By Michael S. K. N. Tsai
The Honolulu Marathon debuted in 1973 because the shared imaginative and prescient of a maverick heart specialist bent on proving the advantage of long-distance operating for cardiac sufferers and an impetuous mayor wanting to turn out Honolulu the equivalent of the pinnacle towns within the kingdom. Over a span of forty-plus years, the race matured into one of many biggest marathons on the earth, a $100 million monetary engine for its domestic country, and a release pad for the most dominant long-distance runners in smooth historical past. From its modest commence as a group occasion for neighborhood amateurs, the race now frequently draws 30,000 entrants—more than part from Japan—and boasts elite fields led through Kenyan and Ethiopian expert runners, each one hoping to earn a proportion of a $150,000 prize purse.
The People’s Race Inc. captures the personalities, politics, and tool performs at the back of the burgeoning development of the Honolulu Marathon and offers a different lens for realizing the complicated historical past of the game itself. Drawn from revealing interviews with these closest to the development, in addition to exhaustive learn, journalist Michael Tsai offers an insider’s account of ways organizers solid profitable partnerships with international traders, helped begin the age of African dominance of the marathon, and weathered probably the most strange demanding situations conceivable. The booklet additionally exposes the ways that the marathon's expansive development reflected the explosive, every now and then bewildering, improvement of post-statehood Hawai‘i.
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