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Honolulu Marathon

Honolulu, HI

Race Dates

2016: Sunday, December 11, 2016
2015: Sunday, December 13, 2015

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 75°F (23°C)
Average High: 82°F (27°C)
Average Low: 68° F (20°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 95.17
Course Score: 99.10

Race Size

2015: 21,553 Finishers
2014: 21,824 Finishers
2013: 22,089 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 1.5%
2014: 2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Honolulu Marathon was the 6th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 4th largest in 2014.

Last year 1.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Honolulu Marathon the 465th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 427th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 99.10 ranks it as the 165th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Hawaii.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Honolulu Marathon a PR Score of 95.17. This PR Score ranks it as the 380th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Hawaii.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 126 feet (38m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Honolulu Marathon

3.5 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2013 Honolulu Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


What's not to like about a run in Hawaii? The race starts promptly at 5AM with a cannon shot and fireworks. The masses are SUPPOSED TO BE split up by expected finish time, but after having run this race 6 times in a row now, it never happens. Expect to duck and dodge walkers and extremely slow joggers for the better part of the first 2 miles. Not a big deal. Run with a little Aloha in your step. :-)

A previous commenter mentioned having to walk a mile to get his shirt. Not so. Granted, after running 26.2 miles, the extra .12 miles (measured by my Garmin) may seem like a mile but it's not. For a race that usually boasts about 25-28,000 participants, keeping the finish line area clear and not cluttered with hobbling finishers is a big key.

The finish area tents in Kapiolani Park are spread out nicely to keep crowds from interfering with each other. A few years ago people commented on the lack of decent food after the race, so they listened and delicious fresh made malasadas (Portuguese Donuts) are now a welcome staple along with bananas, oranges, muffins and cookies.

The route itself doesn't have any food stations with the exception of a few gel stations. This isn't really a huge deal breaker to me because I bring my own snacks along on the race with me.

Water and gatorade stops are abundant along the course. I've never had any complaints about that. The old dipping cups into trashcans of gatorade thing is a thing of the past, and they now boast these octopus looking dispensers. This makes things much more hygenic in my opinion.

All in all, I love this race. I live out here so I'm able to take advantage of another AWESOME thing the race directors offer to us "locals". $1 per mile early signups. I challenge anybody to show another major race that can beat a $26.20 signup for a full marathon. :-)

Race Tips

If you're only visiting Hawaii for the marathon and are staying in Waikiki in one of the hotels, just walk to the starting line in the morning. Plug Ala Moana Shopping Center into your GPS and just walk. Driving in Waikiki even at 3 in the morning on race day is a nightmare.

Bring sunblock. The race starts at 5AM, but the sun will be up high enough to start burning you by 8. Especially on the long straight stretch to and from Hawaii Kai. That stretch of highway is unforgiving with very little shade.

Around mile 8, understand that you may have to have a bit of patience going up diamond head since the race course gets squished down to one single lane of traffic since the two lane road going up Diamond Head also serves as the home stretch when you're coming back. Usually around the time I hit that mark, the first wheelchair dudes are cruising down towards the finish, and by the time I get to the top where a lot of people stop to take pictures of the sunrise, the guy that's going to win the whole thing is passing by.

I don't know what else to say about this awesome race. They've had 40 years of learning how to make it better, so you'd think they'd have it perfected by now, but somehow they keep making it better every year.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Walk to the starting line if you're staying in Waikiki.

After the race, hobble your sore self over to the beach and soak in the ocean for a while. Salt water does amazing things for your aching muscles. And remember, you're in friggen Hawaii. Slow down a notch or two and just enjoy it. If somebody gets in your way, shrug it off. YOU'RE IN HAWAII!!!

review of 2012 Honolulu Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Course was great. Lack of snacks or anything other than water on the entire course. Had to walk almost another mile after the race to receive finishers shirt.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

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