Beginning days of the Honolulu Marathon
The race began in 1973. During its formative period (1973-1978) the Honolulu Marathon doubled in dimensions annually.
That growth, like the growth of long-distance running itself, occurred not from an interest in competition, but from a hunt for personal longevity as well as an enhanced quality lifestyle.
Founder of the Honolulu MarathonFormer Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi has become inducted inside the Honolulu Marathon Hall of Fame after documents proved he was the founding father of the Honolulu Marathon race 37 in years past. Mayor Fasi died in 2010. Using the Honolulu Marathon just days away, race officials say they have undisputed proof that Fasi got all happen.
"We were getting rid of some files so we saw a box labeled 1973 and we saw the documents that showed beyond a shadow of an doubt that Mayor Fasi was the creator as well as the founding father of the marathon," said Jim Barahal, Honolulu Marathon President.
Now drawing over 20,000 entries per year, the Honolulu Marathon is amongst the biggest in the nation.
Back in 1973, there wasn't widespread curiosity about it. But Mayor Fasi knew regarding the Boston Marathon, and saw its potential here. The main topic on the expansion in the Honolulu Marathon was cardiologist Jack Scaff, one of the primary physicians to prescribe running as therapy for cardiovascular disease. In 1977 Sports Illustrated's senior writer and Olympic marathoner Kenny Moore wrote an element story in regards to the race. That article was soon followed from the book "The Honolulu Marathon," by journalist Mark Hazard Osmun the novel would be a revelatory chronicle in the then-unfolding social craze referred to as "Running Boom," as exemplified from the Honolulu event. As time passes, the race grew and changed, luring large corporate sponsors and paying substantial prize money for the winners.