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Dr. Jack Scaff

Dr. Jack Scaff, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.M., helped start the Honolulu Marathon in 1973, and in 1974 began Honolulu Marathon Clinic.

Even back then Dr. Scaff was a pioneer: he was one of the first physicians to prescribe running as therapy for heart disease. Thousands of runners and three and a half decades later, Doc and crew of volunteers host the “Clinic” most every Sunday from March through December.

Along the way Dr. Scaff was president of the Honolulu Marathon Association, and with his work with the Honolulu Marathon Clinic, helped found the Great Aloha Run in 1985. He was an inaugural inductee of the Honolulu Marathon Hall of Fame in 1995, and  was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 2003; along with being selected and named “Living Treasure” by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii in February 2011.

Dr. Jack Scaff passed away in his home on September 26, 2022.  He is survived by his wife Donna; sons Jack III (Julie) and Kawika; granddaughters Margaret and Emma; brother Walter; and sister Anne.  He leaves a legacy of helping thousands of “normal” people become elite members of the 1% who have successfully completed a marathon.  His sharp wit, boisterous personality, compassion, and dedication to helping ordinary people accomplish the extraordinary, will be sorely missed but lives on in everyone he taught to make stronger strides in life.