Aloha Kona Marathon Running ‘Ohana,
First of all, we appreciate your incredible support of the event and your interest in the Kona Marathon.
We hope all of you are well and adjusting as we continue to recover and emerge from the last two years of COVID-19. As you may already know, the state of Hawaii has taken longer than other states to make significant changes with its COVID-19 emergency proclamation expiring on March 25th.
While we have been working towards putting on a June 2022 event, the short time frame facing the event including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on travel, permitting, expenses, volunteer groups, etc. in Hawaii and Japan has propelled us to postpone Kona Marathon until next June.
We will continue to provide you with updates moving towards a race date on the weekend of June 23-25, 2023. We look forward to providing you with a safe and rewarding experience in 2023.
Stay safe and healthy! Like you, we are eager to get the Kona Marathon back on the road.
Kona Marathon Team
Aloha Kona Marathon Running ʻOhana,
We hope you are all well and have adjusted to the COVID-19 situation in your community. We want to reach out periodically throughout this waiting game with updates as we receive relevant news.=
New Dates for the UCC Hawaii Kona Marathon
We continue to be respectful of your health and financial risks in determining a course of action moving forward.
While it¹s true that COVID-19 related conditions seem to be improving in various spots around the country, we as a state, county, organization, group of sponsors, and community of runners simply cannot guarantee the safe and rewarding experience that you deserve at this time.
We have made the difficult decision to postpone the June 2021 event to June 25-26, 2022.
Planning for 2022
We will continue to have an ongoing dialogue with key partners, including state and county officials, and will provide you with updates as they become available.
Look out for regular emails with the latest news and updates about the UCC Hawaii Kona Marathon and the changing situation on Hawaii Island.
Stay safe and healthy, socially distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands!
We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful Hawaiian shores in 2022.
RACE UPDATE ANNOUNCEMENT:
The 2020 UCC Coffee Kona Marathon is CANCELLED!
It’s safe to say that over the past 26 years the Kona Marathon has had its share of challenges, dealing with location and course changes, volcanic eruptions, and tropical storms. However, it’s clear that over the past several weeks this hasn’t been anyone’s typical spring.
We appreciate the recent emails inquiring about the status of this year’s UCC COFFEE KONA MARATHON races. Initially we had hoped that the June race date would be unaffected by the COVID-19 crisis allowing all of you to travel and train safely leading up to the event. Most recently our state has extended its “Stay at Home” guidelines and tourism restrictions through the end of May. We have been watching the effects of COVID-19 globally, monitoring the travel restrictions to Hawaii, self-quarantine requirements, the economic impact, and county road use policies. Without clarity regarding what lies ahead for events greater than 10 people in Hawaii and abroad, we have come to a consensus.
Sadly, given the inability to run a mass start event in the present conditions, and travel restrictions like Hawaii’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors, a decision was made to cancel the 2020 UCC COFFEE KONA MARATHON. All existing registrants will be deferred to the 2021 UCC COFFEE KONA MARATHON (tentative date is June 20, 2021)!
We understand that you are likely disappointed, like us. This was not an easy decision, but we are looking forward to shifting gears to creatively start planning for a fabulous 2021 event experience.
Take care of yourselves, physically and emotionally. We urge you to stay connected to our running community and keep moving.
Kona Marathon Team