Saturday, December 14, 2019 • Kiawah Island, SC • Course Map
Fast, nearly all flat paved roads along tree-lined roads that wind through golf course communities and along the beaches of this resort island on the coast of South Carolina await runners at the annual Kiawah Island Marathon & Half Marathon, which makes its 42nd annual running this year.
More than 3,000 runners cross the finish line in both races combined in most years — including more than 2,000 finishers in the half marathon alone — along a course that takes participants through a combination of oceanside forests, marshlands and leisurely resort roadways, with plenty of scenic views of the island’s majestic beachfront homes, waterways and more.
Runners start both the full and the half marathons at Kiawah’s East Beach Conference Center, and from there head east through the island’s interior roadways in the early miles, along Governor’s Drive and past the Turtle Point Golf Club.
This stretch — nearly all of which is flat, with only the gentlest of rolling hills — features homes on the golf course, and takes runners out to the midway turnaround point at the Ocean Course clubhouse, just past the mile 6 marker.
From there, the course then brings runners out of the interior parts of the island and toward the shoreline, where they’ll run along Flyway Drive and Surfsong Road, passing by the beaches at Osprey Beach and Vanderhorst Plantation along the way.
After the turn onto Glen Abbey and the mile 10 marker, the course then heads back toward Flyway Drive and Governor’s Drive, for the return route back to the conference center where the race finish line lies.
Perhaps most famous as one of the Eastern seaboard’s most well-known golf destinations, Kiawah Island has twice been home to professional golf’s Ryder Cup and hosted the PGA Championship in 2012. The resort features 10 miles of beaches and is just a short drive from nearby Charleston, another major South Carolina tourist destination.
For runners who’d like to get a preview of the course before the race, organizers point out that a majority of the race course lies within a secure private community on Kiawah, and is thus closed to vehicles for preview before the event.
Race Weather & Climate
Blessed with typically mild winters (with temperatures that rarely dip into the upper 30s), the Kiawah Island area enjoys ample rainfall year-round, though December is one of its drier months with just under 3 1/4 inches of average precipitation.
Average monthly temperatures on Kiawah range between 39°F and 62°F in December, while on the day of the race (Dec. 14), the average low is 41°F and the average high is 63°F.
- 2018 Kiawah Island Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Kiawah Island Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Kiawah Island Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Kiawah Island Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Kiawah Island Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Kiawah Island Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Kiawah Island Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Kiawah Island Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Kiawah Island Half Marathon Results
- $85 – $165 for the half marathon
- $95 – $175 for the full marathon
- $25 – $45 for the Glow in the Dark 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of the Kiawah Island Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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