2018 Hawai’i Bird Conservation Marathon
Ornithologist/Race Director Robert Kennedy has started planning for a second marathon, which will be held on December 16, 2018. “Registration has only been open for three weeks and we have over 90 people signed up”, said Bob Kennedy. “We are setting the limit at 150 this year and I am hoping we can raise at least $5,000 for the KBCC Discovery Forest”. Learn more about the 2018 race at Hawai’i Bird Conservation Marathon.
2017 Hawai’i Bird Conservation Marathon
The Hawai’i Bird Conservation Marathon was held on December 16, 2017 to support endemic birds of Hawai‘i through the Hawai‘i Forest Institute for the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) Discovery Forest in Volcano, Hawai‘i. There were 87 marathoners who finished the race, with 33 runners completing the race with a Boston Qualifying Time. A total of $4,188 was raised through the marathon for the KBCC Discovery Forest.
Grateful appreciation to Ornithologist/Race Director Robert Kennedy for planning and coordinating the race. Bob is a member of the Big Island Road Runners, President of the 50sub4 Marathon Club, and has run 182 marathons and ultra marathons (Finisher, Boston Qualifying Time in all 50 States; 50 States Marathon Club Finisher 2X; Marathon Maniacs – 10 Stars; 100 Marathon Club; New England 65 Plus Runners Club).
This USA Track & Field Certified Course (HI17001BK) is a Boston Qualifier and the race was sanctioned by USA Track & Field (C17055419). The course is rated as the 2nd Fastest Marathon Course in the United States by FindMyMarathon.com Fastest Marathon Courses | FindMyMarathon.com. The race started at 6:00 am at Volcano Golf and Country Club, headed downhill to Hilo along Volcano Road/Mamalahoa Highway until mile marker 26.06 when runners turned left onto Stainback Highway to finish in front of the Boy Scouts’ Kilauea Camp. Total drop was 3,792 feet, total gain was 54 feet, and average grade was 2.72%.
During the first 3 miles, the course went along Mamalohoa Highway (Rt 11) as it passed through Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and then entered the community of Volcano. For the first 15 miles, the course was surrounded by a mixture of original Hawaiian hāpuʻu and ‘ōhi‘a rain forest, residential and agricultural land. The Start on this clear day offered a spectacular view of Hawaii’s highest volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and during the first few miles runners experienced the dawn chorus of many Hawaiian endemic birds that may have included the Apapane, Hawai‘i Amakihi, I‘iwi (all three are Hawaiian Honeycreepers) Oma‘o (Hawaiian Thrush), and Hawai‘i Elepaio (a monarch flycatcher). Runners may have also seen the Nēnē (endemic Hawaiian Goose) and the ‘Io (Hawaiian Hawk).
The race sold out within a month of it being offered, with preference given to Hawai’i residents, especially those that live on the Hawai‘i Island.
Mahalo to all the runners who donated:
‘Ōhi‘a Maile Forest ($100 to $200)
Janet Miller (Bike Works Kona)
Brad & Marla Rhoden
‘Ōhi‘a Mala Forest ($8 to $75)
Amie & Benjie Durden
Shirley Van Dyke
Brandi Jean Thomas