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Thousands of runners are lacing up for Honolulu Marathon

26.2 miles in paradise

Thousands of runners are gearing up for the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, December 9th! The race is the fourth largest marathon in the United States. Runners have a 26.2 mile course ahead of them, beginning along Ala Moana Boulevard.

The course goes through downtown Honolulu, past Iolani Palace and the Christmas lights, through Waikiki and climbs up and around Diamond Head, before heading out through Kahala and out to Hawaii Kai. Turning back after Hawaii Kai toward Kahala and Honolulu, the course passes Diamond Head again on the ocean side before finishing in Kapiolani Park. There is no time limit, and the finish line remains open until the last runner crosses.

Not running, but want to know how a racer is doing? With the Honolulu Marathon Event App. Just hit Live Tracking and search for their name. The app lets you find friends and family so you can follow their progress around the course!

The Honolulu Marathon isn’t the only race that weekend. Runners will also take to the streets to participate in the Kalakaua Merrie Mile and the Start to Park 10K. About 34,000 people are signed up across all three races, with around 15,000 runners flying in from Japan.

Kalakaua Merrie Mile
This one-mile race on Saturday, December 8 in Waikiki is followed by a beach party. It’s great as a warm-up for the Honolulu Marathon as well as visiting friends and family.

The race is named after King Kalakaua, who was known as “The Merrie Monarch.” The one-mile course starts at the Kapiolani Park end of Kalakaua Avenue and the turnaround is by Kaiulani Ave. Runners will finish by Queens beach with a concert on the beach.

Start to Park 10K:
Experience the thrill of a mass start with fireworks during the Start to Park 10K on Sunday, December 9! The 10k starts at the same time and place as the Honolulu Marathon and finishes 10km into the marathon course at Kapiolani Park.

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