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Honolulu Marathon 2014 Registration Is Open

Honolulu Marathon Registration Is Open

The Honolulu Marathon finishes in Waikiki. (Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson)

For the last few months, I’ve been posting when lotteries and registrations open for many popular races, including How To Register For America’s 15 Biggest Marathons. Lotteries for the three largest 26.2-milers—New York City, Chicago and Marine Corp—have come and gone. Registration opened Tuesday for the fifth largest, Walt Disney World Marathon, and three days later just 30 percent of the bibs remain unsold.

Time to round out the Top 5 with the fourth largest marathon in the U.S: Honolulu. Registration in now open for the 42nd Honolulu Marathon and Race Day Walk on Sunday, December 14, 2014 in the capital of Hawai’i.

Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii

Runners round Diamond Head twice at the Honolulu Marathon. (Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Ron Garnett)

Not only is the Honolulu Marathon the fourth largest 26.2-mile race in the U.S., according to Running USA’s 2014 Marathon Report, it’s also the ninth largest in the world with 22,064 finishers in 2013.

But it’s also got the most finishers over the 6-hour mark of any U.S. marathon at 10,032 runners or 45 percent of the field. The Honolulu Marathon also has the second slowest marathon median finish time at 6:07:32. Only the Baatan Memorial Death March in New Mexico beats it at 8:13:54, according to Running USA.

What makes Honolulu’s finish times slower than the Walt Disney World Marathon, where runners stop for photos with Disney characters? No cut-off time. That’s right. Unlike Disney, the Honolulu course stays open until the last entrant crosses the finish. So it’s especially popular with first-time marathoners and walkers who might get caught by sweep buses in other races. The race also has the largest number of finishers in the 60 and older age group with 3,261 runners in 2013.

Honolulu Marathon Course Map

Honolulu Marathon course map

But the course is no cake-walk. Largely flat with two 100 ft. climbs, the Honolulu Marathon can also be windy and hot with temperatures in the mid-60s at the start, climbing into the 80s by 10 a.m.

Runners who brave the 5 a.m. start, however, are in for a scenic course along the coast that also goes through downtown Honolulu and past some of the city’s most famous spots like Waikiki Beach, Iolani Palace and Diamond Head. Read the rest of this entry →

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Lessons From Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

Lessons From Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi at the 2006 Boston Marathon. (Photo: Ethan Bagley/Flickr)

Back in 2009 when “Run, Karla, Run!” debuted, one of my very first posts was about Meb Keflezighi’s historic win at the New York City Marathon—Keflezighi’s Win: An American Marathon Renaissance?

On April 21, he did it again by becoming the first American Boston Marathon winner in 30 years. Even more amazing? He won at the age of 38 and in personal record time of 2:08:37.

Keflezighi is without question the U.S.’s best distance runner on the roads today. With an Olympic marathon silver medal and New York City and Boston Marathon titles to his name, he enters an elite group of American runners known as “the greatest.” Even Frank Shorter, the 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist and 1976 Olympic marathon silver medalist, said it during the Boston Marathon wrap-up show on Universal Sports: “If there is a club, welcome to it!”

But we mere mortals can learn a thing or two from Marathon Meb. Here’s what comes to mind.

Lessons From Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi at the 2013 New York City Marathon. (Photo: ccho/Flickr)

1) The big 30 isn’t old. Neither, it seems, is 40.

So many people think the end is nigh once your age no longer begins with a “2.” I’m as guilty as the next runner, wringing my hands at what feels like the inevitable decline now that my age starts with a “3.”

So it’s refreshing and inspiring to see a runner like Meb, just two weeks from his 39th birthday, becoming the Boston Marathon winner, running not just the best time of his life, but the best time in a field of younger guys.

Lesson? You’re only as old as you think you are. Being young at heart pays and, yes, 40 is the new 30.

2) Being the fastest runner doesn’t always matter. But being the smartest does.

Meb Keflezighi is rarely the fastest man in the field. In the 2014 Boston Marathon, no fewer than 14 men had personal best times speedier than Meb, some fully 5 minutes quicker. Read the rest of this entry →

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