Defending-chmaps

Kipsang and Galimova Sign Autographs for Fans

Honolulu Marathon champions Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and Valentina Galimova of Russia returned to Kapiolani Park Monday morning to meet their fans, and Tanya Somera was first in line to get the winners’ autographs for the second consecutive year. “It’s a great incentive to meet them,” said Somera, of Pearl City, Oahu, who ran her…

Last Finisher

Marathon Officially Ends 14 hours, 42 minutes after start

The 40th Honolulu Marathon came to an official close 14 hours, 42 minutes and 14 seconds after it started Sunday when a 56-year-old athletics coaching volunteer and a 19-year-old mute special needs woman from Nagano, Japan, crossed the finish line at Kapiolani Park. The Honolulu Marathon is the only marathon known to keep its finish…

Krige Schabort

Hall of Famer Schabort gets 9th Wheelchair Win

Krige Schabort won the Honolulu Marathon wheelchair race for the 9th time on Sunday. He crossed the finish line in one hour, 33 minutes and 15 seconds for his second consecutive victory. He broke away from seveal others at the six-mile park and rode alone the rest of the way. But he said being by…

Valentina Galimova

Galimova wins with late surge

Valentina Galimova sprinted away from defending champion Woynishet Girma six-tenths of a mile from the finish line to win the Honolulu Marathon women’s racer on Sunday. Her time was two hours, 31 minutes and 23 seconds, which was a minute ahead of Girma of Ethiopia, whose time was 2:32:22. American Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce of Flagstaff, Ariz.,…

Wilson Kipsang

Kenya’s Kipsang wins with first negative split

When the winds finally settled down, Wilson Kipsang made his winning move. Feeling comfortable and strong, Kipsang made a push at the 22nd mile and pulled away to win Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 31 seconds. “A win for me is good,” Kipsang said. Kipsang, running in his first marathon since his…

Bryan-Clay

Decathlete Bryan Clay finishes with wife

Bryan Clay says the toughest part of running a marathon is “having to keep going.” The 2008 Olympic gold medalist and his wife, Sarah, ran the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, finishing hand in hand in four hours and 46 minutes. It was their first marathon. That time was only slightly over their goal of four…

3 Generations to run together in 40th Honolulu Marathon

Betty Jean McHugh turned 85 last month, and is celebrating by running the Honolulu Marathon for the sixth time. This time it will be a three-generation effort with her son Brent, 58, and granddaughter, Ava, 21, also racing. The three-generation effort was Ava’s idea, McHugh said, and it will be the first time the three…

Hall of Fame inducts Svetlana Zakharova

With five former honorees looking on, Svetlana Zakharova of Russia was inducted into the Honolulu Marathon’s Hall of Fame at a reception Thursday night. “I am thankful for this gift and that my career achievements are noted,” said Zakharova, a three-time winner and six-time runner-up in the Honolulu race, through an interpreter. She will be…

Marathoners pour into expo as late registration opens

Kazuharu Iwata of Nagoya, Japan, came to the Hawaii Convention Center directly from Honolulu Airport to pick up his running number for Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon. He was first in line when the packet pickup began at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Iwata and those in the long line behind him followed a red carpet through the Marathon…