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Overall Rating (12 Reviews)
4.7
(12 Ratings) 🏆 (12 Reviews)
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4.6
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Experience Maui during the official Whale Season! Maui Marathon weekend returns to Kaanapali Resort with the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. Come join us on a course that takes runners along West Maui’s best beaches. The Maui Marathon weekend of events hosts participants from across the world and … MORE
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    CSRoberton REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a fun race. If it's your first half marathon, DO IT! The course is not challenging, the terrain is pretty much flat with tiny elevation change. The scenery … MORE

    This is a fun race. If it’s your first half marathon, DO IT! The course is not challenging, the terrain is pretty much flat with tiny elevation change. The scenery is beautiful as most of the run is right alongside the ocean. The return back to the finish line thru Lahina can get warm, so definitely stay hydrated.

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    slogger1955 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Don’t forget to look up. The views are spectacular. This event is well organized by fun local volunteers. The swag was nice too. I’m local and look forward to this … MORE

    Don’t forget to look up.
    The views are spectacular.
    This event is well organized by fun local volunteers.
    The swag was nice too.
    I’m local and look forward to this event every year.
    VIRR are a lovely group of CNN local runners who support this event.

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    eobloczek REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I have participated in the Maui Marathon events since 2016.Of those events I have run 10 k , half marathon , on 2019 marathon and 2022 marathon.I took first place … MORE

    I have participated in the Maui Marathon events since 2016.Of those events I have run 10 k , half marathon , on 2019 marathon and 2022 marathon.I took first place in two of these marathons in my age category . I love this race , I always enjoy the views, many people cheers runners , and most importantly my son and husband follow me , they give me water and cheer me.
    The best part of Marathon is for me Honoapiilani Hwy , I love the views, and most importantly you can see whales.

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    zzzzohra REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I have participated in the Maui Marathon events since 2016. Of those events I have run the 5K and half marathon distances. Although I enjoy the route and views for … MORE

    I have participated in the Maui Marathon events since 2016. Of those events I have run the 5K and half marathon distances. Although I enjoy the route and views for the half marathon more, I prefer the 5K since it means I get to watch the finishers of all races, oh and and less training for me.

    During race weekend there was a packet pick-up (it was very small due to covid restrictions just being lifted in March 2022). On Saturday there were also free shakeout run and yoga events (it was timed so you could go to both if you wanted).

    On race day, all of the races start early with the 5K starting last at 5:55am. You want your races to start early in Hawaii because it will get hot and will probably be humid. It’s great that this race is now in April instead of October, since April is a bit cooler.

    About half of the 5K route is on Ka’anapali Parkway with golf course views and a lane closed for runners, once you get out to HI30 (which is an active road but is coned off) it’s relatively flat as you run towards Hanakao’o Park to the turn around point.

    For 2022, the finish line had packaged snacks since there were still Covid protocols in place and I appreciated that. I loved listening to the announcer say people’s names/where they were from as they crossed the finish line. There are overall and age group awards for all of the races, for 2022 they moved the Award Ceremony to the finish line area which was much more convenient.

    I will definitely be back!

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    loannenmike REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The race starts too early otherwise it’s a great race. Awesome volunteer and beautiful ocean view through out the race. Great vacation race to do as it’s so close to … MORE

    The race starts too early otherwise it’s a great race. Awesome volunteer and beautiful ocean view through out the race. Great vacation race to do as it’s so close to everything.

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    Gimart14 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The scenery what beautiful! The weather was perfect. This was my first half, so I chose somewhere amazing!!! I wanted to run under 2 hours but finished in 2:07…. My … MORE

    The scenery what beautiful! The weather was perfect. This was my first half, so I chose somewhere amazing!!! I wanted to run under 2 hours but finished in 2:07…. My family showed up a few days before so I can jog the course and get a feel of what to expect. A RUN-CATION in Maui yes please!! I want to win so I can bring my team next year! I had a great time but what I thought was missing at the end was more small bites and beer.

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    fotogmike FIRST-TIMER '22

    Running downhill with a tailwind is great, but it doesn't last forever. This course starts with a barely noticeable downhill, then gives you a little more push as you go. … MORE

    Running downhill with a tailwind is great, but it doesn’t last forever. This course starts with a barely noticeable downhill, then gives you a little more push as you go. As you get close to the south coast, you get a moderate climb, then mixed uphill and downhill, then flat for the second half. The scenery is a variety of what’s on the island. Farms, lava fields, beaches, and then the tourist resorts. You get to run down Lahaina’s famous Front Street when it’s nearly deserted – a rare sight – and through the only tunnel on Maui. The 5 am start is to avoid the heat as much as possible, but it still gets uncomfortable before you’re done. At least the humidity is mild and the scenery is a beautiful distraction. Race production was excellent from packet pickup to post-race buses. Even though the highways are open to traffic and you run on a narrow shoulder at times, I found drivers to be careful, courteous, and many gave supportive horn honks and cheers as they passed.

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    bramms24 FIRST-TIMER '22

    All in all the course was pretty flat, one small hill around mile 5-6. Views of the ocean were amazing. Temps were warm (mid 70s) and very humid, but there … MORE

    All in all the course was pretty flat, one small hill around mile 5-6. Views of the ocean were amazing. Temps were warm (mid 70s) and very humid, but there is always a breeze to help cool you down a little. no expo, just packet pick up and can buy a few race items. there are no running stores on the island so if you need fuel or gear you might be out of luck

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    runhappylvt FIRST-TIMER '22

    Feedback from pre- to post-race: EXPO: No expo, just packet pickup and race swag store. Poorly organized in a room much too small. Runners receive a bib and t-shirt and … MORE

    Feedback from pre- to post-race:
    EXPO: No expo, just packet pickup and race swag store. Poorly organized in a room much too small. Runners receive a bib and t-shirt and reusable tote/shopping bag. No extras but some nice gear for purchase.
    RACE SHUTTLE: This part stressed me out the most in the planning process but ended up being smooth. Plenty of shuttles available and I could’ve slept an extra 30-45 minutes if it weren’t for my anxiety!
    START: 5am start was great for those of us used to running in the cold winter months but dark and unable to appreciate any of the scenery until the sun started to rise an hour later
    RACE: Coming around a bend to see the coast and the sunrise was probably the most epic part of the course and made the dark first hour worthwhile. Running the curvy coastline was my favorite part. Cons: Spectators are practically nonexistent so it’s a very quiet race for those who feed off the excitement of the crowd. The course is almost entirely along a highway so there is constant traffic driving alongside of you (except briefly through Lahaina). It is hot in Maui 🥵 but it was also very windy on race day so that gave some reprieve, although adding difficulty at times.
    POST: Minimal photography which is kind of unfortunate for such a beautiful course. Tiny bag of snacks (banana, granola bar, goldfish) and cups of water at finish. Post-race party required extra $$ and pre-purchase of ticket for entry. This was not a cheap entry fee so definitely felt like they could’ve provided more for finishers.

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    This very well may be the most scenic marathon you'll ever run. Super positive and supportive aid stations. Very well organized. If you're not used to humidity be prepared :) MORE

    This very well may be the most scenic marathon you’ll ever run. Super positive and supportive aid stations. Very well organized. If you’re not used to humidity be prepared 🙂

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    christophermcgee Oct 31, 2022 at 1:58pm

    *didn't mean to rate it 5-shoes worth of difficulty. I'd give this 2 or 3.

    *didn't mean to rate it 5-shoes worth of difficulty. I'd give this 2 or 3.

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    cdefonso FIRST-TIMER '18

    You're in Maui... I mean, it doesn't get any better than that! The half marathon course starts and finishes in Ka'anapali (not sure where the full starts; all I know … MORE

    You’re in Maui… I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that! The half marathon course starts and finishes in Ka’anapali (not sure where the full starts; all I know is you have to be bused there and I didn’t do it!) it’s a little dark when you start at 5:30am, but once the sun comes up, you are treated to amazing ocean views and volcanic mountains. The half marathon course runs through the town of Lahaina, and then after 6.5 miles, it turns around so you run back the same way you came. At some point the full marathoners merge in with you. The course is entirely flat, no hills at all. Very minimal spectators on the streets to cheer you on, but MANY aid stations, practically every mile I think, with water and Gatorade to choose from. The finish line is nice, and they call out your name as you cross. There are virtually no post-race goodies, save for some sliced up bananas and pineapple, so you’ll have to rely on your own post-race refueling. The medal was cool! The Expo the day before was in a small banquet hall of the Westin. Get there early when it opens up at 9:00am if you want to purchase some Maui Marathon swag, because after about an hour, most sizes are gone. The shirts that come with the registration are not technical, but they are nicely designed and durable. I’d highly recommend this race, because I mean, you’re in Maui! While your other friends are bundled up for their fall marathons, you can send back pics of you with your medal in front of the ocean. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

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    RnRJames REPEAT RUNNER '05

    This was such a beautiful race on a gorgeous part of this awesome Hawaiian island. Half the race was along the ocean and had great views of so many animals. … MORE

    This was such a beautiful race on a gorgeous part of this awesome Hawaiian island. Half the race was along the ocean and had great views of so many animals. This was my #1 all time favorite race.

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