The Honolulu Marathon



When the Honolulu Marathon began in 1973, nobody expected the kind of growth it would have. However, Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi never gave up on his idea. Throughout the first five years of the race’s existence (1973-1978), they saw a double in in size every year. Frank Fasi, who was credited as the true founder of the Honolulu Marathon, died in 2010. He was remembered by being inducted into the race’s Hall of Fame.

Popular due to the exotic location in Hawaii, the Honolulu Marathon is one of the world’s largest marathons. Due to sponsorships from the Japan Airlines, it has been branded the JAL Honolulu Marathon. However, as of 2012, the marathon is also sponsored by Adidas, MUFG Financial Group, NTT Docomo and Sato Pharmaceuticals USA.

The marathon has kept it a tradition to hold the event on the second Sunday in December, making it a perfect end to what could be a great week!

Modern Day

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The 40th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held on December 9, 2012. At the Hawaii Convention Center, there were a total of 30,898 entries ready to run the marathon. Of all those entries, 16,067 of them were from Japan. The race was the largest marathon held there in 15 years and also the second largest in America for 2012, falling behind the Chicago Marathon.


The top finishing time among men is held by Jimmy Muindi, a runner from Kenya. In 2004, Muindi finished with a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds. The closest anyone got to that time was another Kenyan native, Ibrahim Hussein. This was in 1986 and was 31 seconds behind Muindi.

As far as women’s times goes, the top time is held by Lyubov Denisova from Russia. In 2006, she finished the Honolulu Marathon in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 19 seconds. The second top time is held by Lyubov Morgunova, who finished with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 33 seconds in 2000. Morgunova finished a whopping one minute and 14 seconds behind Denisova.

2015 Honolulu Marathon

Honolulu Marathon course map

The great thing about the Honolulu Marathon is that it is open to anyone willing to give the 26.2-mile run. Kids older than 7 years old are allowed, but must go through a different process than adults. Signing up is easy to do online and currently open to anyone is the US or Canada. The cost of the race is $55.00 per person for registrants living in the US or Canada.

The race, which will be the 43rd annual Honolulu Marathon, will be held on Sunday December 13th, 2015 at 5 in the morning. The start of the race is on Ala Moana Boulevard / Queen Street extension.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is easy to do online, taking only a few moments to complete. Your first step is to visit into your address bar. Click on the registration tab and follow the steps. Be ready to provide them with your personal information and a payment method.


Awards will be presented to the first 3 men and women to finish the marathon. First place will be awarded with $40,000, second with $16,000 and third with $10,000. In addition, you can be awarded with extra money depending on your finishing time.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled vacation to one of the world’s most popular spots, choose Hawaii. Don’t miss out on the Honolulu Marathon taking place on December 31 and test your own running skills.

Hawaiki beach in Honolulu Hawaii

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