Big Island to host 12th International Marathon

Hundreds of runners from around the globe will crowd into Hilo to take part in this year's Big Island International Marathon on March 22. In addition to the standard 26.2-mile event, fun runs of 10.8 and 3.1 miles will cap a weekend of activities, including a Carbo Load dinner March 20 and the Health and Fitness expo March 21.

Unlike the sun-scarred lava flows so often associated with the island's Iron Man Triathlon, the Big Island International Marathon course takes runners over a much cooler stretch of verdant, tropical coastline. Punctuated with narrow bridges, scenic black-sand vistas and waterfalls, the fairly flat route offers a generally friendly collection of running conditions.

The marathon's organizers give out awards in a variety of age groups. Visit www.hilomarathon.org.

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