Aloha to the Hapalua

Aloha to the Hapalua

The Hapalua may not be the most important running event in the world, but it is certainly one of the most picturesque. The half marathon is held annually in Hawaii and it brings runners from Waikiki to downtown Honolulu and Diamond Head (the island’s iconic volcanic tuff cone) before ending at Kapiolani Park.

The 2017 edition attracted a record 6,551 runners.

Top of the pack is Philip Tarbei of Kenya, who crossed the line first in 63 minutes and 27 seconds. Behind him is Ryan Tsang, 20, a sophomore at the University of Hawaii Manoa, who finished in 64 minutes and 5 seconds. The first time half-marathoner had a 12-minute headstart against top world-class professionals like Tarbei.

This unique format is called the Chase and it pits the best runners in Hawaii against top world class professionals. Team Hawaii runners are awarded a head start based on recent race form.


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