Taape for Tiara
The Maui Oceanfront
Marathon Custom Early Start
The Marathon starts at
The Marathon head start
is for 55+ year old Marathoners and is at 4:40 a.m. This start is eligible for
all age division awards, but not the overall awards using this start.
Never done by any other Marathon: The Custom Early Start begins at 3:30
a.m. and is for anyone who needs more time to finish before Noon. Custom Early
Starters will check in with the starter anytime after 3:30 a.m. , but before
4:30 a.m. and then start on your own. Carry your own water until the aid
stations open. Provide your own transportation to the start. If there is enough
demand we may provide a bus. No age division or overall awards for the Custom
Starters. They will receive finishers medal, license plate, t-shirt and any
other marathon goodies.
Paid Parking at the Start
line in the Shops of Wailea. Park where directed, away from the
Shops. 59 minutes free parking.
Go to the end of the
Pi'ilani Highway, turn right down the hill, left at the light and quick right
into the Shops of Wailea.
Portable Toilets are at the Shops of Wailea.
The start line is in the parking lot of the Shops.
Have someone drop you off
at the Shops of Wailea.
Shuttle buses from Lahaina
will drop off at the Shops of Wailea before heading back to Lahaina for other
After dropping off
marathoners, one bus will take other events back to Lahaina.
A post race return
bus ticket to Wailea can be bought at number pick up
on Friday or Saturday.
The Marathon Notes
Is for 55+ year old marathoners
The clock is turned off at
The Custom starts gives
athletes 8.5 hours to finish.
Marathon Head Starters
will have a shuttle bus to the start line from Ka'anapali Whalers Village, Prison Street Parking lot
in Lahaina a block from the finish line
Because of the early
start, if you have a choice, it would be best to stay in the Wailea or
Kihei start line area.
The purpose of the early
start is to get us all home early and give you a cooler run.
Wear a flashing light or
two for the first hour or so, and reflective clothing.
Home Depot has
or had some cheap headband headlights you might look for.
Except for the first 1.5 miles you will use the sidewalk,
bike path, or shoulder of the road for all races.
Runners will be using
street lights and their headlamp for the first 7.5 miles of the race.
You may turn in your headlamp
and flashers at the 8 or 10 mile aid station and they will be transported to
the finish line for your pickup. Put you name on them.
The Marathon starts at 5 AM
and the clock is turned off at noon giving you 7 hours to
The start is in the Shops of
Wailea parking lot.
The course travels north from
the Shops onto Wailea Alanui Drive (Shops at Wailea
and Marriott Hotel)
and then down Okolani onto South Kihei Rd at mile 1,
through oceanfront Kihei Town with a left turn onto N. Kihei Rd at about
mile 7, then a left turn onto Highway 30 at the 11 mile mark near Ma'alaea Bay
and continues oceanfront all the way to Front Street at the South end of
The last mile is through oceanfront residential and ends at oceanfront Kamehameha Iki
Park at 525 Front Street. This is next to 505 Front Street Shopping area.
All of the course is on asphalt and the shoulder of the road.
The shoulder is
mostly between 4' to 6' wide. Some spots wider, some narrower.
The ocean is constantly
reclaiming the oceanfront highway as you will see.
The course has many scenic pull outs and public beaches
along the course for family and
friends to park, picnic and support your run.
This is a competitive
division with a finishers medal, 5 year age division awards, a license plate frame to help
celebrate (and brag to your friends), as well as a souvenir Maui Oceanfront Event race
The Mile Marker Signs
on the course are "mile to go". The yellow
paint numbers on the road are MOM's. Any
white or other colored numbers are from other local races.
See the Time Line
for race start time and shuttle bus schedule
There is bus transportation from the
Marathon start line in Wailea to the Half Marathon Start line.
Hawaiian entertainment will be awaiting you along with
your finishers medal and snacks at the finish line in
Best bet for enjoying your
race. Have your support crew drop you off at the start
line, and then park along the course for pictures,
cheering, watching the whales, and then you take them to
one of the great Lahaina open air breakfast places after
the race to enjoy your great finish and accomplishment.
The Pioneer Inn is just a long block past the finish line
next to the Banyan Street Square and the yacht harbor.