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Nov 30 2009

Racing toward the Kiawah Island Marathon

running feetBy Sarah Latshaw, Kiawah Conservancy
Taken from the October 2009 Nature Notes

The 2009 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon is quickly approaching! The 32nd running of the Marathon, hosted by Kiawah Island Golf Resort, is taking place on Saturday, December 12 at 8am. We expect over 3,000 athletes from around the country to compete in this year’s Full Marathon (26.2 miles) and Half Marathon (13.1 miles). Your continued volunteer support is vital to our effort each year to improve the quality and experience of this event. The expansive running course creates a tremendous demand for volunteers at key directional points and water stations. Runners appreciate the support and smiling faces of every volunteer cheering them on to finish the race strong. All volunteers will receive a marathon long sleeve staff shirt, snack and beverage service, and preferred parking. Groups of 10 or more can earn money for non-profit organizations by donating their time to this event. This is a lifetime achievement for many runners and they rely on your support and encouragement to finish the course!

To volunteer with this event, please register online at:

Kiawah marathon 2009 initiatives:

butterflyButterfly garden: Late this summer, the Kiawah Nature Program created a butterfly garden in honor of the future 2009 Marathon and Half-Marathon winners. Rather than consume precious natural resources to produce the traditional wooden plaques for the winners of the various age groups, we have the opportunity instead to give back by creating a Kiawah Conservancy-Certified butterfly garden at Night Heron Park. Using soil that was produced from compost collected during the 2008 Race, a vibrant garden is now blooming. A plaque will be nestled among the plants celebrating the accomplishments of our 2009 Race winners and listing their names forever.

Glass medals: This year, finishers of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Full & Half Marathons will be congratulated responsibly with glass medals instead of conventional metal medals. These gorgeous medals are proudly crafted from 100% recycled glass that has been crushed, washed, melted and molded. The best part is that after you’re done wearing your medal, these keepsakes will be easy to re-purpose. The simple beauty of glass is perfect to use as an ornament, sun-catcher, or garden decoration that will remind you of your victory on Kiawah every time you see it!

To worn to be reworn: Without a doubt, our 2008 used-shoe drive was a major success! Our runners and fans brought in a running shoestotal of 2,924 shoes to either be recycled with Nike’s Re-Use A Shoe program or redistributed through the Soles 4 Souls organization. This year, we are once again accepting shoe donations at the race venue; however, we are only accepting athletic shoes that are too worn to be re-worn. That’s right, we only want the shoes with the most miles on them, your most filthy pairs, the ones with the soles peeling off! All shoes collected will be given to Nike Reuse-A-Shoe to be remade into rubber tracks, basketball courts and more.

winter coatWarm Heart coat drive: We’re asking all of our runners and fans to look around their homes for any extra or unwanted outerwear to bring to the race. Your donated coats will be distributed to people in need through local Crisis Ministries operations and shelters. Coat drop-off stations will be set up at the Post-Race Bash at the Sanctuary on December 12, from 6pm-10pm. For every coat donated, guests will receive two free beer tickets (max four tickets per person).

1 comment

    • hayes selbee on November 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Hi, I am a 12 year old boy, whose first half marathon was Kiawah.I wanted to run this for three reasons. 1. the experience of being one of the youngest athletes on the course( at the time i was 11).2. to get a plaque that my father never got. and 3. to get a cool half marathon medal.I got first in my age group but no plaque.I was dissapointed. it would have been a life time momento,also,I was scared to death of dropping my “medal” in fear it would break.After using the restroom to find dozzens of brocken medals on the floor. My medal is currently under my bed rapped in 4 pairs of socks. After running Goveners Cup in Columbia S.C. I found it a more injoyable experince. I got a real medal that I can put in my award shelf,I also recieved a picture frame that said second place age group 14 and under (close enough to a plaque).I am also wondering when the butterfly garden will come up.My wish is to go back to the normal made of medal,medals, and good ole fashion plaques.Other than those factors it is a wonderfull race course, and the food after is great.

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