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Honolulu Marathon

The annual Honolulu Marathon takes place on the second Sunday in December. The race is extremely popular due to its exotic location in tropical Hawaii and for its scenic route through the streets of Waikiki, around the iconic Diamond Head volcano and through the beautiful neighbourhoods of Kahala and Hawaii Kai. The marathon enjoys a relatively flat course and generally fine weather conditions and doesn’t have a time limit. Everyone gets to finish, which is why the event is just as popular with first timers as it is with the veteran runners.

The Honolulu Marathon is the third largest marathon in the US, attracting around 30,000 participants each December. It is unique, in that there is no limit on the number of participants and there is no cut off time, therefore attracting both fast runners as well as walkers.

Events

Marathon 
10km Walk
The Kalakuau Merrie Mile (Sat)

The Course

The Honolulu Marathon's scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world famous Waikiki Beach as well as Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The course is mostly flat apart for short uphill grades around Diamond Head. The Honolulu Marathon starts on Ala Moana Boulevard (the Ala Moana Beach Park). The finish line is near the Kapiolani Park, Honolulu. The course also takes in iconic landmarks such as the historic Aloha Tower, Chinatown, the gilded statue of King Kamehameha, the Sheraton Moana Surfrider (Waikiki's oldest hotel built in 1901), the statue of Duke Kahanamoku and Honolulu Zoo.

   Click here to view the course map.

Race Packs

Registered runners must pick up their race packs, which include the running bib number and timing chip. Bring valid ID to the packet pickup. Participants must pick up their own race packs. You are not able to pick up a race pack for a friend or family member.

Expo

The Honolulu Marathon Expo is free and open to the public. The expo is located at:

Hawaii Convention Center, Kamehameha Hall
1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Honolulu Marathon Expo dates and times:
Thu          9:00am – 6:00pm
Fri            9:00am – 7:00pm
Sat           9:00am – 5:00pm

There is a free shuttle to the Honolulu Marathon Expo running from Waikiki. Stops include:

  • Duke Kahanamaoku Statue (Kalakaua Avenue)
  • DFS (Royal Hawaiian Ave)
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel (Kalia Road heading towards Waikiki)
  • Honolulu Marathon Expo at the Hawaii Convention Center
  • THU 9am-6pm; FRI 9am-7pm: SAT 9am-5pm

Luau/Concert:  All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. Hawaiian Entertainment and Concert

Friday
4:00pm Dinner
4:30-8:45pm Hawaiian Entertainment followed by a concert

Location
Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu

Tickets
Available for purchase by Race entrants only.Tickets may be purchased at the Expo. 

Start/Finish Location

Time:       5:00am
Start:
       Ala Moana Boulevard/Queen Street Extension
Finish:     Kapiolani Park
The start area is within walking distance of most hotels in Waikiki and is 1.2 miles from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Transport to the Start Line

A FREE bus service to the starting line will depart from the Honolulu Zoo parking lot on Kapahulu Ave, beginning at 2:00am. The last bus will leave at 4:00am.

Time Limit

There is no time limit – all participants are allowed to finish.

Aid Stations

There are 16 Aid Stations located along the course, manned by 2,300, serving water, sports drink and providing professional medical assistance. The first Aid Station is located at approximately 2.5 miles (3.5K) from the start, then every 2 to 3 miles (3K to 4.8K) thereafter. To keep aid stations from being congested, continue to the last table and please keep moving. Misting stations will also be available on the course.

Sponges are handed out at the aid stations from mile 10. Try to keep one sponge to reuse instead of getting a new one. Powerbar Gels are also handed out from mile 10.

Timing System

Timing detectors will be placed at the starting line, half marathon, and at the finish line. Other detectors may be placed at random locations.Your timing chip is embedded in your race number. 

Courtesy

Stay within the coned lanes to ensure your safety as well as provide runners coming along the opposite direction with a clear path.

iPods and Audio Devices

Permitted.

Medal & Finishers’ Shirt

The Honolulu Marathon finishers’ shirt and medal are collect at Kapiolani Park on Race Day. Look for the Finisher T-shirt Tent after you exit the finish area to pick up your t-shirt and medal.

Finishers Certificate

Finisher certificates will be available for pickup at Kapiolani Park on Monday, December 9 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. To facilitate pickup, please bring your runner number. Certificates not picked up on the day following the marathon are mailed in February.

Weather Conditions

Precautions should be taken against heat and humidity; temperatures at the start will generally be in the mid 60s (Fahrenheit) and climb to the low 80s (Fahrenheit) by 10:00am.

2017 Honolulu Marathon Itinerary

You will be welcomed at the airport and provided with numerous services during the race weekend. Nothing to do but sit back, enjoy the tropical lifestyle …… and run a marathon! Our tour package offers complete peace of mind and convenience for your travel weekend – transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast, bag service on marathon day and access to an exclusive amenities marquee right on the finish line. There is also complimentary shuttle transfer from the finish line back to your hotel.

Our representatives are available in Honolulu should you require any assistance during your stay.

If you would like to extend your trip, just let us know and we’ll take care of everything for you, whether you just want to linger on and enjoy Waikiki or would like to explore the islands, further afield, RunFun Travel can assist with all your plans. Arrival/departure days are flexible.

Hawaii is serviced by a range of airline carriers with plenty of available flights. Please contact RunFun Travel for all your flight requirements.

Thu 7 December

Arrive Honolulu 
Lei Meet & Greet at the airport (International flights only)
Transfer to your hotel

Fri 8 December

Explore Waikiki
Marathon Expo
Optional Luau Dinner

Sat 9 December

At leisure
Optional: Marathon Expo, Sightseeing Tours

Sun 10 December

Marathon race day!

Mon 11 December

Free day for rest and recovery
Take an optional tour or just chill on Waikiki Beach!

Tue 12 December

Transfer to airport for departure…. or
Continue your exotic stay in Hawaii, on any one of the islands of your choice.

2017 Honolulu Marathon Accommodation 

The Hilton Hawaiian Village is Waikiki’s only true resort destination, offering the perfect mix of exceptional resort accommodation and classic Hawaiian hospitality. Imaging the widest stretch of white sand on Waikiki, a serene beachfront lagoon, lush tropical gardens with exotic wildlife and cascading waterfalls, majestic views of Diamond Head and romantic seaside sunsets. Discover over 90 shops and boutiques and a diverse, international selection of restaurants. The resort’s beachfront Super Pool is the largest on the island and every Friday night it becomes the stage for a celebration of Hawaiian culture and entertainment, ending with a spectacular fireworks show.

FACILITIES

  • Hilton Serenity Bed Collection
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Nintendo video games
  • Wireless internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • In room safe
  • Cable TV
  • Hairdryer
  • MP3 player
  • In room air conditioning
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Resort activities
  • Gym
  • Laundry service
  • ATM machines
  • Rollaway beds available
     

 

2017 Honolulu Marathon Entry and Accommodation Packages 

We have a fabulous 5nt Entry and Accommodation Package, staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
2017 Entry and Accommodation Packages will be confirmed shortly. 

Prices start from only $tbc per person, on a twin share basis. For those who can’t drag themselves away (why would you want to?) additional nights are available from $tbcpp per night.

Prices per person, twin share:

Included

  • Guaranteed entry to the Honolulu Marathon
  • Finishers’ shirt and medal
  • Finish line marquee with refreshments
  • Return transfer to the hotel after the marathon
     
  • 5 nights’ accommodation at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • Free upgrade to a Partial Ocean View Room
  • Breakfast daily (apart from Marathon day)
  • Lei meet and greet at Honolulu Airport
  • Round trip airport/hotel transfers
  • Unlimited Aloha trolley pass, for use on all five transport lines
  • Mandatory resort charge
  • Hi-speed wi-fi access
  • Local phone calls, toll free
  • Additional nights available on request

Excluded

Booking

A non-refundable payment of $350 is required to secure your Honolulu Marathon package.

* International travellers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. Details can be obtained from the ESTA website.

OPTIONAL TOURS - PLEASE ENQUIRE

Here at RunFun Travel we can also arrange optional tours for you, such as:

USS Arizona (Pearl Harbour) & Historic Down Town Tour 

 

Legends in Concert - the Waikiki Rock-a-Hula!

A family friendly, live musical celebration and concert experience for all ages! A multimedia, multi sensory experience that transports guests to the magical times when classic superstars ruled the airwaves and thrilled concertgoers with their creativity and charisma. Imagine the “King of Rock n Roll” alongside the “King of Pop,” singing on stage together with Britney Spears. A fun night out experiencing “Las Vegas, Hawaiian Style.” 

 

If you would like to extend your trip, just let us know and we’ll take care of everything for you. Whether you just want to linger on and enjoy Waikiki or you would like to explore the islands, further afield, RunFun Travel can assist with all your plans.

Hawaii is serviced by a range of airline carriers with plenty of available flights. Please contact RunFun Travel for all your flight requirements.

Entries received after 21 October subject to late entry fees.

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