Runners and walkers, adults and kids, and residents and visitors are invited to take part in Pacific Whale Foundation's (PWF) annual Run and Walk for the Whales on Saturday, Feb. 2. This event is a benefit for the marine education programs provided to Maui schoolchildren by Pacific Whale Foundation.
The upcoming 2013 Run and Walk for the Whales has been expanded to include a new 10K walk and 10K run. The event will also include a 5K walk, 5K run, half-marathon walk and half-marathon run, plus a 2K running race for children.
"We've hosted the Run and Walk for the Whales for more than 20 years," said Merrill Kaufman, race director and education manager at PWF. "With more than 600 people participating last year, including many visitors from around the world, it's one of Maui's best attended and most popular fun-run and walk events."
Runners and walkers, adults and kids, and residents and visitors are invited to take part in Pacific Whale Foundation’s (PWF) annual Run and Walk for the Whales on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The Run and Walk for the Whales starts and finishes at the oceanside Makena Beach and Golf Resort in South Maui. The 5K, 10K and half marathon courses travel along the scenic Makena and Wailea coast and slightly inland, providing ocean views along the way. Water and aid stations and musical entertainment will be located along course.
The 2K Keiki Race will be a closed loop at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort.
All runners in the 5K, 10K and half marathon will receive professional chip timing. Clock timing will be provided for all walking events and for the 2K Keiki (children's) race.
The entry fee for adults includes a free "Run and Walk for the Whales" quick-dry T-shirt and post-race breakfast.
Children ages 12 and under participating in the 2K Keiki Race will receive a "Run and Walk for the Whales" cotton T-shirt plus a post-race breakfast.
The Run and Walk for the Whales features the perfect prizes for anyone who loves whales. The top three overall finishers in each running race, and the top age group winners in each running race will win PWF whale watch tickets, lei and medals.
Walkers will be entered into a drawing for whale watch tickets. The 2K Keiki race will award medals to the "boy top finisher" and "girl top finisher." Children in the 2K children's race will also be entered into a drawing to win whale-themed toys, books, videos and games.
Register online at www.flpregister.com/21 by midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 30, and pay reduced entry fees: $45 for the half-marathon run or walk, $40 for the 10K run or walk, $35 for the 5K run or walk and $25 for the Keiki 2K run.
PWF members who register online by midnight on Jan. 30 pay even lower fees: $40 for the half marathon run or walk, $35 for the 10K run or walk, $30 for the 5K run or walk and $20 for the Keiki 2K run. You can join Pacific Whale Foundation at www.pacificwhale.org.
If you have questions or need assistance with your entry, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or email email@example.com.
After Jan. 30, register on race day for an additional $5 per entry.
Check-in on race day begins at 5:30 a.m. at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. Start times are 6:30 a.m. for the half-marathon and 10K, 7:30 a.m. for the 5K and 8 a.m. for the Keiki Fun Run.
Pre-race packet pick up will be available on Friday, Feb. 1, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at PWF's Ocean Store at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops (off Route 30, Honoapi'ilani Highway next to Maui Ocean Center).
To learn more about PWF, visit Facebook and www.pacificwhale.org.
PWF is located at 300 Ma'alaea Road, Ste. 211.