Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon events scheduled

The 2015 Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon is thrilled to announce several exciting events and activities that are available to the community over Labor Day weekend. Whether you are participating in the race or just want to be part of the festivities, there is an array of options for residents and visitors of all ages.

Friday, Sept. 4

The Sports and Fitness Expo opens its doors at The Grand Hyatt Kauai Grand Ballroom at 10 a.m. Race packet pickup and last minute registrations are available until 6 p.m. Marathon logo merchandise is available alongside several other active lifestyle vendors from Kauai, Hawaii, and the Mainland on hand to share their products and services.

Veteran runner, Runner’s World Ambassador and Kauai Marathon Host Bart Yasso is speaking at 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. He is also available at the Expo from 4-5 p.m. to sign autographs, discuss race strategies, or simply talk story.

Past Kauai Marathon Champion Tyler McCandless delivers a presentation at 2 p.m. on The Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program and information on Saturday’s Keiki Run. This takes place at the Kauai Coffee booth at the entrance to the Sports and Fitness Expo.

There are other complementary presentations that are open to the public in Grand Ballroom 1 at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. At 11 a.m., Julie Weiss, “Marathon Goddess” speaks about her “Life Changing Inspiration, Running The Kauai Marathon and Project Purple.” At 12 p.m., coach Gary Westlund, founder and president of Charities Challenge discusses “Running Beyond Health Challenges.”

At Poipu Beach Athletic Club beginning at 5 p.m., live, local entertainment including Make Any Kine, Halau Kalei Mokihana O Leinaala, The Blonde Boys and Revival are featured as well as several culinary delicacies from island restaurants and food trucks. The cost is $15 and a portion of the proceeds benefit The Kauai Marathon. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com or at the PBAC booth at the Sports and Fitness Expo.

The Flavors of Kukuiula featuring Greenstone Project is at The Shops at Kukuiula from 5:30-8:30p.m. This is a sampler’s paradise where guests can purchase culinary treats “street food” style from a variety of restaurants

Info: TheShopsatKukuiula.com.

Saturday, Sept. 5

The sixth annual Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m. The Fun Run begins at the end of Poipu Road, just past the Grand Hyatt Kauai. This is a 3-mile run that is lead by marathon Host Bart Yasso and Kauai Marathon champion Tyler McCandless. The fun run is not a race and therefore will not be timed. Please park in the designated event parking lot on the left at the end of Poipu Road.

The third annual Kauai Marathon Keiki Run presented by Wilcox Health begins on the far west side of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa at 9 a.m. Registrations fees are $15 prior to Sept. 1 and $20 thereafter. Each participant is guaranteed a medal and T-shirt if they pre-register before Sept. 1. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. on race day and the races start at 9 a.m.

To register for The Kauai Marathon Keiki Run: www.thekauaimarathon.com.

The Sports and Fitness Expo opens at 9 a.m., providing walk-in registrations and race packet pick-up until 4 p.m. Marathon Host Bart Yasso is available at the Expo from 10-11 a.m. for a “Meet and Greet” session, followed by a presentation at noon.

Saturday’s complementary presentations in Grand Ballroom I begin at 10 a.m. with Julie Weiss giving an encore of her Friday presentation. At 11 a.m., physical therapists Meynard Enriquez, Jason Luke and Ellen Easley discuss “Managing the Kauai Marathon Race Route.” Coach Gary Westlund is back at 1 p.m. for his presentation, “BRILLIANT! Why Runners and Race Walkers are Smarter than Everyone Else.” The final presentation is by Greg Pacillo and Mark Esposito on “Common Running Injuries in Long Distance Running” at 2 p.m.

Saturday evening is capped off with a new event, the Carbo Load Party hosted by Brennecke’s Beach Broiler at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club. Fuel up for the big race island style with two seatings: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Costs is $29.99 prior to Sept. 1 and $34.99 after that date. Price includes tax, gratuity and one beverage of choice. Children 6 and under are free. Register at www.thekauaimarathon.com.

Sunday, Sept. 6

The seventh annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon takes place at 6 a.m. Both events begin on Poipu Road in front of the Poipu Shopping Village. The first 11 miles are run together before the half marathoners veer off into Kukuiula Resort to their oceanfront finish while the marathoners continue up Koloa Road to the neighborhoods of Lawai and Kalaheo before heading back down to Poipu. The marathon finishers’ party and awards ceremony is located on the ocean front lawn at The Sheraton Kauai Resort beginning at 8 a.m. Race participants as well as supporters can enjoy food, refreshments and live entertainment until the early afternoon. The online registration deadline ends on Sept. 2 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Monday, Sept. 7

Last but not least, the final event of the is the Aulii Luau at the Sheraton Kauai Resort at 5:30 p.m. Race participants are encouraged to experience Kauai’s only oceanfront Luau that includes an island buffet as well as an exciting Polynesian Review.

Reservations for the luau can be made at www.auliiluau.com/deals/ with a 10% discount using promo code KM15.

For more information, or to register visit www.thekauaimarathon.com.

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