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Ready, Set, Honolulu Marathon!

Kyle Nishioka / Flickr
Kyle Nishioka / Flickr

Thousands of runners have already made their way to O‘ahu…as the Honolulu Marathon takes place this weekend.

It’s the 4th largest race in the country and attendance for this year is expected to be even larger than last year- with more than 32,000-participants already signed up- and more expected throughout the weekend.  13,000 runners are coming from Japan alone and participants from the US mainland are up 30% with more than 1,000 coming from California alone.  The event is expected to bring $130-million into the local economy.

There is no set time required to complete the race-though most people take around 6 hours to finish. Defending champions Wilson Chebet and Joyce Chepkirui, both of Kenya, return aiming to retain their titles. Chepkirui recently won and set a new personal best of 2:24:11 at the Amsterdam Marathon. Jim Barahal is the President of the Honolulu Marathon. 

The Honolulu Marathon starts with a fireworks display Sunday morning at 5 am.

More information can be found at honolulumarathon.org

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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