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Plans announced for 48th annual Maui Marathon

By Staff | May 3, 2018

In 2017, the Maui Marathon attracted 2,200 runners from 25 countries. The race is on track to exceed that number for 2018.

KAANAPALI – The 48th annual Maui Marathon events will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, and include a full marathon, four-person team marathon relay, half marathon, 10K and 5K.

Returning as main sponsors are the Kaanapali Beach Resort Association, The Westin Maui Resort and Spa and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

For the second year, the event is being held in October – a well-received change by locals and visitors alike.

October provides slightly cooler temperatures and gives runners more time between other local events, such as the Kauai Marathon and Hana Relay held in September.

Based on participant feedback, event times are being adjusted. The half marathon will start earlier at 5:30 a.m., the 10K at 5:45 a.m. and 5K at 5:55 a.m. The marathon and marathon relay race times remain unchanged, and those events will start at 5 a.m.

To ensure events start on time, extra buses have been ordered to transport runners from the Lahaina Civic Center parking lot to the respective race start locations.

In February 2018, a new logo for the Maui Marathon was introduced. This logo captures the essence of Maui with tropical colors, waves and a whale tale. This logo will be on all race advertising and shirts, and all event finishers will receive a medal integrating elements of the new logo.

Another change for 2018 is the Maui Marathon Health and Fitness Expo will be one day only on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Valley Isle Ballroom at The Westin Maui Resort and Spa.

On race day, the awards ceremony will be held indoors at the expo location beginning at 8 a.m. Runners can stop by the expo site the morning of Oct. 15 to pick up awards and exchange race shirts for different sizes (based on availability).

To register for any of the Maui Marathon events or get involved as a vendor at the expo, visit www.mauimarathon.com.