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Running Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast

One of the most stunning trails in the United States was explored recently by two world-class ultrarunners.

Twisting and turning amid lush greenery and the turbulent coastal swells of the Pacific Ocean, the Kalalau Trail winds for 11 magnificent miles along the Nā Pali coast of Kauai. The moment you set off along this rugged route, you’re into an adventure unlike anywhere else in the United States.

Recently, ultrarunners Stephanie Howe and Sage Canaday explored the trail, and Competitor was there to capture the journey. Howe is fresh off a victory at the Western States 100 earlier this year, while Canaday has built an impressive resume both on the roads and trails, most recently winning the Pikes Peak Ascent in Colorado.

Here’s a look at their adventure on beautiful Kauai, captured by Competitor photo editor Scott Draper: