South Carolina’s Kiawah Island took fourth behind Maui, Kauai, and the Maldives in Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 25 Islands in the World” reader’s poll. And the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon and Half Marathon puts the island’s beauty on full display. Runners tour maritime forests, marshes, and quiet residential neighborhoods. A pre-race bike ride the day before lets runners preview the course and pace teams help personal best seekers hit their goals. Post-race, runners get the luxury treatment with complimentary mini-massages and a buffet spread with soup, salad, pasta and more. Race day temps in the mid-60s, five championship golf courses, an award-winning tennis center, a Forbes five-star award-winning spa, wildlife and nature tours, an oceanfront beach and other activities like fishing and paddling make the island race an ideal December getaway.