1,500 runners participated in Ekiden Race

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About 1,500 runners took part in the 7th annual Ekiden Race on Sunday. 

The race had a distance of 26.2 miles, from Kapiolani Park to Sandy Beach, and back.

The course is divided into six parts, with teams of up to six people taking different sections.

The group winner this year was, Hawaii Sport Elite with a time of two hours and 27 minutes. 

In addition, for the first time this year, race organizers allowed runners to do the full marathon distance, alone. 

The solo race was won by Polina Carlson, with a time of just under three hours and three minutes. 

Money raised at the race goes to the Honolulu Ekiden Foundation, which donates to various local non-profits.

Ekiden originally started in Japan as a way to spread the news. A messenger would carry the message to the next messenger until the news got to its destination. 

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