Kids Splash and Dash

The Kiawah Kids Triathlon is now the Kids Splash and Dash:  A timed race, featuring a pool swim and run, for children ages 3 to 14. The event date for 2021 is TBD

When: TBD
Location: Night Heron Park, Kiawah Island
Ages: 3 – 14 years
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Transition Clinic & Race Course Familiarization

Race Day, 2pm – 2:30pm at Night Heron Park
Join us for a complimentary clinic, sponsored by Palmetto TRIbe. Palmetto TRIbe’s USAT Certified Coaches will lead athletes through a course familiarization and proper “splash & dash” transition area setup. This event is free and no registration is required. Athletes should meet at the finish line.

USAT Membership

Kiawah Splash and Dash is a United States Triathlon Association sanctioned event. Annual membership to the USTA is available and required at registration. All youth USAT memberships are valid for one year. For more information, please check out USAT’s website.

The Courses:

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kids Splash and Dash aims to provide a challenging course and strives to make all  participants feel accomplished. Good sportsmanship and fair play is encouraged and required of all athletes, parents and spectators. In order to provide a safe and fun event, we request that parents review the rules with their athletes prior to race day. Race staff and volunteers will be on site to answer questions and to reiterate and enforce rules. While the distances vary by age group, all participants will swim in the Night Heron Park family pool and run on bike paths or beach near Night Heron Park. We will end the race with an epic rockin’ Color Party at the finish line with DJ  music and some healthy snacks. We are not disqualifying or adjusting times for any participant who does not complete their required distance.

Ages 3-6: 25 meter swim, 0.50 mile run
Ages 7-10: 125 meter swim, 1 mile run
Ages 11-14: 225 meter swim, 2 mile run

Packet Pick-up

Race Day, 1pm – 3:30pm Night Heron Park, Kiawah Island.
Athletes will receive a bib, shirt, wristband, timing chip, and body marking at packet pick-up. Please have your child wear the wristband on their left arm so they can be easily identified by age group on the course. Chip and timing bracelet should be on their left ankle. Please remember there is a charge for lost chips, so please return chip at the finish line.

Schedule of Events

Event Time
Packet pick up, Night Heron Park Pavilion 1pm – 3:30pm
Transition Clinic & Race Course Familiarization by Palmetto TRIbe 2pm – 2:30pm
TA Open, Night Heron Children Pool Deck 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Athletes ages 3-6 and their (wrist banded) parents meet at the Athlete Corral, Night Heron Park Pavilion 3:40pm
National Anthem by Savannah Young, Night Heron Park Pool Deck 3:55pm
Swim Start ages 3-6 4pm
Athletes ages 7-10 meet at the Athlete Corral, Night Heron Park Pavilion 4:15pm
Approx. Swim Start ages 7-10 4:30pm
Athletes ages 11-14 meet at the Athlete Corral, Night Heron Park Pavilion 4:30pm
Approx. Swim Start ages 11-14 4:45pm
Awards Ceremony will be held at the Night Heron Park Stage TBD

Event Logistics

Transition Area (TA)

The TA (Transition Area) is the area where athletes transition between the swim to the run.

Setting up your TA

Race day the TA will open in advance for athletes to set up their running shoes and clothes.

  • Parents may assist their athletes in setting up their TA pre-race.
  • TA will close to parents 30 minutes before race start.
  • Triathlon staff and volunteers will also be on hand to assist.


  • Our Triathlon staff, lifeguards and volunteers will be on the pool deck for questions and assistance.
  • The race will start ‘in water’, no jumping or diving into the pool.
  • No running on the pool deck at any time.
  • Parents and spectators may cheer on athletes from the viewing area on the side of the pool.
  • Athletes in the 3–6 age group will be accompanied by race staff while in the pool.
  • Life jackets, kick boards, water noodles, puddle jumpers and water wings are permitted for 3 to 6 year olds.
  • No artificial propulsive devices such as fins, paddles, or gloves may be used.
  • Goggles or face masks may be worn but are not required.
  • Signs, cones, and race staff will direct participants out of the pool and into the TA.


  • In the 7-10 year old and 11-14 year old age groups parents are not allowed on the course at any time.
  • With 3-6 year olds, parents may run with their athletes, although we ask they be conscientious of older athletes attempting to pass.
  • Multiple age groups may be on the run route at the same time; athletes must be courteous of others.

General Event Rules

  • In the 7-14 year olds groups, parental assistance is not permitted on the race course or in the TA once the race has begun.
  • No personal audio devices or headsets may be used or carried during any portion of the event.
  • In the events of cancellation, refunds will not be given.

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