Runners flock to Marathon Expo
Categories: Race Week Activities
Runners in Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon flocked to the Hawaii Convention Center Center on Wednesday to pick up their race numbers and check out the goods at the marathon’s annual Expo. This was also the first day of walkup late registration. Before the doors opened more than 29,500 had already registered for the marathon. When walkup entry closes on Saturday, the total should be close to last year’s 31,083 entries. Several hundred people were waiting in line when the doors opened at 10 a.m. The runners were directed along a red carpet to the booths where they obtained their bib numbers. Along the way they were greeted by Japanese vendors hawking their wares. With numbers in hand, they had their bibs electronically scanned to make sure the chips that will record their finish times are working properly. They also picked up Honolulu Marathon goody bags to hold Expo purchases and freebies. Those moving into the adjoining large merchandise store operated by adidas, a major sponsor, were given another shopping bag. About 80 vendors are participating in this year’s event, which Expo director Midori Yamamoto said was about the same number as last year. Included are companies offering running attire and accessories, various other fitness apparel and equipment, energy snacks and drinks, and skin care and other natural health products. Representatives of other marathons and athletic activities are promoting their events. Many of the runners, especially those from Japan, posed for photos holding their numbers in front of an enlarged photo of a previous year’s starting line. The Expo also includes a photo gallery of previous races and daily Hawaiian entertainment. The Expo continues through Saturday.