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.  This was in the days before every finisher in a race got a medal, so I didn't get a medal but I did get the cotton t-shirt shown above.  Now I see from the race website that all participants receive a medal plus a tech shirt and maybe most importantly, "Experience of a lifetime in the Land of Aloha."  This race was most definitely an experience of a lifetime, and I highly recommend it.

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.”


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