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Overall Rating (30 Reviews)
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The Maui Oceanfront Marathon is community event benefiting local school teams, clubs, and Maui non-profit groups that help put on the Marathon. The Maui Oceanfront Marathon starts just below the Wailea special event parking area on Wailea Iki Road. The course starts on Wailea Alanui Drive near the Shops of … MORE
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    Kenster42 FIRST-TIMER '23

    I researched a ton before selecting the MOM as my third marathon. If you're reading this then you're researching, too. Here's what you need to know: 1. Yes, the marathon … MORE

    I researched a ton before selecting the MOM as my third marathon. If you’re reading this then you’re researching, too. Here’s what you need to know:

    1. Yes, the marathon is run on open public roads almost the entire way from Wailea to Lahaina (the last 3 miles have one entire side of the road shut down, but that’s it). Contrary to some of the other reports on this site, to me this was not an issue. Many of the reports make it sound like it’s dangerous. For me personally, I never felt remotely in danger. In most places the shoulder is plenty wide and there are cones to remind drivers that we’re here.
    2. The camber of the road was not an issue for me. I guess if you’re super super sensitive to this it might be, but for 80% of the race there really is no road camber. There is significant camber in the hills in the middle, but that was it. Don’t make your decision to run this marathon based on that.
    3. While most of the marathon is pancake flat, there is a 4 mile section of hills in the middle, starting with a gradual climb up a small hill, then the big climb up the rocky section where the island juts out into the sea. The total climb in this section is 500 vertical feet. THIS IS NOT EASY. The only small negative comment about this marathon is that they do not make it more obvious that this hilly section exists. If you are not including hill training in your marathon prep you need to do so if you’re going to run this marathon, or you’re going to end up walking the verticals. If you really hate having any hills in your marathons, this marathon is definitely not for you.
    4. You have to make a decision when you’re going to start. The start times are 4 am, 4:45 am and 5 am. I started at 4 am and was very glad I did. It was perfect running while it was dark. Warm but not too warm and a really nice sea breeze. I’m a slow runner (ran this in 5:46) and even starting at 4 am spent 2 1/2 hours in the sun. It gets hot here. The breeze helps when it’s dark, but don’t fool yourself. It was 80 and super sunny when I crossed the finish line and there were a lot of folks in the medical tent already with heat-related issues. If you run marathons in the 4 hour range or faster, you may want to stick with 5 am, as this means you will see more of the course in daylight, especially the rocky section in the middle that has the best views. However, if you are super sensitive to the hot sun, 4 am may be the better choice.
    5. The headlamp thing is real – while there are street lights for a lot of the non-daylight portions of the course, there are some areas that are pretty dark and regardless, I felt that my headlamp really helped in showing potholes and depressions and things like that. You definitely need to get a headlamp, especially if you are starting at 4 am.
    6. You absolutely should drive the course the day before you run it. This was the first point to point marathon I’ve done, and it underscores how truly long 26.2 miles is. Driving the course will show you where the tough parts are, as well as the fun parts. It will also give you confidence on your route.
    7. The volunteers and spectators were by far the best parts. There were plenty of aid stations, all had both water and gatorade, and some stops had food. The people were just amazing – they were so, so supportive, cheering their heads off for you!
    8. The mile markers were generally on point (I counted 3 that were off by a smidge), and there were mile markers for every mile. And the MOM does something that I truly love that I had not seen before. They go backwards, not forward, and they include the “0.2” miles in the first mile. In other words, the first mile marker you see is “25”, meaning you’ve run 1.2 miles and you have 25 miles to go. I absolutely loved, it was a fantastic motivator.
    9. Once the sun comes up the views are truly spectacular, especially in the hilly, rocky portion in the middle.

    This was my third marathon (other 2 were Disney and Kiawah). It was my favorite. It was by far the hardest marathon I’ve done and also the smallest. But it’s marathon with a big heart, a lot of support and the best supporters I’ve ever seen. Highly, highly recommended.

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    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '23

    Not much to add to other reviews. Two hours of running in the dark—glad I brought a headlamp. Good race communication before hand about beef for light, GU from home. … MORE

    Not much to add to other reviews. Two hours of running in the dark—glad I brought a headlamp. Good race communication before hand about beef for light, GU from home.

    Beautiful views, point to point course with excellent organization. Elevation gain of 2800 according to my Garmin—in the teens section 13-18.

    Beautiful location for finish line, easy morning bib pickup and nice additional medal for it being state 50 😊. I was one of 34 to finish in2023–one lady I met finished round two and did Honolulu for round one. She said Maui was better!!

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    Shak38 FIRST-TIMER '23

    My husband and I ran this on our quest for 50 states. It was a beautiful course, but not my favorite. We ran along the shoulder of a busy road … MORE

    My husband and I ran this on our quest for 50 states. It was a beautiful course, but not my favorite. We ran along the shoulder of a busy road most of the way and I found myself paying attention to the drivers more than the scenery, but that’s more on me. We chose packet pick-up in Wailea and it was extremely easy. The marathon shirts were very nice with a surfing scene depicted on them, and there was also a plastic license plate frame included. Merchandise was available consisting of shirts, tanks and hats. I picked up the last medium of a great tank, but my husband’s size was sold out of the one he liked. We were there the second hour the expo was open so we were surprised that items were already sold out. The running store advertised as being across the street was there but closed which was a mistake on their part as they missed out on some definite sales. The RD was very informative with their entertaining emails. If I had one complaint, it was the lack of port-o-johns. The one I was finally able to use was out of TP…ugh! I believe the issue was that the john’s were put out near the ones used for the beaches the day before and everything got used up, but I’m not sure. I also wish I had used the early start time as the heat and humidity really got to me and I could have got off the course that much earlier and not suffered so much in the final miles. There was not much at the finish area – no music and just some fruit and Oreos. There was a bus back to Wailea for $20/person but it only left at 10:30 and 12:30, so if you missed the 10:30 bus, you waited around. Lahaina had great bars and restaurants to wait at though but that reminds me of another thing and that is there was no bag drop, so you were going to these places in your gross clothes while waiting. The RD mentioned in their emails to give your bag to your crew, but if your crew also ran, you just had to suck it up. We stayed in Wailea and walked to the start and that was great! There were so many great restaurants nearby and things to do. Our friends stayed in Lahaina but their races started at that end so it made sense for them. They also had great restaurants and places to see. Volunteers are always great, but I must say that the aid stations at MOM were exceptional! The hydration was cold and one aid station even gave out ice pops – so good! And before I forget, the medal and ribbon were my favorite so far! It was an ocean scene depicted on glass that could double as a coaster. Sorry I rambled a bit but I wanted to give you all a thorough idea of what to expect at this race.

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    joyruns FIRST-TIMER '23

    If you follow the instructions in the NAG emails you received prior to race day you won’t have a problem. Two locations for bib pickup, I choose the Lahaina location … MORE

    If you follow the instructions in the NAG emails you received prior to race day you won’t have a problem. Two locations for bib pickup, I choose the Lahaina location (free parking) and a short walk to pick up bib/ start of race. Race morning, the race started on time, you ran along the beach road, through neighborhood and then the highway. The highway was corner off with cones, so you can run on the shoulder of the road. It was an out and back turn around, police monitoring street closures. Flat course with ample water stations that provided cold water, Gatorade, gummies and a few other snacks. Post Race food was cookies, pretzels, oranges, ( basic snacks). People that was completing this race as their 50th state received an extra medal and there was a cake for the celebration. The race ended by the beach. I just wish post race food was better. I highly recommend this race, after all it’s Hawaii.

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    Great communication from RD. Simple packet packet with two different pick up locations. Just a shirt and a license plate cover. I personally stayed in a hostel near the finish … MORE

    Great communication from RD. Simple packet packet with two different pick up locations. Just a shirt and a license plate cover. I personally stayed in a hostel near the finish line in Lahaina. Caught the FREE early bus just steps away. The views are never ending, a few rolling hills about mid-way thru race. No party that I could tell at end of race. Water and Gatorade is all I saw. I finished towards the end taking my time in the sun and enjoying the views! YES, I saw whales in the distance while running…🐳

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    jdawson76 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Beautiful course with mountains on one side and ocean on the other. Great race shirt, nice medal. Not much at the finish line - Gatorade, fruits, cookies. I would definitely … MORE

    Beautiful course with mountains on one side and ocean on the other. Great race shirt, nice medal. Not much at the finish line – Gatorade, fruits, cookies. I would definitely do it again if I’m in Maui at the right time, but wouldn’t consider it a destination race.

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    jmj82 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Please note that I ran this race during covid, so things were limited and there were many precautions were in place. This was my first HA race. A friend and … MORE

    Please note that I ran this race during covid, so things were limited and there were many precautions were in place. This was my first HA race. A friend and I planned to run it as it happened to be during a pre-planned bday trip, as well as wanting to go ahead and check off another state while we had the chance. Pre-race communications through email were plentiful. We got some sort of email from the director almost everyday regarding HA covid conditions, race confirmations, what to expect pre-race/post race etc. I gave production a 4, as I had reached out several times to sign up for the post race cruise and could never get a response. After awhile, I just stopped trying. It was kind of strange considering all the emails, but I believe this was a different contact person.
    Packet pickup was very quick and efficient and they even had some race apparel for sale (shirts, tanks, hats). There was no swag, just the bib and the tech shirt. I think that this was due to covid?? I would have liked more. Race day was well organized and the waves went off without a hitch. The course was flat, but there was very little shade and only had a patch somewhere around mile 8ish. The course was relatively pretty, but it was nerve-wracking in some spots having cars zipping by and trying pass other runners with only 3 feet of space between the shoulder and the car lanes. The car honking kind of started getting annoying…although I’m sure they meant well. There were some good picture spots along the course, but also some homeless camps which I was NOT expecting to see. My performance was as expected due to 1) having a recent knee injury 2) coming from a climate with 35 degree temps and snow to 80+. I just wasn’t heat acclimated and I struggled a bit with the temp and no shade. The finish line was very cheerful though! They called your name as you came through the finish with a fun fact about you. The sprinklers were a welcome sight! I stood there for about 5 minutes in them. No post-race snacks or food. A banana, orange, or pretzels would have been great. The medal was awesome, very large and heavy!! All in all, I had fun, but this would probably be a one and done for me.

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    jkentris FIRST-TIMER '22

    The course is gorgeous as expected. The production aspect has some glitches. Frustrating when you register WAY before any deadline only to show up for packet pick up to find … MORE

    The course is gorgeous as expected. The production aspect has some glitches. Frustrating when you register WAY before any deadline only to show up for packet pick up to find that they only had medium sized shirts remaining or I could get my size, large, in a 2019 shirt!. No thank you.
    The shuttle driver got lost on the way to the starting area, other than that it was a nice one and done.

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    There are not a lot of options for races in Hawaii and this one was ok. You run on the side of the road the whole time with traffic going … MORE

    There are not a lot of options for races in Hawaii and this one was ok. You run on the side of the road the whole time with traffic going by at 40-60MPH for 2/3’s of the race and the ocean in view most of the time. The other 1/3 of the race is on a frontage road that has one lane blocked so traffic on one side. You run past many folks fishing, and there was many piles of feces in the road along with a few dead things you could smell off in the woods. Course had cones to separate the traffic from the shoulder with runners going both ways in a 2-6’ shoulder for most of it. This year there was no police or medical presence.

    The water stops were not set up well. First one at mile 1. Second at mile 5, and they had NO WATER at mile 5. The turn around was well marked and manned. They ran out of safety pins at packet pickup and they also ran out of the shirt size I was supposed to get. Metal was nice shirt too. Race start was at a good time so you could watch the sun rise.

    Don’t take the bus, just drive there is plenty of parking and btw there is no bus back (you have to take the public bus).

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    2pugdogmom FIRST-TIMER '20

    The best part of this race is the views! Right along the ocean for a good portion of the race. Saw a whale while I was running just after sunrise. … MORE

    The best part of this race is the views! Right along the ocean for a good portion of the race. Saw a whale while I was running just after sunrise. Course is pretty flat and the locals are really nice.

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    mel FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was my first foot race since I was 19 (now 46) though I've done a lot of big paddling races, and the positive energy and perfect organization exceeded anything … MORE

    This was my first foot race since I was 19 (now 46) though I’ve done a lot of big paddling races, and the positive energy and perfect organization exceeded anything I’ve experienced before.

    At the pule for the 15k, the kapuna who offered the blessing had us sing along as best as we could in Hawaiian, then he posted up by Olowalu village road and cheered us on our run. It was really special.

    Although I’d been worried that I’d get in the way of the marathon front runners and that we’d collide with the half and 10K runners, none of that happened, and cheering on the eventual winners of these races (and congratulating them at the finish line) really put a smile on my face and wind in my sails.

    One of my favorite moments was watching a rooster aggressively cut off a group of girlfriends walking towards me in the 10K then shot across the road…they laughed and laughed. The photographer happened to be right there when it happened laughing too and got photos of all of our crazy huge smiles.

    The medals/trophies (and numbers and shirts) were real works of art. The quality of the technical shirts was wonderful, and unlike nearly every paddle event that I’ve done, it was especially nice to get a women’s cut shirt.

    Although I’m slow by all objective measures and would not generally qualify for a prize (and that’s OK), I’ll admit that knew that I my predicted pace was just outside of what 3rd place was in my age group last year motivated my pace the whole way, and it was thrilling when I crossed the line knowing that, so long as a bunch fast people didn’t sign up this year, I might have placed. (I did!) The age group trophy/plaque was beautiful too.

    Here’s my hot tip for visitors…The 15K is the least popular race, but the most scenic, flattest course. 🙂 (The marathon includes it too, but also goes through town and up the hill around the Pali. The other races are out-and-back from the finish.)

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    enigma20 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This race should be on everyone's bucket list. Maui is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. It will be difficult to top this. The good: Beautiful area, … MORE

    This race should be on everyone’s bucket list. Maui is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It will be difficult to top this.
    The good:
    Beautiful area, mostly along the coast
    Best age group awards and trophies I’ve seen
    Fresh pineapple at the end
    Refreshing mister at the end
    Fairly flat course and well marked
    The not so good:
    Hard to find parking in town for packet pick up (not a problem on race day)
    After the turn-around, there was a lot of people coming on your left and cars on your right. I had to focus on the distractions and didn’t totally get to enjoy the views
    The awards at the end was chaotic and took a while

    Overall, very good. Ends next to a beach, so you can jump right in.

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    swendland REPEAT RUNNER '20

    I love this race it’s not only well organized but you enjoy great views the entire race! There are many aid stations with great volunteers cheering and wanting to help … MORE

    I love this race it’s not only well organized but you enjoy great views the entire race! There are many aid stations with great volunteers cheering and wanting to help you stay fuelled
    and hydrated! I also loved that your family could follow along the course stop and cheer you on!! The medal is beautiful! I recommend this race to anyone wanting a great view with beautiful weather I wish I could do it every year

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    50statesSandy FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was my first run in Hawaii. It was hot and humid but what a beautiful run. Very well organized. No swag - but the race officials and event itself … MORE

    This was my first run in Hawaii. It was hot and humid but what a beautiful run. Very well organized. No swag – but the race officials and event itself sorta makes up for it. Running along side the ocean and listening to the waves crash against the shore was priceless. From what I understand the Full and Half marathoner’s got a bit more spectacular view and more entertainment along the race course than us 10k’ers. It was still a great event and I’d go again in a heartbeat.

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    mwrunfar FIRST-TIMER '19

    Early morning start, gorgeous views, the first 10 to 12 miles were flat, then some uphills with even nicer views but it got hot on the hills. One problem I … MORE

    Early morning start, gorgeous views, the first 10 to 12 miles were flat, then some uphills with even nicer views but it got hot on the hills. One problem I had was running along the side of roads had some awkward cambers that bothered my knee for most folks it would be fine. Good volunteer support. Did appreciate everything about the race. Great emails from the race director to keep you informed. Ok shirt, nice medal. Would love to run it again.

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    Supersweep REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I paced a first time runner in 2019, so I got to spend more time taking in the course in a way I had not done in previous years. The … MORE

    I paced a first time runner in 2019, so I got to spend more time taking in the course in a way I had not done in previous years. The scenery is magnificent. If you look at the course map you may be inclined to think that because it follows the coast that it is flat. It isn’t. There are hills, though they are almost exclusively confined to the first half. Because the view is so good, you probably won’t realize until after the race how hilly the first bit was.
    It is an early start. It will become apparent why two-thirds in. Maui gets warm so the race needs to start early to avoid the midday sun. You need a headlamp for the first part of the race. Buy a good one. There is a big difference in performance between a cheap one and a quality one, and you can leave it at an aid station to collect at the finish.
    Race number pick up is easy, the swag is quality, the aid stations are community-based and enthusiastic and the race finish is well catered and attended.
    I love this event. I have taken my family every year we have been able to travel, and I will continue to do so. It is well organized, well executed, and it supports the community. And it is staged in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Don’t think about it. Just sign up. You won’t regret it.

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    ssabol1562 FIRST-TIMER '19

    First off, it's Hawaii in January so you should consider this race for that alone! Overall this was a nice race. Started at 6:30 AM so you caught the sunrise … MORE

    First off, it’s Hawaii in January so you should consider this race for that alone!

    Overall this was a nice race. Started at 6:30 AM so you caught the sunrise to over the ocean on your way out (it’s an out-and-back course). This helped but after the sun got up in the sky it was really hot and humid (Note..I don’t think that there is a race in Hawaii that’s not hot and humid).

    There is only a minor elevation change on the course but it is more uphill on the way back. Water stops for the most part were plentiful but there was a point early and late in the race where there was almost 2.5 miles between water stops. That hurt on the way back when it was hot. Other than that they were every 1 to 1.5 miles.

    My only real concern with this race is that they can’t really close down the road so all runners are coned off in the berm which isn’t very wide. Since it’s an out-and-back course it got really tight at points and some runners were pushed into the lane against oncoming traffic. I know it’s tough to get a 13.1 mile course that is close to the lodging on the island and doesn’t block off many roads but it would be nice if the race director tried.

    The medal was nice but a nicer ribbon on it would have made it better. Shirt was a white dry-fit shirt with artwork on it by a local artist. Other than that there was not a lot of extra perks..but again, it’s Hawaii and that is the best perk you can have.

    One awesome thing this race does that most do not is to celebrate the runners who are finishing their 50th state that day. All those runners get bib #50 so they can be easily identified by the crowd and they got an awesome bonus medal celebrating their 50 state finish at a ceremony after the race.

    Overall, the pros outweigh the cons on this race…I recommend it for Hawaii

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    AA41 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Amazing race. You are running along the ocean the entire marathon. You start before the sun rises and we had a spectacular full moon. There is not one lull in … MORE

    Amazing race. You are running along the ocean the entire marathon. You start before the sun rises and we had a spectacular full moon. There is not one lull in beauty on the whole course. The first 10 miles or so is along the ocean in some cool towns, then you run along the water through a nature sanctuary area, all the while seeing the sun start to rise begin you over Haleakala. You then run about ten miles on a super scenic road with crashing waves and cliffs on one side of you and desert like mountains on the other side. Runner’s were literally stopping and just taking pictures. Course was basically flat and volunteers were awesome- super nice and enthusiastic. Aid stations had water, Gatorade, and fresh fruits and treats later on. Plenty of aid stations and bathrooms. Most of the time you are running in a nice wide bike late about 8 feet wide. Post race is on a beautiful beach with water, fruit, snacks and some amazing homemade healthy bars. I saw 3 whales during the race. You will not regret doing this race. Race director was very informative and responsive to questions. Tee shirt and medal are beautiful.

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    jenengeberg FIRST-TIMER '18

    Extremely well organized with fantastic communication from the race director. With gorgeous views and whale spottings all along the course, this race will NOT disappoint. The communication from the director … MORE

    Extremely well organized with fantastic communication from the race director. With gorgeous views and whale spottings all along the course, this race will NOT disappoint. The communication from the director is constant and extremely amusing. Be sure to add hills into your training. I mentioned the gorgeous views, which you will find among the rolling shoreline of Maui. Therefore, make hills your friend. I highly recommend this marathon for the course, the organization, and the overall experience!

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    aleckrone23 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Most beautiful course I have run! This year we had to run a small stretch on the dark sand which was inconvenient, and slowed me down a lot. Other than … MORE

    Most beautiful course I have run! This year we had to run a small stretch on the dark sand which was inconvenient, and slowed me down a lot. Other than that the people were amazing, and I would love to do this race again!

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