No, all registrations must be completed online.
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 as space allows.
We have race day registration for the Charleston Shrimp and Grits 5k™ only. Shirts will be available on a first come, first serve basis. If you registered prior to race day, you must pick-up your packets at the Health and Wellness Expo on Friday.
The Charleston Marathon™ does not offer refunds, and bibs may not be transferred from runner to runner. You can defer your registration to next year’s race for $15 by completing the race deferral form; form will be online shortly.
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 6, 2019. After that time, you may change your distance in person at the expo. Form will be online shortly.
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.
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.
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 Charleston Shrimp and Grits 5k™ is open to runners and walkers!
Yes, one long-sleeve tech shirt is included with your registration. If you would like to purchase additional t-shirts, a limited quantity may be available at the post-race party.
Yes. Please see each race map for certification information.
Yes, it’s a USATF-sanctioned event and Boston qualifier (BQ).
We are unable to mail race packets.
Please click here for full details on the Charleston Marathon Health & Wellness Expo!
Yes, your friend/family can pick up your pack with a picture of your photo ID (a photo on your phone is sufficient).
Please click here for full details on parking for the Charleston Marathon!
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. More details on awards can be found here.
All Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k participants will receive a commemorative medal, a long-sleeve tech race shirt, and free beer, mimosas and shrimp and grits at the finish!
Jogging strollers are allowed in the 5k and Youth Marathon, but not in the marathon or half marathon. We ask that they start towards the rear of the pack in order to maximize safety.
There will be pacers running the marathon and half marathon.
Marathon time increments: 3:00 | 3:10 | 3:15 | 3:25 | 3:30 | 3:35 | 3:45 | 3:55 | 4:00 | 4:15 | 4:30 4:45 | 5:00 | 5:30
Half Marathon time increments: 1:30 | 1:45 | 2:00 | 2:15 | 2:30
Yes, there will be gear check at the start line for Marathon and Half Marathon participants. You must use the clear drawstring bag given at packet pick-up, and you must attach the gear check tag on your participant bib to the bag. Bags will be available at the finish area for pick-up after the event. There will also be a clothing drop near Aid Station 2. Items left at Aid Station 2 will be picked up and brought to the finish area Race Day for runners to claim. Race organizers are not responsible for any items left in the street or bags left after the event.
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!
Overall awards will be based on gun time, and age group awards will be determined using chip time.
Race packs and awards will not be mailed after the race.
Yes, click here for more details on the Charleston Youth Marathon™!
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