Marathon 31 in 50 of the #50in50: Hawaii


31 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

  • DELAWARE 6/18/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Bear DE

  • MARYLAND 6/19/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Elkton MD

  • ALASKA 6/22/2019: Anchorage Mayor’s marathon @anc_marathon

  • HAWAII 6/30/2019: Kona marathon @konamarathon


After I finished the Anchorage Mayor’s marathon, I flew down to Hawaii for the Kona marathon. I had about a week to myself before Ferdinand and family arrived to meet me and run the race. I spent time reflecting and relaxing in a condo on the beach that a friend of mine set me up in. I ate a lot of fresh pineapple on the lanai.


At the race expo I met Julie Weiss, Marathon. She ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks in 2012 and 2013 following the loss of her father to pancreatic cancer. There’s a lot of parallel in what I’m currently doing for the foundation. We talked for awhile and I picked up an autographed copy of her book The Miles and Trials of a Marathon Goddess: 52 Weeks, 52 Marathons.


The race was very hot and humid, as we expected. It was in the low 90s with 81% humidity.

The Kona Marathon is primarily at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast. The race starts and finishes at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queen’s Garden. The course has one gentle climb.


We ran by lava fields. We ran shirtless for most of the race to try to deal with the heat.


It took us a while to finish because of the heat. We took it east - over 5 hours.

The medals were cool.


Check out the Kona marathon if you’re looking for a Summer marathon in Hawaii.


Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.


She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.


Yasir Salem