REVEL Kulia Race Information
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.
In addition to offering a fully-supported run down the incredibly beautiful slopes of the Big Island and getting the best PR opportunity you may ever have, we strive to make this event even more memorable with some additional perks, listed below.
Free Photos & Personalized Videos
There will be photographers at multiple locations along the course to take pictures of your race experience. Be sure to smile big, make a tough face, or strike a pose for the cameras as you go by. Please make sure your bib is visible as well. Photographers will also be at the finish to capture your sprint across the line and take your photos in front of our backdrops.
All race photos will be provided for free. We will also use photos you select to create a personalized highlight video for you. It is crazy to pay $50 to $100 for a single image download like you may have experienced before. Your memories are on us! Your photos will be made available shortly after the race along with your results on the results page. You will receive a link via email a few weeks after the event to select the photos for your video. Check out the following personalized video sample from REVEL Canyon City as an example of the video you'll get at REVEL Kūlia.
Medals are provided to all participants as you cross the finish line. Our race medals are not your run-of-the-mill awards. We award huge, high-quality medals that are equal to your effort. These are certain to win a place at the top of your medal collection. The images below are pictures of the medals from previous REVEL events.
Every participant will receive a high-quality, gender-specific race shirt. We guarantee that this will be a shirt you'll want to keep, and maybe purchase an extra or two. During registration you can select between a long sleeve, short sleeve, tank or tri-blend shirt. Select the size of shirt you want, but don't sweat it if you're not sure about sizing. You can try it on at the expo, and if it doesn't fit you can exchange it for a better size, subject to availability. We don't want you to be stuck with a shirt that doesn't fit!
REVEL Kūlia swag and sponsor swag will be available for pick-up at the expo. Race swag will include items such as temporary tattoos and gloves & blanket for the start line. Iced towels will be given to all runners as they cross the finish line.
Finish Line Festivities
Once you cross the finish line, stick around and enjoy the exciting atmosphere at the finish. Runners will be greeted with some great food as you celebrate your achievement with friends and family. Check out the vendor booths, get a photo in front of our beautiful backdrops, and give a hand to the rest of the runners coming in.
Transfer, Withdrawal & Deferral Policy
We understand that things come up, which is why we try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible. We allow runners to transfer between distances (half to full or full to half), transfer their entry to another individual, defer to another event, defer to next year and even withdraw from the race if their plans change. Visit our withdrawal, transfer & deferral page for more details.
Big Island Visitors Bureau
Looking for fun ways to spend your time on the Big Island? Our partners at the Visitors Bureau have put together an amazing guide to help you make the most of your time in paradise. Check out their suggestions here!
The Pono Pledge is a conservation campaign which encourages visitors to the Hawaiian Islands to be good stewards of the land. REVEL fully supports this effort and encourages all of our participants to take the Pono Pledge.
The Hilton Waikoloa Village Expo will be held at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Friday, January 17, 2020. The expo is located roughly 2.5 miles from the finish venue at 269-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738. The expo will run from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Parking is $6/hour for non Hilton guests.
A photo ID is required to pick up your race bag. We will allow individuals to pick up someone else's bag, but will require a digital or hardcopy of the person's ID and a written note authorizing them to do so.
If you will be arriving in town after the expo is closed or are otherwise unable to attend the expo, you may elect to pick up your packet and bag on race morning for an additional fee. You may also have your race packet mailed to you for an additional fee. These options may be selected during registration.
Parking & Busing
Race parking is available at the following designated lots.
69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr
69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr
Please make sure that you are on time and that you get on the right bus! Staff will be on hand to help direct runners and ensure that parking and busing runs smoothly. Estimated travel time is 30-60 minutes depending on your distance. Please plan your bathroom needs accordingly. Porta potties will be available at the start lines.
You will receive a race bag when you pick up your packet at the expo. This bag is for you to take to the starting areas. A number that matches your race bib will be put on the outside of your race bag. This is to identify your bag at the finish area after the race, and you will need your bib to prove ownership of your bag when you pick it up. Please carry any belongings to the starting area in this bag, as opposed to any other personal bags, which cannot be identified by your race number. Bags must be placed in the bag trucks at the starting areas at least 15 minutes prior to the race start.
Start & Finish Areas
The half marathon begins on Waikoloa Road. The full marathon begins an additional 13.1 miles up Old Saddle Rd. near Waikii Ranch. Participants will stage in the lot on the West side of Old Saddle Rd.
Porta-potties, water, basic first aid items, and last-minute instructions will be provided at the starting areas. While we will provide gloves and mylar blankets, we highly recommend that you come prepared for cold temperatures at the start line by layering and then shedding your layers to put in your drop bag just before the race begins.
The finish line is located at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens' Gardens. The finisher's area will be packed with food, massage, vendor booths, and more.
Timing & Bibs
The races will be chip-timed using timing tags adhered to the back of your bib. Your time will begin when you cross the starting line, not at the start gun, and will stop when you cross the finish line. Overall prize winners (top 3 in each race) will be determined by gun time, not chip time. Please do not tamper with the timing chips, as they cannot be replaced once linked to your bib number.
Because the timing tag is adhered to the back of your race bib, it is important that you do not cover your bib with clothing or other objects that may interfere with the tag reader when you are crossing the start and finish lines. Furthermore, in order to ensure that race volunteers, officials, and photographers can properly identify you, you must wear your bib on the front of your person in an unobstructed position. If the photographers along the course can not see your bib number, we will have no way to get your photos to you.
Aid stations will be located approximately every two miles along the courses. All aid stations will be supplied with Powerade Lemon Lime electrolyte drinks, water, porta-potties, and basic first aid supplies. Additionally, various aid stations will be supplied with doTERRA Deep Blue, Honey Stinger energy gels, frozen treats, fruit, and medical personnel.
Safety & Medical
Saddle road will be partially closed to traffic during the race. During this time, the Southbound lane will be reserved for runners. Traffic in the Northbound lane will be limited to one direction, and will be coordinated by police officers. Candlestick barricades will be placed along the center of the road, and for your safety you must stay to the left of these cones at all times while on Saddle Rd.
Route 190 will be partially closed to traffic during the race. During this time, the Northbound lane will be reserved for runners. Traffic in the Southbound lane will be limited to one direction, and will be coordinated by police officers. Candlestick barricades will be placed along the center of the road, and for your safety you must stay to the left of these cones at all times while on Route 190.
Waikoloa Rd. will be partially closed to traffic during the race. During this time, the shoulder and a portion of the Eastbound lane will be reserved for runners. The remainder of the Eastbound lane is for Emergency vehicles only. Traffic in the Westbound lane will be limited to one direction, and will be coordinated by police officers. Candlestick barricades will be placed in the East bound lane/shoulder, and for your safety you must stay to the left of these cones at all times while on Waikoloa Rd.
Race volunteers and police officers will be present at all major intersections and turns on the courses to guide runners and stop traffic when necessary. Please follow their directions at all times in order to ensure your safety.
Each aid station will be supplied with a first-aid kit that will include items such as bandages, moleskin, vaseline, anti-inflammatories, etc. If you are in need of any of these items, simply stop and ask the volunteers at the aid station and they will be able to help you.
In addition to the first-aid kits, various aid stations will be staffed by medical professionals and equipped with advanced medical supplies. Our official race medical provider and their trained EMTs will be ready to service runners at the medical aid stations. See the Aid Stations section for more details.
Multiple sag wagons and ambulances will be roaming the course as well to respond to any emergencies and transport runners who cannot continue to the finish line. A full-service medical tent will also be at the finish line, provided by our wonderful medical partners.
Pacing & Time Limits
Because the roads used for the race must be re-opened for normal traffic patterns, we are required to set course time limits that must be strictly adhered to. The course time limit for the full marathon is based on a 15:00 minute per mile pace, which is a light jog. This equates to a 6:33 marathon. The time limit for the half marathon is based on a 30:00 minute per mile pace, which is a leisurely walking pace. This equates to a 6:33 half marathon. Both races start at 6:30am, and participants will need to finish by 1:03pm.
Those who are unable to maintain the required pace must consent to be picked up by an escort vehicle and escorted to the finish venue, where they will still be allowed to cross the finish line and receive a medal.
Based on the USATF certification standards the course is measured on tangents or SPR-Shortest Possible Route. Therefore if you run on the inside or outside line the entire length of the race your GPS may reflect a distance slightly greater than 13.1 or 26.2.
Pacers will be running both the full marathon and half marathon to lead everyone to a fast time.
The full marathon will include pacers at various Boston-qualifying paces, including:
The half marathon will include pacers at the following paces:
Although we cannot predict the weather, we can provide some historical weather averages for the area on the date of the race:
Please remember that these are average temperatures for Waikoloa, HI, and that temperatures may be considerably cooler in the morning at the start. While we will provide gloves and mylar blankets, we highly recommend that you come prepared for cold temperatures at the start line by layering and then shedding your layers to put in your drop bag just before the race begins.
Spectators will not be allowed on the course during the race. Spectators are asked to select safe cheering points removed from roadway/runner path. Please note that there will be no parking allowed along the entire route.
Alternatively, spectators are invited to await the arrival of their runners at the finish venue in Waikoloa. There will be plenty of activities and things to see while waiting at the finish line.
Results & Awards
Age divisions follow the standard USATF guidelines and include the following:
Race times will be available shortly after you cross the line at the race, and will also be posted online as soon as possible after the race.
All runners completing the race will receive one of our famous finisher's medals as they cross the finish line. Age division (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) and overall awards will be given as well.
Additional awards for men and women will be given to the top 3 overall finishers in each race.