Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN: FAQ


  • Registration

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

    A:Ekiden is a relay race, with runners signing up in teams 5 to complete a race. Each runner will run 5K in a loop course, handing over the sash(ribbon lei) to the next runner until all runners complete their lap. We also have 5K Fun Run & Walk which you can run individually, and Kids Challenge(1K).

    Q:How do I register?

    A:You can register online. (click HERE)

    Q:Can I register on race day?

    A:There will be no registration on 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 Kids Challenge must be under 12 years old(Children under the age of 5 must have an adult participate together with child). Participants under 18 years of age requires parental consent for all categories.

    Q:Can I cancel or change my entry?

    A:Upon cancellation no refunds are issued. Name changes/transfers are permitted ONLY if the substitute runner was reported to the staff. 

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

    A:For the EKIDEN, a team will consist of 5 runners. If a team has less than 5 runners the other team members must run multiple laps.
    For the EKIDEN Lite, 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 runners to a EKIDEN(5-runners) team.
    Both, Fun Run & Walk and Kids Challenge are individual registration only.

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

    A:The teams will be announced on the race day.

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

    A:Information and updates on the event will be sent via email to the team captain, or the individuals that signed up. We will announce the final info around 10 days prior to the race.

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

    A:No need to inform us the running order. Discuss it amongst the team and be ready on race day.

    Q:What will the runners receive?

    A:Runners will receive a race t-shirt, finisher medal and refreshments. (No t-shirts for Kids Challenge participants)


    Pre-Race Info

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

    A:Packet pick-up will take place on Friday, March 6 (2PM-6PM)and Saturday, March 7 (10AM-6PM) at Hawai’i Convention Center. Each teams representative have to bring photo ID to pick-up their race number. 

    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. However, for student and military teams, an ID check is required. Please make sure to bring a copy of the student/military ID of all team members (digital photo are acceptable). 

    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 Kids Challenge participants. Shirt sizes are : Universal size XS,S,M,L,XL. 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 prior to the start. 

    Race Day Info

    Q:What happens if it rains?

    A:The race will take place rain or shine. However, if the weather conditions jeopardize the safety of the runners, 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. Opening Ceremony(Race Briefing and Warm-up) will start from 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.Parking space are limited so we encourage car pooling.

    Q:Are there any running outfit restrictions?

    A:There are no restrictions. We advise to bring a cap and sunglasses.We will award team who wears the best costume and showed the best teamwork so please wear 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 bag drop-offs.

    Q:Will my time be recorded?

    A:For EKIDEN runners, your time will be recorded using a timing chip. You will be able to check your results later with your bib number.
    NO timing for Fun Run & Walk and Kids Challenge.

  • 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 will be 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:Portable toilettes are located near the starting 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. 

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

    A:The overall team result time and each lap time will be released at a late date.

    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 will be able to enjoy refreshments after the race at Kapiolani Park.

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

    A:Medals will be handed out at the finish line to ALL event participants.

    Q:Are there any awards?

    A:We are planning several awards. Details will be announced later.

    Q:Will there be any entertainment?

    A:There will be some performances but details will be announced later.

    Q: Will there be food available during the event?

    A:There will be NO FOOD AND DRINK VENDORS this year. Please bring your own if needed.

    Q:Do I need insurance for this race?

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


Other Info

Q:Are there other events besides the EKIDEN?

A:Aloha Dance CONVENTION will take place the night before at Hawai’i Convention Center. Also on the same weekend,  Honolulu Festival will take place in Waikiki.

Q:Can I go and watch Aloha DANCE CONVENTION?

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

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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