The Honolulu Marathon is on
December 14, 2014
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 line open until everyone finishes and award an official time to even the last finisher. A large crowd of well-wishers greeted the pair with shouts of encouragement and congratulations as they arrived with vehicle escort just before 8 p.m. . The young woman, Mami Takeuchi, was offically chip timed in 14:21:28 and, Takayuki Sakata, who said he coaches Takeuchi, clocked in at 14:21:41. She was the 24,166th finisher and he was the 24,167th. Takeuchi was tearfully greeted by her mother after she finished. There were 24,366 starters today from an entry field of 31,083, according to the official timer. The Honolulu Marathon will be the 2nd largest marathon of 2012 in America behind the Chicago Marathon, based on its finishing total. The Marine Corps Marathon, with about 1,000 fewer finishers this year, will be third.