Ready, Set, Go

Staying fit is not a spectator sport on Oahu

By: By Marty Wentzel

2008-2009 EVENTS

Aug. 17-24: Duke’s OceanFest

Sept. 28: Honolulu Century Ride

Dec. 14: Honolulu Marathon

Feb. 23: Great Aloha Run

Early March: Straub/Kapiolani Women’s 10K

Mid-May: Honolulu Triathlon

It’s one thing to watch a sporting event, but in a natural playground like Oahu, active travelers do better getting off their duffs and into the game. Thanks to perennial sunshine, warm temperatures and clean air, the island offers clients a chance to get involved in annual contests and challenges.

 Swimmers on the beach before Duke’s OceanFest // © Duke’s Waikiki
Swimmers on the beach
before Duke’s OceanFest
This summer, for instance, swimmers can sign up for a weeklong series of contests called Duke’s OceanFest, honoring famed Hawaii waterman Duke Kanahamoku. Surf competitions, surf polo, tandem surfing and a luau are a few of the events taking place at Waikiki Beach, with funds benefiting college grants and programs.

Come September, cyclists toe the line during the Honolulu Century Ride, Hawaii’s oldest and largest biking event, attracting 4,000 people from around the world. Clients can choose to ride 20, 25, 40, 50, 75 or 100 miles at their own pace, and proceeds from the annual pedal party support the Hawaii Bicycling League and its efforts to promote health, recreation and transportation through advocacy, education and events.

Each December, the Honolulu Marathon brings tens of thousands of runners to Oahu. The 26.2-mile course provides spectacular views from Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. The week leading up to the race includes activities and events such as a sports expo and carbo-loading party.

The Great Aloha Run, held each February, is recognized nationally by Runners’ World magazine as one of the top 100 Great Road Races. The 8.15-mile jog starts at Aloha Tower in Honolulu and ends at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. A three-day sports, health and fitness expo takes place during the weekend before the race, with exhibit booths, entertainment and workshops.

The ladies get their turn in the March sun during the annual Straub/Kapiolani Women’s 10K. A popular draw for over 30 years, the 6.2-mile challenge begins and ends at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki, with a route that winds past Diamond Head.

In mid-May, the Honolulu Triathlon draws international competitors for a 1.5K swim, 40K bike ride and 10K running course beginning and ending at Honolulu’s Ala Moana Park. Clients can also sign up for the related Hustle Up the Hyatt Stair race and short-distance kids’ triathlon.

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