Posted on: January 13, 2012

Run and Walk for the Whales to Take Place on Saturday, February 4

Runners and walkers are invited to take part in the upcoming Run and Walk for the Whales, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012, with the start and finish at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort in South Maui.  

This popular annual running and walking event, hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation, offers a choice of a 5K run, half marathon run, 5K walk and half marathon walk. There is also a 2K run for children ages 12 and under. 
 
"This annual event has been taking place for more than two decades," says Merrill Kaufman, Race Director. "We attract more than 700 athletes from Maui and many parts of the world." 
 
According to Kaufman, the Run and Walk for the Whales has a new half marathon course that has been certified by race timer Jon Emerson. It travels through Wailea and Makena and includes ocean views; you might even see a whale or two breaching in the distance!
 
This event includes professional chip timing for 5K runners and Half Marathon runners.Clock timing is offered for 5K and Half Marathon walkers and 2K Keiki runners. The entry fee includes a free “Run and Walk for the Whales” quick dry t-shirt plus a complimentary post-race breakfast of fruit, pastries, juice and coffee. (Keiki runners ages 12 and under participating in our 2K race will receive a free cotton race t-shirt and free post-race breakfast.) Water and Gatorade will be available at the aid stations on the course. Musical entertainment will also be featured along course. Massages will be available post-race by students from the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage. 
 
Medallions, lei and free whalewatch tickets will be awarded to the top male and female overall in the 5K and Half Marathon. Age group medallions will be awarded in the 5K Run and Half Marathon Run. Keiki race will award medallions to the “boy top finisher” and “girl top finisher.” Walkers will receive a free commemorative gift. All runners and walkers will also be entered into prize drawings.
 
Races will start promptly at these times: 
 
Half Marathon Walk and Run: 6:30 am
5K Walk and Run: 7:30 am
2K Keiki Fun Run:  8:00 am
 
Athletes should plan to arrive at least one hour in advance. 
Race entry fees are:
 
Half Marathon Run or Walk: General Public: $45 
Half Marathon Run or Walk: Pacific Whale Foundation Member: $40
 
5K Run or Walk: General Public: $35
5K Run or Walk: Pacific Whale Foundation Members: $30
 
2K Keiki Fun Run: General Public: $25
2K Keiki Fun Run: Pacific Whale Foundation Members: $20
 
Athletes are encouraged to register early. The race entry fee will increase by $5 after midnight on February 1. To register online, visit www.active.com. Downloadable entry forms are also available at www.mauiwhalefestival.org. Entries are also accepted by phone at  (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or toll-free (800) WHALE-1-1 ext. 1.
 
Makena Beach and Golf Resort is extending special room rates for participants in the 2012 Run for the Whales event, available from February 1 through February 8, 2012. The rates are $159 (plus taxes) for a scenic view room per night, and $179 for a partial ocean view room per night, based on single or double occupancy. The special rate includes free parking and a daily breakfast buffet for two. To reserve your room, click here or follow this link:https://www.phgsecure.com/IBE/bookingRedirect.ashx?propertyCode=OGGMB&rate=PRORUN4WHALES
 
Pre-race packet pick up will be available on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3, 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). 
 
On Saturday, February 4, athletes and their supporters may be dropped off at two locations near the starting line:
 
Prior to 6:15 am: Runners may be dropped off just past Kewalai Church on Makena Road (just north of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort Hotel). 
 
Prior to 6:30 am: Runners may be dropped off at the Mauaka Beach public access on Makena Road (south of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort Hotel).
 
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.
 
The Run and Walk for the Whales is presented by Pacific Whale Foundation as part of the Maui Whale Festival.
 
The Maui Whale Festival celebrates and honors the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to Maui each winter. Maui is the principal mating and calving area of North Pacific humpback whales in the United States. It is the place of new beginnings for the next generation of whales. Through fun and educational events, the Maui Whale Festival raises awareness about these cherished marine mammals and inspires the public to care for the vital and unique whale habitat encompassed by the four islands of Maui County. To learn more, visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org.