Ready to run

POIPU — The 11th annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon is Sunday, but before the starting gun sends about 2,000 runners on their way, there are other running-related activities.

The Wilcox Health Sports and Fitness Expo opens its doors at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort &Spa Grand Ballroom at 10 a.m. Friday. 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.

Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon Host Bart Yasso and TKM Champion Tyler McCandless are hosting a “talk story” session at 11 a.m.

There are other complimentary talk-story sessions at the expo. Health specialists and athletes will be on hand to discuss hydration, diet and more.

Saturday starts with the 10th annual fun run at 7:30 a.m. at the end of Poipu Road, just past the Hyatt. This free, three-mile run is lea by Yasso and McCandless.

The seventh annual Kauai Marathon Keiki Run presented by Wilcox Health is Saturday on the far west side of the Hyatt. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. and the races start at 9 a.m.. There is a 100-yard toddler trot for 2-4 year olds, a quarter-mile run for 5-7 year olds, and a half-mile run for 8-12 year olds.

The expo continues Saturday, opening at 9 a.m., providing walk-in registrations and race-packet pick-up until 4 p.m. At 10 a.m., join Dr. Eugene Lao, Dr. Karsha Yang and Dr. Ryan Christopher Yang for their presentation on healthy keiki snacks, at the Wilcox Health Expo Booth.

Finally, race day.

The 11th annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon starts at 6 a.m. Sunday. Both events begin on Poipu Road in front of Poipu Shopping Village. The first 11 miles are run together before the half-marathoners veer off back to Poipu 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 oceanfront lawn at the Koloa Landing Resort beginning at 8 a.m.

Race participants as well as supporters can enjoy food, refreshments and live entertainment until the early afternoon.


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