Traffic advisory for Honolulu Marathon, inaugural Kalakaua Merrie Mile

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This Sunday, tens of thousands of people will hit the pavement for the 44th annual Honolulu Marathon.

While the marathon starts at 5 a.m., road closures begin hours earlier, starting at 12:30 a.m., and only reopen when athletes complete each section of the course. Major affected thoroughfares include Ala Moana Boulevard, Kalakaua Avenue, and Kalanianaole Highway.View the full traffic advisory here.

The 26-mile route begins in downtown Honolulu, heads through Waikiki, out to Hawaii Kai, then back to Waikiki, finishing at Kapiolani Park.

“Tow-away zones are going to start at 1 in the morning, so if you are parked in a no-parking zone that’s particular to the marathon, please make sure you remove your car by late Saturday evening,” warned Mark Garrity, acting director for the city Department of Transportation Services.

As for TheBus, Garrity said, “We do have to make changes to the routes as affected by the marathon runners. Many of our bus routes will be affected. Thank goodness this is primarily on Sunday morning, so a lot of our riders are not on TheBus as much as it might be during the week.”

The morning shuttle from Kapiolani Park to the race start line is free. And new this year, at the end of the race, the event will offer additional bus service on Route 8 from Kapiolani Park to the Ala Moana end of Waikiki so runners can get back to their cars or hotels. This will be subject to the normal bus fares — $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for children — and cash only.

Also new this year, on Saturday, Dec. 10, the inaugural Kalakaua Merrie Mile will take place. The one-mile run on Kalakaua Avenue will be followed by a Waikiki beach party.

“Those who don’t want to run 26 miles on Sunday can do one mile. It’s a lot of fun and it’s another way to celebrate with families who come in,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The first wave begins at 7 a.m. Lane closures will begin at 5:30 a.m. and affect Monsarrat Avenue and Kalakaua Avenue, ending at Queen’s Beach.

Those who are interested in participating in either race can register at the Honolulu Marathon Expo, which is currently underway at the Honolulu Convention Center. Hours are Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Click here for more information.

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