by Staff Writer
on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 8:56am.
This month, hundreds of runners will head to the Valley Isle for the oldest marathon west of the Mississippi River.
The countdown to race day has begun because on Oct. 14, athletes from across the world will participate in the Maui Marathon, which is the longest consecutively held running event in the state of Hawai’i. Besides the full marathon, there’s also a half marathon, 10K, 5K and a newly added full marathon relay.
The full marathon and marathon relay starts in Kahului and ends in Kaanapali with breathtaking views of Maui’s coast along most of the course. Meanwhile, the half marathon, 10K and 5K start and end in Ka’anapali, where athletes can soak in stunning ocean views along the way.
Because of the beautiful natural environment surrounding the course, the Maui Marathon has been named one of the top 10 Most Scenic Marathons in the nation by Runner’s World magazine and the No. 10 destination marathon in North America by the Ultimate Guide to Marathons.
Over the decades, the marathon has also developed a positive reputation as one of the state’s most premier running events, thanks to steady support from volunteers and the community year after year. To learn more about the event, visit MauiMarathon.com.