Charleston Marathon



The Charleston Marathon is ECM’s annual fundraiser.  All proceeds from the Charleston Marathon go directly to Engaging Creative Minds programs.






Race Highlights

  • Marathon and Half Marathon course features scenic water views, the Battery and historic King Street
  • Shrimp and Grits 5k run through historic Park Circle in North Charleston
  • Finish line street festival featuring live entertainment
  • Indoor, climate controlled Packet Pick-up – New and bigger location for 2017 at Charleston Convention Center!
  • Health and Fitness Expo featuring over 50 vendors
  • Awards for top 5 finishers per age category
  • Youth Marathon Program including local sports characters, awards, kids fun area and entertainment

Course details:

  • USTAF Certified Courses
  • Marathon is Boston Qualifier
  • All courses are flat
  • Entertainment along the course
  • Ample aid stations with medical support
  • Indoor bathrooms at start and finish AND indoor showers at finish
  • Ample parking at the start with shuttle return

All participants receive:

  • Long-sleeved Tech shirt featuring a local Charleston Artist
  • Free shrimp and grits, and beer (21 and older) at finish line
  • Commemorative medal for all finishers

Sponsoring the 2018 Charleston Marathon

The Mission of the Charleston Marathon cannot be realized without the support and partnership of the local business community. Monetary donations, as well as in-kind products or services, serve as the backbone to this crucial fundraising event.

Many opportunities at various levels are available for your company to support the Charleston Marathon, allowing you to maximize your return on investment while shining as a positive community role model.

For any questions about sponsorship, please contact our Event Director, Liz Alford,  at 843-300-7500 or

Volunteer Benefits Include:

T-Shirt Meals (min. of 4 hour shift)
Post-Race shrimp and grits Beer (21 and older)
Free parking Volunteer hours for school
Volunteer orientation/Thank you reception The joy of giving back to your community
Free registration to race (for pre-race volunteers working at least 18 hours) Donation to your organization/group (based on a minimum of 25 volunteers)

Volunteer Registration will open soon!

Volunteer Opportunities:


Pre-Event Marathon Promotion
June 2016 – January 2017
4-8 hours a month

Registration Bag Assembly/Medals Preparation/Packet-Pick Up Preparation
January 12-13, 2017
3-5 hour shifts

Registration Packet-Pickup/Expo/Youth Marathon/Pre-Race Dinner Opportunities –
Friday, January 13, 2017
4-6 hours shifts

  • Registration Set-up
  • Pre-Race registration Area/Packet-pick up/T-shirts/Race Bag
  • Expo
  • Youth Marathon registration and course
  • Information attendants
  • Pre-Event night logistics
  • Volunteer/Vendor check-in coordinator

Race Day

Saturday, January 14, 2017
3-6 hour shifts

  • Parking Area & Shuttle Bus Attendants
  • Volunteer Check in Coordinator
  • Late Registration/Packet-Pick-up/Registration Clean-up
  • Marathon/Half Marathon Start Line Volunteers
  • Clothing Drop/Pick-up Volunteers
  • 5k Start/Finish Line Volunteers/Medals
  • Aid Stations
  • Course Marshalls
  • Marathon/Half Marathon Finish Line Volunteers/Medals
  • Recovery Food Prep/Set-up/Distribution & Clean-up
  • Awards Volunteer
  • Post Race Festival Celebration
  • Information Attendants
  • Clean-up Volunteers

Bike Ride

Sunday, January 15, 2017
3-6 hour shifts

  • Registration Assistant
  • Rest stop Volunteer