 mile walk to race start.
  • Return Shuttle: (8:45am – 4pm) For the shuttle back to the parking fields, pick up the shuttle near the Roy Barth Tennis Center, located just beyond the Celebration tent, follow red ‘Shuttle’ arrows within the race venue.

On Island Runners

West Beach & Inlet Cove Villas: Runners are advised to use the provided shuttle service. Beginning at 5:30am until race start, shuttles will depart every 15 minutes from the Cougar Point Golf Course Parking Lot.

Night Heron Park Villas: Night Heron Cottages, Mariners Watch and Windswept guests are advised to walk to the race start or use the provided shuttle service. Beginning at 5:45am until race start, shuttles will depart every 15 minutes from the 3-way stop on Sea Forest Drive at the entrance to Mariners Watch Villas.

East Beach Villas: Tennis Club, Turtle Point, Turtle Cove, Turtle Beach, Maritime guests are advised to walk to the race start. If you wish to drive your car to the race venue, parking is available at the soccer fields at Night Heron Park, from which it is a .4 mile walk to the race start via the bike path.

Vanderhorst gate and beyond: Guests staying past the Vanderhorst Gate may park in the soccer field at Night Heron Park. Access the soccer field via the Night Heron Park parking lot (adjacent to the basketball court). From here, it is a .4 mile walk to the race start via the bike path.

Personal Article Storage

For the safety of our runners and spectators, all items placed in Article Storage must be stored in a clear plastic bag measuring no larger than 20” x 20”. Plastic bags will be available at no cost at the article storage tent. However, you are welcome to bring your own clear plastic bag as long as it complies with the size requirement. On race morning, drop off your plastic bag at the designated article storage tents located outside East Beach Conference Center. Write your bib number on the outside of the bag. Sharpies will be at the Article Storage tent. Do not place any valuables in your bags. We are not responsible for lost items or bags. Until you deposit it in article storage, do not leave your bag unattended. Unattended bags will be removed by Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Kiawah Island Security or race personnel. During the race our course crew will be collecting personal items discarded on the course. These items can be picked up, if retrieved, at the East beach Conference Center from 8:30am until 1pm on Sunday of Race Weekend.