Kiawah Island Marathon

Kiawah Island Marathon

 
3.7 (3 reviews)

Kiawah Island, SC
December 09, 2017

The Kiawah Island Marathon is held on the scenic Kiawah Island and is a crazy mix of fun out & backs. Along the way, you'll enjoy spectacular views of maritime forests, marshes, and grand homes, as you run throughout the Island community. The only thing more wonderful than the scenery is the moment when you cross the finish line, after completing your full or half marathon!

Race Reviews: 3
Overall Rating:
 
3.7
Course:
 
4.0
Organization:
 
3.8
Value:
 
3.3
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Pros-
1. If you can stay on the island, logistics are very easy and convenient. Can wait indoors before the start of the race.
2. Flat course and has some variety
3. Pace groups and a seeded start area
4. Nice post race and area to visit

Cons

1. Expensive to stay onsite and apparently a hassle of you don't.
Overall Rating:
 
3.5
Course:
 
3.5
Organization:
 
3.5
Value:
 
3.5
Reviewed by KW on 9/10/2017
Racing Experience: 20+ Marathons
Location: Danville, Pa

Review: Pros-
1. If you can stay on the island, logistics are very easy and convenient. Can wait indoors before the start of the race.
2. Flat course and has some variety
3. Pace groups and a seeded start area
4. Nice post race and area to visit

Cons

1. Expensive to stay onsite and apparently a hassle of you don't.

A beautiful course with a LOT of out & backs. The organization is top notch and the post-race gathering is really good. Overall, it was an excellent marathon experience.
Overall Rating:
 
4.2
Course:
 
5.0
Organization:
 
4.0
Value:
 
3.5
Reviewed by Alexander Price on 3/14/2016
Racing Experience: 1 - 5 Marathons
Location: Omaha, NE

Review: A beautiful course with a LOT of out & backs. The organization is top notch and the post-race gathering is really good. Overall, it was an excellent marathon experience.

I have some mixed feelings on this race. From what I heard from family and saw on the course, it seems like the non-runner residents of Kiawah don't like this race. That makes for low course support, which makes a marathon a little difficult.

Pros:
1. The course itself is flat and the scenery is pretty nice. It runs through residential areas and then you see some water and marshy areas.

2. Pace team leaders were easy to spot.

3. Expo and packet pick-up were simple.

4. The race started on time.

5. The biggest pro about this race is definitely the post-race party. There is a separate party for the half marathon runners, so marathoners don't have to worry about the delicious white bean soup being consumed before you finish. They ran out of beer, I think, but from what I recall it wasn't great beer anyway. The food spread at the post-race party was awesome. I'm pretty sure the race entry fee goes to pay for food and catering staff.

Cons:
1. This race is kind of expensive for its size (in my opinion). That said, at least I could see where the money was spent (food).

2. The course had some spokes where you run out and back. This is fine until you are running up on a sign that you can see is the mile 20 marker from behind, and then you see the mile marker you're on - mile 16 or 17. Ouch.

3. The half and full marathons started at the same time. Some of the aid stations got backed up before the half runners split off, causing some collisions and missed hydration opportunities.
Overall Rating:
 
3.5
Course:
 
3.5
Organization:
 
4.0
Value:
 
3.0
Reviewed by Tiffany Britton on 12/2/2014
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Chamblee, GA

Review: I have some mixed feelings on this race. From what I heard from family and saw on the course, it seems like the non-runner residents of Kiawah don't like this race. That makes for low course support, which makes a marathon a little difficult.

Pros:
1. The course itself is flat and the scenery is pretty nice. It runs through residential areas and then you see some water and marshy areas.

2. Pace team leaders were easy to spot.

3. Expo and packet pick-up were simple.

4. The race started on time.

5. The biggest pro about this race is definitely the post-race party. There is a separate party for the half marathon runners, so marathoners don't have to worry about the delicious white bean soup being consumed before you finish. They ran out of beer, I think, but from what I recall it wasn't great beer anyway. The food spread at the post-race party was awesome. I'm pretty sure the race entry fee goes to pay for food and catering staff.

Cons:
1. This race is kind of expensive for its size (in my opinion). That said, at least I could see where the money was spent (food).

2. The course had some spokes where you run out and back. This is fine until you are running up on a sign that you can see is the mile 20 marker from behind, and then you see the mile marker you're on - mile 16 or 17. Ouch.

3. The half and full marathons started at the same time. Some of the aid stations got backed up before the half runners split off, causing some collisions and missed hydration opportunities.

Elevation Profile


Course Vitals

Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 175 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Gender Distribution


Total Number of Participants: 1,000

Finishing Times

Age Distribution

Boston & NYC Qualifiers

Total Qualifiers:

Boston 151

New York 45

 

Percentage of Total Finishers:

Boston 14.7%

New York 4.4%


Note: Data based off of 2016 race results