A Tropical Run Through Paradise
It's time to register for one of the most beautiful and exciting marathons in the world. In fact, if you love to run, the Honolulu Marathon is an absolute must-race for you. Every second Sunday in December, runners from around the world come to the tropical paradise of Hawaii to participate in a scenic and memorable race. Before your next training run, check out our guide to the marathon and Honolulu vacation rentals for the perfect lodging. Are you ready to race?
What is the Route?
The Honolulu Marathon takes runners on one of the most scenic routes in the world. The race starts on Ala Moana Boulevard near downtown Honolulu, which is fitting since Ala Moana means “path by the ocean” in Hawaiian. The mostly flat race route runs by beaches, over 100 acres of parks, along Waikiki Beach, by many stunning surfing spots and rings Diamond Head crater, where you'll gain a little elevation. It may be hard to concentrate on the miles (all 26.2 of them to be exact) because you’ll be so mesmerized by the scenery. Keep your eye on the goal to finish with your own PR!
Who can Participate?
With no minimum finish-time requirements and walkers welcome, the Honolulu Marathon is open to anyone who wants a distance challenge. In fact, over 25,000 runners participate every year. This race is one of the 10 largest marathon races in the world, ranking up there with the Boston, New York, and Chicago marathons. Finishers get medals and T-shirts as part of their race swag.
Don’t be surprised to see runners of all ages in the Honolulu Marathon. Old and young enjoy running this race. The record for the oldest female is actually held by 92-year-old Gladys Burrill, who finished the Honolulu Marathon in 2010.
What Happens on Race Day?
The race will start at 5 a.m., and while that sounds really early, runners from the Mainland have jet lag in their favor, making the early start-time no problem at all. All runners line up on Ala Moana Boulevard, right under the banners of the finish line. There is a free bus service that will take you straight to the starting line. The bus leaves from Honolulu Zoo, starting at 2:00 a.m. The last bus departs at 4:00 am. Taking the bus will save you a lot of hassle trying to find a parking spot.If you do choose to drive to the race, you can park at Ala Moana Beach Park and Kapiolani Park, but remember parking is strictly enforced. You must have a vehicle permit to park in the allowed areas.
Expect start time temperatures in the 60s (F) and rising to the low 80s by 10:00 a.m.
Choose to stay in one of the nearby vacation rentals so you are well rested on race day, and a Honolulu beach rental will make this the marathon experience of a lifetime. You can stay closer to the starting line, meaning there will be less travel time on race day. Plus, vacation rentals offer many of the comforts of home, so you are sure to sleep well, despite race day jitters.
Are you ready for the race of a lifetime? It’s time to sign up for the Honolulu Marathon!