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What to expect

What to expect


What to Expect from the Honolulu Marathon


The Honolulu Marathon Weekend is all about the Aloha Spirit, completing 26.2 miles, and having fun at your own pace. But what else can you expect from your experience?

There is no time limit, and many participants walk part or all of the marathon course. Enjoy the scenery and meet other marathoners from all 50 states and over 40 different countries.

What to expect

Other Events

Start to Park 10k – If you do not want to run a full marathon, you can choose the 10km option.

Kalakaua Merrie Mile – On the Saturday before the Honolulu Marathon, everyone is invited to run the Kalakaua Merrie Mile – one mile through Waikiki.

Use the same registration form as the Honolulu Marathon for both the Kalakaua Merrie Mile and the Start to Park 10k.

Sign up Here

The Course

The Honolulu Marathon course offers spectacular ocean views alongside world-famous Waikiki Beach, and the Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters.

The course is mostly flat, with short uphill grades up and down Diamond Head. Find out more about the course below!

Course Description

Medals & Finisher Shirt

At the finish line, you will receive an incredible medal and collect your finisher shirt. Volunteers will direct you to the tent where your shirt awaits!

No Time Limit

The finish line stays open until the last person crosses it, and all finishers receive a medal and an official time.

What to Expect From the Elite Field

The invited elites start with the mass start at 5 AM, and Titus Ekiru set the course record of 2:07:59 in 2019.

The Hapalua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon

Fancy a different distance? For information on Hawaii’s largest half marathon, The Hapalua, please visit our website!

The Hapalua


Marathon Course Distance: 26 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers.

Timing System: Timing detectors will be placed at the starting line, 5k, 10k, 20k, half marathon, 25k, 30k, 35k, 40k, and the finish line. Our app and live results page online will provide your recorded splits.

Aid Stations: You will find 16 Aid Stations located along the course, staffed by 2,300 volunteers working in shifts. They serve water, sports drinks, and provide professional medical assistance. The first Aid Station is at approximately 2.5 miles (3.5K) from the start, and then every 2 to 3 miles (3K to 4.8K) thereafter.

Weather Conditions: Temperatures at the start are generally in the mid-60s (Fahrenheit) and climb to the low 80s (Fahrenheit) by 10 AM, so take precautions against heat and humidity.

Wheelchairs: Racing wheelchairs will be on the course, so please watch out for them.

Entry Information: We have no limit on entrants. Register online. Click here to find more on how to enter.