Race organizers are excited to announce the return of hosts Dean Karnazes and Bart Yasso for the 2013 Kauai Marathon.  Karnazes will be returning for his sixth straight year while Yasso for his fifth.

Dean Karnazes is best known as the “Ultra Marathon Man,” having completed 50 marathons, in all 50 states in 50 consecutive days. Ranked by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Karnazes is an advocate for healthy, active living. He has run everything from a 135-mile ultra marathon across Death Valley in 120-degree heat to a marathon on the South Pole in negative 40-degree temperatures. His life adventures have been featured on such shows as 60 Minutes, The Today Show and ESPN and he has graced the covers of countless magazines.

Yasso is a veteran marathoner himself, having worked with Runner’s World Magazine since 1987 where he was influential in the development of the Runner’s World Race Sponsorship Program. This program has worked with over 4 million runners in 7,000 races throughout the country. Yasso is also credited with creating the renowned Yasso 800’s, a marathon-training schedule used by thousands around the world. Yasso has completed races on all seven continents, as well as 5 Ironman’s and the Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley.  He is the Author of My Life on the Run and has been inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions.

The Sixth Annual Kauai Marathon is Sunday August 31st beginning at 6:00 am. The marathon and half-marathon events begin on Poipu Road in front of the Poipu Shopping Village. The first 11 miles are run together before the half marathoners veer off into Kukui’ula Resort to their oceanfront finish while the marathoners head up Koloa Road to the neighborhoods of Lawai and Kalaheo before heading back down to Poipu. The marathon finisher’s party and awards ceremony is located on the ocean front lawn at The Sheraton Kauai Resort beginning at 8:00am. Race participants as well as supporters can enjoy food, refreshments and live entertainment until the early afternoon. For more information, or to register for this spectacular event, please visit www.thekauaimarathon.com. If you need an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact Robin Jumper at 808-635-3053 or tyzaconsulting@gmail.com at least seven days before the event.


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