Honolulu, Hi. — Monday dawned sunny and bright the day after the 2014 Honolulu Marathon. Such is the game of chance in the marathon world. For yesterday’s 42nd Honolulu Marathon a deep roll of clouds lingered over Oahu, bringing spells of lashing trade winds and screeds of warm rain in the pre-dawn darkness along the mid-section of the out-and-back course.
Yet the conditions didn’t chill the Aloha spirit offered or received by the thousands who embraced the warm but wild conditions — though fully 4000 of the 30,000 entrants who picked up their bib numbers at the Honolulu Convention Center failed to arrive at the Ala Moana Blvd. start line at 5 a.m. That number, however, is more a reflection of the spirit of the Honolulu Marathon as a destination event more so than, say, a Boston qualifier. Yet, the thousands who took up the challenge remained stalwart. The final finishers didn’t arrive at the Kapiolani Park finish line until nearly 15 hours into the race. (more…)