48th Annual Maui Marathon Set for Sunday
VIDEO: Can’t wait to see the Full Marathon course? Lucky for you, this 2018 promo video has footage of the entire full marathon course starting at Ho‘okele Street in Kahului, all the way through to the finish line at the Kā‘anapali Beach Resort. VC: Matt Holton and Cristina Pineda in part with Maui Drone Company
Over 2,200 runners will participate in the half and full Maui Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.
Race director Jon Emerson also confirmed that 17 teams have registered in the second annual four-person marathon relay. The 10K and 5K races will also be held on the day of the marathon.
According to Co-Race Director Jim Lynch, 19 countries are represented at the various marathon events. In addition to runners from Hawaiian Islands, there are also runners from United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
“The oldest registered participant at this year’s event is aged 81,” said Lynch, a certified 50-state marathon finisher who has run 101 marathons.
This year, a Shakeout Run with Maui Running Company has been added to the events scheduled during the marathon weekend. And with a successful Lululemon Yoga class held last year, runners and marathon supporters can once again look forward to a renewing yoga session at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, host hotel of Maui Marathon. The event is open to general public including local residents and island visitors.
Free and open to general public, the one-day Health & Fitness Expo will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. It is also the place for registered runners to pick up their running packet including race bib. Paid parking is available at Whalers Village, neighboring Westin Maui.
MAUI MARATHON EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 13
· 6:45 AM – Shakeout Run starts at Ocean Lawn, beachside of The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
· 8:00 AM – Lululemon Yoga Session at Aloha Pavilion, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
· 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Health & Fitness Expo at Valley Isle Ballroom, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
Sunday, Oct. 14
· 5:00 AM – Full Marathon and 4-person Marathon Relay starts at Ho’okele Street, close to Hana Hwy
· 5:30 AM – Half Marathon starts at the marathon finish line, fronting Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.
· 5:45 AM – Maui Tacos 10-K race starts at the marathon finish line, fronting Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.
· 5:55 AM – 5-K race starts at the marathon finish line, fronting Ka’anapali Beach Hotel
· 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Awards Ceremony at Valley Isle Ballroom, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
About Maui Marathon
The Maui Marathon is one of the three oldest marathons west of the Mississippi River and is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier course. The Valley Isle Road Runners have worked with the Maui community to keep this extraordinary celebration of fitness alive and thriving.
Emerson and Lynch have a goal to keep this race more of a fun destination event as opposed to a competitive event. Lynch said, “There is a race distance for everyone in the family who enjoys running or walking. Best of all, the entire family can experience a memorable vacation on Maui enjoying all our island has to offer and go home with much aloha.” More information is available on www.mauimarathon.com.
The Maui Marathon has been awarded the Official 2018 RRCA State Championship for the full marathon this year. There will be special age group and awards given to the RRCA Championship winners. The division awards will be first place Male and Female in the Top Overall, Open, Masters (40+), Grand Masters (50+), and Senior Grand Masters (60+) for eight total awards.
Maui Tacos is the title sponsor of the 10K and 5K. The Ka’anapali Beach Resort Association is also a main sponsor and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa continues as host hotel and the site of the expo as well as awards ceremony.