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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, December 9, 2017
2016: Saturday, December 10, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.75
Course Score: 99.75

Race Size

2016: 1,030 Finishers
2015: 1,102 Finishers
2014: 1,022 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 14.7%
2015: 10.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon course is very flat with only approximately a 10 foot difference between the high and low points of the course.

Marathon Rankings

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon was the 83rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 85th largest in 2015.

Last year 14.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon the 100th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 173rd highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.75 ranks it as the 47th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in South Carolina.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon a PR Score of 99.75. This PR Score ranks it as the 38th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in South Carolina.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 14 feet (4m)
Min Elevation: 4 feet (1m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon

3.7 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2016 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


The pluses...lots of communication leading up to the event, and about as flat of a course as you can get. That being said, I found the course itself (which was changed in 2016) to be miserable. It was largely on golf cart paths with uneven surface and endless "snaking" without any notable views. They claim to have chip timing, but did not. I noticed that the runners at the front of the pack had "net times." Those of us further back did not. The RD was very unaccommodating on this point. There's no excuse for that. So if you are looking to PR or are a few minutes away from BQ, I'd suggest looking for a different race.

Race Tips

Try to run on the street instead of the actual course. Note that your GPS will be off from the first few miles because of the satellites are.

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

Charleston is a reasonable driving distance if you do not have the small fortune required to stay on site.

review of 2015 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Loved everything about this race BUT the weather! Definitely not anyone's fault, but planning for a marathon in December even in the south can prove to be tough due to humidity and heat!

Race Tips

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

review of 2014 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a great-flat island marathon. The weather is usually perfect...and it was this year as well (Dec 2014). The expo is really small, but the pre-race meal was great. Southern food! Real Mac N Cheese!!

Race Tips

It is pretty easy to keep a solid pace. I was able to stay between 8:10-8:30 the entire run. The only con of the course is that there are many out and backs... so there are many turn arounds.

The course looks like a hand....with a lot of fingers!

But overall, after about 10 marathons, this is a favorite.

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

Stay on the island! During this time of year, the condos are reasonable. The Sanctury (the hotel) is always expensive. But the condos are spacious and worth the money. Also, the Start is an easy walk if you ask during booking of your condo.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon in 3:39:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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