More than 29,700 register for marathon


HONOLULU (AP) — So far, more than 29,700 runners registered for this weekend’s Honolulu Marathon.

Organizers told another media outlet another 2,000 to 4,000 are expected to enter before the deadline, so total runners could top last year’s more than 31,000.

Hawaii Pacific University Travel Industry Management program Chairman Jerome Agrusa said the economic impact of Sunday’s marathon will be significant either way.

He said the race generated more than $100 million in annual sales during the last eight years.

The race draws a significant number of tourists. More than 18,000 people from 45 countries preregistered, including about 13,000 from Japan.

Agrusa said most runners bring at least one person with them so marathon-related visitors could top 36,000.

 

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