Triathlon Pre-Race Information

Packet Pick-up

  • Wednesday, October 12th |  9:30am – 4pm | Heron Park Nature Center
  • Thursday, October 13th | 9:30am – 4pm | Heron Park Nature Center
  • Friday, October 14th | 9:30am – 2pm |  Heron Park Nature Center
  • Friday, October 14th | 4:30pm – 6pm | Blue Sky Endurance, Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Saturday, October 15th | 12:30pm – 6pm | Night Heron Park Pavilion
  • Sunday, October 16th | 5:30am – 6:30am | Night Heron Park Pavilion

Per USAT rules, all race participants are required to show photo ID (driver’s license, passport or state issued ID) at Packet Pick-up. You may NOT have someone else pick up your packet.

Swim Clinic

  • Saturday, October 15th, 12pm-12:30pm, Boardwalk 18

Get in the open water before race day! Coach Grace Alexander, with Blue Sky Endurance, will lead athletes through how to best enter and exit the ocean on race day, as well as tips for ocean swimming and racing. Instruction will begin on land before heading to the open water.

Coach Grace Alexander began her triathlon journey in 2017. Prior to that, she swam competitively in college division II as a distance swimmer. Coach Grace has her master’s degree in Health and Exercise Science, as well as, her USA Triathlon Level 1 coaching certification.

The swim clinic takes place on the beach at Boardwalk 18, which is located adjacent to Night Heron Park. Parking is available at Night Heron Park. Participants should bring a suit, cap, goggles, towel, and a water bottle. A swim buoy is recommended, but not required. No lifeguards are present during the swim clinic. This event is complimentary, but reservations are required. To reserve your spot, please email, including the names of all participants and a phone number.

Early Bike Drop-Off

  • Saturday, October 15th, 1:30pm – 6pm, Transition Area

Have one less thing to think about race morning and rack your bike on Saturday! If you are taking advantage of our Saturday drop off, please secure your bike with a lock. Do not leave shoes, equipment, electronics or valuables overnight in the transition area. Transition area will be monitored overnight by Charleston County Police Deputies.

Please note that each athlete must have their race number to gain entry to the transition area. No other individuals are allowed entry into the transition area for any reason. On race morning, all transition equipment such as sunglasses, running shoes, bike helmets, water bottles, biking shoes, towels, etc. may be organized in your rack area.

Transition Clinic

  • Saturday, October 15th, 2pm-3pm, Night Heron Park

This transition clinic by Blue Sky Endurance will provide information on setting up your transition area and tips on more efficient transitions. Learn what to do before, during, and after T1 (swim to bike) and T2 (bike to run). This will be an interactive clinic – where attendees will be practicing transitioning with his/her own gear. Please bring your swim, cycling, and running gear (no bicycle needed) – as well as a towel and flip flops.

Event is complimentary. No reservations are required.

Bike Mechanics

  • Saturday, October 15th, 12:30pm-6pm Night Heron Park
  • Sunday, October 16th, 5:30am-6:55am Transition Area

Blue Sky Endurance will be assisting participants on Saturday to fix any bike repairs. Trek Bikes of Mt. Pleasant is joining us in the transition area for tire inflation and bike maintenance needs on race day.


Portable bathrooms are available in and around the transition area and race venue.


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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.). It is important to note; deferments are only valid for one calendar and deferred runners are not eligible to pick up their race shirt or bib. Please see below for the simple steps on how to complete this process.

Deferring 2022 to 2023

Registered participants can defer to our 2023 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon, which will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2023. The deadline to defer is 11:59pm on September 30, 2022. Once deferred, you are NOT automatically registered for the 2023 race, there is further action required on your part when the 2023 race registration opens.

Once 2023 registration is open, deferred participants will be emailed a Reserved Entry link. It is important to hold off registering until you receive the link. Registering without your reserved entry link will result in being charged full price and we are unable to refund you.  Please check junk/spam folders if you do not receive it in your inbox.

1.      Go to, and log into your profile.
2.     Once you are logged in, click the gray circle with a person in the top right hand corner of your screen. This will navigate you to your profile page.
3.     Select “Manage Registration” under your Kiawah Island Triathlon upcoming event.
4.     At the top of the next page, select “Defer Registration”.
5.     Lastly, click “Confirm Deferral”.

If for any reason you are unable to attend the 2022 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon, we encourage you to defer your race registration. Deferrals will be accepted until 11:59pm on October 4th, 2022.

2021 Deferred Athletes

  • Deadline to use your deferred entry for the 2022 triathlon has passed.
  • All deferrals links must be used by 11:59pm EST on July 31st, 2022. Deferral registration links will expire on August 1st, 2022. Failure to register before this date will result in being required to register again at full price.
  • Athletes who deferred their 2021 entry will be able to use their deferred entry for 2022. No refunds will be given. Emails were sent to all 2021 deferred athletes in January of 2022 that included a link to register for 2022 as a deferral.
  • There is a $45 administration fee associated with registering for 2022.
  • Deferrals are only valid for one calendar year. 2021 deferred athletes must register for our 2022 race. Deferrals from before 2021 are no longer eligible for usage.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to verify your 2022 registration once completed. Your 2022 race entry is not valid until you receive this email. 

Weather Policy

Races are rain or shine unless we determine that race conditions are dangerous. If the race is cancelled there will be no refunds. This position is consistent with USAT recommendations and with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of triathlon. In the event of inclement weather, Acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any/all portions of the race. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid including other amenities paid for such as t-shirts, insurance, and online administrative fees. All fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies. In the event of inclement weather, the following is the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon plan of action.

Thunderstorms / Lightning

Race start may be delayed (up to 30 minutes) until weather conditions are safe. If weather continues, the event will be cancelled and a 50% credit will be issued for all participants that have picked up their bibs for the race. No refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Unsafe ocean conditions (strong undertow / rough seas)

The event will be changed to a duathlon with a 24 mile Bike, 6 mile Run format. The decision to change to a duathlon may be made prior to race day or race morning. No refunds or credits will be issued.

Natural disaster (hurricane, tornado)

If the triathlon is cancelled due to natural disaster, a 50% credit will be issued for all registered Triathlon participants into either the next Kiawah event – the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon/Half Marathon of the same year- or the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon the following year.

USAT Swim Policy

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon will follow the wetsuit guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. Those guidelines state:

  • USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits without penalty if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits at their discretion, but will not be eligible for awards or prizes.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.
Kiawah’s projected water temperature is 78 degrees for this time of year. Water temperature will be checked at 5am race morning to determine the legality of wetsuits.

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