The Run for the Whales is an annual race hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation. I have participated in this event for years along all different avenues. When I first started at Pacific Whale Foundation I assisted the Race Director with handling registrations and preparing the race packets. I was then fortunate to become a supporter of the event by running the race. That was fun! I have run the 5K, the half marathon as a double loop, and the half marathon modified without a double loop. Last year I didn't run the race as I served as an assistant again to the Race Director with a focus on managing the course on race day. That was hard work. You can read about it HERE.
If there is one thing we probably all learn about life is that it is constantly changing and that includes the race course for the Run for the Whales. Yes, it has changed again and I believe each change is a step in continual improvement. This year the run is being brought "home" and by that I mean, it is starting and ending at Ma'alaea Harbor, the home to the offices of Pacific Whale Foundation. How great is that?! The races offered have also changed ever so slightly - the half marathon is ever present, there is a 10K run, a 5K run, and a new 2.5 mile walk. The walk is on a separate loop from the run courses, which are all pretty simple out and backs. That is awesome news as a race course that is simple is wonderful, isn't it? Course maps are available HERE. Please note, runners will be running out and back on the same side of the road.
If you have participated in this event in the past you know the course profile had some hills, twists, turns, and tunners. Those are gone and the new course is pretty flat so you can aim for an amazing PR! But don't worry, you still have awesome ocean views! But I will be honest, you are quite likely to start the race against a head wind but rest assured, a tail wind at the end is amazing! I have faith you have the toughness to do this!
My personal focus this year for the Run for the Whales is the runner experience. As a committed runner who loves to race, I know what makes races more memorable to me. With that said, there will be plenty of aid stations along the course and Gatorade will be provided at select aid stations to support the runners. Frost Glacier Freeze this year. We even have some local businesses and organizations set and ready to go to provide you aid at select aid stations! And many thanks to the volunteers already signing up to help. They are very excited to be there for you!
|Recent race photo by Randy Sherman|
Not on Maui? Don't worry, you are still able to support a great cause and participate in the Run for the Whales virtually. And yes, virtual runners will receive the same race shirt and yes, I have pulled aside some door prizes for you guys too! All virtual participants will be entered into their own separate drawing.
Now for the giveaway - all I am asking for is your help to spread the word about this event. One lucky person will be selected randomly to receive a VegaSport Sampler package that I put together myself. Yes, I am doing this for you to thank you for helping me! Entries will be accepted until race day, February 1. Since I will be busy that weekend, I will notify the lucky winner on Monday, February 3rd. Thanks for your help!
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Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for your help.
Daily Affirmation: I know when to ask for help.