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Hawaii > Maui Paradise Marathon & Half Marathon
Kihei, HI  •  Sunday, September 21, 2014  •  Course Map

The stunningly beautiful blue waters of Hawaii's Alalakeiki Channel and its Maalea and Makena Bays, as well as its massive Haleakala Volcano rising in the distance, form the backdrop for the annual late summer/early fall running of the Maui Paradise Marathon & Aloha Half Marathon, which redesigned the course for the half marathon at its January 2011 running.

(Yes, you read the date correctly above. The Maui Paradise Marathon & Half actually takes place four times a year, once in each season -- in 2014 on January 12, May 4, September 21 and December 7.)

With its mixture of flat stretches and sometimes challenging hills along the coastal roads between Kalama Beach Park and Makena Bay, the half marathon features an out-and-back course with spectacularly scenic views of the ocean along the entire race route.

From the starting line at Kalama Beach, which lies just south of the town of Kihei, the half marathon takes runners southward along the shoreline of Maui's Alalakeiki Channel, including stretches through Kamaole Beach Park, the Wailea Shopping Village and a long stretch along the tree-lined roads that run past the Wailea Golf Club. After the run past the golf course, runners hit the turnaround point at the intersection with Honokoi Street, where they then run back northward along the 6.5 miles they've just completed back toward the finish line at Kalama Beach.

Runners can expect to encounter the half-marathon course's hilliest stretches between mile markers 3 and 5, and then between miles 8 and 11 on the return route. The biggest hills reach just over 120 feet above sea level, while the lowest point in the race is at sea level, near the start/finish line.

Paved surfaces along the coast make up the terrain for the entire race course, and organizers add that runners can expect plenty of breeze blowing in from the ocean throughout the race, as well as the possibility of occasional views of whales offshore, as the race takes place in the middle of whale migration season in this part of the South Pacific.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the southern stretch of Maui's western coast, just south of Maalea Bay and about 11 miles from the island's Kahului Airport, the town of Kihei typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather conditions in every month of the year, and usually low rainfall except in December and January, when rainfall amounts are usually at their highest.

September Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 69°F Low: 69°F Rain: 0.94 in.
High: 87°F High: 87°F Snow: N/A

Course Map

See the race route map for the Maui Paradise Half Marathon




To reserve your spot in the late September 2014 running of Kihei's Maui Paradise Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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