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Shuttle Bus Information for Marathon and Half Marathon runners


ONLY: If you are a guest at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel or any of the surrounding hotels you may

take the shuttle to the start, which will leave from the Lobby Area of the Hilo Hawaiian at 4:30

am. And 4:45 am. The first bus will return at 5:10 to get anyone still waiting.

Runners who are not staying at the hotels are asked to drive to Hilo’s Bay Front and park in

the lot next to Pauahi St. From this parking lot there will be three buses taking runners to the

start – the first boarding at 4:30 am, followed by 4:45 and 5. The first bus that leaves will make

a return trip and pickup any late runners in the parking lot, but the bus driver is instructed to

leave Bay Front at 5:20. Please do not wait for the last bus as it carries only 50 passengers and if

there are more than 50 runners we will not be able to accommodate everyone to the start. Plan

on coming early and taking the earliest bus to the start.

Only runners in the marathon and half-marathon run should take the shuttle.

No Parking at or near the finish line as that area is reserved for volunteers and the grassy area will be used for those doing the 5K……………please, please, please, follow these directions as all participants and family members in the marathon and half marathon need to be at the parking lot beyond the Pauahi St intersection!

February 28, 2012 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , , | 3 Comments

Japanese Marathon Runners Makes ‘Mosyo’ Suggestion

Tetsuya Yoshida

My name is Tetsuya Yoshida.

I will run Big Island International Marathon with my wife this year, and this is third time to run BIIM.

At first, I’m sorry for my bad English. I’m not so strong at English.

I think you know that there was huge earthquakes in Japan. Many people in north-east Japan needs any kinds of help.

I heard that some tsunami reached to Big Island, and some houses destroyed.And also the eruption of Kilauea. I’m worried about big island too.

Then I want to suggest 2 points.

1. Put two donation box at the Packet Pick Up

 Why don’t you make 2 donation box or post at the packet pick up?

I want to suggest donation for victims in Japan, and also I want to give some donation to the victims in Hawaii, too.

2. Please prepare black ribbon and safety pin for people who donate

This is ‘Moshou’ small black ribbon and safety pin.  http://tinyurl.com/4jalhfm

 we Japanese use it like this.  http://tinyurl.com/4lmtqas Moshou represents sadness, worry, care, and so on.

Then, if someone donates, I want to give Moshou and put it on the shoulder when we run the marathon.

 How do you think about my suggestion?

BIG DOG’s Reply:  The Big Island International Marathon agrees completely with Mr. Yoshida’s suggestions and will be making “Moshou” ribbons for those attending our Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 19 from noon to 6 pm at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel’s Moku Ola Room.

We extend our heartfelt sorrow for those victims and family members of the recent and continuing tragedy in Japan.

Although we are not knowledgeable about making “Mosyo” ribbons we will make and wear black ribbons as a sign of respect.

Mr. Yoshida will be on hand Saturday if anyone would like to meet him.

March 13, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , | 3 Comments

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 International Marathon Closes Half Marathon Registration

March 20, 2011 half marathon SOLD OUT


The Big Island International Marathon is no longer accepting applications for its 13.1 mile half marathon as all the slots have been sold.  Anyone mailing in applications for the half marathon will have their entry returned.

The full marathon still has a hand full of available slots and the 5K run or walk has many available openings.  The BIIM will continue to accept full marathon applications until those slots are filled and 5K registration will be taken on line and by mail in entries as well as  during packet pick up at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel from noon to 6 pm on March 19, 2011.

For additional information call (808) 969-7400 or email waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

The 2012 race will be held on March 18 and limits have been set on the marathon and half marathon events so please register early.

December 27, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , , , | 1 Comment