Marathoners pour into expo as late registration opens
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Kazuharu Iwata of Nagoya, Japan, came to the Hawaii Convention Center directly from Honolulu Airport to pick up his running number for Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon. He was first in line when the packet pickup began at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Iwata and those in the long line behind him followed a red carpet through the Marathon Expo, which opened at the same time, to get their race numbers. It will be Iwata’s fifth Honolulu run, and his reason for returning is simple: “I like the Honolulu Marathon.”
A few of those in line headed for the late registration desk, plunking down $280 for the privilege of being a late addition to the race. One of those was April Pastorius, who is stationed at nearby Camp Smith. However, the late fee for military personnel is only $60. “I was transferred here in May, and have been very busy and missed the deadline,” she said.
The regular entry deadline was Nov. 26, and Wednesday was the first day for late entries. Race officials expect between 1,000 and 2,000 late entries. A total of 29,937 had signed up by Wednesday morning.
About 70 vendors have booths in the Convention Center exhibition hall, offering running shoes and attire, energy foods and drink and other supplements, Hawaiian crafts and entries into other marathons. Several booths also offered soothing massages for the runners.
Also at the Expo were students from the Hawaii Pacific University Travel Industry Management program, conducting their annual economic survey for the tenth year. Jerry Agrusa, TIM professor who directs the survey, said about 80 students will survey about 1,200 Japanese runners and 600 from elsewhere during the four-day Expo. The 2011 survey showed that last year’s race pumped $107 million into the island economy.