Of the 29,000 athletes entered in today’s 44th annual Honolulu Marathon, several local runners distinguished themselves with solid performances.
The top Hawaiian residents to finish were Jacob Alplund of Honolulu (2:43:40) and Polina Carlson of Kailua (2:55:17). Alplund, a former tennis player, finished 26th overall. He is a native of Sweden and was part of Team Hawaii at the 2016 Hapalua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon.
Carlson, despite a badly upset stomach, was the sixth woman overall in 2:55:18. She ran today’s race a week after claiming first at the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship Half-Marathon at Kualoa Ranch, a very difficult double.
The Kama’aina awards, presented to the top finishers born in Hawaii, were given to Kevin Enriques (Honolulu) and Rani Henderson (Keauhou). Enriques, an accountant, ran 2:58:40 for 44th place among men. He was also the top Kama’aina in 2010.
Henderson is now a five-time winner of the top Kama’aina award thanks to her 3:05:10 performance today. She finished tenth among women and won the masters (over 40) division.