Where is the Store Located?
Big Island Running Company is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii - in Kailua-Kona to be exact. We’re in the Coconut Grove Marketplace off of Ali’i Drive right in the heart of town.
What are the Store Hours?
We’re open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5 p.m.. If we’re not there right at opening, we’re probably running (literally) a few minutes behind on island time.
*We are closed for most major holidays.
Do You do Shoe Fittings?
Yes! Any of our employees can help you with shoe fittings. We use our best knowledge to help fit you into the shoe that’s right for your feet and makes your feet happy.
What is Kona Weather Like?
Kona has a tropical climate which means that our weather doesn’t vary to extremes. The average temperature ranges from 75*-86* year-round. But don’t let those numbers fool you, we also have high humidity levels: it can be sunny, hot, and humid, or it can also be rainy, warm, and humid.
In short, cooler months are November - April and warmer months are May - October with September and October being the warmest.
What are the Best Months to Travel to Kona?
November - April are the coolest months in terms of temperature.
Quietest Months: Off-season tourism months tend to be April-May, late August - September, and late October - early November.
Busiest Months: The busiest tourism months tend to be January-March, late May - early August, early October around Ironman, and December.
Do You Host Group Runs?
Yes, we do and we invite anyone and everyone to join!
Tuesday: 5 p.m.
Thursday: 5 p.m.
Saturday: 6:30 a.m.
Typical distances are anywhere from 3-6 miles (5-10km) on Tuesday/Thursday and 3-10 (5-16km) on Saturday. There are always groups of various paces!
Do You Host Running Races?
Yes, we host the annual Thanksgiving run - the Wobble Gobble - on Thanksgiving morning. Information on that race is on our calendar.
There are also a few that we work with that start and finish from the store:
Early November - 100% Kona Coffee Marathon and Half Marathon
Mid-December - Jingle Bell Beach Run 5k
Best Road Running Routes?
Ali’i Drive: Ali’i is the most convenient place to run as it spans 6.5 miles (or 13 miles out-and-back) and is the coastal access road. It has some rolling hills, some shade, and plenty of public restrooms and water fountains at the beach parks along the way.
Ane Keohokalole Highway: This road is perfect for running as there is a sidewalk that runs parallel to the road. The road spans about 3 miles and has rolling hills. The one downfall is there is no shade but the view is great!
Best Trail Running Routes?
Unfortunately, we don't have any great trails in the immediate Kona area, so you'll have to drive a bit to find some.
Mana Road, Waimea: Mana Road is a dirt/gravel road and a favorite among locals as it’s located in Waimea where the weather tends to be cooler. It sits at about 2500 feet (760m) of elevation so pack for warmer, cooler, and wet conditions as the weather can change quickly. The road actually goes all the way to the Mauna Kea Access Road so it’s easy to run for miles and miles in one direction.
Captain Cook Monument Trail: If you’re looking to get in some vertical miles, this is the one for you! The trail is about 4 miles round-trip - 2 steep miles down and 2 steep miles back up. Don’t let the elevation gain of this one scare you off though because the view is spectacular!
- Fosters Kitchen (local farm to table) - Coconut Grove Marketplace
- Umekes (local-style/best poke) - corner of Kuakini Hwy and Kaiwi St or corner of Hualalai Rd and Kuakini Hwy
-Krua Thai Cuisine - Kuakini Hwy
- Lava Java - Coconut Grove Marketplace
- Bale Kona (Vietnamese) - Kona Coast Shopping Center
-Pine Tree Cafe (local-style) - Kohanaiki Business Park
-Under The Bodhi Tree - Mana Lani
Favorite Local Coffee Shops:
Kona Coffee and Tea - Kona Coast Shopping Center
Daylight Mind Coffee Company - Waterfront Row or Lanihau Shopping Center
Peaberry and Galette - Keauhou Shopping Center
Kona Joe Coffee (Kealakekua) - 79-7346 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96750
Do You Have an Ambassador Program?
We currently do not have an ambassador program.