January 11 2018
A runner shares a personal essay documenting her years as "the runner" in rural South Dakota.
This urban paradise on the island of Oahu is not only home to world-famous beaches—it’s also a majestic place to grab miles. If you’re brave enough to fully embrace the laid-back culture, lace up your shoes and explore without any real direction in mind. The friendly locals are happy to steer you toward the best secret spots that even Google Maps can’t find.
Try the Leahi (Diamond Head) loop outside of popular Waikiki. It boasts epic views atop the lookout. Up the coast, Ala Moana Beach Park has workout classes where you can find triathletes and runners aplenty.
Get Away From It All
For a dose of history, the Pearl City Bike Path starts at Aloha Stadium and ends in Waipahu, passing the lochs of Pearl Harbor. For a heartier serving of the island’s most intense landmarks, dare to climb 5 miles to the top of 2,014-foot Tantalus, an extinct volcano that attracts more adventurous runners.
The Honolulu Marathon is the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. and doesn’t have a cutoff time, meaning all paces are truly welcomed! The Hapalua Half Marathon is a shorter option, featuring an out-and-back coastal course that starts and finishes at Waikiki Beach. —CP
“It’s such a great place to unplug and be present. It doesn’t matter if you’re running on the beach or on trails in the forest—it’s impossible not to feel happy or at peace there. I ran 11 miles for the first time while I was in Hawaii, and even though it was 80 degrees, I had a smile on my face the entire time.” —Kelly Roberts, blogger at Run, Selfie, Repeat and WR contributor