The Top 11 Reasons Locals Do Race Ko Olina

The 3rd annual Race Ko Olina has grown every year because it’s bigger than just a race. It’s also:

  • A chance to get the Four Seasons’ best room rates of the year
  • An all-day celebration with games, waterslides, and adult beverages
  • And, most importantly, a fundraiser for Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

Here’s why hundreds of locals have already signed up for the event on Sunday, September 22nd, and why you should consider joining them.

1) There’s A Race For You

The Four Seasons and Ko Olina have worked hard to make Race Ko Olina an inclusive event. The 5K run/walk and 10K runs are the main events, but the full race day schedule includes:

  • Sprint Triathlon (600m swim, 12 mi. bike, 5K run)
  • A 10K run
  • A 5K run or walk
  • An Aquathlon (600m swim and 5K run, no bike)
  • Keiki Aquathlon
  • Keiki 1K Fun Run

There’s plenty of space for everyone, whether you’re a multi-sport athlete or get your exercise at a slower pace.

2) You Can Get The Whole Family Involved

If you’ve got a big tribe, everyone can participate. The youngest competitor in Race Ko Olina is age 4, and the oldest is 67.

Kirk Fritz, one of the organizers of the event, is the athletic and wellness director of Ko Olina Beach + Sports Club. He also has five kids — all five of whom are doing the race. So is his wife. It’s an event that truly has something for everyone.

3) The Best Four Seasons Room Rates Of The Year, By Far

If you’ve ever thought about a staycation at the Four Seasons, this is the weekend. The special race participant room rate of $320 a night ($335 for ocean view) is the lowest you’ll see anywhere.

A Four Seasons source told us it’s nearly 50% off the regular room rate.

Plus, the parking fee (normally $45/night) is only a $10 donation. The rate is only available via phone: Call 808-679-0079 and mention “Race Ko Olina Room Block.”

4) Reasonable Race Prices (Plus Your Race Fee Supports Cancer Patients)

The Four Seasons has kept the race prices low, especially for the 10K, which is just $45 to run. Plus, your race fees go to support an important cause.

Every Four Seasons in the world does an annual athletic event to support cancer research. The Four Seasons Ko Olina raised over $70,000 for Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children last year, in part with the entry fees from Race Ko Olina.

5) An Incredible View On An Unique Route

Triathlon, aquathlon, 10K, and 5K participants will enjoy amazing sunrise views of the Waiʻanae coast.

The route starts at the parking entrance to Lagoon 1, then runs along Aliʻinui Drive, the main road in Ko Olina, all the way to Lagoon 4 and the tip of Ko Olina Beach Park. You then turn back toward the resort, along the lagoons.

race ko olina 5k course

Once you make that turn, you’re facing one of the west side’s most gorgeous views: The Waiʻanae coast shining in the morning sunlight. If you’ve never seen it at that time of day, you’ll be wowed.

And another twist — rather than going along the lagoon path, the route takes you along the grass fronting the lagoons. So it’s half road race, half cross country race.

6) Enjoy The Finish Line Brunch (Including Mimosas)

Race Ko Olina isn’t just a race, it’s an all-day party. After you’ve finished your event, you can enjoy a full island-style breakfast in the Four Seasons ballroom. Adults can enjoy beer or mimosas, and kids can get shave ice. You’ll all have burned plenty of calories on the day, so enjoy it. The food and beverages are being donated by Four Seasons and partners to support Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Partners include Roy’s Restaurants, Menehune Water, and Maui Brewing Company.

7) Get Even More Help To Stay In Shape

After breakfast, you can figure out how to keep the healthy vibes going. Health and fitness organizations including Core Sports, Core Power Yoga, Blue Zones Project, and FIT4MOM will be on-hand to help you meet your wellness goals.

8) See Some Of The State’s Top Athletes

Some of the fastest triathletes in the state will be competing in the event, including two-time defending champions Ben Williams (male division) and Carly Killam (female division). The sprint triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, so top athletes get points for competing.

9) Ride On A 42-Foot High Waterslide

Most High Jump Inflatable Rentals is bringing a major attraction to the event. It’s billed as The World’s Tallest Inflatable Waterslide and it’s yours to enjoy during the post-race finish line festival. Kids and adults love it equally.

10) Cheer On Keiki Suffering From Cancer

Several dozen kids from Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children will be participating in a 1K fun run/walk. Join local celebrities who’ll be walking with the kids, and your fellow participants, in cheering them on.

11) Visit The Four Seasons For The First Time Since … Prom?

Four Seasons folks say they hear this all the time when they say they work at the resort: “I haven’t been there since prom!” Whether you stay for the night or just for the race, the hotel invites you to walk the grounds, eat at the restaurants and bars, and see what’s changed since the Ihilani days.

Race Ko Olina is Sunday, September 22, at the Four Seasons Ko Olina Resort. Register here.