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Marathon & Beyond Magazine features the marathons of Hawaii

 The photo of the 2011 awards for the Big Island International Marathon can be found on page 127 of Marathon & Beyond in their July/August 2012 issue.

Honolulu, Kona, Kauai and Maui Marathons are also featured.


related link:  http://www.runnersworld.com/community/forums/runner-communities/marathoners/marathon-hawaii


July 14, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , | Leave a comment

Clyde Shank of Dallas, Texas comments on Marathon Guide about Hilo race

Clyde Shank, from Dallas, Texas, was the first Big Island International Marathoner to write comments on  http://www.marathonguide.com/

If you finished our marathon in 2012 and would like to add your comment on Marathon Guide just go to their link to do so. 

Here is what Mr Shank had to say about our home town race:

Well organized, beautiful small town feel race (about: 2012)
Course: 5 Organization: 5 Fans: 4
Clyde Shank from Texas (4/2/12)
50+ previous marathons | 1 Big Island International Marathon

Wayne ‘Big Dog’ and his team of wonderful volunteers put on a real nice down home small town marathon. Very scenic beautiful surroundings layered in waterfalls and rolling ocean views for the first 10 miles. One of the coolest marathons in Hawaii since it gets 5x the annual rainfall of what we get in Dallas, Texas. Great atmosphere and personal attention really set this one apart

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , | 2 Comments

Radio Sponsor – KWXX and announcer DC – commits to 2013 Big Island Marathon

Big Dog with KWXX morning show announcer DC

I recently sent the photo on the left to radio announcer DC from KWXX and here was his response:

Mahalo, Big Dog! I love that picture, sir. I have another of us when you were in our studio a few years back when you stopped by for an interview. I treasure them both. Seriously, I really am honored to help with the Marathon and you can absolutely PENCIL ME IN for next year. No, make that NON-ERASEABLE FELT TIP MARKER me in for next year! ha ha ..

We’ll be in touch and riding with you in spirit through the adventure down Chemo Valley and see you safely up to Remission Ridge. 
Love you, Wayne…  you the bestest..
All my aloha to you and Randee..
DC     We are proud to have you and KWXX on board for the Friday, March 15, 2013 Carbo Load Dinner Party and for the Sunday March 17 Big Island International Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K races.
DC you are the best and I look forward to working with you again next year.   Aloha and Mahalo

April 4, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , | 1 Comment

Big Island International Marathon/Half Marathon 2013 selling fast!

Start of 2012 Big Island International Marathon

This was the prestart of the March 18, 2012 Big Island International Marathon and Half Marathon. Click onto the photo to enlarge. the 2013 race will be held on March 17. Limited entries as we will sell out of the Half and full Marathons by the end of 2012

If you plan on being a part of the 2013 event you should consider sending in your entry early

Already – just 12 days after the 2012 event – I have received 118 entries for 2013

68 entries sold in the full marathon – 42 entries in the half marathon – and 8 entries in the 5K have been sold.  All races are limited to 300 entries in each race and I expect that we will be sold out by the end of 2012.

April 1, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , | 4 Comments

Australia’s Rex Patterson celebrates 60th Birthday at Hilo Marathon

Australia’s Rex Patterson came from Australia to celbrate his 60th birthday by running a full marathon in the Big Island International Marathon held on, what else, his birthday on March 18.

Celebrate with an after race beer



Hi Wayne

Congratulations on running such a successful event…again.

 I spoke to you briefly after the presentations to let you know how much I enjoyed the marathon and that I was celebrating my 60th Birthday that day by doing my first marathon.

 I have attached a photo taken after the finish to mark the occasion of the 15th Big Island Marathon and my 60th Birthday.

 I ran into Clyde Shank from Texas along the way who was doing his 78th marathon!!! What an inspiration he is!!

I live in Port Macquarie on the east coast of Australia…about half way between Sydney and Brisbane in a town of around 50000 so we have much in common with Hilo.

 Thanks again for a terrific event.               Regards Rex

Related Link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/50-states-and-7-continents-clyde-shank-form-plano-texas-has-done-it-all/

March 29, 2012 Posted by | Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , | Leave a comment