New Book: The People’s Race Inc.

The People’s Race Inc.: Behind the Scenes at the Honolulu Marathon
By Michael Tsai

  • Who is the true “father” of the Honolulu Marathon?
  • How did foreign investment transform a people’s race devoted to improving community health into a $100 million economic engine for the state?
  • Did the Renaissance of African marathon running really begin in Honolulu?
  • Have prize money and appearance fees compromised the founding vision of the race?

To Whom Does A People’s Race Belong?

The People’s Race Inc. captures the personalities, politics, and power plays behind the burgeoning growth of the Honolulu Marathon and provides a unique lens for understanding the complex history of the sport itself.

Drawn from revealing interviews with those closest to the event, as well as exhaustive research, journalist Michael Tsai presents an insider’s account of how organizers forged lucrative partnerships with foreign investors, helped initiate the age of African dominance of the marathon, and weathered some of the most bizarre challenges imaginable. The book also exposes the ways in which the marathon’s expansive growth mirrored the explosive, at times bewildering, development of post- statehood Hawai‘i.

Michael Tsai, Ph.D, is an award-winning reporter and columnist for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and an instructor of English at Kapi‘olani Community College. He has completed seventeen marathons and ultra marathons, including eight Honolulu Marathons.

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