The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon will be held this year on Sunday, September 4. If you want to run a challenging uphill marathon or half marathon on a beautiful island, you won’t be disappointed.
I ran the full marathon a few years back and was amazed by the uphills and beautiful island scenery. On this course you’ll run by a horse stable and through Tunnel of Trees and see rugged volcanic peaks in distance. The marathon was featured in Women’s Running Magazine and the half marathon was listed as one of Runner’s World’s top 10 destination half marathons.
The marathon and half marathon starts in front of Poipu Shopping Center in Poipu, in southern end of the island. After passing through Omao, the half marathon course enters Kukuiula Resort. There are few miles of ocean view before the finish. The full marathon course goes to Lawai and climb up to the top of Kalaheo. From there it will be mostly downhill. There are several small ups and downs 2-3 miles before the finish which can take quite a toll on the last stretch of a marathon. The marathon and half marathon both finish in beautiful Poipu Beach.