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Run & Walk for the Whales
This annual event will be held on January 30th, 2016.
Online registration opens May 1st, 2015 and closes at midnight on January 27th, 2016.
Pacific Whale Foundation's annual Run & Walk for the Whales is one of Maui's largest run and walking events. Participants can choose to do a half marathon, 10K run, 5K run, or 2.5 mile walk. You can check-out the 2016 Run & Walk for the Whales Facebook event to see pictures and messages from participants who joined us remotely by running in their home towns.
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If you, or an oganization you work for, would like to become an event Sponsor, you can learn more about our Sponsorship levels here.
The Run & Walk for the Whales begins and ends at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops on Maui, Hawaii. The easy-to-follow courses are mostly flat and fast, good news for runners seeking to PR. Participants can often see whales breaching in the distance. The post-race festivities take place in the plaza at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops and include live entertainment by Marty Dread; a post-race continental breakfast for runners and walkers; tours of Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab, education center and offices; discounted whalewatches for race participants; and special discounts at our Ocean Store retail store and Porto, our Italian bistro retaurant.
Support a Great Cause
All proceeds from the event support Pacific Whale Foundation's humpback whale research in Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific, marine education programs for local school children, as well as conservation programs including efforts to keep marine debris out of our oceans, prevent vessel-whale collisions, and end whaling worldwide.
The entry fee includes professional chip timing for runners in the 5K, 10K and half marathon, plus clock timing for all walking events. Each walker and runner will receive a “Run & Walk for the Whales” event T-shirt. Water and Gatorade aid stations will be located along the course.
Race Start Times
Starting time for the race on January 30th, 2016 are:
- 6:30 am – Half Marathon
- 7:00 am – 10K Run
- 7:15 am – 5K Run
- 7:20 am – 2.5-mile Walk
Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, January 29, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Discovery Classrooms on the lower level of Ma'alaea Harbor Shops.
Prizes and Medals
Medals and a pair of whalewatch tickets will be awarded to each of the top three male and top three female overall finishers in the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. There will also be medals presented three deep for the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon male and female age divisions. All walkers and runners will be entered into drawings for whalewatch trips and other great prizes at the event!
The age groups for the 2.5 Mile Walk and 5K Run are: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
The age groups for the 10K Run are: 9-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
The age groups for the Half Marathon are: 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
Online registration closed at midnight on January 27, 2016.
If you have questions or need assistance, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Participants are invited to take part in a post-race whalewatch cruise departing from Ma'alaea Harbor. Tickets will be 35% off for all registered runners and walkers. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve your whalewatch cruise, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 after you’ve registered for the race online.
Pacific Whale Foundation's marine education team will be offering a morning version of its popular Ocean Camp on race day for children ages 4 to 12. The program takes place from 6 am to 10 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center in Ma'alaea. The cost is $25 per child. Participants will learn about whales and their ocean habitat in a dynamic hands-on program led by a caring team of teaching professionals. The adult to child ratio will be 1:8 and enrollment is limited to 30 children. Sign up for this program in advance to ensure your child has fun while you race.
** Pre-registration is required. **
Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Can't race with us on Maui? You can still Run or Walk for the Whales where you live and support the research, education and conservation efforts of Pacific Whale Foundation. Join in on the fun and donate today and you will receive a Run & Walk for the Whales event T-shirt. You are invited to share your pictures and support on Pacific Whale Foundation's facebook page.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:
Pacific Whale Foundation
Attn: Run for the Whales
300 Ma'alaea Rd, Suite 211
Wailuku, Hawaii, 96793