Maui Marathon or­ga­niz­ers pre­pare for hu­mid race day

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By MATTHEW SI­MON

Staff Writer

With the 48th an­nual Maui Marathon set for Sun­day, race codi­rec­tor Jim Lynch and or­ga­niz­ers are ex­pect­ing re­cent hu­mid weather to be a fac­tor for com­peti­tors as they make the 26.2-mile trek from Kahu­lui to Kaana­pali.

“We’re prob­a­bly look­ing at no real wind out there, from what we can see right now,” Lynch said. “So, it’s go­ing to be a lit­tle rough on the run­ners.”

To com­bat the heat, there will be 13 aid sta­tions — five through­out the first half of the marathon and eight scat­tered ev­ery mile or two on the fi­nal half of the race — where wa­ter and Ga­torade will be pro­vided.

Along with hy­dra­tion sta­tions, there will be four med­i­cal sta­tions, 55 med­i­cal vol­un­teers and a roam­ing am­bu­lance.

“We’re ready for any­thing that goes on, on that course,” Lynch said.

This year’s race will be the sec­ond since the event was moved from Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber. The move has been suc­cess­ful, with the event see­ing a 15 per­cent in­crease in par­tic­i­pants this year, Lynch said. Or­ga­niz­ers are ex­pect­ing about 2,300 run­ners in the marathon, half marathon, 5K, 10K and four-per­son re­lay, with more than 500 com­pet­ing in the marathon.

Be­fore the shift in sched­ul­ing, the Maui Marathon com­peted with the Kauai Marathon and the Hana Re­lay, which were held the two week­ends be­fore.

Lynch said that while the Maui Marathon is a qual­i­fier for the Bos­ton Marathon, the co­or­di­na­tors don’t re­cruit rac­ers with a mone­tary prize or a car.

“We look at our event as a des­ti­na­tion race,” Lynch said. “We don’t put prize money out there for com­pet­i­tive run­ners, usu­ally our com­pet­i­tive run­ners come in from Ja­pan, but we like to keep it fam­ily-ori­ented and lo­cal for the fast run­ners.”

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