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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 | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Big Island Running Company Headed to Hilo – 1 Day Only

Big Island Best Running Shoe Store

     The Big Island International Marathon is proud to announce that Kona’s Big Island Running Company will be at BIIM’s Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 20, from noon to 6 pm at the Moku Ola Room of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Jason and Melissa Braswell

The owners of the Big Island Running Company, Jason and Melissa Braswell, will be bring over to the expo, for sale, a variety of shoes, spikes, running apparel, and more.

   The following list was provided on the types of merchandise that will be at the Expo.  You may also contact Jason at the store if you are looking for something specific.

Running shoes from Mizuno, Brooks, Nike, Puma, and Saucony
Track spikes from Nike (possibly Puma, but I’m not sure that they’ll get here in time
Apparel, including our Big Island Running Company tech shirts that have been really popular
Accessories including socks, FuelBelts, and Bodyglide
– Nutritional products from Clif Bar, Hammer Nutritional, and Lava

For contact info, email (jason@bigislandrunningcompany.com) and the store phone (327-9333). 

   The Health and Fitness Expo is FREE and open to the public.    For questions concerning the Expo or its vendors contact Big Dog at 969-7400 or email at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

   The Big Island Running Company is a proud sponsor of this blog.

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Events, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , | 2 Comments