Named America's third most difficult golf course by Golf Digest, Ko'olau Golf Club's Dick Nugent–designed course snakes through the crags of the picturesque, 2,000-foot Ko'olau Ridge mountain range, where duffers contend with dramatic elevation changes and the thick vegetation of the tropical jungle. The breathtaking course spans 5,102 yards from the forward tees and 7,310 yards from the back tees, with two sets in between, and its length is compounded by a series of deep ravines, massive sand bunkers, and driver-stealing Pacific loons. After enduring 17 intricate holes, golfers must steel themselves for the dramatic, par 4 18th, where two forced carries and 22 sand bunkers may turn even the boldest of wedge-wielding knights into a quivering lickspittle. Though the formidable seashore paspalum monolith may mangle scorecards, its sweeping, tropical vistas and cascading waterfalls make the course a beautiful and enjoyable haunt for all.
When the sun descends past the horizon of Kualoa Ranch, participants will strap on their headlamps and embark on a 5K run under a nearly full moon. The race trail follows the scenic, coastal terrain, and all participants receive an event T-shirt and headlamp. Post-race, runners can enjoy live music from a DJ and food and drinks from select vendors.
Inspired by an ancient Hawaiian sports and religious festival, Makahiki Challenge 2012 tests runners with a five-kilometer mud run outfitted with 10 obstacles. Earth-covered contestants race through the Oahu countryside while scaling a cargo net, sliding down the side of a mud-slicked hill, balancing on beams over a cow pit, and spelling the word "onomatopoeia" backwards. Patrons are encouraged to sport a costume (prize awarded for most native costume), and all participants should wear outfits that can get muddy. After the sludgy sprint, competitors can meet their opponents at the Pa'ina where tunes from musical guests Kimie and Kaipo Kapua and sips from pia (beer) help bring rivals together to form friendships and human pyramids. Peruse the FAQ page for more information.
With new races popping up weekly in cities around the world, the organizers of the Spartan Race are almost as busy as their race's runners. Almost. The grueling races range from the Spartan Sprint, which is a 5K with more than 15 obstacles, to the Ultra Beast, which is a marathon with more than 50 obstacles. Depending on the race, the obstacles may include mud pits, pugil sticks, or fire. To unite the sprawling operation, Spartan Race tracks racers' point totals on its online-standings page.
SoulTrex, Inc.'s eco-friendly retailers aim to help their customers make a connection with the environment, whether by recommending a hike along Kalalau Trail's lush, green Pacific cliff sides or by challenging them at the indoor climbing wall. By supplying customers with eco-friendly outdoor wear and equipment from the likes of The North Face, Columbia, and Adidas, the sporting-goods store encourages families to immerse themselves in the region's natural beauty and look better than a bear training for the triathlon while doing it. A list of recommended "trex" along loops, trails, swamps, and falls provides a healthy sampling of available jaunts. With a commitment to the environment, SoulTrex also gives to 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of all sales to help strengthen environmental causes across the globe.