Overall Rating
Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
4.1
(9 Ratings)(9 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
3.9
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
4
The Honolulu Marathon is fourth largest marathon in the United States. There is no time limit and no limit on the number of participants. Finishers shirt and finishers medal after your 26.2m! The new Race Day Start to the Park 10K replaces the old Race Day Walk. The Start to … MORE
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    norawong FIRST-TIMER '17

    Love the no time limit to finish! I walked most of the Marathon and still earn a gorgeous gold medal. Weather is perfect. Do bring a hat, your own bottle … MORE

    Love the no time limit to finish! I walked most of the Marathon and still earn a gorgeous gold medal. Weather is perfect. Do bring a hat, your own bottle water and snacks in a small backpack – apple or applesauce pouches or orange (peeled in a ziplock) and cereal bars are perfect snacks as well as filling. Your backpack will get lighter as you walk along.

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    omnirunner FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race starts at 5AM in down town Honolulu. Most runners take a shuttle bus to a park to wait for the race. There are a few small bridges over … MORE

    This race starts at 5AM in down town Honolulu. Most runners take a shuttle bus to a park to wait for the race. There are a few small bridges over a canal from the park to get to the start line, so don’t stay in the park too long!
    I like the heat but the race was not as hot as I expected.
    This is a well run big city type marathon in a beautiful location.

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    jonoringading REPEAT RUNNER '17

    A wonderful race to recover from the CIM, since it has a mostly flat course, lots of aid stations, super crowd support, and Malasadas (fresh donuts!) at the finish! I … MORE

    A wonderful race to recover from the CIM, since it has a mostly flat course, lots of aid stations, super crowd support, and Malasadas (fresh donuts!) at the finish!
    I go with my wife every year and we have seen the course record broken each year we attend, so we have been blessed with good weather. Going again this year!

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    susank FIRST-TIMER '16

    I really enjoyed this marathon, perhaps because it was pretty flat and easy, or maybe because you run the first two hours (5:00-7:00 AM) in the dark, but probably because … MORE

    I really enjoyed this marathon, perhaps because it was pretty flat and easy, or maybe because you run the first two hours (5:00-7:00 AM) in the dark, but probably because I ran with a friend who kept me pumped up for the first 13.1 miles. And of course the fact that it was a great reason to spend time in Honolulu, Hawaii, which I had never visited before.
    The initial walk to the race was a bit farther than anticipated, but that may have changed since 2016? No porta potties near where we began was also a downer, but the crowd’s enthusiasm was great. It seemed very crowded for the entire race; I never ran alone at any time. I felt like the support was good, although carrying your own hydration isn’t a bad idea since once that sun comes up it is HOT. There are a few climbs but overall it’s pretty even, twisting occasionally through neighborhoods and a really nice finish, downhill a little if I remember?
    I didn’t stick around for the party afterwards as I had people to meet, but it looked like a very good time! The finish was in a nice, tree-lined park area, where you stopped and picked up your finisher’s shirt and food/drinks.
    My favorite part was post-race, lying on Waikiki Beach the next day. It’s hard to beat that setting. This is a wonderful destination race 👍

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race is a big cluster if you ask me. I chose this race out of sheer convenience (I have family in Honolulu and we found really cheap flights. We … MORE

    This race is a big cluster if you ask me. I chose this race out of sheer convenience (I have family in Honolulu and we found really cheap flights. We also spend some time attending 75th anniversary Pearl Harbor activities.)

    The Pros: It’s Hawaii. Whatever that means to you. The medal was big and solid. The shirt was ok but there were opportunities to purchase others if wanted.

    The Cons: 30+ thousand runners. Majority of them are Japanese. And most of them had never ran or even knew the length of a marathon. The start was at 5am (which meant that the first 8-10 miles were in the dark – which means yes you run past Wikiki beach, but you can’t see it.) Most of the runners who were right under the start line had no business being there. I lined up behind the first corral (2-3 hours) because it was clear the corrals were not serving their purpose. When the gun went off – no one moved. More than half of the people in front of me (which should have been elite runners by the corral system) stood still and videoed the fireworks. I had to weave around probably 2000 runners before I could finally run in a straight line without avoiding walkers/gawkers. The course was so-so. Some nice views but not as scenic as I expected (like I said – the first 9 miles were in the dark.) I did enjoy some of the translated aid stations signs (one said “Vaseline – Do not Eat!).

    I was glad when the race was over. I would not run this race again. I’ve been to Hawaii 3 times now and likely wouldn’t return to Oahu again. Next time, I’ll visit the other islands.

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    lmreloza FIRST-TIMER '15

    Love that it is not timed so walkers are welcome. It was my first time ever to participate in a race. I purchased the full but intended to just go … MORE

    Love that it is not timed so walkers are welcome. It was my first time ever to participate in a race. I purchased the full but intended to just go as far as I can go. Went to mile 21 and then needed a medic. After being with the first aid tent for 90 minutes they told me I could finish. The last 5 miles have an uphill climb in it (Diamond Head). I said I couldn’t. They said I could. They put me in a van and they drove me a few hundred feet of the finish line. They told me to finish. The crowd still cheered me on as I happily struggled to the finish line and received a shell lei and my medal. Bananas, malasadas and snow cones were readily available.

    I wish they didn’t run out of bananas or gels for the hundreds of walkers. Had to find a grocery store on the route to purchase bananas.

    Fantastic views and a lot of support. I heard people waited for the last walker to cross the finish line. I saw the results as being 14 hours. That’s pretty amazing support. I hope to finish this year.

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    Stephen26.2 FIRST-TIMER '16

    I've had this race on my bucket list for a long time. In order to streamline the logistics I used #MarathonTours. They took care of everything and I had a … MORE

    I’ve had this race on my bucket list for a long time. In order to streamline the logistics I used #MarathonTours. They took care of everything and I had a blast!! It’s hard to train for such strong heat & humidity but the race was very organized and all the volunteers were great. To my surprise, they never ran out of water or TP. I’ve run much smaller races where by mile 16 everything is gone. Not this time, kudos to the people who did the planning and purchasing.
    The finisher medal and tee shirt are very cool too.
    I might run this one again.

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    efebremd FIRST-TIMER '16

    I'd like to do it again more prepared in humid condition. There's is great support from the organizers and locals. Since there is no time limit, if you think you … MORE

    I’d like to do it again more prepared in humid condition.
    There’s is great support from the organizers and locals.
    Since there is no time limit, if you think you cannot achieve your goal, just enjoy the race and the scenery.
    Medal is awesome.

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    Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '16

    The marathon is started and finished in Waikiki, the tourist area of Honolulu. The expo is within walking distance of most every hotel in the area. This is the way … MORE

    The marathon is started and finished in Waikiki, the tourist area of Honolulu. The expo is within walking distance of most every hotel in the area. This is the way large city marathons should be organized. The Honolulu marathon offers a very inexpensive sign up, but you need to sign up a year in advance to get this offer.
    Expo: Close to hotels, nice sized, lots of goodies to buy, crowds are large, but the expo is in a large auditorium.
    The Race: Starts at 5 a.m., when the sun is still 2 1/2 hours from rising. This is a good thing, because it can (and did) get quite warm in Honolulu, even in December. This is a large marathon, and lining up at the start is completely on an honor system. If you are a first timer, and if you did not read the fine print CLOSELY, you might not be aware that faster runners line up first. I found that I was passing those walking the course for the first 2-3 miles. This marathon has absolutely NO CUT OFF time to complete the race, therefore there are a very large number of walkers. BUT….. you are in Hawaii, and this is a marathon that you should enjoy, so although in some marathons I get frustrated with walkers starting up front, I was completely ok with the laid back feel of this race. I did not find the course to be the most scenic of courses, but at the same time, if you looked around, it was enjoyable and beautiful. I was fortunate to run with a friend the first 13.1 miles, before taking off on my own. Once on my own, rather than take off and run hard, I continued to enjoy the crowds, visiting with a few others along the way. Again, I will repeat, run this marathon slow and enjoy the laid back atmosphere, because that is what most of the participants were doing.
    The shirt and medal, were both given at the end of the run. That is, you receive a “Finishers T-shirt”, which I wish all marathons would resort to. There was a party atmosphere at the finish line, and I have no idea how long it went on, because people were still on the course 18 to 19 hours later.
    This is a fun race. It does get warm, and it does get crowded. Enjoy Hawaii, and enjoy the course.

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