The annual Maui 5K is just around the corner, with the event taking place on Sunday, March 3rd. With its inaugural event taking place in April 2012, the Maui 5K is a fundraising event benefiting schools in Maui County. If you or your child are interested in a participating in the event, here are a few things you need to know.
The easiest way to register for the event is to register online. While the reduced cost that comes with early registration is now over, you can still register online until February 26th at a cost of $35 per person. If you miss this date, you can register and pick up a packet at Adventure Sports Maui on Saturday, March 2nd between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Adventure Sports Maui is located at 400 Hana Highway in Kahului. You can also register on the day of the event up until 6:30 morning, but you will be charged a higher rate of $40 per person. In addition, you can only pay with cash on race day.
While there are no restrictions on age, participants younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver. In addition, those who choose to participate in the 1-mile walk pay just $30 rather than $35 per person. Those who change their minds and wish to switch to the 5K on the day of the race must pay the extra $5 and receive a timed bib.
The Maui 5K offers two events from which you can choose: a 5K race and a 1-mile walk. Both events start at 7:00 am at the Ma’alaea Triangle located at 300 Ma’alaea Road in Wailuku, with the walkers staged behind the runners. All participants, both racers and runners, will be led to the start line after a brief safety announcement. Walkers will be prompted to start after all of the runners have cleared the area. The finish line for both events will be in a parking lot area off of Hauoli Street.
The awards ceremony for the race will take place at approximately 8:30 am. Age group awards will be presented three-deep in all divisions for the 5K race, with separate awards given for male and female categories. The top 3 overall male and female runners will be excluded from their age groups and will receive just one prize. Age divisions will be as follows:
- 6 and under
- 70 & Up
Results are determined according to the timing bib, which must be affixed to the front of the body and in a place that is visible to race officials when crossing the finish line. Participants who lose their bibs or who do not ensure their bib is visible to the officials will not be timed and, therefore, will not qualify for an award.
With plenty of online parking on-site and proceeds going to a good cause, there is no reason not to participate in the Maui 5K this year!