January 18- January 25, 2014
depart from Honolulu Saturday, January 18 on the cruise ship,
Please plan your flights to Hawaii so you can board the ship by 4:00pm.
Board the ship at pier #2 near Aloha Tower in Honolulu.
~ Saturday, Jan 18th ~
you board the cruise ship, Pride
of America, in Honolulu and settle into
your cabin, you are invited to spend the afternoon hours enjoying food
by the pool. At 6:00pm, your run coordinators will host an orientation
acquainted meeting for runners and guests in a designated meeting room
After that you will be on your own for the evening to dine as you wish
and enjoy the
evening lounges and stage shows. Our ship departs Honolulu pier at 7:00pm
recommend you go topside to view the warm, sparkling Honolulu night
we sail away
~ Sunday, Jan 19th ~
"JOIN THE MAUI OCEANFRONT MARATHON IN PROGRESS"
as we did in 2012, we will be joining the Maui oceanfront marathon in
entering the 15k and 5k races.
ship will dock at 8 AM. As soon as we can disembark we will jump on
a waiting bus &
drive the 30 minutes to the start of the 15k. We will off load those
wanting to run this distance
and proceed to the start of the 5k. If anyone chooses not to run at
all, they can ride on into
Lahaina to shop or?
you cross the finish line you will be eligible for any of the finish
line goodies, including
the official t-shirt and medal. For more information about the race
We will be entering you in your race of choice and your entry fee is
included in your Run-Hawaii
cost. Your time will be officially recorded, but will be slow since
the races will already have started.
You can time yourself to see how you might have fared. Or, you may be
more interested in the
fun aspects - visiting with marathon runners still on the course and
looking for whales in the
adjoining ocean. This is whale season in Hawaii.
When you register at www.active.com , you will be asked to sign two
waivers. The first will
be the standard Run-Hawaii waiver and the second is for the Maui Oceanfront
About noon, we will collect you and take you back to the ship. You are
now on your own until 6 PM
the next day. It will give you time to explore Maui. There are a number
of options from renting
a car and exploring on your own to taking some of the ship's optional
tours. The ship is in port
overnight, so stay out as late as you wish. No matter what time you
come back your bed will be
waiting for you.
Lisa showing off
Maui Ocean Front Marathon
Monday, Jan 20th ~
you can continue your exploration of Maui. You can take a short run
the ship - go see the sunrise in Haleakala Crater - bike down from the
top - hike in the
Crater - go to the beach - whatever. If you intend to go for any activities
at the Crater,
come prepared. It can be cold, rainy, snowy or sunny - all in the same
day. Please be
back to the ship by 5 PM, as the ship sails at 6 PM.
~ Tuesday, Jan 21st ~
- The Big Island
as you awake, our ship will be docking in Hilo, Hawaii. Enjoy an early
ship's buffet breakfast at your leisure. Since runners will not be back
to ship for lunch,
we suggest you gather fruits and other staples from the buffet to snack
the day. Lunch facilities at Volcanos National Park are limited.
We will provide secure storage for knapsacks at the event.
At 8:30am, our transportation will depart Hilo pier for a beautiful
45 minute ride up
Kilauea Volcano and into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The run is
an out and back over
a very nice narrow paved National Park service road. Our event will
follow the Park's Mauna
Loa Strip Road beginning at 4,000 foot elevation and slowly climbing
over 10 miles to
6500 feet. The course is a gentle rise through high growth protected
Koa wood forests
with occasional views across the entire volcano. The higher you go,
the better the views.
Running in the Park is special and we wish to thank all of the Park
officials who helped
us to obtain the necessary permit. We ask all our members to show respect
for all park
rules and to show courtesy to Park Officials and the general public
while in the Park.
We wish to
thank Howard Shapiro of Hawaii for
his help in planning this course and
his lovely wife Marsha, for her volunteering to help us. Howard
was race director of the
Big Island Kilauea Volcano marathon, 10 mile and 5 mile runs for 8 years
and is our director
for this event. Howard will give a brief orientation before we start
out. There will be
water, energy bars, and gel at the start and at about 2 miles, 4 miles,
and 6 miles.
The weather at the Park is changeable and may be quite chilly, or warm,
or rainy, all in
the same day. We suggest bringing suitable running clothes for any of
All may run, jog or walk as far as they wish and return at their own
are finished , we will take you back to the Volcano Park's Visitor Center
many exhibits. The Volcano Art Center Gallery is also located there.
family and guests want to join us but don't wish to participate in running
the course, they are welcome. There is a 1 mile nature trail adjacent
to our event course.
the afternoon, if time permits, we plan to drive the Crater Rim Road
volcano for scenic viewing and stops for photo opportunities. In the
past we had time after
leaving the Volcano House to visit the Jaggar Museum and Thurston Lava
Tube to view more
of the Park’s wonders. Also, after dark tonight our ship plans to sail
near the base of the
volcano very close to the lava flow where glowing red lava flows into
the sea. This is an
awesome sight !
will leave the Park by 4:00pm - Our ship sails at 6:00pm
At Volcano National Park, Hawaii
Wednesday, Jan 22nd ~
Run Part of The Famed "Ironman" Triathlon
is officially scheduled on our Off day. It is a day for rest and enjoyment
Kona area. This is the only port of call where we are not at dockside.
Today we arrive Kona
about 7:00am and anchor off shore for the day. Ship's tenders will shuttle
guests into Kona
throughout the day. Kona is easy to walk around and enjoy, but time
constraints will make car
rental a challenge. Be sure to be back to dock in time to catch the
last tender back out
to ship - we sail for Kauai at 6:00pm.
The ships tender will drop you at the Kona pier, which is the start
of all three legs of the
famous Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. If you feel like a run, you can do
so on Ali’I Drive, a part
of the marathon run. We expect you will meet some locals out for their
morning run. There are
a couple of small beaches along the route 2 to 3 miles from the pier,
or you can swim at the
beach next to the pier. We will arrange to have someone watch your gear
while you go for
your run or swim. For those of you who may want to bike, there is a
bike rental shop just
down the street with mountain and hybrid bikes available.
Pride of America off coast of Kona, Hawaii
Thursday, Jan 23rd ~
is officially scheduled for today. It is a day for exploration and enjoyment
of Kauai. Our ship arrives in Nawiliwili Harbor at 8:00am and then stays
This is a great day to really get out and do it since there is no concern
about when you
return to the ship. We will provide maps for anyone who wants to run
or hike that day.
There is a 5-mile jogging route around the Marriott Resort, which can
be reached by a
short walk from the ship.
Friday, Jan 24th ~
Poipu Beach Run & Ocean Dip
After our lazy day
(or not) on Thursday, we need to be up and ready for the bus to
Poipu Beach by 7:30 on Friday. Poipu Beach is about a 30-minute drive
from the pier.
Shannon Wigent and her volunteers will meet us at Poipu Beach Park.
her volunteers are all runners and triathletes and have participated
in this event for
several years. You will have a choice of a 5K, 10K, and 10-mile run
with aid stations for
each distance. Each group will have a run escort and there will also
be escorts on bikes
to provide encouragement and directions along the way.
Our run here is along the Poipu beach roads, some of which run adjacent
to the ocean.
This is a very scenic area and you will see some locals also out for
their morning walk
or jog. After the run you can enjoy the beach. We will have some muffins
juice so you will not get too hungry before you return to the ship.
Since our ship sails at 2 PM we will leave the beach by no later than
Runners Along Ocean
at Poipu Beach, Kauai
& Thank You Reception
We invite everyone to join us for a hosted cocktail
party at 4 PM.
It is our way of saying "THANKS" for joining us in this Hawaii adventure.
We also invite your comments as to how we can make the runs better in
At about 5 PM the ship will approach the beautiful Na Pali coast of
Kauai and loiter
there to give you a last look at beautiful Kauai before heading to Honolulu.
6:30 PM there will be a no host farewell dinner in one of the specialty
If possible it will be in the Italian restaurant and seated in the open
on the back deck.
We have done this before and it was a great ending to the trip.
Napili cliffs &
farewell reception on the fantail of Pride of America
Saturday, Jan 25th ~
fabulous week ends as ship arrives at Honolulu pier at 7:00am and departures
begin about 8:00am
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