Ultimate Guide to the Kiawah Island Marathon 2019

If you’re going to push your body to its limits, you might as well do it in a setting that will nourish your soul! 

The 42nd Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on December 14th, 2019 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, with runners taking off at  8 a.m. from East Beach Village. 

Choose between the 26.2 full marathon or the 13.1 mile half, both winding through the rich, varied scenery of our island—from lush marshland and maritime forest, to the ponds and rivers that feed into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s an ecological tour de force! And as an added bonus, you’ll find the course to be mostly flat,  perfect for everyone from Boston qualifiers to first-time racers!

Last year’s races (2018) drew a little over 1,000 participants for the full marathon and almost 3,300 for the half.

Additional Kiawah Island Race Options

Looking for a lighter commitment? You can also take part in two shorter races on December 13th, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.—the evening before the main event.
These Glow in the Dark Color Runs are family-friendly and include both a 5k (3.10 miles) and a one-mile “Fun Run,” which is free to kids 7 and under.

The Kiawah Island Marathon also offers a Push Rim Wheelchair Division. Visit the official race website for more information.

Kiawah Island Marathon Registration Costs

Full Marathon:

$125 before 11/29/19 at 11:59 p.m. EST
$145 starting 11/30/19 at midnight
$175 starting 12/4/19 at midnight 

Half Marathon:

$115 before 11/29/19 at 11:59 EST
$135 starting 11/30/19 at midnight
$165 starting 12/4/19 at midnight 

Glow in the Dark Color Run 5k:

$45 (registration ends 12/13/19 at 5 p.m. EST)

Glow in the Dark Color 1-Mile Fun Run:

$25 (registration ends 12/13/19 at 5 p.m. EST)

Free for kids 7 and under! 

Where to Stay

Important note: if you plan to stay off of the island the night before the race, be sure to allow for extra time to get onto the island; the entrance is gated and traffic can quickly jam up. You don’t want to miss the starting gun! 

Or get rid of that worry altogether and book yourself some lovely on-island accommodations so you can wake rested and ready to run. The villas at Kiawah Island Getaways will set you up right with ultra-comfortable mattresses to give you a deep, restorative sleep, full kitchens so you (or your biggest fans/supporters) can prep a hearty breakfast, and, of course, plenty of coffee on-hand to fuel you.