Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN: FAQ


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    Q:What type of race is the Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN?

    A:Ekiden is a relay race, with runeers sigining up in teams of 3 or 5 to complete a race. Each will run 5K in a loop, handing over the sash(ribbon lei) to the next runner until all runners of the team have reached finish. We also have 5K Fun Run & Walk which you can run individually, and Kid’s Challenge for 6-11 years old kids running 1K.

    Q:How to register?

    A:You can register from HERE.

    Q:Can I register on race day?

    A:Registration is not available on the race day.

    Q:Are there any entry restrictions?

    A:For the EKIDEN, anyone over the age of 6 (on the day of the race) is eligible to participate. Participants for Kid’s Challenge must be 6~11 years old(Under 18 years of age requires parental consent for all category). For Student and Military teams who apply for each  discount, all members should be students or military(including veterans).

    Q:Can I cancel or change my entry?

    A:Upon cancellation no refunds are issued and name changes/transfers are permitted ONLY if the substitute runner was reported to the staff. If there is no substitute or a team member is unable to run another member of the team can run two laps instead.

    Q:How many runners are allowed per team? Can 1 runner do multiple laps?

    A:For the 5-men EKIDEN, a team will consist of minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 runners. If a team has less than 5 runners the other team members have to run multiple laps.
    For the 3-men EKIDEN, 3 different runners is mandatory.

    Q:Can I register as an individual without having a team?

    A:Yes, individual registration is available. We will assign individual entries to a 5-men EKIDEN team.
    Both, Fun Run & Walk and Kid’s Challenge are individual registration only.

    Q:When will the teams for the individual entries be announced?

    A:Your team will be arranged at packet pick-up and the teams will be announced on the race day.

    Q:After I register will I get information regarding the event?

    A:Information and updates on the event will be sent to the team captain, or the individuals that signed up via email. We will inform everyone about 10 days before the race regarding the packet pick-up, race day schedule and other important information.

    Q:By when does the team have to decide in which order the runners run?

    A:The order of the runners can be informed prior to the race, but can be changed on race day if desired.

    Q:What will the runners receive?

    A:Runners receives a race t-shirt, finisher medal and more. (No t-shirts for Kid’s Challenge participants)


    Pre-Race Info


    Q:When and where can I pick up my race packet?

    A:It is expected to have at Hawaii Convention Center. We will keep you posted.

    Q:Can somebody else pick up my race packet for me?

    A:Anyone from your team can pick up the race packets on behalf of the team. In case of student and military teams an ID check is required. Please make sure to bring a copy of the student ID of all team members (photos ok).

    Q:Will I get a race t-shirt?

    A:Race t-shirts will be handed out during packet pick-up. There will be no t-shirts for Kid’s Challenge participants. Shirt sizes are : Universal size XS,S,M,L,XL and sizes and quantities are limited.

    Q:Will there be a race briefing?

    A:A race briefing will be held on the day of the race, one hour before the start. Questions will also be answered during packet pick-up.

    Race Day Info


    Q:What happens if it rains?

    A:The race will take place even if it rains. However, if the weather conditions jeopardize the safety of the runners then the event will be cancelled.

    Q:What time should I come to the start-line area?

    A:We recommend you to be at Kapiolani Park around 7am.

    Q: Is there a shuttle bus to the event area?

    A:There are no shuttle bus service available before or after the race.

    Q:Is parking available?

    A:Parking is available at Kapiolani Park and street parking.

    Q:Are there any running outfit restrictions?

    A:There are no restrictions. We advise to bring a cap and sunglasses.We award team who wears the best costume and showed the best teamwork so please weare your best running COSTUME!

    Q:Are there any changing rooms?

    A:There are no changing rooms.

    Q:Is there a place where I can leave my bags?

    A:There are no coin lockers or bag drop-offs.

    Q:Will my time be recorded?

    A:For EKIDEN runners, your time will be recorded using a time chip. You will be able to check your results later using your bib number.
    There will be no timing for Fun Run & Walk and Kid’s Challenge participants.

  • Q:Is there a cut-off time?
    A:The cut-off time is 4 hours.

    Q:How many aid stations are there and where are they located?

    A:There is one aid station at the turning point on Diamond Head Road. Water stations with Gatorade and Water are available at the turning point and finish line.

    Q: Are there bathrooms and showers?

    A:Toilettes are located near the start line. Showers are not available.

    Q:Can I run wearing a costume?

    A:We encourage it! If you run wearing a costume please make sure the bib number is clearly visible. Most fashionable team will receive a special award!

    Q:Can I check my individual time and overall team time?

    A:The overall team result time and each lap time will be released.

    Q:Can I run with my music player?

    A:Due to safety reasons, the use of earphones is not permitted.

    Q:Are there any refreshments after the race?

    A:Participants can enjoy delicious local food at the WaikiKitchen. Other refreshments will also be available.

    Q:When and where will I receive my finisher medal?

    A:Medals will be handed out at the finish line.

    Q:Are there any awards?

    A:The top 3 teams will receive awards and there are some special awards available. Details will follow soon.

    Q:Will there be any entertainment?

    A:Detailed information is to be announced.

    Q: Will there be food available during the event?

    A:You will be able to enjoy local food at the WAIKIKITCHEN in Kapiolani Park.

    Q:Do I need insurance for this race?

    A:We do not require our participants to be insured, but cannot be held liable in the case of injuries.


Other Info


Q:Are there other events besides the EKIDEN?

Our local foods festival at WAIKIKITCHEN will take place on the same day and Aloha Dance CONVENTION will take place the night before at Hawaii Convention Center. Also on the same weekend, Hawaii’s largest cultural exchange event, Honolulu Festival will take place in Waikiki.

Q:If I don’t participate in the race can I still attend the WAIKIKITCHEN Local Foods Festival?

A:The WAIKIKITCHEN Local Foods Festival is open to everyone.

Q:Can I go and watch Aloha DANCE CONVENTION?

A:Yes! Aloha DANCE CONVENTION is open to everyone.

Q:How will the weather be like on Oahu in March?

A:March is the second half of the rainy season, but temperatures are expected to reach up to 90°F and as low as 70°F. (see details)

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