(SC) * 2:16:13
(Mass.) * 2:40:07
appears that Dean Matthews didn't get the word that you're
not supposed to take the Honolulu Marathon seriously.
24-year-old Clemson University graduate form South Carolina
shattered the course record with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes
and 12 seconds in winning the seventh annual Honolulu Marathon
yesterday. He crossed the finish line at Kapiolani Park
more than 500 yards ahead of runner-up Frank Shorter.
he did get the word. "Everybody said to come over here and
just have a good time," he said between gulps of a Coke
following his victory, " and I did have a good time for
about eight miles. Then I decided to make a move. Once I
did that, I was committed and I had to go for it."
overtook Ron Tabb of Texas at 14.5 miles and never was threatened
thereafter. Tabb, 25, held on for third place, a few strides
Kardong, who set the old record of 2:17:04 in winning the
race last year, was sixth yesterday in 2:22:23.
Lyons, a 26-year-old Boston resident, successfully defended
her women's title. Her time of 2:40:06 was more than three
minutes better than the course record she set last year
and less than two minutes short of her personal best, a
2:38:22 in Boston earlier this year.
race got under way in front of Aloha Tower in the early
morning darkness. The wheel-chair participants rolled away
at 5:30 a.m. and then the blast of a cannon and fireworks
sent the runners off at 6 a.m. The streets were still wet
from a shower earlier in the morning, but conditions were
from the Honolulu Advertiser, Monday, December 10, 1979)
7th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 9, 1979.