We recently caught up with the 25-year-old Penn State grad and two-time Kauai Marathon champion.
Brett Ely won the women's race in course-record time.
Tyler McCandless returns to defend his title.
He shaved seven minutes off the old course record.
Defending champion Mike Wardian hopes to secure the $15,000 prize.
Six up-and-coming athletes will receive training grants.
Both the men and the women will be aided by pacers.