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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2006
Release No. M-127-06
MAYOR KICKS OFF
34th HONOLULU MARATHON WEEK
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today kicked off Honolulu Marathon Week with Dr. Jim Barahal, president of the Honolulu Marathon, and Yunjin Kim, star of the ABC hit television series “Lost.”
“I have long supported the Honolulu Marathon and other sporting events that broaden
Hannemann said, “We’re pleased to announce that Yunjin Kim will be signing autographs, shaking hands and taking photographs with fans at the expo next Friday, beginning at 2:30 p.m. That’s longer than she gets to spend with fans any other time of the year. The next day, Saturday, Kelly Hu will appear from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then at 2, Yunjin’s ‘Lost’ co-star Naveen Andrews will be there from 2 p.m.”
He added, “As for the race itself, already nearly 700 people more than last year have signed up. I’m also very encouraged to hear that, while the overall number of Japanese visitors here is down this year, the number of marathon runners from
The mayor said, “The continuing success of the marathon from the participants’ perspective as well as financially, is a credit to Jim Barahal and his staff. This is Jim’s 20th marathon, and he has really shaped this into an exemplary event that contributes significantly to
Events for Marathon Week include:
· Marathon Expo, Wednesday through Saturday, December 6 through 9, at the
· Legends 5K run. Thursday, December 7, 7:45 a.m. at
· 34th annual Honolulu Marathon, Sunday, December 10, 5 a.m.
Also present at the news conference was
“This study confirms what we’ve known all along: The Honolulu Marathon is not only a premiere sporting event, but also a vital part of
Hannemann noted that the marathon itself spent $566,126 last year on expenses that included the services of 400 special duty police officers.
The HPU study of the economic impact of last year’s marathon was based on a survey of 1,385 of the 28,048 participants.
“What’s particularly interesting and exciting is the revelation that more than 90 percent of the runners said they would return, not to run in the marathon, but to visit
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Friday, December 01, 2006|