While we were not able to be together for the 13th Annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon, the Garden Island was celebrated, and aloha shared around the world with a virtual challenge platform. From April 1st to July 31st, participants had the opportunity to track their mileage on their own personalized Kauai map of the 100-mile course. The course ran through the sleepy towns of Waimea, Hanapepe, and Kalaheo. Then headed south to Poipu (where The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon starts and finishes), through the historic and scenic tree tunnel and then on to the main city of Lihue. The course continued north through Kapaa, Princeville and Hanalei completing the epic journey at Ke’e Beach.
Nearly 700 runners signed up from 41 states and 8 countries to enjoy the magic of the Garden Isle. The Aloha State was well represented with 291 registrants of whom 234 were from Kauai.
All participants received race swag and Kauai themed goodies including a surfboard medal while having the opportunity to run or walk their virtual experience in the safety of their home state/country. Mileage was uploaded to raceentry.com and the full results are listed here.
The virtual event could not have been a success without the support of our local sponsors. They include Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kauai Coffee, Wilcox Health, Alaska Airlines, and Da Kine Images. We were also fortunate to have partners along the way that provided photography, custom pottery, training merchandise and race swag like Jo Evans of Da Kine Images, Banana Patch Studios, Greenlayer and CG Custom Prints.
For more information, visit www.thekauaimarathon.com.