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The Charleston area sports travel calendar consists of some 300 sports events a year.  The top producing events in economic dollars are listed below:

8th Annual Charleston Marathon, ½ Marathon, 5K, Bike & EXPO

City of Charleston, North Charleston

January 12-13, 2018

Course begins on the historic streets of Charleston and finishes in Park Circle, a quaint retail area of North Charleston.  EXPO held at Charleston Gaillard Center. Up to 8,500 participants from 50 states and 6 countries!

14th Annual Carolina Challenge Cup

MUSC Health Stadium, Daniel Island

February 17, 20, 24, 2018


A four-team round robin pre-season competition hosted by the USL professional soccer team, Charleston Battery. Six games including three MLS teams; Atlanta United, Columbus Crew SC and Minnesota United.

2018 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship

North Charleston Coliseum

March 3-6, 2018

Mid-major collegiate conference tournament with ten schools, including local host, College of Charleston, compete for the opportunity to go to the NCAA tournament. Broadcast on CBS Sports.

46th Annual Volvo Car Open, WTA Premier Tournament

Family Circle Tennis Center, Daniel Island

March 31- April 8, 2018

Largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world. Up to 100,000 spectators and more than 70 world-class, women athletes to participate in WTA premier tournament. Over 100 live hours on Tennis Channel. 

41st Annual Cooper River Bridge Run

Mt. Pleasant and City of Charleston

April 7, 2018

A world-class competition, ranked #4 in the US and #18 in the world as the largest 10K road race with 40,000 participants.

23rd Annual Sperry Charleston Race Week

Charleston Harbor

April 12-15, 2018

Consists of 250 boats competing in the largest regatta of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.  Over 2,500 participants, representing 27 states and seven countries.

11th Annual Gildan Charleston Classic

TD Arena, CofC Campus, Charleston

November 15, 16, 18, 2018

The ESPN-owned event includes eight NCAA men’s teams from top conferences, such as ACC, SEC, A10, Big Ten and Big 12, playing 12 games during a four-day weekend.   Broadcast on ESPNU, ESPN2.

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series

James Island County Park

May 20, June 17, July 8, July 29, August 12

The five-race sprint triathlon series features a 600-yard freshwater swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5K flat run with 400 participants for each race.  

41st Annual Kiawah Island Marathon, ½ Marathon

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

December 8, 2018

Includes 4,000+ full and ½ marathon race participants. Often used as a Boston Marathon Qualifier due to its flat and scenic course.


USGA Women’s Open

Country Club of Charleston,

May 30-June 2, 2019

PGA Championship

Ocean Course, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, May, 2021







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