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Organizers expect Honolulu Marathon to feature largest field since 1997

  • COURTESY HONOLULU MARATHON ASSOCIATION / DECEMBER 2011
    The Honolulu Marathon pumped $107.7 million into the state economy last year. Runners head down 18th Avenue from Diamond Head Road in the 2011 race.
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Organizers are expecting the largest field in 15 years for Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon.

Nearly 30,000 participants have already registered for the race, and that figure is expected to top 31,000 with late registration.

The race is on track to host the biggest field since 1997, when there were more than 33,000 competitors. Last year, more than 22,000 racers took part.

Honolulu Marathon Association President Jim Barahal attributes the increase to a number of factors, including this being the 40th running of the race. Organizers also offered a $1-a-mile entry fee for Hawaii residents early this year that drew more than 10,000 people.

Barahal also cites the strength of the yen and increased promotion. The race traditionally draws a large contingent of runners from Japan.

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