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Hilton Head Island Marathon

Hilton Head Island, SC

Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Saturday, February 11, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 48° F (8°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.12
Course Score: 99.12

Race Size

2017: 185 Finishers
2016: 142 Finishers
2015: 170 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 9.2%
2016: 12.7%
2015: 10%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The flat Hilton Head Island Marathon course loops through several communities and parks on Hilton Head Island. The only inclines are crossing over Broad Creek on the Cross Island Parkway. Runners will cross the creek four times.

Marathon Rankings

The Hilton Head Island Marathon was the 337th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 307th largest in 2015.

This year 9.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 12.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Hilton Head Island Marathon the 135th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 51st highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 99.12 ranks it as the 167th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in South Carolina.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Hilton Head Island Marathon a PR Score of 99.12. This PR Score ranks it as the 117th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in South Carolina.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 78 feet (23m)
Min Elevation: 4 feet (1m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Hilton Head Island Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2015 Hilton Head Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great Marathon!
(Bit tougher than I expected...)
Wish I could have seen more of the residential parts / shore line of the Island rather than so much of the Cross Island Pkwy...
Well organized, marked and supplied.
Starting all 3 races (Full/Half/5K) at once is not close to ideal...It REALLY threw me off my pace...
Need to change running across that open field! It was hell...and not good for keeping pace nor for ankles! (Mile 15.5)
Wish I didn't have to hunt for water at the finish line...(delirious) (No free beer -_- ) GREAT pizza though!

Race Tips

Miles 9 thru 16 and 20 thru 22 were FABULOUS!
Volunteers were great but had to ask many which way to go and many were inconsistent in how they were using their flags to point us through the turns...
The way back from the start to your second trip over the bridge (16 thru 19.5) was mind numbingly boring...The second time over the bridge is not that bad...but there's a steady rise (ground overpass @ mile 18) before you climb the bridge outbound...don't get discouraged!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

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