The challenging, but scenic, Kaua’i Marathon begins in Poipu, the world-class resort community at the sunny southern end of the island. The marathon and half marathon courses run together for the first 11 miles. The courses follow the contour of the scenic coastline, offering magnificent views of the island’s picturesque beaches, rugged volcanic peaks, and green tropical rain forests. As dawn breaks, runners will experience lush green vistas as they approach the shade of the century old Tunnel of Trees.
The course then winds through misty Omao where the half marathon enters Kukui’ula Resort offering spectacular ocean views for the last few miles. The full marathon heads out to Lawai before climbing to reveal stunning ocean views at the top of Kalaheo.
The remaining miles are a gradual descent until runners receive a rousing island welcome upon their return to Poipu Beach.
The Kauai Marathon was the 245th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 217th largest in 2014.
This year 2.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 2.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Kauai Marathon the 444th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 300th highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 95.59 ranks it as the 392nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Hawaii.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Kauai Marathon a PR Score of 89.12. This PR Score ranks it as the 417th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Hawaii.
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