Race Review: The Kauai Marathon & Half Marathon 2013

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I’m so happy to finally have completed the half marathon portion of The Kauai Marathon 2013.

I wanted to run it back in 2010 when I first came back to Kauai but work got in the way of my training schedule. And then 2011 came and went, so by 2012 I was bound and determined to make this race happen.

I trained hard last year and ended up with an overuse injury that kept me from racing. FINALLY here we are in 2013 and it’s done. Longest item on my to-do list ever.

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It was still dark when we set off from the start in Poipu. There were approximately 1,400 runners so there wasn’t a need for a wave start. People were casually milling about and quietly chatting with friends as we waited for the start. The race organizers did a nice job of lighting the starting area and making sure there were adequate port-a-potties.

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As I expected, the Kauai Marathon course was super hilly but not as intense as I had psyched myself up for it to be. My daily run on Puu road near my house in Kalaheo is hilly so I’m accustomed to running hills. What I wasn’t prepared for is the nearly three mile down hill stretch from about miles 8-11 through Omao. That section of the course proved more difficult than I thought. I mean, how hard can it be to run down hill? Hard. Especially on tired legs.

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The most surprising thing I found on this course was the lack of spectators. I was expecting there to be more people cheering on the sidelines, but they weren’t there.

I did have my own Kalapaki Joe’s cheering section as I came up on Mile 12 (thanks, girls!) and I saw a few of my friends along the way but overall there weren’t many spectators.

Thankfully the weather wasn’t too hot. I actually got rained on pretty good near the tree tunnel and had to wring out my tank and skirt after the rain stopped. I finished the race in 2:19:04, just two minutes before the winner of the full marathon, Tyler McCandless, crossed the finish. Yeah, the perks of being a total slow poke? You can only get faster from here.

Overall it was a beautiful day and a fun race that I’ll definitely run again next year.

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