Hawaii > Big Island International Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Hilo, HI • Sunday, March 17, 2013 • Course Map
The lush, verdant, tree-lined hills and brilliant blue waters along the coastline of Onomea Bay and Hilo Bay form the beautifully scenic backdrop for Hawaii's Big Island International Marathon, Half Marathon & 3.1-Mile Run/Walk, which hosted its first-ever 13.1-mile race at its spring 2009 running (in previous years, the event's middle-distance race was a 10.8-mile run).
Run through the paradise-like hills along the highway overlooking the bays that open out into the vast open waters of the Pacific Ocean, this race features some of the most beautiful natural scenery runners are likely to encounter at any major race anywhere in the world.
More than 700 runners crossed the finish line in all three races combined at the event's spring 2012 running, which features its starting line in the town of Pepeekeo, which lies just over 10 miles north of Hilo along the coast of Onomea Bay. From there, runners follow the full marathon course all the way south toward Hilo, running along a combination of a long and mostly downhill stretch along the race's first 10 miles with stretches through Hilo's city streets and neighborhoods.
The race's first 10 miles -- which features a downhill stretch that drops roughly 500 feet overall in elevation -- also take runners along what is known locally as "the coast of Old Hawaii," and features the famous scenery for which the islands are so well known, including runs across old bridges, past beautiful waterfalls and across lava beaches. The race finish line lies just outside downtown Hilo, at Wailoa River State Park on the Waiolama Canal.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the northeast corner of Hawaii's Big Island, in the shadow of the nearby volcanoes Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, the city of Hilo typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather conditions virtually year-round, and plentiful rainfall in most months throughout the year.
In March, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 79°F and 65°F, while rainfall totals average around 14.35 inches for the month. On the day of the race (March 17), the average high is 79°F and the average low is 65°F.
View the race route map for the Big Island International Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the late winter/early spring 2013 running of Hilo's Big Island International Marathon, Half Marathon or 3.1-Mile Run/Walk, register online at SignMeUp.com.
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