December 14, 2014
The second-largest marathon in the United States (more than 24,000 finishers; only Chicago draws a larger field), the race starts at Ala Moana Beach Park and cuts through downtown Honolulu before hugging Oahu’s southern coastline—a largely flat terrain with Pacific views for miles. At mile 5, you’ll pass the white sands of Waikiki beach, and two miles later start the climb up Diamond Head, an extinct volcanic crater. Even in December, prepare for temps in the 80s by mid-morning. But don’t worry about time—the finish line stays open until every last runner has finished.
RUNNERS KNOW: The early-morning start means fireworks for your send-off, but it also means running with no light for 90 minutes; honolulumarathon.org.