Kaua’i to host its first marathon

POIPU – The first marathon to ever be held on Kaua’i will take place Mar. 16 at 6:30 a.m. in Po’ipu.

The Kaua’i Marathon will offer runners a choice between a 26.2 or a 13.1-mile dirt trail run or walk on the cane and coffee roads of the South Shore.

The race is open to all, however, the course is not easy.

“This will be a challenging run because there are many hills on the course and the road is uneven,” says Walter Bono, head coordinator of the Kauai Marathon.

There is an 8 hour time limit for completing the course and runners are advised to adequately prepare for the event.

“Having a marathon on Kauai is great because people who live here don’t have to travel to other islands,” said Bono. “It’s also a good way to get visitors to come to Kaua’i.”

In seeing the potential popularity the race may bring to the Garden Island, a number of island companies are helping the Marathon get underway. The Hyatt Regency is the sponsor hotel for the marathon, Grove Farm and Alexander Baldwin have provided access to the cane and coffee roads and Red Dirt Shirt Co. provided the design work for the race T-shirts.

All applications for the race postmarked after Mar. 1 will have a late fee of $10. Registration and packet pick-up will take place Saturday Mar. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Po’ipu from 1p.m. to 5p.m.

Fees are $50 for the Marathon and $35 for the Half Marathon.

For more information visit www.KauaiMarathon.com, email surf@aloha.net or call 808-826-6244.


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