FAQ

Can I register by mail?

No, all registrations must be completed online.

Can I do a walk-up registration?

The Charleston Marathon strongly suggests pre-registration as there is a participant limit and walk-up slots may not be available. Walk-up registration for all races will be available at the pre-race expo, but we cannot guarantee any slots for walk-up registration.

My plans have changed. Can I cancel and get a refund?

The Charleston Marathon does not offer refunds, and bibs may not be transferred from runner to runner.

Can I change distances?

Yes, you may change your race distance. There is no charge to change to a shorter distance, but you will be charged the difference in price if increasing your race distance. Race distances must be completed online prior to January 5, 2018. After that time, you may change your distance in person at the expo.

Click here to change your race distance.

What if it rains?

The Charleston Marathon is rain or shine. There will be no refunds. The race would only be cancelled if conditions presented risk to the safety of our runners.

Is there a time limit for the marathon?

There is a six and a half (6.5) hour time limit to finish the marathon course. All runners must finish the full marathon within the 6.5 hour time limit in order to receive an official time and a finisher’s medal. This will be strictly enforced by local authorities, for the health and safety of our participants.

Are you allowing walkers for the Half Marathon?

Due to time limitations on the City of Charleston portion of the race, you must be able to run or speed walk the first 8 miles of the half marathon course (no longer than 4mph or 15 minutes per mile).  This will be strictly enforced as roads will need to be reopened in a timely manner.  We will have course time schedules posted to our website as we get closer to the event.

The Shrimp and Grits 5k is open to runners and walkers!

Are t-shirts included in the registration fee?

Yes, one long-sleeve tech shirt is included with your registration. If you would like to purchase additional t-shirts, a limited quantity will be available at the expo.

Is the course certified?

Yes. Please see each race map for certification information.

Is this a USATF sanctioned event?  Boston Qualifier?

Yes, it’s a USATF-sanctioned event and Boston qualifier (BQ).

Can you mail me my race packet?

We are unable to mail race packets.

Where and when do I pick up my packet? What is the address for the Expo?

Stay tuned for 2018 Charleston Marathon Expo details!

Can a friend/family pick up my packet for me on Friday?

Yes, your friend/family can pick up your pack with a picture of your photo ID (a photo on your phone is sufficient).

Where do the races start and end? Are the courses a loop or point to point?

The Shrimp and Grits 5k course is a loop that will begin and end near North Charleston High School at   5k Course.

The Half Marathon and Full Marathon will begin near Joe Riley Stadium at 330 Fishburne St. Charleston, SC 29403. Both will share the same finish as the Shrimp and Grits 5k near North Charleston High School at 4720 Jenkins Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405. Half Marathon Course. Full Marathon Course.

Where do I park for the races?  Is it free?

All parking for the races is free.

Half and Full Marathon – There will be plenty of parking near Burke High School at 244 President St. Charleston, SC 29403. There are several parking lots that we will utilize at the Citadel and across from Joe Riley Stadium. We will have more detailed information on parking as we get closer to the race.

We will have a shuttle available after the Full and Half Marathon to take you back to the start. This will run from 10am-4pm, on the half hour (or until full). This is a free service to all registered participants in the Full and Half marathon. We will also have a spectator shuttle that will run every half hour (or until full) starting at 8am from the start line to the finish line. Shuttle tickets for family/friends/spectators will be available for sale at our expo for $3 per transfer or walk up of $5.

Shrimp and Grits 5k – Will utilize the parking lot at North Charleston High School at 1087 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405. There will also be street parking available, and we will post more detailed information as we get closer to the race, as this will be dependent upon road closures.

It looks like the start and finish for the Half and Full Marathon are not at the same location. How does one get from the finish back to the start?

There are limited parking areas in North Charleston at the finish, thus we encourage all participants in the Half and Full Marathon to park near the start near Burke High School at 244 President St. Charleston, SC 29403. If you choose to park at the start line downtown, we will be providing shuttle bus service back downtown after the race from the finish line every half hour (or until full) from 10am – 4pm.  This is a free service for registered participants. We will also have a spectator shuttle that will run every half hour (or until full) starting at 8am from the start line to the finish line. Shuttle tickets for family/friends/spectators will be available for sale at our expo for $3 per transfer or walk up of $5.

Where will the awards ceremony and post-race celebration take place?

We will have stages set up on the streets near North Charleston High School at 1087 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405 and E. Montague Avenue Business District. We will close the streets off to the public and have tents and stages set up for the awards ceremony, food, beverages and entertainment.

What do I receive as a participant?

All participants will receive a commemorative medal, a long-sleeve tech race shirt, and free beer, mimosas and shrimp and grits at the finish!

Are strollers allowed?

Jogging strollers are allowed in the 5K but not in the marathon or half marathon. We ask that they start towards the rear of the pack in order to maximize safety.

Will there be pace runners?

There will be pacers running the marathon and half marathon.

Marathon time increments: 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, and 5:00

Half Marathon time increments: 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, and 2:30

Will there be a drop bag service at the start for my bag of warm clothes so it will be at the finish line for me?

Yes, a truck will be on hand to bring your stuff to the finish. However, you must label it clearly with your name and bib number and it must be closed securely. We will also have clothing drops at the second and third aid stations. We cannot be responsible for any clothing thrown along the course. We will make our best effort to collect the clothing on the course and have a mass pick-up at the finish, but there is no guarantee that your belongings not clearly labeled will be retrieved.

Can I wear headphones during any of the events?

Yes, you may rock your music throughout all of the races, but please be careful and be aware of your surroundings and any possible obstructions. We are going to mark all of the obstacles that we can but this is a road race so keep your eyes open!

Are awards based on gun time or chip time?

As a United States Track and Field sanctioned and insured event, our awards must be based on gun time in accordance with USATF Rule 245 (3).  

I didn’t pick up my t-shirt or stay for the awards ceremony – can you send it to me?

Race packs and awards will not be mailed after the race.


YOUTH MARATHON PROGRAM

How old does a child need to be to participate in this program?

The Charleston Youth Marathon is recommended for children 7 to 17 years of age, who are in good health.

How long is the Charleston Youth Marathon?

A marathon is 26.2 miles. The Charleston Youth Marathon is a modified marathon, which means your child can run or walk 25 miles prior to race day. Then on race day, your child completes the final 1.2 miles on the official Charleston Marathon course.

How does race day work?

Charleston Youth Marathon race officials will have a complete list of participants’ online training logs at check-in in order to verify eligibility. If you have manually logged your miles, you must bring your completed miles log to race officials by 3:00pm on January 12, 2018 in order to participate in the final leg of the Charleston Youth Marathon. At 3:30 pm the kids will run/walk the last 1.2 miles of the course.

How long will it take to complete the Charleston Youth Marathon?

Depending on your child’s level of fitness and eagerness, he or she should be able to complete the mileage from the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, up to the date of the race.

What is the cost and what does each child receive?

There is no fee and every participant will receive an official Charleston Youth Marathon Medal. Every youth that registers online will have access to sponsor promotions and coupons that we will have online. Additionally, if your child completes their 25 miles prior to race day, they will receive a Charleston Youth Marathon T-shirt.

How does a child train for the Charleston Youth Marathon?

Training may be conducted at home on your time schedule or at your child’s school (if offered).

When does my child log miles, and how can I determine the distance he/she ran/walked?

If your child trains with an official group, the leader should help keep up with the mileage. If your child trains at home, an adult should accompany the child. You can measure the distance with your car, or take them to the local track or park. If you registered your child online, you can log on to your child’s Eventbrite registration account and log the miles each time they run/walk. Or you can print the 2017 Youth Marathon log document and log the miles manually.

Who do I contact with questions about the Charleston Youth Marathon?

Please contact Mike Campbell at mike@charlestonmarathon.com with any questions that you may have about the Youth Marathon.

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