Under the Moon begins at 4pm in Hilo for the 100k, 10 pm (at Saddle Road & Mauna Kea access road), and at the stroke before midnight at Kilohana Hunters Station for the 25k! Check-in will be at 3:30 pm for the 100k in the KTA parking lot – 50 E Puainako St. Hilo. Check-in at 9:30 pm for the 50k at the Puu Huluhulu Cinder Cone Parking Lot across from the Saddle Road & Mauna Kea Access Road Intersection. Check in at 11:30 pm at Kilohana Hunters Station for the 25k.
100% Pavement. The 100K has most of the elevation gain in the first half. The route has approx. 7,500 feet of climbing and 5000 feet of descent. The course is alongside Saddle Road from Hilo to Waimea. The 50k has approximately 700 feet of elevation gain and 5000 feet of elevation descent. The 25k has almost 3,000 feet of descent.
This is a self-supported race. Runners are required to have their own "water and food drops" or crew meeting them along the course. We ask IF you have a crew that they, pull well off the road and shoulder allowing enough space for other runners to pass safely. It is the responsibility of every runner to ensure that they pick up all supplies and trash after finishing the race (nothing is to be left along the course after race completion). Runners will be responsible for getting back to the start from Waimea to Hilo or Mauna Kea Access Road intersection. Relay teams MUST PULL OFF THE ROAD TO SWAP RUNNERS. Anyone found blocking the road, blocking runners, or not pulling off completely and safely to swap runners, will disqualify their entire team. This is the only warning.
Cut Off Times
You have a luxurious 18 hours for completion of the 100k. However, you must reach the top of Saddle Road by Mauna Kea Recreation area in 10 hours. There is a 10-hour cut off for the 50k and 25k; an early start is available for these two races if you would like more time (please reach out to the race director after signing up to arrange).
Reflective apparel and lights are required for all runners. Temperatures could be between the low 40's with strong wind and rain to the mid 70's. You are responsible for your warmth and well-being. Prepare accordingly.
If you would like to read more about the history of those who have run this route when it was a race organized by Kawika Spaulding please click here: https://hurthawaii.blogs.com/hurthawaii/2006/04/big_island_sadd_1.html It is important to remember we keep the route the from Hilo to Waimea directions ( more climbing and a harder route).
Event's current local time: 4:57 AM HAT