Big Island International Marathon
Hilo, Hawaii  - March 18, 2012

Photos by participant Rodney Pygoya Chang
all photographs copyrighted 2012 by Rodney Pygoya Chang

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This is my 3rd BI Hilo marathon.  I focused on capturing the beauty of the rain forest or the first 9 miles of the route.  It has to be the most beautiful rain forest marathon around.

 

Bus pick up at sponsoring Hawaiian Hilo Hotel on Banyan Drive

 

 

 

The shuttle buses are coming

 

 

 

My wife Erlinda with me at the hotel

 

 

 

At the community center at Peepeekeo north of Hilo

 

 

 

Awaiting for the 5:30am start

 

 

 

Knees, you can do this...

 

 

 

Last chance to use the portable potty

 

 

 

At the Start

 

 

 

Of over a thousand, about 225 are full marathoners

 

 

 

 

Dawn came quickly after the start

 

 

 

 

Too early for shave ice!

 

 

 

 

A early riser cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous rain but drizzle will be sporadic throughout the run and with cloud cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First of many bridges of the rain forest

 

 

 

 

Many beautiful gushing streams 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First view of ocean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of cover from the sun, not like the second half of the course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's "Cowman" who has been running Hawaii marathons since the 70s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiring scenery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep on Running