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Kauai Marathon

Poipu, HI

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, September 3, 2017
2016: Sunday, September 4, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Very Hilly
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 80°F (26°C)
Average High: 85°F (29°C)
Average Low: 74° F (23°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 89.12
Course Score: 95.59

Race Size

2016: 258 Finishers
2015: 256 Finishers
2014: 321 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 2.7%
2015: 2.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

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.

Marathon Rankings

The Kauai Marathon was the 236th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 241st largest in 2015.

Last 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 456th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 430th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 95.59 ranks it as the 406th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 7th 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 433rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 7th fastest in Hawaii.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 822 feet (250m)
Min Elevation: 19 feet (5m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Kauai Marathon

4.5 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2014 Kauai Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The challenge of the hills. Plenty of aid stations. Very pretty. Local support

Race Tips

Not a pr course, Pace beginning, Hydrate early and often, Bring nutrition, Keep eyes open as course is beautiful

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plenty of condos close by..If not use to humid climate get there a few days to a week early...Keep hydrated

review of 2014 Kauai Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very well organized from the Expo to the Finish Line. Aid stations every mile for 2nd half of marathon. Few but vocal spectators for 2nd half.

Race Tips

This is a HOT and HILLY race especially the 2nd half. First 11 miles is run with half marathoners so do not get caught up in their pace. Hydrate early and often.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

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