Once a month we’ll be profiling a run event that sparks our interest. Don’t think of it as an exhaustive survey of the cool races out there or a ringing endorsement of any one event. We just want to share our take on some fun events and encourage you to get racing in 2012.
Maui. January. Yes, Please.
So it’s gotta be pretty obvious why we picked this first race, taking place on Sunday, January 22, 2012. 100% oceanfront. Sunny skies. Whales and surfers on your left side, the West Maui Mountains on your right. Rainbows. Need we say more?
This would be a fantastic outing for all of you East Coasters and Midwesterners who are just starting to get walloped by some real winter weather. Of course, if you haven’t planned on it already, you don’t have time to train for a marathon on such short notice. But don’t sweat – a 15K, 10K and 5K are also on tap. Heck, this might be an even better option – your race will be over faster and you’ll have more time on the beach.
For the serious competitors out there, this course is a Boston Marathon qualifier and is pretty darn flat overall. The first mile is downhill, starting at 112′ and ending at sea level. You’ll stay at zero altitude for another 9 miles, then jump up to 157′ before gradually working your way down to sea level again at the finish line. View the course map on the site for the race.