HONOLULU (08-Dec) -- With just over 31,000 entries as of 3:00 p.m. here today and another three hours of walk-up entry time remaining, the 40th Honolulu Marathon will likely be the second largest marathon in the United States in 2012 in terms of finishers. Allowing for 20% attrition (athletes who do not start or finish the race), nearly 25,000 should finish the race, making only the Bank of America Chicago Marathon larger within the 50 states this year.
The race here boasts its largest field since 1997 when 33,682 athletes signed up and 26,495 finished. Last year's event had 22,615 entrants and 19,078 finishers.
Entries for this year's event got a strong jump-start last January when over 10,000 Hawaii residents took advantage of the race's "dollar per mile" offer where entries could be purchased for a limited time for just $26.20. Also, the strong Japanese yen helped entries from that nation surge by about 4000 from last year, according to Honolulu Marathon Association president Dr. Jim Barahal.
So far this year, the top-5 marathons in the United States in terms of finishers have been 1) Bank of America Chicago, 37,455; 2) Marine Corps (Washington, D.C.), 23,515; 3) Boston, 21,554; 4) Honda Los Angeles, 18,840; and 5) Walt Disney World (Orlando, Fla.), 13,478. The ING New York City Marathon was expecting over 47,000 finishers on November 4, but was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It is normally the largest marathon in the world.