Inaugural Maui Paradise Marathon, Half, 5K & Keiki – January 11, 2009
Where would you rather run next January?
Posted Sunday, 26 October, 2008
Your winter running gear is once again where you like it to be, packed away in your closet. Snow and ice are just a distant memory as you let your mind drift on those long, warm summer runs. But before you forget about how totally miserable it can be while training in the cold, icy winds of January, read on and plan now for your 2009 winter escape to paradise.
Maui is a runner’s paradise, where tropical scented breezes cool you down and every run can end with a soothing dip in the blue Pacific. Sounds good? It gets better. Imagine sharing your run along the ocean with our most magnificent of creatures, the whale. The race will be in the middle of the whale migration season so you will have lots of opportunity to have this experience of a lifetime. Here you can continue your training for that Spring marathon, get a suntan and have an amazing vacation at the same time. The picturesque beauty of the island of Maui, coastal and inland, provides a setting for so many activities that you will have a hard time making choices. Some of these activities can be found at http://www.visitmaui.com/activities.html.
The Marathon turnaround point – right on the Pacific Ocean
Maui Paradise Marathon is a brand new ‘eco-friendly’ race. Our mascot is Holo Kohola (Hawaiian for fast whale) to remind us of the importance of taking care of our environment, and with your help our race will leave behind little more than footprints and good memories. For a start, there will be no plastic bags. Every runner will receive a colorful souvenir tote bag and for other race materials such as drink cups we will recycle wherever possible.
Our scenic marathon course starts and finishes in Kalama Beach Park in Kihea, right on the ocean in the south of Maui at the base of Haleakala volcano. With a 6:30 am start heat won’t be a problem and your friends and family can be both at the start and the finish. At the finish line you will not only have the encouragement of the cheering crowds to bring you in over those last tough yards, but you’ll also experience the personal touch and exuberance of the ‘master of ceremonies’, Whit Raymond. You are assured this will be an experience you won’t forget.
Haleakala volcano with you the whole way
If you want all the excitement of the marathon but find the 26.2 a little daunting, there is always our Half Marathon, starting and finishing at the same place as the marathon and with a course just as scenic and challenging.
If you become tired of the volcano view how about an ocean view
The Maui Paradise Marathon event is a weekend of entertainment for the whole family, so we have catered for all ages and levels of fitness. For those that like a shorter distance, enter our 5K. Once again the start and finish is at Kalama Beach Park. This is a 6:45 am start so you will have time to run it and still get back in time to watch your kids run in the Keiki (kids) Races. This is a fun event where every child is a winner and everyone gets an award. They will be varying distances from 25 meters to around 400 meters depending on the ages. We have races for all children 6 and under, yes, as long as they can crawl, tumble, roll, or walk assisted by Mom and Dad, they can enter our keiki races. It will make for some great ‘Kodak’ moments for the photo album.
A rewarding downhill section with stimulating views recharges your batteries
Maui Paradise Marathon is a weekend of activities for runners, friends and families. The Sport and Fitness Expo on Saturday will give you an opportunity to browse, find out what is new in the world of running and stock up on all your running gear for the coming year. It is also a good time to check out the great Maui Paradise Marathon merchandise and take back some great reminders of your Inaugural Maui Paradise weekend.
After an afternoon at the expo or a swim in the glorious Pacific, you will have worked up quite an appetite. Be sure to be on time for the Carbo Luau and be well fueled for the big day on Sunday. This is a great place to exchange tips and tales with other runners and perhaps find a ‘buddy’ to pace with.
When the hard work is all done it is time to sit back and relax at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday. Here is your chance to exchange email addresses, phone numbers etc. with your new Maui Paradise Marathon friends, and agree to meet back in 2010 to improve on your times, or just relax and enjoy another weekend in paradise, on the island of Maui.
As a special reward for our inaugural event we are offering deep discounts of up to 30% on the entry fee for any member of any official running club from anywhere. Take this opportunity to reward yourself next January and be part of this brand new event in Maui.