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31,000 Expected to Enter Honolulu Marathon

Posted: Dec. 10th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

31,000, including a local named Gary Dill who's famously suiting up for his impressive 40th marathon in the sunny Hawaiian city, are expected to compete in the upcoming Honolulu Marathon. Dill was one of 162 originals to finish the race during its first year in 1973, an impressive feat for any athlete, but more impressive when repeated consecutively for 40 years later.

This weekend's Honolulu Marathon will be the largest race in 15 years, with more than 31,000 runners anticipated to enter. That number is almost 200 times more than when the race first started with only 162 entrants.

"You've got to remember back in '73, there was only one Zippy's in town, it was on King Street," said Gary Dill, who lives in Honolulu. "So this is way back, when we are talking about."

Gary Dill was one of the 162 runners who entered and finished the race when it first began in 1973, and he has run every Honolulu Marathon since.

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