Triathlon Pre-Race Information

Practice Swim

  • 2018 date TDB, Kiawah’s Front Beach

This year we are excited to announce that our official practice swim will be in coordination with a national Swim Across America event. Join SAA Olympians and Triathlon coaches in a 45 minute open water skills and technique clinic, followed by an 0.5 mile ocean water swim. Athletes participating in the Kiawah Triathlon and Kiawah Kids Triathlon can participate in Swim Across America at a discounted rate, promo code GOLD (case sensitive).

Clinic topics will include ocean entries, exits, sighting, turns around a buoy, evaluation of swimming technique, and more!

Packet Pick-up

  • Saturday, September 15th, 10:30am – 5pm, Heron Park Nature Center located in Night Heron Park Pavilion
  • Sunday, September 16th, 5:30am – 6:30am, Night Heron Park outside TA

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. USAT members must bring their membership card. If you forget your card, you will be required to sign up for a one-day membership ($15).

Early Bike Drop-Off

  • Saturday, Spetmber 15th, 10:30am – 7pm, TA

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.

Course Briefing

  • Saturday, September 15th, 11am – 11:30pm, Night Heron Park Pavilion

An optional 15 minute course briefing is available to all participants who want more information regarding the race course, aid stations and the transition area.

Yoga for Triathletes

  • Saturday, September 15th, 5pm – 6pm, Night Heron Park

Prepare yourself for the race in this yoga geared for triathletes, or anyone looking for a good stretch. We will use breath awareness, poses, and different stretching techniques to improve your alignment and release your shoulders, back, legs, and hips for the race. Previous yoga experience is not required. Mats are provided. Must be 13 years of age or older.  $20.

Additional Amenities

Bike Mechanics

Bike maintenance staff will be on hand in the transition area to assist with tire inflation and any last minute bike maintenance needs.


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


Special rates on villas and homes are available through Kiawah Island Golf Resort, many within walking distance to the race start. Let our reservation specialists help make the most of your Tri-Kiawah experience, (800) 654-2924.


The 2017 to 2018 Triathlon Deferral program

All deferrals must be received by Monday, September 25th, 2017 at 11:59pm.

  • Individuals who are deferring to the 2018 Triathlon, simply use this online deferral link 
  • Relays who need to defer, should contact our office at
  • Individuals or relays electing to transfer to the 2017 Marathon or Half Marathon, should contact our office at
  • Athletes may EITHER choose deferment OR pick up packet. Athletes who defer may not pick up their bib and t-shirt for 2017 race.
  • The deferments are only valid for 1 year – the year proceeding the date of original race registration.
  • Athletes that are in a deferred status are not automatically registered for the 2018 race.
  • 2017 deferred athletes may register for 2018 once they receive a deferral code. Deferral codes will be emailed out no later than January 15th, 2018.
  • We are not able to offer refunds to deferred runners who register without a deferral code.

The 2016 Deferral to 2017 Registration

  • The deferments are only valid for 1 year – the year proceeding the date of original race registration.
  • Participants that are in a deferral status are not automatically registered for the succeeding year.
  • If you are a deferred athlete, please do not register online! We are not able to offer refunds when a runner is eligible for a deferral code but registers on their own.
  • All registrants in a deferred status have a responsibility to contact the race office at Race Office in 2017 to sign the 2017 Liability Waiver and register for the 2017 race.
  • 2016 deferrals may begin the 2017 registration process after January 1, 2017.
  • Athletes must contact the race office prior to May 31, 2017 in order to be eligible for lowered deferral fee in 2017.
  • The race deferral fee is 50% off the race fees paid at the time of the initial triathlon registration in 2016. The deferral fee is not charged until the athlete signs the 2017 liability waiver and registers in 2017.

Relay team information

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 73 degrees for this time of year. Water temperature will be checked at 5am race morning to determine the legality of wetsuits.