Kona woman wins lifetime marathon entry

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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 said.

Marathon officials conducted a daily race-related trivia contest during the past week, with the winners receiving a marathon tee-shirt. The prize was upgraded on Friday with a more difficult question.

That question was to guess the race winner’s finish time. Braswell came within one second of the two hour, 14 minutes and 55 seconds time of winner Nicholas Chelimo of Kenya. Race officials used their own Website to track Braswell on the course and give her the good news when she crossed the finish line.

Braswell said she has trained for previous Honolulu Marathons but didn’t run because of injuries. This was the first year she was injury free, she said, and ran the race in just under four hours.

The final challenge in the contest is to guess the finish time of the slowest participant. That winner also will receive lifetime marathon entry.

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