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Maui Marathon 2018: Gear Up for 17 Miles of Coastline Running

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Ask any runner about the joy of running and you will understand why some people are so passionate about it. Running is much more than a habit, it is a way of life. Runners who train for long distances often look for events that have scenic value. Maui Marathon 2018 is one such race that is the perfect blend of running thrills and visual treats.

This event takes place in Maui, Hawaii; and is counted among the most picturesque marathons in the world. This race is among the oldest marathons in the USA and is considered to be the second most popular among marathons in Hawaii, after the Honolulu Marathon.

The popularity of this event is evident by the fact that it is the only running event that has been held regularly in Hawaii since its conception in 1971. Maui running events feature racing in full marathon format and in half-marathon, 10K, 5K and mile run races.

Every year, the enthusiasm of participants and spectators of this event surpasses the preceding year. Let's learn more about the Maui Marathon in the following sections.

Brief History of Maui Marathon

The Maui run was originally conceptualized in the form of an American Athletic Union (AAU) Marathon, held at Oahu in the 1940s. The famous American runner Norman Tamanaha was a frequent winner in these races. Despite being a world-class runner, he could not participate in the Olympics, and became a running coach and started organizing races and made marathons in Hawaii very popular.

Around 1971, the sports association Valley Isle Road Runners was formed, and together with Tamanaha, it organized the first marathon event in 1971, known as Tamanaha Marathon.

Johnny Faerber from Oahu won the race. Soon, the race started attracting more and more runners.

By 1974, the name of this race was officially changed to Maui Marathon, and the race became immensely popular among male and female runners alike.

In 2002, the date of the race was shifted to the fall season, which is otherwise a low tourist season in Hawaii. In 2004, the half-marathon format of racing was also included in the Maui Marathon event. In 2006, the 5K run became a part of the event, and eventually, the 10K and mile long runs became an integral part of the main event.

The upcoming marathon will be officially called the JTB Maui Marathon and Half Marathon and is also a Boston Marathon Qualifier.

JTB Maui Marathon and Half Marathon
JTB Maui Marathon and Half Marathon

NOTE:

Another racing event that has a similar route as this event is the Maui Oceanfront marathon, but it should not be confused with this event.

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Maui Marathon Route and Course Details

Maui Marathon Route

The marathon commences at Ho’okele St. Kahului that is situated close to the Kahului Airport and has a straight run of 15 kilometers until the runners reach Maalaia Bay. Participants then continue to run along the coastline, crossing the Launiupoko Beach Park and Lauiupoko State Park on Honoapiilani Highway.

The runners will then pass alongside the Puamana Beach Park on Mill Street.

They will then take the left turn at Puamana Retreat and continue running on Front Street, passing alongside the Kamehameha Iki Park, Old Fort, Baldwin Home Museum; continuing on Front Street along the beautiful coastline until the street joins the Honoapiilani Highway again.

Runners will continue alongside Wahikuli Wayside Park and Hanakaolo Park, until they arrive at Hahakea Gulch, where they take a left turn towards Kaanapali Parkway. The race culminates at Kaanapali golf course.

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Maui marathon route
Maui marathon route

Half Marathon Route

The Maui half marathon starts at the marathon finish line located right next to the Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

The route for half marathon will pass through Kaanapali Parkway till Hahakea Gulch, and then through Hanakaolo Park and Wahikuli Wayside park. The runners will then continue on Front Street along the mesmerizing coastline and pass Baldwin Home Museum, Old Fort, Kamehameha Iki Park and Puamana Retreat until they cross Lauiupoko State Park and reach Launiupoko Beach Park.

The runners will take a round turn at the Launiupoko Beach Park and go all the way back until they reach Kaanapali Golf Course which also marks the end of the race.

An official GPS route map can be found at this link: Maui Half Marathon 2018 route.

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Maui Marathon 10K Route

Participants of the Maui Marathon 10K event will start right next to the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. The route for the 10K race will pass through Kaanapali Parkway till Hahakea Gulch, and then through Hanakaolo Park and Wahikuli Wayside park.

The runners will then continue on Honoapiilani Highway until they reach a right turn that takes them on Front Street along the mesmerizing coastline, passing alongside Lahaina Oceanfront Estate and Old Lahaina Luau. The runners take a U-turn in front of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s witness and run on the same route to reach Kaanapali Golf Course which also marks the end of the race.

An official GPS route map can be found at this link: Maui Marathon 10k 2018 route.

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Maui Marathon 5K Route

Participants of the Maui run 5K event will start right next to the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. The route for the 10K race will pass through Kaanapali Parkway till Hahakea Gulch, and then through Hanakaolo Park. The runners will continue towards Lahaina civic center where they will take a turn back and follow the same route to reach Kaanapali Golf Course which also marks the end of the race.

An official GPS route map can be found at this link: Maui Tacos 5k 2018 route.

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Maui marathon
Maui Marathon and Half Marathon

It is to be noted that aid stations will be placed at the start line, finish line and throughout the course of the marathon at an average distance of one mile.

These stations will dispense water, electrolyte fluid, energy bars, fruits, cookies, and candies. In addition, medical stations and portable toilets will also be made available next to the aid stations.

Registration Details

Maui marathon 2018
Get ready for the Maui Marathon 2018

Runners who wish to participate in the JTB Maui Marathon should note the registration fee for various events. The fee is expected to increase as the event approaches, hence, interested runners are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

You can register for the Maui Marathon Here!

The registration fees are as follows:

  • Full marathon – $120

  • Half marathon – $105

  • 10K race – $45

  • 5K race – $35

Race Timings

The Maui Marathon racing events will take place on 14th October 2018.

The timings of various formats are as follows:

  • 05:00 a.m. – Full Marathon starts

  • 06:00 a.m. – Half Marathon starts

  • 06:15 a.m. – 10K race starts

  • 06:25 a.m. – 5K race starts

Please note that the full marathon has a time limit of 8 hours. Anyone who hasn’t completed the race by this time will be asked to discontinue.

Maui marathon race route
Maui marathon race route

Race Day Parking and Shuttle Service

Free parking will be provided at the Lahaina Civic Center parking lot on race day. Shuttle buses will operate between 2 a.m. and 1 p.m. between the Lahaina Civic Center and the finish line in front of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

Shuttle service for participants will be available between 3 a.m. and 3:45 a.m. on race day from Kaanapali Beach Hotel to the start line at Ho’okele St. Kahului.

Shuttle service for participants of half-marathon, 10K and 5K races will start at 4:30 a.m. from the Walmart parking lot at Kahului, and take the participants to the start line opposite Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

Maui Marathon Event Awards

Age divisions for marathon and half-marathon awards

  • 15- 19 years
  • 20- 24 years
  • 25- 29 years
  • 30- 34 years
  • 35- 39 years
  • 40- 44 years
  • 45- 49 years
  • 50- 54 years
  • 55- 59 years
  • 60- 64 years
  • 65- 69 years
  • 70- 74 years
  • 75- 79 years
  • 80- 84 years
  • 85- 89 years
  • 90- 94 years

Top 3 male runners and top 3 female runners will be awarded in each age division.

Age divisions for 10K and 5K race awards

  • Less than 11 years
  • 11- 14 years
  • 15- 19 years
  • 20- 24 years
  • 25- 29 years
  • 30- 34 years
  • 35- 39 years
  • 40- 44 years
  • 45- 49 years
  • 50- 54 years
  • 55- 59 years
  • 60- 64 years
  • 65- 69 years
  • 70- 74 years
  • 75- 79 years
  • 80- 84 years
  • 85- 89 years
  • 90- 94 years

Top 3 male and top 3 female runners will be awarded in each age division.

RRCA State Championship Awards will be awarded to the fastest male and female athletes in the following categories:

  • Overall

  • Open Masters (Above 40 years of age)

  • Grand Masters (Above 50 years of age)

  • Senior Grand Masters (Above 60 years of age)

Information on Safety of Participants

  • No hand-cycles are allowed on any course.

  • Wheelchairs are not permitted on marathon and half-marathon courses but allowed in 10K and 5K races.

  • Unauthorized vehicles, skateboards, bikes, roller skates, and dogs are prohibited on all courses.

  • Earphones, iPods, and music players are not allowed in any format of the Maui Marathon event.

  • All participants must wear the race bibs at all times during the event. The numbers must be clearly visible on their front.

Maui Marathon Health and Fitness Expo

The 2018 Maui Marathon Health and Fitness Expo will be held on 13th October 2018, from 09:00 h to 18:00 h. the venue will be Valley Isle Ballroom at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa. Entry to this Expo is free to the public.

The Expo will showcase some of the best running gear and equipment from leading international vendors. It will also have stalls for purchasing authentic 2018 Maui Marathon merchandise and souvenirs.

Participants will receive their race numbers at the Expo. These race numbers will be in the form of a bib that also contains the timer chip. It is important to keep the bib carefully and avoid damaging the chip.

Parking arrangements for the Expo will be made at the Whaler’s Village parking garage and parking will be free for 2 hours.

Previous Records at Maui Marathon

The record for the fastest race finish in different formats are:

Full Marathon

  • Male- Eddy Hellebuyck (1999), timed at 02:19:22

  • Female- Erika Csomor (2001), timed at 02:39:59

Half Marathon

  • Male- JosephatBoit (2006), timed at 01:07:06

  • Female- Magdalena Boulet (2012), timed at 01:16:53

10K Race

  • Male- Chris Soucy (2012), timed at 00:28:34

  • Female- Tarsha Cicerone (2012), timed at 00:33:04

5K Race

  • Male- Roger Busch (2003), timed at 00:15:04

  • Female- AnsunDeckert (2001), timed at 00:17:35

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the course of Maui Marathon have a certification?
    A: Yes, this course is USTAF certified.

  2. Is this event a Boston Marathon Qualifier?
    A: Yes, this marathon is included in the list of Boston Qualifying races.

  3. When is the 2018 Maui Marathon being held?
    A: 14th October 2018

  4. Is there a last date for registration?
    A: The last registrations will be made at the Maui Marathon Health and Fitness Expo on 13th October 2018 until 6 p.m. There is no race day registration.

  5. What is the registration fee for this event?
    A: Currently, the registration fee is $120 for the full marathon, $105 for half-marathon, $45 for 10K race and $35 for the 5K race, but prices will go up as the race day approaches.

  6. What is the age limit for participation in the event?
    A: Participants need to be at least 15 years old on race day to run the marathon and half-marathon. There is no age limit for running the 10K and 5K races.

  7. From where can I collect my race packet?
    A: The race packet will be available for pick up at the Maui Marathon Health and Fitness Expo, to be held on 13th October at Valley Isle Ballroom of the Westin Maui Resort and Spa.

  8. Can someone else collect my race packet on my behalf?
    A: Yes, but please make sure that the person who collects your race packet has a valid identity card and a letter issued by you stating that he/she is collecting your race packet after your authorization.

  9. Is the registration fee refundable or transferable?
    A: The registration fee once paid cannot be refunded or transferred under any circumstance. Also, the fee cannot be rolled over for the next year’s event.

  10. Will it be dark during the race?
    A: Typically, Hawaiian sunrise is around 6 a.m. in fall. The marathon and half marathon races will start when it is still dark but the sun will rise soon after starting these races. The 10K and 5K races will start when it is bright.

  11. Is it mandatory to bring a headlight at the start of the race?
    A: Since it is still dark when the marathon and half-marathon starts, many participants bring head lights, but it is not mandatory.

  12. Can I wear a costume for the race?
    A: Yes, costumes that do not hamper another runner are allowed on the race course.

Maui Marathon is the perfect blend of the excitement of running and scenic delights. Runners who participate in this event will get a chance to run on one of the world’s most beautiful marathon routes that cover more than 17 miles of coastline.

What’s more?

You will have the company of some of the world’s most inspiring runners on this route. So, hurry up and register for the event today.

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