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Kona Marathon

Kailua-Kona, HI


Race Dates

2017: Sunday, June 25, 2017
2016: Sunday, June 26, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 77°F (25°C)
Average High: 82°F (27°C)
Average Low: 72° F (22°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 93.05
Course Score: 98.33

Race Size

2016: 253 Finishers
2015: 271 Finishers
2014: 248 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 4.4%
2015: 3.3%
2014: 6.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The high humidity and race day temperatures will make PRs and BQs challenging for those not well acclimated to the Kona weather.

The Kona Marathon course is an out and back along the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The course has rolling hills, but never exceeds 130 feet above sea level with gentle climbs and drops.


Marathon Rankings

The Kona Marathon was the 236th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 245th largest in 2014.

This year 4.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Kona Marathon the 424th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 373rd highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 98.33 ranks it as the 272nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Hawaii.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Kona Marathon a PR Score of 93.05. This PR Score ranks it as the 405th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in Hawaii.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 127 feet (38m)
Min Elevation: 1 feet (0m)

Kona




Ratings & Reviews for the Kona Marathon

5 Stars from 2 Reviews



review of 2015 Kona Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Course is a lot tougher now, starting in 2015. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/830192421

Ran out of "Gatorade" last 2 water stops. Not good for severe leg cramping since mile 20. had plenty of ice at every water stop. Plenty of water stops, about every mile. No shade miles 10 through 23, run on highway through lava fields.

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2015 Kona Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Course is a lot tougher now, starting in 2015. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/830192421

Ran out of "Gatorade" last 2 water stops. Not good for severe leg cramping since mile 20. had plenty of ice at every water stop. Plenty of water stops, about every mile. No shade miles 10 through 23, run on highway through lava fields.

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Kona Marathon in 4:42:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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