The high humidity and race day temperatures will make PRs and BQs challenging for those not well acclimated to the Kona weather.
The Kona Marathon course is an out and back along the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The course has rolling hills, but never exceeds 130 feet above sea level with gentle climbs and drops.
The Kona Marathon was the 242nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 233rd largest in 2015.
Last year 4.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Kona Marathon the 404th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 412th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 98.33 ranks it as the 279th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 5th 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 Kona Marathon a PR Score of 93.05. This PR Score ranks it as the 415th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Hawaii.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.