Stay home during the Honolulu Marathon!

We left the house at 10:20 am yesterday with the goal of snorkeling at Hanauma Bay in east Oahu.  We thought that surely the Honolulu Marathon would be almost over, since it had started at 5:00 am, but, boy, were we wrong!  There were thousands of people still jogging or walking along Kalanianaole Highway on their way to the finish line at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki.

Here are some photos I took from our car.

As you can see, the entire right section of the highway was devoted to the marathon.  No residents on that side of the road were allowed to exit from their driveways!  Those of us driving to Hanauma Bay were relegated to ONE lane on the left side of the road.  Naturally, it was very slow:

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After an hour of driving and realizing that it would take another hour to get to Hanauma Bay, we decided to cut our losses and return home.  Here we are, behind a long line of cars, in Hawaii Kai.  Pretty street.  It was here that we turned around and headed in the opposite direction:

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Note the people still walking or jogging to the finish line at Kapiolani Park.  They had a long way to go!

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Finally, we hit the freeway and were home in 30 minutes:

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Lesson learned:  Stay home during the Honolulu Marathon!

9 Responses to “Stay home during the Honolulu Marathon!”

  1. Christine Says:

    oh that’s too bad you missed your exercise Gigi! Things happen.

  2. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    The Marine Corps marathon is a big mess here in the DC area. They block off streets in both Washington and Arlington and close the Metro stations too. Best to stay home.

    PS I finally got the photo upload thingy to work.

  3. Jeanie Says:

    Streets around here get closed like that for bike races from time to time. I never seem to know when they are scheduled and end up caught in the traffic.

  4. DJan Says:

    Same thing happens here in Bellingham during sporting events. Fortunately it’s usually well advertised and alternate routes supplied. Next week should be better, Gigi.

  5. mageb Says:

    Yes, we have two marathons here we hide from. :)

  6. kavita saharia Says:

    Returning home was the best thing. Better luck next week.

  7. Musings Says:

    Poor Art… he was so itching to do it.

  8. Grannymar Says:

    There is one advantage to living on the edge of a small town – no marathons!

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