Marathon announced for fall 2009

Some of the world’s elite runners have flocked to the island for years to compete in some of the most prestigious marathons. There’s the Volcano and Hilo marathons on the Big Island, the Maui Marathon and, perhaps the most notable marathon of them all, the Great Aloha Run, otherwise known as the Honolulu Marathon.

But fans of the runs can now add one more stop on the itinerary. The inaugural Kaua‘i Marathon was announced earlier this week and is set for September 2009.

The Kaua‘i Marathon will be of full and half distances and will stretch from Po‘ipu Beach through the hills of ‘Oma‘o and back.

“My vision for this race is to create a world-class sporting event that will draw visitors from around the world that showcases the amazing scenery and views of the island and couple that with the incredible aloha spirit from the community,” race founder Jeff Sacchini said in a release.

Sacchini is committed to building this marathon for the next three years and will have a primary focus on destination runners — bringing runners here. However, there are kama‘aina rates available and they are welcome to register.

Kalaheo resident Bob Craver, who served as the director of the Maui Marathon for 12 years, has signed on to co-direct The Kaua‘i Marathon.

Yesterday, Craver rode the course with a pair of officials to mark where the cones would go and to go over a few safety measures.

Rich Hanna, a two-time national 100k running champion, will handle course certification and timing duties for both the full and half marathons.

There will be a 1,500 runner cap for the event and a 7 hour time limit.

For more information, visit www.thekauaimarathon.com

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