Bibrave Race Review: Kalakaua Merrie Mile

Disclaimer: I received entry to the Kalakaua Merrie Mile to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

The Merrie mile: the first race of the weekend for the Honolulu Marathon. Surprisingly, it was also my first mile race ever. How I’ve never done a mile race (one you’d pay for, not in high school), I’m not sure.

The expo: bibs had to be picked up either Thursday or Friday since there was no race day pick up for the mile. After showing ID, you got your bib and shirt before going into the expo. Anyone could run the mile, even if you’re running the marathon (because let’s face it, we’re crazy). Well run expo with everything in English and Japanese.

Friday night, I had my stuff all prepped. I split a room with Erin, a fellow Bibrave Pro. We had to figure out what time to get up and be out the door by, where to meet other pros who were also running (Eric who ran and Chris who played cheer squad) and all the fun stuff. Because of my job, I set obnoxious alarms, so Erin had no need to set her alarms (sorry!).


We woke up around 530 and headed out around 6 AM towards the Honolulu Zoo. Read, we followed the bunches of runners heading out bright and early for a quick mile run. We got there and met up (briefly) with the race director and then found Chris and Eric. Eventually, we went to our corals: Eric was in the first wave due to his super speediness, I was in the second and Erin was behind me. Each wave went off every 3 minutes. The Star Spangled Banner played followed by the Japanese National anthem and the waves started going off. I was off at 703 with my wave of people. The course was out and back down Kalakaua Ave, so I was looking for Eric during the out portion. It was a flat, fun and quick course and felt like it was over just as fast as it started! The street was lined with people cheering or just coming out to see what was going on. After you finished, you received a medal and were led to refreshments. I caught up with the other pros and we hung out and waited for the pro race to start.


The pro race started after everyone else had finished. 5 men, 5 women and over in 4 minutes, 30 seconds or less. It was set up where the women started first and 27 seconds later, the men went off to see if they could catch the women. It turned out, Edwin Kiptoo of Kenya caught the women and won with a mile time of under 4 minutes, the first time in the state of Hawaii. Women placed 2nd and 3rd which was pretty cool.

Overall, the race was really well run for an Inaugural Race. I think it goes in part to the fact that the Marathon’s been going on for 44 years. However, a few minor things to work on for next year: the end and food area was overly congested. The line was so long, some people gave up waiting. It would have worked out better if there were more stations set up for people to go to. Additionally, there was no corral separation at the start or clear indication for where corrals started. It would have helped to have something set up to match each colored corral just so things weren’t as confusing. Overall, a good race though! Maybe next year, Honolulu can think of a mile/marathon challenge, as there was a good amount of marathoners who did the mile as well! Head over to the results page to search your mile time





About drrunner
8 time marathoner, 65 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. BibRave Pro, Doctor and a mix of insanity

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