Posted on: February 1, 2011

Public Invited to Run For the Whales

This Saturday is Run For the Whales, one of Maui's best-attended 5K and half marathon runs, attracting more than 700 runners in 2010. Participants will receive a free race t-shirt, a free post-race breakfast and free electronic timing. Run For the Whales starts at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort and travels through the resort area of Makena and Wailea. Parts of the course are oceanside, in areas where runners might catch a glimpse of whales breaching in the water. Entry fees benefit marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren.

Run For the Whales will be electronically timed with ankle bracelet timing chips for 5K and half marathon runners only. Participants receive a free race t-shirt, plus a post-race breakfast featuring fruit, pastries, coffee and juices. Awards ceremony to follow the finish of all races. Medals and a flower lei will be presented three deep for the top finishers in each age and gender group. The first place winners of each age and gender group will receive tickets for two on a Pacific Whale Foundation Whalewatch Eco-Adventure. A prize drawing for all runners will be given out at the finish.

The check-in and start is at Makena Beach & Golf Resort located at 5400 Makena Alanui Road, in Makena. Parking is available at the Wailea Events Lot at the corner of Wailea Ike Drive and Kalai Wa’a St. with shuttle service beginning at 5:00 a.m. and running every 10 minutes.

For more information and to sign-up, runners can visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org, or call (808) 249-8811 ext.1.


2011 Race Descriptions and Information:


Half Marathon

$37 ($42 day of race) - Check in: 5:30 a.m. • Start: 6:30 a.m.
Age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
Course: Race is out and back beginning at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort (formerly Maui Prince Hotel) in Makena.

5K Run
$30 ($35 day of race) - Check in: 6:30 a.m. • Start: 7:30 a.m.
Age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
Course: Runners travel out the same route as the half marathon for 2.5K.
The runners will turn at Makena Landing and head back to Polo Beach Park.

5K Competition Pod
$100 per team ($105 day of race) - Check in: 6:30 a.m. • Start: 7:00 a.m.
New! 5K Competition Pod Race - Get a team of 2 to 5 friends to run as a connected pod (holding a rope). Costumes and uniforms welcome. Prizes awarded 3 deep, overall.

5K Walk for the Whales
$25 ($30 day of race) - Check in: 6:30 a.m. • Start: 7:30 a.m.
Course: Walkers travel out the same route as the half marathon for 2.5K. The walkers will turn at Makena Landing and head back to Polo Beach Park. Walkers receive the post-race breakfast and race t-shirt (no electronic timing available for walkers).

2K Fun Run for Kids
$20 ($25 day of race) - Check in: 7:30 a.m. • Start: 8:00 a.m.
Age groups: 5 and under, 6-8 and 9-12.
Course: Kids will start at 8:00 a.m. and travel a 2K circle course which takes place on the lawns of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. Kids Run participants will not receive timing chips, but will be clock-timed. Children receive the post-race breakfast and race t-shirt, plus age-group medals for the top finishers.


Parking
Free parking for the Run for the Whales is located at the Wailea event parking lot. To access it, travel south on the Pi'ilani Highway, past Kihei, and follow the highway as it turns into Wailea Ike Drive. Turn left on Kalai Wa'a Street. The event parking lot is on the right. The free shuttle service to the starting line begins at 5:00 a.m. and runs every 10 minutes.