The Honolulu Marathon is popular with runners from all over the world, especially Japan, who are drawn to the race for its spectacular scenery and the allure of its island location. The first presentation of the marathon was in 1973, and it has been held every December since then. In recent years, approximately 25,000 runners have completed the 26.2 mile race each December, and this makes it the largest marathon in the United States behind the Chicago Marathon.
While the Honolulu marathon has a relatively flat course (there is only one major hill), it is not considered an especially fast race because the weather is usually hot when it is run. The fastest time ever run at the marathon was 2:11:12 by James Muindi, who set the record in 2004.
Because the race has so many participants, it also attracts numerous friends and family members of the runners to Hawaii, and the marathon is a considerable economic boon for the islands. Affiliated events include an expo held the day before the race and a Luau and concert usually held the Friday before. The 2015 race is set for December 13.