Tri-Kiawah is a USAT sanctioned intermediate distance competition featuring a .7-mile swim, 25.1-mile bike and 6.1-mile run. This race is currently the only intermediate distance triathlon in the Charleston SC area to feature an ocean swim.
The competition kicks off with the .7-mile point-to-point swim in the vast, beautiful and calm Atlantic waters off Kiawah’s stunning coastline. The bike and run portions of the race take athletes along the scenic marshland, maritime forest and beachfront, allowing participants to capture the unique essence of Kiawah Island. Transition area will take place in Night Heron Park, a 21-acre spectator and family friendly park at the heart of Kiawah Island.
The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon will not only test beginner triathletes, but seasoned competitors alike in a unique environment that showcases Kiawah’s diverse natural habitats and unparalleled beauty.
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2021 Course Map. Course time limit of 4.5 hours.
The .7-mile point to point swim takes place in the Atlantic Ocean in front of The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island. Athletes will be swimming with the current. Ocean temperature is expected to hover near 79 degrees Fahrenheit. On Kiawah wave height can vary daily averaging 6 inches to 3 feet. All participants must wear the official race swim cap provided at packet-pick up. Following the swim event, athletes will travel approximately 200 yards over a boardwalk and asphalt bike path to the Transition Area at Night Heron Park.
The 25.1 mile bike course is a well-marked course that stretches the entire length of Kiawah Island. Winds are expected to be moderate to light as athletes bike through Kiawah’s maritime forest, with winds increasing in strength through the vast and open salt marsh habitat. Helmets are required.
The race ends with a 6.1-mile run that loops through well-shaded neighborhoods. Participants can expect an elevation change of less than 18 feet throughout the entire course. On the run, aid stations are available at approximately mile 0.01, 1.5, 3, and 4.5 . Aid stations will provide water and Heed Sports Drink.
Entry fee includes:
Short sleeve race shirt, swimmer’s cap, finisher’s medal, course support, food and entertainment at the finish line party.
A limited number of entries are available for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon. If spaces are still available, we will allow race registration through race day. As we approach capacity of our race, we will notify friends via Facebook that registration will close in 48 hours.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon is a sanctioned event through USA Triathlon Association. The option to purchase a one-day membership ($15) is available when registering for the race. All current USAT members are required to provide their USAT membership number during registration process. If you forget your membership card, you will be required to purchase the one-day membership. No refunds will be given.
Rules: All participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by USAT and Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon rules and regulations.
Our race staff understands that injuries, family emergencies, last-minute business plans, and life, in general, can keep you from participating in our event after you’ve registered. Though we do not offer refunds, we do offer the option of “deferment” (running the following year’s race instead.). It is important to note; deferments are only valid for one calendar and deferred runners are not eligible to pick up their race shirt or bib. Please see below for the simple steps on how to complete this process.
Deferring 2022 to 2023
Registered participants can defer to our 2023 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon, which will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2023. The deadline to defer is 11:59pm on September 30, 2022. Once deferred, you are NOT automatically registered for the 2023 race, there is further action required on your part when the 2023 race registration opens.
Once 2023 registration is open, deferred participants will be emailed a Reserved Entry link. It is important to hold off registering until you receive the link. Registering without your reserved entry link will result in being charged full price and we are unable to refund you. Please check junk/spam folders if you do not receive it in your inbox. There will be a $45 administration cost upon registering for 2023.
1. Go to RunSignup.com, and log into your profile.
2. Once you are logged in, click the gray circle with a person in the top right hand corner of your screen. This will navigate you to your profile page.
3. Select “Manage Registration” under your Kiawah Island Triathlon upcoming event.
4. At the top of the next page, select “Defer Registration”.
5. Lastly, click “Confirm Deferral”.
If for any reason you are unable to attend the 2022 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon, we encourage you to defer your race registration. Deferrals will be accepted until 11:59pm on September 30th.
Athletes registering as individuals must be at least 17 years old by December 31st .