Marathon seeing few Japanese entrants

The number of Japanese visitors to compete in the Honolulu Marathon next month has dropped by 4,000, which organizers attributed to the high cost of travel, fuel surcharges and fewer flights from Japan.

Total Japanese resident entries to date have dropped more than 50 percent. Economic studies of the marathon found that Japanese entrants bring at least one person with them to Hawaii, and spend $270 to $280 a day for the typical five-day stay.

There are more than 13,600 Japanese entries for this year's race, compared with more than 16,000 who had signed up by November 2007 for last year's race. Japanese entrants accounted for more than 17,000 of last year's 27,827 total entrants.

The Honolulu Marathon generated about $109 million last year.

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