Malia Crouse, 32, MauiI was born and raised on Maui and grew playing a variety of sports including cross-country. My Dad was my first real running coach in middle school and that is where I developed my love for running- not only the act itself, but also how the sport fosters and builds community. I went to college in Oregon then moved to Colorado where I continued to run, and also started to bike and swim. Friends convinced me to sign up for my first triathlon and I was hooked. I qualified for and competed in 70.3 World Championships in 2011 and 2012 and had my best finish at Boulder 70.3 as the 4th amateur female in 2013. Later that year I ran my first marathon while visiting my brother in Atlanta and was fortunate to not only finish with a smile on my face, but also as the first female overall! I decided to “retire” from triathlon (though still love to bike and swim) and focus on running. I’ve since completed 5 marathons with my last being the Honolulu Marathon in 2015 where I was the top American crossing the line in 8th place. In 2016, I decided to move back to Maui in October, but not before completing my first ultra and trail race, the Bear Chase 50k where I set the new female course record breaking 4 hours in 3:56. I continued my enjoyment on the trails to finish 3rd in the XTERRA Trail Run World Championships 21k on Oahu in December, also the first female kama’aina. I’m very excited to be a part of Team Hawaii for the Hapalua 1/2 and show the rest of the world what Hawaii can do- imua!
Personal Bests:10k road: 37:16 (2016)13.1mi road: 1:19 (2016)26.2mi road: 2:50 (2015)50k trail: 3:56 (2016)Highlights:1st overall female: Atlanta Marathon 2013 (GA), Maui Marathon 2014 (HI), Big Sur Marathon 2015 (CA), Platte River and Georgetown to Idaho Springs 1/2 Marathons 2016 (CO), Bear Chase Trail Race 50k 2016 (CO)