When I tell people I’m running a half marathon in every state, they usually ask, “Have you ran one in Hawaii yet?” Hawaii was actually the second state I ran a half marathon in, before I even had the goal of running one in all 50 states. I just happened to be planning a vacation there and saw somewhere there was a half marathon in Kona, which is one of the places I was going to be, and it was during my time there, so I thought, what the heck! At least it will be a scenic race! And boy was it ever! Even though it was 15 years ago, I still vividly remember that race. There was an early morning start so I got to watch the sunrise over the ocean and I remember thinking how lucky I was to be there.
I don’t have many details from this race because it was many years before I started this blog. The best I have is what I put into my album full of my race bibs, newspaper clippings, finish times and photos. Back then, medals weren’t given out to every finisher, so I didn’t even receive a medal at this race. I did get a short-sleeve cotton t-shirt and fantastic memories, however. If ever there was a race to turn into a racecation, this is one! I had a great time in Kona for a week after the race. I’ve since been back once and would love to go back again. I highly recommend Kona and the big island of Hawaii.
From my post-race notes:
” Beautiful course along the water; course runs along part of same course as Ironman course. Got to watch the sun rising over the water just before the start. Got a bit warm toward the end, but wasn’t bad. A lot of people were in front of their homes with sprinklers for runners. My finish time was 2:02:06.”