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Run For the Whales Early Registration Deadline Nears

December 30, 2015, 8:16 AM HST
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Image credit: Pacific Whale Foundation. RUn and Walk for the Whales event marketing material.

Image credit: Pacific Whale Foundation. RUn and Walk for the Whales event marketing material.

The Pacific Whale Foundation’s Run & Walk for the Whales takes place on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, starting from the Māʻalaea Harbor Shops.

Organizers encourage participants to register before Jan 1st for early entry before race fees increase. Events include a half marathon, 10K, 5K and 2.5 mile walk.

Entry Fees Before Sep 1, 2015 Before Jan 01, 2016 Before Jan 28, 2016
Half Marathon $45 $55 $65
10K Run $40 $50 $60
5K Run $35 $45 $55
2.5 Mile Walk $20 $25 $30

Registration is available online.

The benefit race is held annually to support humpback whale research, marine education programs for local schoolchildren, as well as conservation programs. Educational outreach includes efforts to prevent vessel-whale collisions, end whaling worldwide and keep marine debris out of the ocean.

Festivities this year include: live entertainment by Marty Dread; a post-race continental breakfast for runners served by Porto; tours of Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab, education center and offices; and discounted whalewatches for race participants.

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Also this year, the Pacific Whale Foundation’s marine education team will be offering a morning version of its popular Ocean Camp on race day for children ages 4 to 12. The program takes place from 6 am to 10 a.m. at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center in Māʻalaea. The cost is $25 per child and is limited to 30 children.  Pre-registration is required by emailing: [email protected]

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