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Running with the Big Dog

Big Island Marathon geering up for Packet Pickup and Race Day Events

ALOHA Runners/Walkers and family members:

Just some reminders about what is happening as we approach the Big Day.

Packet pickup will be on Saturday, March 17, from noon to 6 pm at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

When you get to the hotel make your way downstairs to the Moku Ola room.

Do not arrive before noon as no one will be able to accommodate early arrivals and you will be asked to remain outside.

In the Moku Ola room we will have a small EXPO where you can purchase running shoes, and a variety of running related needs.

There will also be a souvenir table with a limited supply of Big Island International Marathon items such as shirts, caps and other items with the BIIM logo on it.

We are a small race and we will have a small EXPO, so if you are used to the large races such as Honolulu and the like be prepared for small.

Small is the way we like it and small is the way it will remain.  

All our available slots for the Marathon and Half Marathon have been sold – we will not allow any runners into either of those races, regardless of excuses.

Both the marathon and half marathon have been oversold as we expect a 10 percent no show.

Only the 5K will accept late entries on packet pick up day.  

If you are injured and cannot do the marathon or half marathon you may down grade to the 5K ONLY!

Anyone running in the race without a visible running number pinned to the front will be asked by police to get off the course. Aid stations are asked not to provide aid to anyone without a running number.

Those in the marathon who turnaround at the Half Marathon turn will be disqualified.

Our shirts are for FINISHERS only and you must finish the distance that your running number indicates or you will be disqualified.

Food and drinks will be provided at the finish line for RUNNERS only.

Beer can also be found for adults completing the full marathon course.

Marathon and Half Marathon start at 6 am and the 5K starts at 6:30 am.

More information will be provided in your packets and via email as we get closer.

ALOHA,   Wayne ‘Big Dog’ Joseph, Executive Director, Big Island International Marathon

Related links:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/shuttle-bus-information-for-marathon-and-half-marathon-runners/



March 6, 2012 - Posted by | Marathon Running | , ,


  1. Thanks Bigdog for all of the information.
    Looking forward to Marathon weekend starting with the Pasta dinner..
    I never thought the health and fitness expo was small..
    You always seem to pack the room with such interesting vendors.
    And yes, finisher shirts are just that..I wear mine proudly!

    Comment by Ken | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  2. Looking forward to the 5 km fun run on Sunday!
    Alane Vancouver, BC

    Comment by Alane | March 13, 2012 | Reply

  3. I participated in the 5k yesterday, my very first and definitely not my last.
    Congratulations to you and all of the volunteers who helped to make this event a success.

    With great appreciation, Steph

    Comment by Stephanie | March 19, 2012 | Reply

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