Although the Honolulu Marathon went virtual in 2020, it’s officially on for December 12, 2021! Masks are not required during the race but will be required in the starting area. Additionally, the start will be staggered. You’ll find full details here.
When it comes to the things that Hawaii is known for, the superlative “largest” doesn’t usually come into play. However, the Honolulu Marathon is one of the exceptions. It’s the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. overall, and, in 2012, it was the second-largest, just behind the Chicago Marathon.
The Honolulu Marathon, traditionally scheduled for the second weekend in December, is also wildly popular among two very specific groups of people:
- First-time marathoners: If you’re going to run 26.2 miles, why not do it on a course that takes you past the spectacular views of Oahu’s coastline and its major landmarks, like Iolani Palace?
- Japanese visitors: In fact, the Honolulu Marathon Association actually has an office in Tokyo to make entry simpler for people living in Japan. Hawaii recently updated its international travel policy so the 2021 marathon may see more international entries. However, since Japan requires a 10-day quarantine on return to Japan, it’s likely this year’s marathon will have significantly fewer entries from Japan.
The race also features awards for the fastest Hawaii-born runners and Hawaii state residents—male and female.
Tip: The word kamaaina can mean different things in different contexts. Some kamaaina discounts, for example, are available to anyone with a Hawaii driver’s license. However, when it comes to the Honolulu Marathon, the kamaaina division is reserved for those born and residing in Hawaii. If you live in Hawaii but were born elsewhere, you’ll be placed in the Hawaii Resident category.
Discover more and register at: HonoluluMarathon.org