Sharing the marathon review finally drafted and published:
This was a fantastic race course, starting at Haleiwa to Kaena point, routed along Farrington Highway on the North side of Oahu. The race started at 5AM with crisp chilly winds. I enjoyed the first two hours of the course. We ran two loops around Haleiwa town and most of the runners were together. Two hours in, I could feel the heat creeping up as the sun started rising. Runners then started spacing out. At hour 3, it was scorching hot! About half of the time, I was running without any other runner in sight. Hour 4 came and I wanted to be done, done, done, son!
Training for this race was rather difficult. As everyone enjoyed their holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s… I was on a training schedule. The training schedule meant early Saturday long runs, watching my diet intake of certain food groups and increasing other food groups, leaving parties early and going to bed early each evening. Five months later, the work paid off as I came to check out this local’s race and its amazing course. What I found special to this race was the way the race took care of their runners. Everything was over the top: from the beautifully designed race bibs, to the food at the finish line, the hydration stations and finally, to the commentary finisher items.
What makes this race great:
1) A flat course, no hills.
2) A beautiful scenic view of Mokuleia Beach for miles along the route
3) Beautifully designed finisher medal, beautiful tech men and women’s fit finisher shirts, a commentary finisher glass
4) Great hydration and food along the course. The food was provided by Yama’s Fishmarket, treating all finishers to a choice of beef or vegetarian chili and rice.
What you may not enjoy about this race:
1) Hour 3 into the run usually gets pretty hot.
2) An early start on the North side of Oahu, and the drive there is even earlier.
Zara’s tips for a successful run:
1) Drink more water than you normally. Once 8AM hits, you will dehydrate quick.
2) Pace yourself, you got 26.2 miles!3) Plan your arrival on race day with extra cushion. The drive is farther than you think.
As published in the May 2014 issue of Hawaii Sport mag: http://issuu.com/hawaiisportmag/docs/hawaii_sport_may_2014_online