Posted on: December 31, 2012

Pacific Whale Foundation's Run and Walk for the Whales to Be Held on Sat., Feb. 2

Thank you to the 647 runners and walkers plus 30 children who participated in the 2013 Run and Walk for the Whales. You can find final results at  http://www.pseresults.com/events/474/results

Runners and walkers, adults and kids, residents and visitors are invited to take part in Pacific Whale Foundation’s annual Run and Walk for the Whales, to be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013. This event is a benefit for the marine education programs provided to Maui schoolchildren by Pacific Whale Foundation. 

The upcoming 2013 Run and Walk for the Whales has been expanded to include a new 10K walking event and 10K running race. The race will also include a 5K walk, 5K run, half marathon run, plus a 2K running race for children.
 
“We’ve hosted the Run and Walk for the Whales for more than 20 years,” says Merrill Kaufman, Race Director and Education Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation. “With more than 600 people participating last year, including many visitors from around the world, it’s one of Maui’s best attended and most popular fun run and walk events.”
 
The Run and Walk for the Whales starts and finishes at the oceanside Makena Beach and Golf Resort in South Maui. The 5K, 10K and Half Marathon courses travel along the scenic Makena and Wailea coast and slightly inland, providing ocean views along the way. Water and aid stations and musical entertainment will be located along course.
 
The 2K Keiki Race for children travels on a closed loop at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. 
 
All runners in the 5K, 10K and half marathon will receive professional chip timing. Clock timing will be provided for all walking events and for the 2K Keiki (children’s) race.
 
The entry fee for adults includes a free “Run and Walk for the Whales” quick dry t-shirt plus post-race breakfast. 
 
Children ages 12 and under participating in the 2K Keiki Race will receive a "Run and Walk for the Whales" cotton t-shirt plus a post-race breakfast. 
 
The Run and Walk for the Whales features the perfect prizes for anyone who loves whales: the top three overall finishers in each running race, and the top age group winners in each running race will win whalewatch tickets with Pacific Whale Foundation, and will also receive lei and medals. Walkers will be entered into a drawing for whalewatch tickets. The 2K Keiki race will award medals to the “boy top finisher” and “girl top finisher.” Children in the 2K children's race will also be entered into a drawing to win whale-themed  toys, books, videos and games. 
 
Register online at http://www.flpregister.com/21 by11:59 pm, January 30 and pay a reduced entry fee: $45 for the half marathon run, $40 for the 10K run or walk, $35 for the 5K run or walk and $25 for the Keiki 2K run. Pacific Whale Foundation Members who register online by 11:59 pm on January 30, pay even lower fees: $40 for the half marathon run, $35 for the 10K run or walk, $30 for the 5K run or walk and $20 for the Keiki 2K run.
 
After January 30, you may register for an additional $5 per entry at either packet pick-up (see information below) or on race day. 
 
Check-in on race day (February 2) begins at 5:30 am at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. The start times are 6:30 am for the Half Marathon, 7:00 am for the 10K, 7:30 am for the 5K and 8:00 am for the Keiki Fun Run. 
 
Pre-race packet pick up will be available on Friday February 1, between 9 am and 5 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops (off Route 30, Honoapiilani Highway, next to Maui Ocean Center).
 
Free race day parking will be available at the Wailea Events Lot, located at the corner of Wailea Ike and Kalai Wa'a Streets in Wailea. (Wailea Ike runs between the Pi'ilani Highway and Wailea Alanui Drive.) Free shuttle buses will be available starting at 5:00 am to transport athletes and supporters from the Wailea Events Lot to the race start at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort.
 
Makena Beach and Golf Resort is a sponsor of the Run and Walk for the Whales. They are offering special rates on lodging from February 1, 2013 through February 3, 2013 for participants in the Run and Walk for the Whales. The special rates of $199 for a scenic view room and $225 for an ocean view room are based on a maximum four person occupancy and do not include Hawaii state sales tax.  Please use the promo code "Run for the Whales Race 2013" when making your reservation.
 
The Run and Walk for the Whales is an important fundraiser for Pacific Whale Foundation’s marine education programs for local students in preschool through high school. Since 1980, Pacific Whale Foundation has provided whalewatches, eco-friendly tidepool explorations and science lab programs in Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center to thousands of schoolchildren each year. In recent years, Pacific Whale Foundation has offered a special Friday program for middle school students at Kihei Charter School that includes at-sea time on our vessels, learning nautical and navigational skills, as well as scientific marine research techniques. Pacific Whale Foundation’s Project Oceans is a teacher training program that helps teachers incorporate environmental education and marine science into their classes.