Runners turn out for marathon Luau-Concert

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Regine Schultz-Langerhaus says she really can’t compare the Honolulu Marathon with the other 107 marathons she has run. “The many Japanese and Americans makes it different but enjoyable for us. It’s also warm; often it’s cold for the races in Germany,” she said while enjoying the music and food at the marathon’s annual concert and luau Friday night at the Waikiki Shell.

The veteran runner from Kier, Germany, also noted that “people in Hawaii are very kindly.” She is running in Honolulu for the second time, having finished the 2006 race.

Schultz-Langerhaus is part of a group of 20 from Germany and four from Switzerland that came to Hawaii to run in Sunday’s marathon. The group spent time on the Big Island before coming to Honolulu, and will go to Maui on Monday.

Another group enjoying the chicken and rice, pasta and marinara sauce, corn, fruit and tossed salad, and chocolate cake included 52 students and seven teachers from Kokoku High School in Osaka, Japan. The boys participate in various sports programs at the school including track and field, rugby and baseball, according to Jimmy Miranda, an English and cooking teacher.

The group hopes to stay together during the race, said Miranda, a native of the Big Island and a former Maui police officer. “This is a team effort.”

Team member Makoto Nagai, 17, said he is excited, this being his first marathon and first trip to Hawaii. A member of the school’s boxing club, he said he has been training for the race.

Caterers prepared food for 4,000, race officials said.

Ukulele artist Jake Shimabukuro was again the featured entertainer for the concert. “Congratulations to all of you who have committed to running the marathon for the first time,” said Shimabukuro, who has run the race himself and performs frequently in Japan.

Japanese pop singer Naoto, who preceded Shimabukuro, was a big hit with the predominantly Japanese audience. His music brought many of the younger Japanese running to the front close to the stage, jumping up and down as he sang. He will be running his first marathon on Sunday.

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