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Why You Should Run in the Maui Marathon

People running a marathon

Each year in the fall, the Maui Marathon brings hundreds of runners to Maui for an unforgettable racing experience. The event, which is one of the “Top 10 Most Scenic Marathons in the Nation” according to Runner’s World Magazine, has a fast and flat 26.2-mile course that hugs the Pacific coastline. Enjoy warm weather, sunny skies, and a picture-perfect backdrop when you attend this year. For more information on local events and attractions, access our free Adventure Guide!

Get Excited for the Annual Maui Marathon

The Course

Did you know that the Maui Marathon is the longest consecutively-held running event in the state of Hawaii? With views of the island’s blue ocean and lush, green mountains, this marathon course is absolutely breathtaking. The final miles take you through the historic whaling village of Lahaina before finishing at the world-famous Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. The Maui Half Marathon also starts and ends in Ka’anapali and follows the same route as the final 6.5 miles of the marathon. Be sure to check out a course map before you head out.

Tips for Race Day

Participating in the Maui Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K is an achievement in itself! To tackle this challenging race like a pro, consider these helpful tips.

  • Warm-up and arrive on time at the start line. The race begins promptly at 5 a.m. in Kahului. There is an 8-hour time limit for the full marathon.
  • Packet pick-up is at the Maui Marathon Health & Fitness Expo in the Westin Maui Resort and Spa. You’ll receive your goodie bag, bib number, t-shirt, and other items. Make sure you have your race bib on correctly in front of your body.
  • Have an emergency contact with you.
  • Run smart and stay hydrated. There are 20 aid stations on the course offering water and Powerade.
  • Most importantly – have fun!

Celebrate Your Achievement

At the finish line, participants can enjoy fruit and other goodies as well as excellent live entertainment. Plus, there’s an after-party with pizza, drinks, and an awards ceremony. A commemorative finisher medal is given to all runners as they cross the finish line.

Another great way to celebrate is to unwind with friends and family! Head to Maui Brewing Co. for a cold glass of beer, or enjoy a delicious meal at Mama’s Fish House. You can even check out our list of the best desserts on Maui and treat yourself to something sweet post-race.


Relax & Restore at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

Now that you know about one of the best Hawaii marathons, you need to start planning your trip to the island! Our bed and breakfast is just 12 minutes from the start line and offers exceptional lodging for the event. Unwind in one of our beautiful guest rooms, sip a cocktail on the lanai, and join us for a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay.

Why not splurge on your trip to Maui? Reserve our Ulu Room, a sumptuous master suite with the biggest bathroom at the inn. This accommodation has a whirlpool tub, separate shower, and a king-size bed. Check our availability and book your stay today!

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    Maui, Hawaii 96793