As one of the biggest races of the year, the 2013 Honolulu Marathon presented by Japan Airlines promises to be a great showcase of the human will and the serenity that will surround the runners in Hawaii.
With over 29,000 runners already registered for Sunday’s 41st Marathon and even more expected during the late-registration period, according to Allison Schaefers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, this is shaping up to be one of the largest editions of the event in history.
Here is all the vital information needed to enjoy the race, the course map and a full preview.
When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. ET (5 a.m. local time)
Where: Honolulu, Hawaii
Watch: Not nationally televised
Live Runner Tracking: Honolulu Marathon App
Live Results: PSEResults.com
Full Course Route Map (via HonoluluMarathon.org)
2013 Honolulu Marathon Preview
As one of the top 10 races in the world in terms of the amount of runners that finish each year, the Honolulu Marathon offers people from every walk of life a chance to showcase their ability in front of the beautiful surroundings in Hawaii.
Not only is this one of the largest events each year, but it is also one of the most culturally diverse. With a strong Japanese presence, a vast number of Americans and the prototypical international stars that run marathons for a living, there is no question that the field for the 2013 entry list will be a melting pot.
The marathon is open to any runner that can pay the entry fee. The inability for many amateur runners to practice enough to improve their overall time and qualify for larger events makes the ability to compete on Sunday even more important to the participants.
Sunday’s race could be the experience athletes need to make the jump to the next level.
Weather is always going to be a concern for marathon runners, but this isn’t Chicago, Boston or New York; the Honolulu Marathon comes from the beautiful sunshine-filled islands of Hawaii.
As reported by David Monti of NBC Sports, the forecast for the entire weekend looks picture perfect:
The warm temperatures and the ideal course conditions will result in record times for many runners. As hard as it will be to imagine any man beating Kenyan Jimmy Muindi’s course-record of two hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds set in 2004, the stage has been set for a strong pursuit of the all-time mark.
The women’s record is held by Russian Lyubov Denisova with a time of 2:27:19 from 2006 and that mark could also be at risk if the weather continues to cooperate.
With so much on the line in this international event, the competition during Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon should be some of the most intense battles race fans experience all year.
*All stats and information via the Honolulu Marathon’s official website.