Sun, Jan 14|
The 16th Maui Oceanfront Marathon
Starting at The Shops at Wailea parking lot and running along the oceanfront to Launiupoko Beach area which is about 3 miles south of Old Lahaina Town.
Time & Location
Jan 14, 2024, 5:00 AM – Jan 15, 2024, 12:00 PM
Kihei, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
About The Event
The regular Marathon starts at 5AM with the 55+ year old runners starting at 4:40 AM. Either of these starts are eligible for all age division awards. But the overall winner must start at 5AM and run with the other top competitors.
The 4AM Marathon start is for anyone who needs more time to finish before noon. This would be for walkers.
- Park in the south parking lot of the Shops at Wailea.
- Parking is free.
- Sign up for the charter bus back from the finish line at packet pick up. Its $20.
- Go throught the Shops to the south parking lot which is the start area.
- The 4AM start gives athletes up to 8 hours to finish.
- Course Map: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/5808619027
- If you so the 4AM start carry your own water until the aid stations open at 5AM.
- Provide your own transportation to the start. If there is enough demand we may provide a bus.
- There are no age division or overall awards for the 4AM starters. They will receive a finisher's medal, license plate, t-shirt and any other marathon goodies.
- Free parking is available at the start line in The Shops at Wailea. Park where directed, away from the Shops.
- Directions to the Start Line: Go south to the end of the Pi'ilani Highway, turn right down the hill, right at the light and quick left into the North parking lot of The Shops at Wailea. Portable toilets are at The Shops at Wailea. The start line is in the South parking lot of the Shops.
- Best Bet: Have someone drop you off at The Shops at Wailea.
- After dropping off marathoners, one bus will take other event runners Maalaea for their Half Marathon start. A post race return bus ticket to Wailea can be bought at number pick up on Friday or Saturday.
- The Marathon Head Start is for 55+ year old marathoners only.
- The clock is turned off at noon at the finish line.
- Marathoners will have a shuttle bus to the start line from Ka'anapali Whalers Village.
- 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 headlamp and a flashing light or two for the first hour or so, and reflective clothing.
- Home Depot or your local hardware store have some cheap headband headlights you might look for.
- You can also buy used lights for $5 at packet pick up if you are a c- student and forget to bring your own.
- Except for the first 3.5 miles and the last 1.5 miles you will use the sidewalk, bike path, or shoulder of the road for the Marathon.
- The start of the marathon is an out and back 1.2 miles to the south with the first aid station at the Shops of Wailea at the 2.5 mile mark.
- Runners will be using street lights and their headlamp for the first 11.5 miles of the race.
- First light is about 6:30AM. You need a headlamp.
- 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 yous name on them. No name and we get keep them and sell them back to other c- runners next year.
- The regular Marathon starts at 5 AM and the clock is turned off at noon giving you 7 hours to finish.
- You may start at one of three start times. 4AM, 4:40AM and 5AM.
- To "Win" the race you must start at 5PM with the other athletes out to win the race.
- The course travels north from The Shops at Wailea, onto Wailea Alanui Drive (Shops at Wailea and Marriott Hotel) and then proceed south (this is new) for 1.2 miles, turn around and head back to the start line.
- Then north and then down Okolani turns into South Kihei Rd. then through oceanfront Kihei Town with a left turn onto N. Kihei Rd at about mile 9, then a left turn onto Highway 30 at the 13 mile mark near Ma'alaea Bay and continues oceanfront all the way to Launiupoko Beach area on H30.
- Most of the course is on asphalt and the shoulder of the road.
- The shoulder is mostly between 4' to 6' wide. Some spots are 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, watch whales and support your run.
- These are competitive races with a finisher's 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 shirt.
- The mile marker signs on the course read "miles to go". The yellow paint numbers on the road are MOM's. Any white or other colored numbers are from other local races.
- You will get a HydraPak cup to carry with you the whole race for your water and gatorade.
- Don't forget to get one and don't throw it away or you will have to share with a nice A student.
- No paper one-use cups are on the course.
- 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. Traditional Hawaiian entertainment will be awaiting you along with your finisher's medal and snacks at the finish line at Launipoko Beach Park. 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 your support crew to one of the great Maui restaurants and open air breakfast places after the race to enjoy your great finish and accomplishment.