Maui Skyline 35 Miler
The Maui Skyline 35 mile trail race, is hosted by Maui Trails, a Hawaiian non-profit, that directs proceeds from the race directly back into the trails.
Maui Trails has hired Sean "RunBum" Blanton to direct the event starting in 2019. The proceeds from this race will be used to improve many of the trails on the Maui Skyline 35 Miler course. In addition, some portion of the proceeds (TBD) will benefit another local non-profit, the Maui Mountain Bike Coalition.
About the Maui Skyline 35 Miler Course
Runners will start at an elevation of 3,000 ft. on Haleakala, and climb to a height of 9,600 ft. before turning around and heading back to the finish.
The course is 35-ish miles in length. Think of a lollipop with 2 sticks. The lollipop being in the middle.
The course is about 10 miles of single track, 11 miles of road and 14 miles of other surfaces. The out and back is on a lava / gravel road (like running on Mars) will take you to the maximum elevation of 9,600 ft. above sea level will amazing views all around. The course is silly beautiful!
Your experience on the Maui Skyline 35 Miler
Depending on how long it takes you to get to the turn around point at 9,600 ft. ,you will get some stars, a big moon, and an epic sunrise looking out at the BIG island of Hawaii!
You'll be able to see Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, 2 volcanoes on the Big Island that tower 13,500 ft above the ocean! For a while you will be running in the shadow of Haleakala. As you turn around you’ll plumet 2,500 back down with views of the ocean, the big island, Lana’i, and the clouds building below you.
At this point in the race, you will be looking down on a sea of clouds. As the day warms up you’ll drop into the temperate and shaded forests of Eucalyptus and redwoods.
Running from a martian landscape into this dense forest, your mind won’t know what to think. You will pop back out onto the road for that final 5.5 miles of brutal pavement downhill to the finish and its epic view from Rice Park.
How to get into the Maui Skyline 35 Miler
1. Pre qualifications
All runners must have finished an official 50 mile race or longer or live on Maui.
All runners must complete a minimum of 8 hours of trail work prior to 10/01 of this year's race.
2. Participant limit and waitlist
This race is limited to 75 participants. 80 initial registrations will be accepted to account for no shows. There will be a waitlist -- there in no charge to be on the waitlist.
In the event participants withdraw prior to the event, waitlisted participants will be sent invites to register. You will have 24 hours to accept the invitation, if you do not accept the invitation, the next person on the waitlist will be invited.
DO NOT EMAIL, DIRECT MESSAGE, or ASK where you are on the waitlist. If you do, you will be removed from the waitlist.
If you volunteer for the 2019 Maui Skyline 35 Miler, the following year (only good for next year) you can bypass the lottery / drawing. This bypass is not a free entry, you will still have to pay the entry fee, but you will have a spot in the race before any lottery participants.
Note: As of June 1, 2019 some details of the race are still in development as we work with the local governments and municipalities to determine the final race plan.
October 17, 2019 - Rice Park 5700 Kula Hwy, Kula, HI 96790
There will be no race parking at the start. Participants will take a shuttle to the start line. Shuttle location and information is TBD.
Race Week Schedule
Monday October 16
Trail work day / Paragliding with Proflyght Maui (Paragliding is optional)
Tuesday October 15
Paragliding with Proflyght Maui (Paragliding is optional)
Wednesday October 16
Mandatory packet pick up 3:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M.
Location TBD - somewhere in Paia or in Kula. Note: If you are staying on the other side of the island from the race, be aware that it may be a drive for you to get to the packet pick-up and the race shuttle.
Thursday October 17
Race start is 3:00 A.M. sharp. There will be no early starts. The race will have a 14 hour final cutoff, with various aid station cutoffs.
Friday October 18
Paragliding with Proflyght Maui (Paragliding is optional)
Note: This is not a hiker friendly course! You must run some to maintain the course cutoffs.
There is a 14 hour total time limit with individual aid station cutoffs. It is YOUR responsibility to know these time limits. We DO NOT recommend basing your distance solely on GPS devices. GPS devices can vary in accuracy. If you are riding cutoffs then be prepared to not make a cutoff. Please do not get angry with a volunteer if you do not make a cutoff time and are asked to stop. These are STRICT cutoffs and are for leaving the aid station, not getting to the aid station. AGAIN all cutoff times are for you LEAVING the aid station. You must surrender your bib if you are dropping from the race for any reason.
See the charts below for cutoff times, course maps, elevation profile, and aid station information/locations. Click on any picture for a printable version.
Interactive race course map is on Trail Run Project (links below)
Please note that there will be road crossings that may not have crossing marshals.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING YOUR SAFETY WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD.
Local residents are NOT used to runners crossing the road so be extra careful.
If you or another runner has a LIFE THREATING emergency please dial 911. Sometimes the closest aid station is behind you.
The weather in Maui in October is pleasant. However the race temperatures can start in the 50s and drop to the 20s by the time you get to 9,600 ft. Elevation above 7.500 ft is considered a high dry desert. You will need plenty of fluids and sunblock. Along this part of the course you are fully exposed and there is little to no vegetation on the volcanic slope.
Sunrise is 6:20 A.M. and sunset is 6:00 P.M.
The 3:00 A.M. start time will allow you to get high up on Haleakala to enjoy the stars and lights of the city below before witnessing an epic sunrise over the Big Island in the distance. This means you’ll get about 3 hours of moving in the dark. All good adventures start in the dead of night!
All runners must complete a minimum of 8 hours of trail work prior to October 1, 2019 no exceptions.
No cutting the course
Listen and follow all instructions from race staff / volunteers / medical personnel
Be courteous -- Malama Aina (respect the land)
No littering (avoid pre-packaged foods)
Trekking poles are allowed
All runners must have the following items with them at all times
Headlamp with spare batteries
Working cell phone with Trail Run Project loaded and the race course pinned
Pack with a 2 liter fluid capacity
A collapsible cup for obtaining fluids. This is cup less race. There will not be ANY cups at ANY aid station along the course.
Optional but recommended gloves, and a warm hat.
There will be a total of 4 aid station along the course. 2 aid stations the you will pass 2 times. We will have typical aid station fare at most aid stations. This means cookies, bananas, peanut butter and jelly, chips, Gatorade, ginger ale, coke, etc. No gels or prepackaged foods.
If you have food or insect allergies, and you normally carry an “epi-pen”, make sure you have it with you during the race.
Drop Bags / Safety Runners / Crews
No drop bags, no safety runners, no crew access. Crews may not drive, run, walk, bike, hike up Waipoli road for any reason.
Post Race Food
Post race food and get together will be provided at a location TBD at 7:00 P.M.
Stay at my favorite place on the island… Aloha Surf Hostel in Paia.
If you’re staying in Lahaina, Hana, or Ka’anapali then you will have a crazy long drive to packet pick up / race start. So stay in Paia, Kihei, or up country in Kula. Airbnb is nice. Also check out Kula Lodge just down the road from the start/finish.