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MAY26
Hibiscus Half Marathon
2 reviews
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Hibiscus Half Marathon

3840 Paki Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USAView event
2 reviews
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  • Did the event in 2017

    Pre-Race -- packet pickup went smoothly at the hotel -- the view from the balcony was great -- you could see the start/finish clearly, Diamondhead, Wakiki Beach - great for pictures -- the Expo was OK but not very large
    Starting line --- Walked to the start from our hotel Outrigger Reef hotel -- about 3/4-1 mile -- the start was very orderly and lots of announcements were made --- the only bad point I have -- they said there would be plenty of porta-potties --- I found 4 with a verrrry long line -- could not go before the race -- well I will go on the course -- more to that story --
    Course -- started out great and flat -- then about 1 1/2 miles the climb up the hill around diamondhead -- the scenery along the hill around diamondhead was beach front with surf / lighthouse then downhill and out along a busy highway to the turn around --- now more about the bathrooms - all along the route I needed to go to the bathroom - I asked several people about porta-potties and they said there down the road -- never saw them -- the water station about 6 miles I asked and found a bathroom in a park about 100 feet back behind the water station off the road -- my wife missed it -- cant see it if you dont ask -- did not find another bathroom on the course -- there were only 3 water stations (6 if you count out and back) on the course -- they quit early so if you are slow you better have your own water -- the last few people on the course had no water and they took up the course markers -- nothing marked on the road -- my wife got lost and luckily a person at the last water station found her and brought her back on course so she could finish --- only ran an extra 1/2-3/4 of a mile ---
    post race -- there was some food and drink / music in the park at the finish line -- nice awards ceremony.
    this is a great race (with caveats above) if you happen to be in hawaii visiting and need a run in Hawaii for the state or just to say you have run in Hawaii
    We took a cruise of the Hawaiian islands on the Pride of America (Norweigan Cruise Line) sat to sat - did packet pickup on saturday and ran on sunday am -- flew home sunday nite -- I rec you fly home monday niteOverall we had a great trip and run -- this was state #43 on our quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states -- there are other half and marathons in Hawaii that you can do the same thing if you plan your trip --- some on sat and some on sunday -- the best would be run on sat morning and board the ship saturday afternoon.
  • Did the event in 2013

    Hibiscus Half Marathon is one of my favorite Half Marathons that I have ever ran; along with Hawaii's Hapalua Half Marathon; which is a totally different course! The overall event itself has three races: a 5 miler, a 15k, and a Half Marathon. All have great competition, if you are a competitive runner, but equally fun, with runners having fun; to runners running their very first half marathon; to runners very competitive.Hibiscus Half Marathon gives out sweet t-shirts, and finishers medals, but if you are an overall winner or age group winner you get a very nice top finishers award. One of my goals is to run each event! So far, I've ran the Half Marathon, and the 5 miler. Both were equally enjoyed with that brutal climb up Diamond Head Hill : )
Hibiscus Half Marathon
JUL7
Kailua Beach 4.4-Mile Run
Kailua, HI, United States

Out and back course. Start near the Kailua Beach Park Boat Ramp. The wave-washed course follows the shoreline to a turnaround point near the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, then back to the start area. The entire course is on the beach. Shoes are optional. Party! All participants are invited to an awards gathering with potluck refreshments afterwards. Though not required, you are encouraged to bring a dish or snack to share! Coolers will be available for items that need to be kept cold.

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Kailua Beach 4.4-Mile Run

567 Kaneapu Pl, Kailua, HI 96734, USAView event
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Out and back course. Start near the Kailua Beach Park Boat Ramp. The wave-washed course follows the shoreline to a turnaround point near the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, then back to the start area. The entire course is on the beach. Shoes are optional. Party! All participants are invited to an awards gathering with potluck refreshments afterwards. Though not required, you are encouraged to bring a dish or snack to share! Coolers will be available for items that need to be kept cold.

Kailua Beach 4.4-Mile Run
DEC8
Honolulu Marathon
16 reviews
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Honolulu Marathon

364 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USAView event
16 reviews
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  • Did the event in 2018

    The ExpoThe expo itself is a bit different in that it caters to a LOT of Japanese people. If you weren't aware, the Honolulu marathon is a destination race for many many Japanese tourists. They even have a specific registration link to use when signing up. That being said, the selection of vendors is a bit more limited than what I'm used to. You will have your most important vendors there to get last minute nutrition or massages, but if you're used to a Rock N Roll expo or a World Marathon expo, you'll be disappointed. Race Day: We missed both of our first alarms, but thankfully I set a second one and  we woke up to that one. I had never scrambled out of my house so quickly for a race before. We were out of our AirBnB in maybe 20 minutes or less and past me was smart enough to stay close to the start line (Ala Moana) so we made it to the race with 15 minutes to spare. Like Disney races, the Honolulu marathon releases the runners with an amazing fireworks display.Fun fact: They accompanied the fireworks display with the song "Firework" by Katy Perry. With the release of the fireworks, I was off. My boyfriend and I had planned to stay together until at least mile 8 where the first big hill hits, but within 0.6 miles, he knew we were at different paces and told me to go on without him and that he'd be meet me at the finish line. After some more encouragement from him, I left and was making my way through the 26.2 miles.Fact: The Honolulu marathon does not stagger their corrals. When they start to release the corrals, it is one big wave of runners crossing the start line. They also are not very strict about people lining up in the correct corrals, which means if you're faster, make sure to be as close to the front as possible. I did weave a bit at the beginning to pass the slower runners, but I also did not want to expend unnecessary energy and bided my time until the course cleared up a bit.Fun Fact: It did not clear up significantly until mile 4. LOLFor the first few miles, we ran through Downtown Honolulu and saw a lot of Christmas decor. At mile 4, we ended up looping back near the start line and made our way into Waikiki. At mile 5, I saw Team BibRave and Aftershokz cheering us on and that squad kickstarted all of the feelings. LOLInteresting fact: I normally do not have people cheering me on with the exception of a few races so when I see people I know cheering me on, I get really excited and happy. At mile 7, we start making our way around the base of Diamond Head and at mile 8, we make it up our first hill. From mile 7 to mile 10, we experienced crazy headwind. It made for a very unique and fun experience as I had never raced during such windy conditions and for a few brief moments, I really thought I'd fly away. LOL. At mile 12 or 13, I saw the first of many BibRave runners making their way back towards the finish line.Fun Fact: From mile 11 to 15, you can see runners coming back as they make their way from mile 18 to 21.5. I was able to see the first place male and female runners this way.With each BibRave runner I saw, the happier I got. :) Everyone appeared so strong and happy on the course that it gave me boosts of energy to keep going. At mile 15, I encountered my first sponge dipped in ice water and was over the moon. LOL. There had been warnings of runners getting heat stroke and I was adamant about staying cool even if that meant walking through every aid station and getting water.At mile 17, I heard someone yell "BIBRAVE" from behind me and I turned around to see a total stranger smiling at me. LOL. I had no idea who he was at the time, but he turned out to be affiliated with BibRave and was just happy to be chatting with someone. :) Unfortunately, at that point, my energy was waning a bit and we parted when I stopped to take a few photos. I did pick up a bit of speed when I saw my boyfriend near mile 19.I don't know when I developed a blister on the bottom of my foot, but I did realize it at mile 19 and knew that the last set of miles were going to be painful. I knew that my cheer squad would be at mile 20 so I walked for parts of mile 19 and made sure to look strong as I passed them at mile 20. Yes, there is power in a cheer squad. Never let them see you falter. LOL I kid.For the next 5 miles, I hit the struggle bus. The sun had started to come out and mile 20-25 were a gradual incline that never seemed to end. There were even Taiko drummers there to keep us going. Luckily, the last mile and a half was primarily  downhill and I ran through the pain and ran it as fast as I could to finish with a time of 4:35:38.Post-Race FestivitiesCrossing that finish line felt like winning a million bucks. Okay, maybe not a million, but maybe $1,000. Haha. I grabbed my checked bag with my Oofos sandals and sat down to massage my legs and switch out of my shoes. I then grabbed my finisher's shirt and a Portuguese fried donut (Malasada) to munch on and waited for my boyfriend to finish.Interesting Fact: Gear check is actually done the day before the marathon. This allows for less stress the morning of. How was my experience overall? I had a wonderful time running the race and although, there were some dark moments (mile 20-25), there were also a lot of wonderful memories that I will always have now. :) I highly recommend running this race if you ever get the chance.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Summary:
    The Honolulu Marathon is an AMAZING event & a perfect Marathon for first-timers. Not only do people come from all over the country to run this race, they come from all over the world! Skip the cold December & fly down to Hawaii for sun, seafood & surf! Packet Pick Up:
    Packet PickUp was held a the Convention Center, but what was great is that the marathon organized shuttles running throughout the day around the island to drop off & pick up at the Convention Center. The shuttle, was actually a Trolley! So it was fun to be able to see the island, while the Trolley made it various stops before dropping us off at the Expo. Once at the Expo, there was plenty of signage & photo opportunities with banners, etc. The Packet PickUp was also well signed & dispite the crowds - I had my Bib in hand in less than 10 minutes after my arrival. The Expo had your usual expo attendants, but what I liked most about this Expo is that they featured alot of local artists. Instead of buying gels & compression socks, I opted to buy handmade items to bring back to friends & family as souveniors. Swag/Extras:
    Finally, at the Finish Line - before receiving your deserved medal, you get a shell necklace. :) After you get your necklace & medal, you enter an area where you can meet with friends who may have been watching you run. You can then enter the celebration area where you can get your Finishers shirt, food, etc. I grabbed my shirt & headed back to the hotel because I had been on my feet for 7 hours & I was ready to lay on the floor! Medal:
    The medal we received is absolutely beautiful! Its heavy, gold & double sided - making you feel like an Olympian once you receive it & wear it the rest of the day. Course:
    The course was amazing! There were so many well stocked aid stations in addition to local volunteers sharing noodles, sake & sprinklers from their homes. Words cannot describe how beautiful this island is. Everything is lush & green, the water is a blue that you just don't find on the mainland. From the beginning, I treated this marathon as a 'hike across Hawaii' & it truly was! Conclusion:
    The Honolulu Marathon is a MUST for any runner. If its your first marathon or in my case, my last marathon - you will not be disappointed! I will definitely return to this race, but just the 10K for next time. :)
  • Did the event in 2018

    On Nov 4 I was taken to ER. Diagnosis is MRSA. Spent a week in patient. Am still on infusion therapy with no end date. Cancelled all other reservations with no issue and full refunds offered due to extenuating circumstances. Not so with this management company. You would think that with 35000 entrants or more there would be more Hawaiian value involved. Not this race. Look for another race. If you arent as lucky as I was, they can screw you for a few dollars profit.
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