Kulia Retired

In order to accomplish our mission of providing runners the fastest and best races possible, we occasionally have to retire an event. It is possible that this race may return in a future year. In the meantime, join us at a current REVEL race.

Runners who participated in past editions of REVEL Kulia can still access their historic results, photos, and videos using the Photo/Results page. Likewise, runners who deferred their race entry from a retired event may redeem their deferment credit at any of the other REVEL races.

Marathon & Half Marathon

  • Date: Jan. 18, 2020
  • Location: Waikoloa, Big Island, HI
  • Course: Fast & Beautiful
  • Boston Qualifier: Yes

This incredibly fast and remarkably beautiful road race takes runners from the lush mountainsides and high meadows of Hawaii's Mauna Kea to the lava fields and beaches of Waikoloa. Featuring a smooth downhill slope and spectacular scenery, this race will be sure to help you set your PR and finally hit that Boston Qualifying time. REVEL KÅ«lia is the fastest and most beautiful marathon and half marathon in Hawaii. REVEL in speed. REVEL in beauty. REVEL in PARADISE!

Mahalo Nui to Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) and the US ARMY in Hawaii. Thank you for facilitating the Marathon start line on Old Saddle Road. Your efforts and communication have made this event possible. PTA came through again and is a true partner in the Hawaii Island Community.

What does Kulia mean?

Every REVEL event is named after a feature of its geographic location, landmark or cultural history. Because the process of creating names is very important to Hawaiian people, culture and religion, we enlisted the help of Hawaiian Kūpuna's from Kona and Ke'ei, Hawai'i, to share the mana'o (idea or belief) to decide on a name for this race. After learning about our race route and the history of the REVEL Race Series, the Hulu Kūpuna (Esteemed Elders) sanctioned the name from a Hawaiian proverb that is the motto of Queen Kapi'olani: "Kūlia i ka nu'u" - meaning "Strive to reach the summit". Mauna a Wākea is the summit and highest mountain in the Pacific Ocean and Kūlia is very befitting for REVEL to be named as the race will be on the bottom of the summit and participants will witness this Majestic Mauna (mountain) as a challenge to strive! Kūlia for REVEL means to exert one's strength and strive fast. The name is perfect for the fastest marathon course in the world!

How do you pronuance Kulia?

Elevation Profile

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Average Marathon Times

What Runners Think

  • Extremely well organized. The buses, aid stations, bib pickup, all were great. The blanket really helped at the start.
    —Sue Spears
  • Incredibly well organized from start to finish. Great volunteers. Beautiful course. Best marathon experience I've had.
    —Bret Martyn
  • This race was so fun!! I definitely want to do it again! Great views!
    —Deanna Elauria
  • Downhill running is fun. I got a PR. The medal is huge!
    —Billie Parsons
  • Thanks for making everything so easy - website, race info, expo, blankets and gloves for start line, plentiful hydration stations, course safety, etc!
    —Steve Bautista
  • I hit my goal of a sub 3 hr. My previous PR was from Revel Big Cottonwood. This is a great race to hit your PR!
    —Paul Northcutt
  • After the race, there was PIE. I mean, really, who does that?
    —Lorraine Lerner
  • Did you PR? Yes by far this was my best time.
    —Abel Lopez
  • The scenery was amazing! Throughout the entire race I would look to my left or right and check out the vast landscape.
    —Danny Huang

The Cause

REVEL KÅ«lia donates a portion of your registration fees directly to the Big Island community as our way of giving back

Triple REVELer

Run any 3 REVEL races (full or half marathon) in a calendar year to receive a special edition Triple REVELer medal. You will be in an elite company of REVELers who keep coming back for more!

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