Honolulu-Marathon: 26,2 Miles through Paradise
Every year, on the second Sunday of December, thousands of runners from around the globe compete in the Honolulu Marathon, one of the world's largest and most prestigious running events. With an average December temperature of 81 degrees and pleasant trade winds year round, runners couldn't ask for a better racing climate.
The 26.2-mile course originates on Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu, then heads west towards the downtown business district before turning and heading back towards Diamond Head. The runners then race through Kahala and Hawaii Kai before turning back for the finish line at Waikiki Beach.
Some quick facts: About 9,900 volunteers help this event run smoothly from start to finish while Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya holds the event record with 2:11:43 in 1986.
Of course, you don't need to be a world-class runner to take part in the Honolulu Marathon. All it takes is proper training, a good pair of shoes and the desire to run a few miles with 25,000 or so of your closest friends.
And there is also a competition for walker (www.honolulumarathon.org).
The 32nd Annual Honolulu Marathon will be held on Sunday 12th December, 2004, at 5AM.
International marathons are also at Maui, Big Island, and Kauai:
www.mauimarathon.com (September 19th, 2004)
www.runhawaii.com (March 21st, 2004)
www.kauaimarathon.com (event date will be announced soon)