Saturday, November 11, 2023 • Koloa, HI • Course Map
This old historic town along the southern shore of Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, shows off the scenic countryside, beachfront resorts and tree-lined roads that have kept tourists coming here since the first sugar mill opened back in the 1830s at the all-new Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run, which makes its 20th annual running here this year.
Surrounded by the mountains of Kauai as well as the wide-open fields of the plantations that once operated here, it is perhaps best known for its Tree Tunnel along Maluhia Road, a grove of eucalyptus trees planted over a century ago.
Koloa today offers a piece of Kauai history with historic stores in the village (where you can try out the flavors at Lappert’s Ice Cream Store) and the Koloa Heritage Trail, a 10-mile self-guided tour through more than a dozen of Koloa’s most historic cultural and geological sites.
Runners will start the race at Anne Knudsen Park, which lies near the junction of Maluhia Road and Emi Road.
From there, they’ll head east and south along Ala Kinoiki for the first three miles, down to Poipu Road, where they turn right and head west with the resorts on their left. This stretch will take them past beach resorts, tennis and swim clubs, and Mano Okalanipo Park before hitting the first turnaround point, at Lawai Road.
Once they make the turn, runners head back east along Poipu Road past the areas they’ve just run through. This time, they pass right by the turn for Ala Kinoiki and keep heading east toward the second turnaround near the CJM Country Stables, passing by the golf course along the beach on the right.
After they make the turn there, they head back along Poipu Road to Ala Kinoiki, where they turn right to make the trek back north toward the park for the race finish.
There’s one last detour before runners hit the park, an out-and-back along Mahaulepu Road.
That interrupts for a brief stretch what had been a steady, gradual climb uphill in the second half of the race, after the equally gradual downhill in the first half. Runners can expect gently rolling hills throughout, and a slightly uphill finish at the end.
Proceeds from the race benefit both the nursing program and the electronic technology program at the University of Hawaii/Kapiolani Community College, as well as local Rotary Club youth leadership award scholarships.
Photos courtesy Rotary Club of Kauai
Race Weather & Climate
Located a few miles inland from the southern shore of Kauai, about 10 miles southwest of the airport at Lihue, Koloa typically sees November temperatures that average between 71°F and 81°F, while rainfall totals average about 4.7 inches, making November its second-wettest month of the year.
- Nov. 11 average low temp: 71°F
- Nov. 11 average high temp: 82°F
- 2022 Results
- 2019 Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 7:15 AM – 5K
- 7:30 AM – 10K
- $40 – $50 for the half marathon
- $35 – $45 for the 10K, 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of the Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the official website below.
Official Race Website
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