Expectations for the Honolulu Marathon are a bit different from those of our other marathon events. Runners are expected to raise $500 for The JMML Foundation and in return they will get two tickets to the carbo-loading pasta dinner the evening before the race, a gift from The JMML Foundation, training advice from our site and access to our marathon mentors, the opportunity to be paired with a running buddy, and the chance to win a prize for the most funds raised. Runners are responsible for their own registration and are to contact Fred once they have signed themselves up for the race. The JMML Foundation is also not responsible for lodging, or travel to and from the marathon location.
For more information about the marathon itself, please check out their website at www.honolulumarathon.com.
If you would like to sponsor a runner for the Honolulu Marathon, please click here.
Can I really run a marathon? Is it difficult to raise $1,000?
Yes and no. Anyone in relatively good health can complete a marathon, even if it means walking the whole distance. It's obviously a good idea to check with your doctor before beginning to train, but if you've ever been on the sidelines during a marathon, you've probably been surprised by the types of people in the race. Old, young, overweight or underweight, fast or slow, if you put your mind to it and train properly, you can cross the finish line.
On our site we offer some tips on training, as well as an opportunity to pair you up with a running partner in your area. We aren't making any official endorsements regarding the training resources we provide, but we'd like to offer ideas and tips in case you need someplace to start. Review some our training resources on our training page.
Additional information about the marathon, fundraising and marathon weekend:
1) By joining The JMML Foundation and raising funds for JMML research, you will receive two tickets to the carbo-loading pasta dinner the evening before the race, a gift from The JMML Foundation, training advice from our site and access to our marathon mentors, the opportunity to be paired with a running buddy, and a chance to win a prize for the most funds raised. (Note: Our most sponsored runner for the Marine Corps Marathon in 2009 raised over $2,800...and she traveled from London to DC to run!)
2) Fundraising is not as difficult as you might think. In fact, one of our 2009 runners raised over $1,000 in just under 24 hours! Our fundraising page gives plenty of ideas on how to gather those funds. It's easiest to get donations in one lump sum in any amount, but you could also ask folks to sponsor you per mile. People have the option of donating online, or in person by cash or check. Please refer to our donation page for more information.
3) If you are looking for a training partner, email us so we can connect you with a runner in your area.
4) For those of you coming from out of town, please let us know if you want help finding a place to stay anytime that weekend. We can give you some pointers on where to stay and how to get around the island.
5) We will have a pasta party the night before the race so we can carbo-load and mingle before the big event. We are planning the dinner at an Italian restaurant in downtown Honolulu. We'll even have an after-party on Sunday at downtown bar to discuss our accomplishments and swap stories.