14 Hawai‘i Races to Run, Bike and Swim in 2020

Trying to stick with that keep-fit resolution? Then check out the marathons, triathlons and wheel-y, amazing rides to help keep you on track.

This article was published on March 9, 2020. Due to the coronavirus, we have updated race dates. Continue to check back for more updates. 


1. King’s Runner 10K

March 1



Kick off the year with a 10-kilometer run around Honolulu. Put on by the experienced crew of the Honolulu Marathon, this event, in its third year, features a flat course—perfect for hitting a new personal record. Runners, walkers and even joggers pushing strollers are welcome to this family-friendly event that starts and finishes at Thomas Square.

Thomas Square, thehapalua.com


2. Loko Ea Fishpond 3rd Annual 8K/15K Run & Walk

March 22

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3. Hapalua Half Marathon

Postponed until further notice due to concerns surrounding coronavirus in Hawai‘i

VIDEO: COURTESY OF Hapalua Half Marathon


The Hapalua Half Marathon is all the excitement of a marathon with only half the mileage. This spring event covers 13.1 miles from Waikīkī through Downtown, around Diamond Head and back to Kapi‘olani Park. Each year, world-class marathon champions line up with the rest of us mortals.

*Sign up for the King’s Runner 10K and the Hapalua Half Marathon together and get 10% off the entry fee.

Waikīkī, thehapalua.com


4. Haleʻiwa Metric Century 2020

Rescheduled to June 7, 2020

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5. Hawai‘i Pacific Health Women’s 10K & 5K Fun Run


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6. Honolulu Ekiden



Twenty-six miles sounds crazy long. But not when it’s split up into six relay legs and you can choose the troop—besties, relatives, co-workers—you race with. Honolulu Ekiden begins at Kapi‘olani Park, travels all the way to Hawai‘i Kai, wraps around Sandy Beach, then heads back to Kapi‘olani Park where a musical celebration greets race-day finishers.

Kapi‘olani Park, hnlekiden.org


7. Hibiscus Half Marathon

May 24

hibiscus half marathon
Photo: Courtesy of Tropical Triple Crown


This family fun run starts and ends at Kapi‘olani Park during Memorial Day weekend. Select from four race options: a half marathon, 15K, 5 miler, and a stroller and wheelchair half marathon.

Waikīkī, tropicaltriplecrown.com


8. Ironman 70.3 Hawai‘i

May 30


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This is your chance to race on the famed Ironman World Championship course, and maybe even qualify for the official race it in October. Swim 2,000 meters in the beautiful waters of Hāpuna, ride 56 miles to Hāwī and back, then run 13.1 miles on the Mauna Lani Golf Course. First timer? Or trying to beat your last score? Check out Ironman’s website for training tips, expert advice, community resources and other helpful tools.

Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, ironman.com


9. Mango Madness 10-ish Miler

June 6

Mango Madness
Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Ultra Running Team


HURT (Hawaiian Ultra Running Team) puts on a series of trail races that get increasingly longer throughout the year. Mango Madness is our favorite: The course changes every year (sometimes it’s not even the same for every participant), and the best part is the community vibe—everyone is there to support one another and have fun. It sells out so sign up early, and come prepared for anything, even balancing a mango on a spoon for the last 100 yards.

Makiki Pumping Station, hurthawaii.com


10. Tinman Triathlon

June 7 (estimated date)


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The annual “People’s Triathlon” starts with an 800-meter swim at Queen’s Beach, then a 25-mile bike ride and finishes with a 10-kilometer run. For more than 30 years, Tinman has been a welcoming triathlon for racers and weekend warriors alike.

Kapi‘olani Park, tinmanhawaii.com


11. Nā Wāhine Triathlon Festival

July 26


Talk about mana wāhine! This women-only sprint triathlon consists of a 500-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5-kilometer run. The event, an ideal first triathlon, is held in a positive and supportive environment, and now there’s even a super-sprint, with half the swim and bike distances.

Kapi‘olani Park, nawahineracinghi.com


12. Honolulu Century Ride

September 27


Choose the 25-mile, 50-mile, 75-mile or the full century, and enjoy coned-off streets and fully stocked aid stations all the way from Waikīkī to Ka‘a‘awa and back. There’s mechanical support as well, setting riders up for success regardless of the distance they choose.

Kapi‘olani Park, hbl.org


13. Kalākaua Merrie Mile

December 12


Have you run a mile for time since high school? Didn’t think so. Part of the Honolulu Marathon, the Merrie Mile is held the day before the marathon and is an out and back, flat and fast mile race. Elite runners chasing sub-4-minute miles start last, so start up front and try to not get passed.

Monsarrat Avenue, honolulumarathon.org


14. Honolulu Marathon

December 13


There’s a reason this shows up on every marathon bucket list, for local runners and those from all around the world. Nearly 30,000 people toe the line to run the Honolulu Marathon. You’ve got all year to prepare, so what’s stopping you?

Ala Moana Boulevard, honolulumarathon.org



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