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Ethiopian wins women’s title in Honolulu debut

A 25-year-old from Ethiopia won the Honolulu Marathon women’s championship, her first marathon title and in her Honolulu Marathon debut. “It was a good race, but a little windy, “said 25-year-old Woynishet Girma, who finished in two hours, 31 minutes and 41 seconds. With the 5 a.m. start, running in the dark made the Honolulu…

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Kenya’s Chelimo repeats as men’s champion

Defending champion Nicholas Chelimo pushed ahead of two-time winner Patrick Ivuti about 50 yards from the finish line to win the 39th Honolulu Marathon on Sunday. His time was two hours, 14 minutes and 55 seconds, and Ivuti was three seconds behind in one of the race’s closest finishes. A pack of 12 started out…

2011 Marathon winners sign autographs

Tanya Somera of Pearl City was first in line to get autographs from Honolulu Marathon winners Nicholas Chelimo and Woynishet Girma on Monday at Kapiolani Park. “This was the fourth year I ran the marathon and I make it a habit to meet the winners and get mementoes,”Somera said.” I hope their fast running skills…

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Runners turn out for marathon Luau-Concert

Regine Schultz-Langerhaus says she really can’t compare the Honolulu Marathon with the other 107 marathons she has run. “The many Japanese and Americans makes it different but enjoyable for us. It’s also warm; often it’s cold for the races in Germany,” she said while enjoying the music and food at the marathon’s annual concert and…

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The Gladyator joins marathon Hall of Fame

Gladys “Glady” Burrill says she saw the serious look on Honolulu Marathon Association President Jim Barahal’s face and thought he was going to tell her not to do any more marathons. Instead, he told her that she would be inducted into the marathon’s Hall of Fame. “It’s unbelievable,” said Burrill shortly before the induction ceremony…

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Mbarak Hussein visits mid-pacific institute

Former Honolulu Marathon champion Mbarak Hussein says, as a child, he had to walk or run three miles to and from school in his native Kenya. In addition to having no bus, the school also had no cafeteria. “We had to go back home for lunch and I was always hungry, so I always ran….

Kona woman wins lifetime marathon entry

A Kona woman probably will back for next year’s Honolulu Marathon — and the years after that. Melissa Braswell of Kailua-Kona won lifetime entry into the annual marathon as well as the half-marathon, which will debut March 11 , in the marathon’s Facebook trivia contest. “I have to come back now, ” the 33-year-old Braswell…

Malasadas will be treat for hungry runners

Runners in Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon won’t get just a shell lei and a certificate when they finish the race. This year, the hungry runners (the race starts at 5 a.m.) also can look forward to a malasada. About 20,000 of the fluffy Portuguese donuts will be made in a tent near the Kapiolani Park finish…

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Jimmy Muindi regales Priory students

A second-grader asked six-time Honolulu Marathon champion Jimmy Muindi if someone stole something and ran away could he catch him. “You steal something and you’ll see,” he answered, laughing with the students. Muindi made his third annual visit to the all-girls St. Andrew’s Priory in Honolulu on Friday, answering questions about his native Kenya as…