Thousands of runners gear up for 50th Honolulu Marathon as expo begins

With the Honolulu Marathon this weekend, thousands are making their way to the Hawaii Convention Center for a 3-day expo to pick up their packets.
Published: Nov. 25, 2022 at 2:55 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2022 at 10:34 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The countdown to the 50th anniversary edition of the Honolulu Marathon begins.

Over 30,000 participants are expected to hit the streets at one of the largest marathons in the U.S.

Registration is open to everyone ages over 7-years-old.

The 26.2-mile-course kicks off on Sunday at 5 a.m. on Ala Moana Boulevard with fireworks to light up the sky.

Beginning on Thursday, runners have to pick up their own race bibs at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Marathon officials said no one else can pickup your race bib for you and it can’t be done the day of the race. Participants should have received an email this week with their bib number and they will need to bring that with them when they come down to the convention center.

Here are the full hours for the expo:

  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 9 – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

You can also register for the marathon, the 10k and the Merrie Mile at the expo.

Major closures will be in effect beginning 12:30 a.m. on Sunday until athletes have completed the section of the course. Roadways will be progressively opened as the athletes clear each area.

The marathon route runs westbound along Ala Moana Boulevard goes through downtown Honolulu, past Iolani Palace and the Christmas lights, through Waikiki and climbs up and around Diamond Head, before heading out through Kahala and out to Hawaii Kai.

Turning back after Hawaii Kai toward Kahala and Honolulu, the course passes Diamond Head again on the ocean side before finishing in Kapiolani Park.

Drivers are advised to plan ahead and prepare for traffic detours.

According to the organizers, special traffic control will be in effect at the following locations:

  • Downtown
  • Kakaako
  • Ala Moana
  • Waikiki
  • Diamond Head
  • Kahala
  • Aina Haina
  • Niu Valley
  • East Honolulu area

Organizers added that tow-away zones are in effect from midnight until 5 p.m. Sunday.

Some bus routes will be canceled and/or detoured.

For more details on bus routes, click here.

For more information on traffic and detours, click here.

If you’re interested in participating in the Honolulu Marathon, register here.

HNN is gearing up for extended live coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Honolulu Marathon.

Coverage starts this Sunday at 7 a.m. on K-5 and on all our digital platforms.