What time does the race start?
Saturday AUGUST 31, 2014 6:00 a.m.
Where does the race start?
Poipu Road fronting the Poipu Shopping Village
Is there a race expo?
The Kauai Marathon Sports and Fitness Expo will be held on Friday, August 29 from 10am-6pm and on Saturday, August 30 from 10am-4pm in the Grand Ballroom at our headquarters hotel The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. The Expo is the site for registration, goodie bag and race material pick-up, as well as the location to purchase official logo gear including clothes, hats, backpacks and more. Our event co-hosts Dean Karnazes “The Ultimate Marathon Man” and Bart Yasso of Runners World will be available at the Expo to discuss running strategies, sign autographs and share race stories.
Is there an airport shuttle to hotels and condos in Poipu?
The Sunny Poipu Express Shuttle is a reservation-based service that takes guests to The Kauai Marathon host hotel, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. The other two resorts included in the shuttle service are Koa Kea and the Marriott Waiohai Beach Club. The shuttle stops at each of the resorts.
Is there a Fun Run?
The Saturday, August 30 pre-race fun run is to provide registered runners and non-registered local residents the opportunity to soak in the marathon spirit by participating in an informal run. This is a 3 mile run that will be lead by marathon Hosts Dean Karnazes and Bart Yasso. All are welcome, young and old as we kick off the 2014 Kauai Marathon. Please meet at 7:30 am at the end of Poipu Road, just past the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa which is located at 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa.
Are there shuttle busses to the start line?
There will be scheduled shuttle busses in the early morning hours to the start line from only the Grand Hyatt Resort. Shuttles will run from the group side entrance at 4:00am, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45 and 5am. Shuttle busses will run from the finish line back to the start line, the Grand Hyatt and other nearby public parking lots beginning at 8:30am, until just after the conclusion of the finisher’s party. However, it is a short walk from the finish line back to the start line at Poipu Shopping Village.
Will there be a clothes drop at the start line?
There will be a clothes drop at the start line staging area. Please bring your re-useable race bag provided at packet pick-up and we will tag it with your race number. We recommend no valuables be left in your bag. Clothes can be picked up after the races at the finish line area. We will not be liable for any valuables left in your race bag. Any clothing left and not picked up will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Will there be finisher’s certificates or medallions for all that finish the half and full marathon(s)?
Finisher’s certificates will be available through our official race photographer on-line, a few days after the completion of the event. Certificates will be of high quality and complimentary for all. All finisher’s will receive a beautiful commemorative medallion as they cross the finish line. Pictures of the 2013 medallions are available on our site HERE
Will all participants receive an event tee shirt?
A high quality dri tech participant’s shirt will be provided for both the full and half marathon.
Will there be medical support available on the course as well as at the finish line?
We will have first aid available at the start line as well as at various aid stations on the courses. Additionally, we will have a full medical staff at the finish line and a dedicated ambulance staged at various locations throughout the courses.
How can I purchase official race merchandise?
New 2014 event merchandise will be available at the Expo on Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th. Any remaining merchandise will be available at the finish line.
I would like to arrange for a sports massage after the marathon. Who do you recommend?
There will be short complimentary sessions, provided by volunteer massage therapists at the finish line. In room sessions are also available for a fee through the Grand Hyatt’s ANARA Spa. All race participants will receive a 20% discount race week at the ANARA Spa. To schedule an appointment, please call, 808-240-6440.
How will awards be presented?
Beautiful Kaua’i handmade awards will be presented three deep for both the marathon and half marathon as well as top three male and female overall. Separate award ceremonies will be held following the conclusion of the half marathon and marathon at our finisher’s party. The awards ceremonies will begin at approximately 9:15am.
What type of parking is there available race weekend?
Limited parking will be available at the start line area. Public parking is available at Poipu Beach Park, which is .6 of a mile from the start line. There will be no shuttles from Poipu Beach Park to the start line.
There will als be parking along Poipu Road for the finish line activities at the Sheraton Kauai. Ample parking will be within a short walk to the finish line.
Will there be restrooms available throughout the courses?
Portable restrooms will be available at the start line and at each of the 22 aid stations along the marathon course, at each of the 9 aid stations on the half marathon course, as well as at the finish line on race day.
How many aid stations will there be?
The full marathon will have a total of 22 aid stations, including the start and finish. The half marathon will have a total of 9 aid stations, including the start and finish.
What Electrolyte sports drink will be offered at the aid stations?
At this point in time, we are not certain what electrolyte sports drink will be offered.
Are the courses “walker friendly”?
Yes, both the full and half marathon courses are walker friendly however; all participants must pass mile 6.5 in one hour and 45 minutes, (16 minute pace) so we can open Maluhia Rd to motor vehicle traffic.
The full marathon course is limited to 8.0 hours.
Are there any age restrictions on either race?
There is no age restriction placed on the half marathon. However, you must be at least 16 years of age on race day to participate in the full marathon.
Can I wear headphones during the race?
We do not recommend usage of any audio equipment during the race on either the half or full marathons for safety reasons. Both courses are narrow in some areas and face vehicular traffic. If you want to use an audio device, do so at your own risk.
Is there a limit to the number of participants in the marathon or half marathon?
To ensure a world class event in our sixth year, there will be a limit for both races of a combined total of 3000 participants.
What if I wish to change from the full marathon to the half marathon?
Once registered and confirmed, you may change from the full to the half for a $20 processing fee, plus any difference in entrance fees from the original fee already paid. There will be no refund for any difference in fees.
What if I wish to change from the half marathon to the full marathon?
Once registered and confirmed, you may change from the half to the full for a $20 processing fee, plus any difference in entrance fee from the original fee already paid. There will be no refund for any difference in fees.
If I need to cancel, can I get a refund?
Once registered there will be no refunds or transfer of entries allowed. However, if you follow our rollover guidelines, (see below), we will allow you to roll over your entry to the 2015 event at no charge.
Roll over entries are only valid if all guidelines are met and only for the next years event, i.e. 2014 to 2015.
What are the rollover policy guidelines?
To qualify for a rollover entry all of the following requirements must be met;
Notification of cancellation must be received by August 27th, 2014 (by midnight PST/PDS) by email to email@example.com No phone calls or mailed cancellations will be accepted. Notifications after this deadline are not valid.
You must request a roll over entry for the 2014 event by email at firstname.lastname@example.org between November 1, 2014 and December 31st,2014.
Roll overs are not automatic if you cancel. A roll over request must be sent during the period listed above for it to be valid. Roll over entries are only valid for the next year’s event, ie 2014 for 2015, and can not be used for events beyond that.
Is there a time limit in which to complete the marathon and half marathon courses?
There is a time limit of 8.0 hours for the marathon. There is no time limit for the half marathon however we encourage all participants to be fit enough to finish within 4 hours. All participants must pass mile 6.5 in one hour and 45 minutes, (16 minute pace) so we can open Maluhia Rd to motor vehicle traffic.
SAG vehicles reserve the right to pickup runners who fall behind the pace required to complete the first 6.5 miles or the marathon course within the specified 8.0 hr cut-off time.
Are strollers allowed on either the marathon or half marathon courses?
Due to safety concerns no strollers or pets are permitted on the marathon or half marathon courses.
When should I plan to arrive on Kaua’i to allow for proper acclimation?
This depends on your travel distance. If coming from another Hawaiian island then we suggest you arrive on Saturday in time to pick up your race bag and bib number. Also this will give you the opportunity to check-out the course and enjoy the expo. Remember there is no packet pickup on Sunday. If you are coming from the mainland or another country we suggest you arrive in town early to allow for any weather and time change differences.
I would like to volunteer. Who should I contact?
Please email us at email@example.com
Will I receive a confirmation card after I send in my entry form?
You will not receive a confirmation card for any event. Only on-line entries will receive a confirmation email one the registration process is completed.
What if I can’t finish the race?
There wil be several race vehicles along the full and half marathon course. If you are unable to finish they will drive you back to the finish area or to the next aid station for medical attention if necessary.
What if I don’t arrive on Kaua’i until late Saturday after the Expo is closed?
Packets will be available for those arriving after the Expo closes at 4pm on Saturday. They will be available at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, directly in front of the Grand Ballroom, until 10:00 PM. Please note there is no race morning pick up allowed.