Sunday, September 20, 2015 • Kaanapali, HI • Course Map
If ever there was a paradise-like environment in which to stage a half-marathon road race, Maui’s western coast certainly fills the bill, with wind-swept coastal roads that offer stunningly beautiful views of the brilliant blue water along Maui’s Auau Channel, tree-lined coastal roads and the feel of old Hawaii as runners make their way through the historic whaling village of Lahaina
The annual Maui Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and “Front Street” 1-Mile Race provides all these and more, along a course that features a fast and flat route that never rises higher than 50 feet above sea level throughout the entire half marathon course.
Runners and walkers (the race is open to both) start their race at the Whalers Village in the Kaanapali Resort on Maui’s western coast, and head out along an out-and-back course that takes them southward through the resort along the Honoapiliani Highway, starting first through the golf course inside the resort.
After the first couple of miles along the highway, with the ocean over their right shoulder as they make their way south, runners then head onto Front Street, which takes them through Lahaina, passing the Lahaina Cannery and the Whaler’s Market Place on their way through town.
After the stretch that runs through town, participants re-join the highway from Pualei Drive, and run along the coast until they reach the half-marathon turnaround point just below Launiupoko State Park.
From the turnaround at the park, runners then head back northward along the exact course they’ve just run, all the way back to the finish line at the Whalers Village at the Kaanapali Resort, and get a chance to take in all of the views they’ve just run through a second time on the way back.
For runners who find themselves unable to complete the race, organizers will provide vehicles along the course to pick them up. Those participating in the half are encouraged to finish their race within 4 hours; while there is no official time limit for the half, there is an 8-hour time limit to complete the full marathon.
Race Weather & Climate
Known for its warm weather and sunny skies virtually year-round, the nearby town of Lahaina (just down the road from Kaanapali) on Maui’s western coast is typically the picture-perfect example of a resort area in the South Pacific, with mild to moderately warm conditions and relatively low rainfall throughout the year.
On race day (Sept. 20), the average low is 73ºF and the average high is 87ºF.
- $125 for the half marathon, if registered between June 1 – August 31
- $130 between September 1 – 17
- $145 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of the Maui Marathon & Half Marathon, register online at RaceWire.com here.
Official Race Website
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