December 13, 2014
This flat course winds among the barrier island’s marshes and dunes, through its lush maritime forests, and past grand mansions. The route is forgiving in both terrain and temperature—the race kicks off from Kiawah’s East Beach Village and heads inland. The first 11.5 miles are shared with a half marathon, and then it turns all business but even more naturally splendid as the course heads east in a set of out and backs into Kiawah’s waterways, ponds, and estuaries. You may catch sight of the long-legged residents of Blue Heron Pond from miles 20 through 22.
RUNNERS KNOW: The hotel’s pre-race buffet dinner is a gourmet carb-loading dream; kiawahresort.com.