Defending Champ Returns
Categories: Elite Athletes
Valentina Galimova of Russia who won in one of Honolulu’s most exciting women’s races. She sprinted away from the 2011 champion Woynishet Girma, si-tenths of a mile from the finish to win the Honolulu Marathon in 2 hours, 31 minutes, 23 seconds. She described her effort as “a big job,” saying it was the most difficult marathon she has run. “It was windy going out, but the wind was at our backs on the return,” she said. She also said the weather was hot, noting a big climate change in coming to Honolulu.
The winner of the Honolulu Marathon wins $40,000.