Race Report: Maui Oceanfront 10K

Good morning! I finally got around to finishing my Maui 10K race report and I’m happy to be sharing it with you today.

My first race of 2016 was the Maui Oceanfront 10K on January 17th.  I had originally signed up for the marathon last summer, but quickly realized I actually had no interest in running 26.2 miles.  I had no ‘why’ and I felt like I was just running a marathon because everyone else was.  Not cool.  Anyway onto the race report….

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A brief overview:

The Maui Oceanfront races included a marathon, a half marathon, a 15K, a 10K and a 5K—so basically a race for everyone! 

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The course was beautiful–mostly flat with some steady inclines and declines (nothing too steep), with mountains on one side and water on the other.  The problem I found with the course was that for the half marathoners and the 10K runners it was an out and back-which is fine, but there wasn’t really enough room on the side of the road for all of the runners (the course was open to traffic).  There were a couple of water stops that offered both Gatorade and water and plenty of volunteers.  It got hot and humid in a hurry, which was expected, but the breeze off of the water was nice to have.  And seeing whales was the highlight of my race–a very common occurence in Maui in January!  After crossing the finish line, you received a medal then walked over to the finisher area to get some water and snacks. 

We stayed in Kula at the sweetest little AirBnB cottage, which was about 30-40 minutes away from Lahania, the start of the race.  So early on race morning we woke up, quickly changed and ate some breakfast then headed to the race start to take advantage of free parking.  Getting there so early, we went on the hunt for a cafe to get some good pre-race coffee. There was only one cafe open but the coffee wasn’t so great, but the owners were very friendly.  No biggie, just wish more businesses had opened for pre-race coffee!

My race:

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Just as the sun was coming up we lined up at the start line.  The half marathon and the 10K were both out and backs that started at the finish line in Lahaina.  The half marathoners took off first then I’m pretty sure the 10K runners just took off at the same time, it didn’t seem like there was any true start for the 10K–no big deal.  We ran out of Lahaina and onto the main road.  Coming up on mile 2, there were a group of runners flagging down a police car coming up behind us.  There was a runner down, and CPR was being performed (a couple of days later the race director later let us know the man was a the local hospital and was doing well).  Not exactly something you want to see-ever-it definitely shook me up a little bit. 

The middle of the race was uneventful.  I was running slower than usual-it was humid-and I was taking in all of the scenery, and you know, whale watching-no big deal 😉

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Just after mile 5 my stomach gave me all sorts of trouble. I have never had to stop mid-race and use a portapot, but I finally had to.  I don’t think my stomach agreed with the milk in my coffee earlier in the morning.  After, ahem, relieving myself, we continued running toward the finish line. My goal is always sub-60 minutes, but when that passed I went for a goal of sub 65 minutes.  It was a close one but I finished (per Tyler’s watch) in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 26 seconds.  Officially, my race time was 1:06:24.

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We got our medals, some snacks/water then headed to the car to leave–we had a plane to catch and were worried that traffic would be bad.  Luckily, we sailed through traffic and had some time to stop at an overlook to do some whale watching–there were SO MANY WHALES! It was just breathtaking, below is one of the clearer pictures that I snapped!

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What is the most beautiful race course you have run?

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