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Running with the Big Dog

Big Island International Marathon might be fastest ever

14th Annual Race on March 20th

The Big Island International Marathon may have the fastest group ever as three time Kona Champion, Justin Gillette, will attempt to break the course record of 2 hours 39 minutes.

Besides Gillette the field returns defending champion Billy “The Ghost” Barnett along with 2010 runner up Jason Braswell, owner of the Big Island Running Company in Kona.

Alaska Marathon champion, Erik Johnson, will also be making his first appearance in Hilo.  Johnson won the Mayor’s Marathon in 2 hours 42 minutes.

Three time BIIM champion Jason “The Thorpedo” Thorp will again test his running skills.   For the ladies look for Braswell’s sister, Erica, to do some damage on the course as the collegiate star from Alabama is a very talented distance runner.

 Regardless of who is running in the marathon or half marathon the race is one of the scenic in the world with wooden bridges, dense bamboo rain forest, and waterfalls all during the first 8 miles of the race.

 Everything gets underway on Friday, March 18, with the Carbo Load Pasta Dinner at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Moku Ola Room starting at 6 pm.  The dinner party includes a great hula show.  Seating is limited to 100 people and there are a few tickets remaining. 

Cost is $25 at the door.  Call 969-7400 for more info. 

Then on Saturday, March 19, from noon to 6 pm at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel it is runner packet pickup in conjunction with a Health and Fitness Expo.  The public is invited to attend the Expo which will feature top quality shoes from the Big Island Running Company, body fat testing, blood pressure screening, and much more.


March 9, 2011 - Posted by | Events, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Great job big dog and much mahalo

    Comment by marshall freitas | March 9, 2011 | Reply

  2. Counting the days..Getting pumped and ready to do this most beautiful scenic race I have ever done. This will make 4 times for me.
    See you all at the carbo load!

    Comment by Fleet Feet | March 9, 2011 | Reply

  3. hi
    could you verify that I am registered for the marathon next weekend?
    gretchen adams

    Comment by gretchen adams | March 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Yes, you are officially in the marathon. See you in a few day.

      Comment by waynejoseph | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  4. Can you tell me: Do you have to be entered in one of the 3 races to eat at the carbo load dinner? My parents are visiting from the mainland & someone told me about the great Hula Show with the dinner. We would love to see it? Please let me know.
    Thank you

    Comment by Laura | March 14, 2011 | Reply

    • The dinner party and hula show is open to the public with the cost being $25 at the door.

      Comment by waynejoseph | March 14, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hi 🙂
    I bought tickets for the dinner online. Do I need to bring a confirmation of some kind? Or how will it work for the dinner? Thank You!

    Comment by Shannon Curtis | March 15, 2011 | Reply

    • You bought four tickets and you are from Pahoa. I have a list that will be at the door. Simply give your name to the two beautiful women that will be checking people in at the door and your tickets will be provided. I may have listed your first name last………..but you’re still there. It should be a fun evening. Friday, 6 pm, Moku Ola room of the Hilo Hwn Hotel. See you there. aloha

      Comment by waynejoseph | March 15, 2011 | Reply

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