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Ready… set… run! The 2021 Kiawah Island Marathon is almost here! Whether it’s your first marathon or your twentieth, the Kiawah Island Marathon is a one-of-a-kind experience. Hurry and reserve your spot at the start line to enjoy arguably one of the most beautiful races. 

runners on pavement

About Kiawah Island Marathon

The highly anticipated Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon returns for its 43rd year! This year, the race will be held on Saturday, December 11. Featuring a new route for 2021, the race will start and end at the West Beach Conference Center. 

The scenic course will lead you through gorgeous neighborhoods with glorious views of Kiawah's maritime forests and tranquil marshes. Both the marathon and half marathon courses are certified and sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Organization. 

Signing Up for the Race

Registration for the 2021 Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon is now open. A limited number of entries are available, so we recommend registering as soon as possible. To secure your place, visit the Kiawah Island Marathon registration page.

Can't make it to Kiawah Island this year? In addition to the traditional, in-person race, runners also have the option to register to participate in the Kiawah Island Virtual Marathon or Half Marathon. 

Race Tips from Akers Ellis

Several members of team Akers Ellis will be hitting the pavement and participating in the fun. We would love for you to come run with us! Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind for the race.

  • Avoid “hitting the wall” by enjoying a reasonably portioned carb dinner the night before. This will help to make sure you don’t run out of energy mid-race.
  • Keep hydrated before and during the race!
  • Do a test run in your outfit and shoes. This will ensure your comfort on the day of the race.
  • Make sure to warm up! A nice little walk or jog from your rental to West Beach Village is the perfect way to start the day.
  • Get plenty of sleep before and after the race in a comfortable Akers Ellis rental.
  • Celebrate your victory by enjoying a well-deserved dinner out! 

Runner crossing finish line

More Marathon Weekend Activities

The Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon isn't the only thing to look forward to during Marathon Weekend! Whether you are participating in the race or cheering from the sidelines, explore these other exciting Marathon weekend events and activities. 

Glow in the Dark Color Run

The annual Glow in the Dark Color Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held on Friday, December 10, the evening before the Marathon and Half Marathon. The Glow Run is part race, part glow in the dark party, and is sure to be an evening to remember. 

The course will feature color stations, black lights, and more glow-in-the-dark fun. At the race's end, participants will enjoy a "glow in the dark color party" complete with a DJ and prizes. 

Holiday Fun at Freshfields Village

Knock out your holiday shopping or grab a bite at Kiawah Island's premier outdoor shopping and dining venue, Freshfields Village. Freshfields features a variety of retail and dining options, charming architecture, and fun for the whole family. 

Although Freshfields has not officially announced its 2021 winter event schedule, you can expect an array of fun holiday festivities. Holiday movies under the stars and visits from Santa Claus may be in your future! 

Marathon Weekend Accommodations

We still have availability for the race weekend, so hurry and reserve an Akers Ellis vacation rental. Our reservation coordinators are ready to help you select the best rental for your weekend getaway to Kiawah Island!

With properties ranging from one-bedroom villas to seven-bedroom private homes, we have something to fit your Kiawah Island Marathon travel needs. Book direct now and save!

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