Posted on: December 3, 2013

Sign up early and save in the Run and Walk for the Whales 2014

Sign up early -- by December 31 at the latest -- to take advantage of the Early Entry Rates for participants in Pacific Whale Foundation's annual Run and Walk for the Whales. Scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2014, this is one of Maui's largest fun runs and walking events. More than 700 visitors and Maui residents participated last year. 
This year's race includes a 2.5 mile walk, 5K run, 10K run and half marathon run. It's a fundraiser to support humpback whale research in Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific, marine education programs for local schoolchildren, as well as conservation programs including efforts to prevent vessel-whale collisions, end whaling worldwide and keep marine debris out of our oceans.  
The Run and Walk for the Whales course begins and ends at a new location -- alongside Ma’alaea Harbor at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops. "The easy-to-follow courses are mostly flat and fast, good news for runners seeking to PR," says Erica Gorman, Race Co-Director. The post-race festivities take place in the plaza at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops and include live entertainment by Marty Dread; a post-race continental breakfast for runners served by Porto; tours of Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab, education center and offices; and discounted whalewatches for race participants. 
The entry fee includes professional chip timing for runners in the 5K, 10K and half marathon, plus clock timing for all walking events. Each walker and runner will receive a “Run and Walk for the Whales” quick dry t-shirt.  Water and Gatorade aid stations will be located along the course. 
Medals and a pair of whalewatch tickets will be awarded to each of the top three male and top three female overall finishers in the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. There will also be medals presented three deep for the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon male and female age divisions. 
Sign up before January 1 and you'll save up to $10 on the entry fee.
The race fees are:
 Half Marathon
$45 (before Jan. 1); $55 (after Jan. 1); $70 (late registration:Jan. 30 - Feb. 1)
 10K Run
$40 (before Jan. 1); $45 (after Jan. 1); $55 (late registration:Jan. 30 - Feb. 1)
 5K Run
$35 (before Jan. 1); $40 (after Jan. 1); $50 (late registration:Jan. 30 - Feb. 1)
The deadline for online registration is midnight, January 30. Entry forms are also available at Pacific Whale Foundation's offices at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops.
Start times for the race are: Half Marathon: 6:15 am; 10K: 6:45 am; 5K: 7:00 am and 2.5 walk: 7:05 am. 
Optional Child Care
Please note that Pacific Whale Foundation's marine education team will be offering a morning version of its popular Ocean Camp on race day for children ages 4 to 12. The program takes place from 6 am to 10 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center in Ma'alaea. The cost is $35 per child and is titled "All About Whales."  If Mom and Dad both want to race, sign up for this program in advance to ensure that your child has fun, learns about whales through a dynamic hands-on program, and is well-cared for by a professional team. Pre-registration is required. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1

Race Remotely
For those runners and walkers who cannot be in Maui for the Run and Walk for the Whales, Pacific Whale Foundation is offering the option to participate remotely in this event. Run, walk, snowshoe, log in the miles on your treadmill – be active for the whales!  Register for the Remote Run and Walk for the Whales  and you will receive your race t-shirt and race number by mail.  Remote participants will be invited to supply photos and details about their race for display on Pacific Whale Foundation’s Facebook page. 
Course Maps
Please note that police will be on hand to assist at all locations where the course crosses a road.