Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
3.5
(4 Ratings)  (4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3
Big Island International Marathon invites you to join us for a beautiful race that follows “the coast of old Hawai’i”. You’ll run alongside historic roads with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, scenic waterfalls, lush tropical forests and expansive sugarcane fields. Hilo boasts beautiful green landscapes thanks to our cooler … MORE
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    marthamusto FIRST-TIMER '22

    Hilo is not a resort area, so if you are coming here with the idea of relaxing spending time before or after the race, perhaps Kona is a better choice … MORE

    Hilo is not a resort area, so if you are coming here with the idea of relaxing spending time before or after the race, perhaps Kona is a better choice for that. The host hotel was about a mile from the race start/finish. We saw a fair amount of homeless people in town.
    I was prepared for the hills and honestly it wasn’t that bad. First 3 or so miles was a gradual incline along a 2 lane busy road. Not so scenic. But then you turn off into residential area and this had some beautiful views. It was an out and back, so the down hill part was heavenly! 197 runners in the half. So not a big event. Small hometown feel. Swag was a big disappointing. They ran out of my size for the t-shirt and the design not so great. They had a nice little expo. Only water was offered post race. They claim of hundreds of volunteers along the course is simply false. I think this is a good race if you are going for a half in every state. Easy in and easy out.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    2
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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '19

    Overall Rating: Middle of the road. It was a good balance of all the marathons I’ve run up to this point. Course Difficulty: It was pretty tough. Other reviews that … MORE

    Overall Rating: Middle of the road. It was a good balance of all the marathons I’ve run up to this point.

    Course Difficulty: It was pretty tough. Other reviews that I read said there were some challenging hills…I would say this is in the top five most challenging runs that I’ve done as far as hills go. Plan on going up or down, sometimes steep for the first 16 miles, and then slight grades for the last 10. The first 12 miles are pretty shaded, but be ready for full sun and warm temps for the end of the race. This race is also run on open roads, some with narrow shoulders, and can be a little dangerous. I almost got hit by a tractor trailer, and ran into another runner trying to get out of this guys way; he was going way too fast, but still, something to keep in mind.

    Course Scenery: Amazing for the first 20 miles, not so much after that. You will get an excellent representation of the big island on this run. Waterfalls, surfers, rainforest, lava beaches, sea spray, etc.

    Race Production: It was ok. After doing ultras for a while, I have forgotten the difference between ultra aid stations and marathon aid stations. There were three places that had hammer gels, and water/Gatorade every two miles. Volunteers were excellent, the race started on time, and timing mats worked throughout the course. Packet pickup was fine and pretty smooth. I really don’t have any complaints, but I also don’t have that “overwhelmed by how good it was” feeling either, so like I said at the beginning, it was ok.

    Race Swag: Good medal, nice short sleeve tech shirt.

    My Performance: Awesome…uh…I mean, average. I just don’t have enough self control to go to Hawaii and not hike six miles in to see the green sand beach, or hike down to the black sand on the north coast, so I was tired at the start. Add to that the three 100k’s I’ve done this year, and my severe underestimation of the hills and heat, and I’m ok with average. I don’t think we need to spend too much time on that though, I mean c’mon, I’m in Hawaii running my 50th state marathon; the whole thing was a celebration!

    Final notes: This Marathon was the perfect end to my KR 50/50 Challenge! It was a good representation of all the runs that I completed to get to this point, and it made me earn the medal. I’m happy with the choice, and getting this state crossed off of the list.

    If you’re looking to run this course, bring a few of you’re own gels, some salt, and a little sunscreen; you’ll be good to go!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 23, 2019 at 12:11am

    Nothing left to say but a huge CONGRATS on capping off your 50/50 Challenge in style, Keith! We hiked down to that same black sand beach a few hours after… MORE

    Nothing left to say but a huge CONGRATS on capping off your 50/50 Challenge in style, Keith! We hiked down to that same black sand beach a few hours after the REVEL race, and I could barely make the trek, my calves were so thrashed. So I can imagine that took a bit out of the legs before BIIM. But like you said — it's Hawaii!! Who goes to Hawaii to run a PR?? Well done on an amazing accomplishment (and to Debbie for all her amazing support), and look forward to seeing what you do for an encore! LESS

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    s.pavao REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Awesome event. Well organized. A must do!! Race director is a true professional who makes every effort to make everyone’s experience memorable. It’s Hawaii at its very best. MORE

    Awesome event. Well organized. A must do!! Race director is a true professional who makes every effort to make everyone’s experience memorable. It’s Hawaii at its very best.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    gmarumoto FIRST-TIMER '13

    The old course. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX MORE

    The old course. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    2

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