Reports & Top 10 Finishers
Reports & Top 10 Finishers
|MEN’S CHAMPION||WOMEN’S CHAMPION|
|Emmanuel Saina 2:14:32||Lanni Marchant 2:41:25|
|MARCHANT, SAINA WIN FIRST HONOLULU MARATHON IN TWO YEARS|
(c) Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved HONOLULU (Dec 2019) — On the men’s side, Emmanuel Saina got a big surprise early in the race when his compatriot, Reuben Kerio, dropped out just past the 5 km point with stomach trouble. That left Saina, 29, to forge ahead on his own. He had never run so far by himself.
“It was a very lonely run,” said Saina who has a personal best of 2:05:02. “I tried to push by myself, and I finally made it.”
Saina was on a solid pace through half-way (1:05:42), but like Marchant had a rough second half. He, too, was running on a short turnaround from the NN Rotterdam Marathon on October 24, where he ran 2:05:51.
“It was very windy,” Saina said, “especially where it was raining. I was running against the wind. It was very difficult.”
When Saina came down the final finish straight he was clearly suffering. He was pitched forward and his stride was stiff. Nonetheless, he was able to raise his arms as he broke the tape and flashed a smile for the photographers. He said that he was thinking about his wife and two children back home in Kenya.
“This is the best award I can give them,” he said.
In the wheelchair competition, Tyler Byers of Greenacres, Wash., and Chelsea Stein of Tucson, Ariz., were the winners in 1:42:59 and 2:33:02, respectively.
For the Honolulu Marathon Association, the not-for-profit which organizes the race, it was thrilling to have their event back on the ground, despite a smaller field due to travel restrictions for Japanese runners who usually make up the bulk of the field. The Honolulu Marathon usually attracts 17,000 Japanese runners, but because Japanese citizens must quarantine for two weeks when returning from overseas there were fewer than 200 this year.
“I think for the community, Honolulu and Hawaii has been pretty locked down,” said Dr. Jim Barahal, a medical doctor who is the president of the Honolulu Marathon Association. “Travel has been restricted. There haven’t been any events.” He continued: “This is really the first fairly large event in Hawaii (since the start of the pandemic). We’re pretty excited that the mayor worked with us and wanted this event to happen. We’re pretty pleased and proud that we can maybe play our part in helping people resume a healthier life.”
by Chris Lotsbom
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HONOLULU (10 Dec, 2019)–Womens Race
HONOLULU (12-Dec) — After a two-year hiatus, the Honolulu Marathon returned as an in-person race here today with victories going to Canada’s Lanni Marchant and Kenya’s Emmanuel Saina. In typical Hawaii weather –warm, humid, windy and sometimes rainy– both Marchant and Saina completed mostly solo runs from Ala Moana to Kapiolani Park in 2:41:25 and 2:14:32, respectively. About 9000 athletes started the marathon and companion Start to Park 10-K.
“It was exciting,” said Marchant who represented Canada in the 2016 Rio Olympics in both the 10,000m and marathon. “It was the first marathon that I won overall as a female. It’s always awesome to get the win.”
Marchant, 37, ran today’s race on a very short turnaround from the TCS New York City Marathon on November 7, where she finished 11th in 2:32:54. Joined by two men, she passed 10-K in 37:05, on about a 2:36:30 pace. But between there and the halfway point (1:19:08) she began to slow. Running alone, especially during the windy sections in the middle of the race, was difficult. The second half was both a physical and mental battle for the former Canadian record holder for the marathon.
“It was a struggle out there,” Marchant admitted. “I dehydrated quick. Those last few miles I really had to find my purpose for running. I just got myself across the finish line.”
After breaking the finish tape, Marchant had a friend remove her racing shoes because her feet were cramping so badly. She smiled for her post-race photos, and despite the pain was upbeat given the obstacles she faced over the last few years. After a significant surgery in 2018, she lived in nearby Kailua with friends as she recuperated. She was thankful for where she is today and feels a special bond with Hawaii.
“I’ve been on journey back to high-level running the last couple of years,” Marchant explained. “I had major hip surgery in 2018, and I came out here to start my running program again. My first running steps were taken here in Hawaii so it seemed like a good fit to come out here and run a marathon.”
Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia, who was expected to race against Marchant, was unable to start the race.
|MEN’S CHAMPION||WOMEN’S CHAMPION|
|Titus Ekiru 2:07:59||Margaret Muriuki 2:24:22|
|RECORD RUN FOR EKIRU AT HONOLULU MARATHON TODAY|
(c) Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved HONOLULU (Dec 2019) — Kenya’s Titus Ekiru ran the fastest-ever marathon in the state of Hawaii here this morning, handily breaking the course record, and pocketing $50,000 in prize money and time bonuses at the 47th Honolulu Marathon. The 27 year-old Kenyan –who grew up poor in Turkana County in northwest Kenya and also won last year’s Honolulu Marathon– clocked an extended time of 2:07:59.02. That eclipsed the previous record of 2:08:27 set by reigning Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono, also of Kenya, set in 2017.
Ekiru, who also won the Milano City Marathon last April in a personal best 2:04:46, came to Honolulu this year with the singular goal of breaking Cherono’s record. But the warm temperatures here (22C/72F), accompanied by 84% humidity, and the hilly course make fast times difficult. Nonetheless, the Nike-sponsored Ekiru was ready.
“You know last year I say I need to try my best (this year), and maybe I can run course record,” Ekiru told Race Results Weekly. “This year I trained three months and then I tell my coach I need to try to go and run 2:07 here.”
From the gun, Ekiru was running in uncharted territory for this race. With the help of two Kenyan pacemakers, Edwin Kibet Rotich and Reuben Kiprop Kerio, the men’s lead pack went out at about 3:00 per kilometer pace, hitting the 5-kilometer checkpoint in 15:07, 10-K in 29:54 and halfway in 1:03:40. Ekiru said that he was running well within himself, and was ready to hold that pace in the second half.
“Yeah, it was comfortable,” Ekiru said. “At 25-K I said, I try my best.”
Ekiru and Kerio accelerated, and by the 25-K mark (1:15:03) the pair had an 8-second advantage over Wilson Chebet, another Kenyan who won this race in 2014. Kerio dropped out before 30-K leaving Ekiru to battle the clock –and the rising heat and humidity– all alone. But this was Ekiru’s third time competing here, so he knew what to expect in the final kilometers.
“This time around I know the course very well,” Ekiru said.
But his energy stores were waning as he made the long, two-kilometer climb up Diamond Head Avenue to the 40-K/25-mile mark. A beautiful sunrise over the Pacific Ocean greeted him, but he had no time to notice.
“One hundred percent,” he replied when asked how much effort he had to put in to make it to the finish.
Descending the final hill into Kapiolani Park for the last kilometer to the finish, Ekiru was able to hold his pace to the line. He fell to his knees, folded his hands, and prayed just after finishing. The Honolulu Marathon Association awarded him $25,000 for first place, $10,000 for breaking the course record, and $15,000 in accumulated time bonuses.
Chebet finished a distance second in 2:13:14 ($10,000) and Edwin Kipngetich Koech got third in 2:14:20 ($5,000). Japanese marathon record holder Suguru Osako used today’s race as a tempo run and finished sixth in 2:17:30 (he ran the first half in 1:09:07 and the second in 1:08:23).
by Chris Lotsbom
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HONOLULU (10 Dec, 2019)–Womens Race
What the women’s race lacked in speed, it made up in drama. Kenyans Betsy Saina and Margaret Muriuki ran close together from the starter’s gun, through halfway in 1:17:38, and all the way to 40-K in 2:24:22. Saina –the more accomplished athlete who has a world-class 2:22:43 personal best– was waiting for the right moment to pull away, but later admitted that she missed her opportunity.
“I know she used to be very good in 1500,” Saina said, admitting that she should have tried to shake her rival by the 38-kilometer because Muriuki has superior finishing speed. She added: “So, I did a big mistake.”
Muriuki remained patient and waited for 41-K to make her bid for victory. The petite Kenyan made one big push and Saina had no answer. Muriuki had the entire finish straight to herself, breaking the tape in a personal best 2:31:10, good for $25,000 in prize money.
“By that time I was running with my heart, not my head,” a smiling Muriuki said wearing a the crown of local flowers given to the winners here. She added: “And then I sprint.”
Saina was timed in 2:31:51 in second place and earned $10,000 in prize money. Third place ($5,000) went to Renee Metivier of Bend, Ore., who successfully qualified for the 2020 USA Olympic Team Trials Marathon by running 2:43:18 (2:45:00 was the qualifying standard). Metivier, 37, had battled back from several surgeries and only had a short build-up for this race. She only entered the race a week ago.
“That was the dream, right?” said a tearful Metivier when asked if she thought she would make the qualifying time today. “I knew I was cutting it tight but you can’t rush your body. With two leg breaks I learned my lesson rushing it. My body finally turned a corner six weeks ago, and I had a lot of faith.”
In all, 19,427 runners crossed the starting line in today’s marathon, plus another 5888 in the contemporaneous Start to Park 10-K. Runners will continue to stream in all afternoon because the race does not enforce a time cutoff.
|MEN’S CHAMPION||WOMEN’S CHAMPION|
|Titus Ekiru 2:09:01||Vivian Jerono Kiplagat 2:36:22|
|EKIRU COMES CLOSE TO HONOLULU MARATHON RECORD|
by David Monti
(c) Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved HONOLULU (09-Dec 2018) — Despite running alone for the final third of the race and battling powerful trade winds, Kenya’s Titus Ekiru still managed to threaten the course record at today’s 46th Honolulu Marathon, clocking 2:09:01. His was the second-fastest time in the history of the race, surpassed only by compatriot Lawrence Cherono’s 2:08:27 winning time last year, still the only sub-2:09 performance in race history. Ekiru, 26, won by nearly four minutes.
The calm conditions at the start and finish areas were not indicative of how blustery it was in the race’s middle stages in Hawaii Kai east of the finish line in Waikiki.
“Wind is beyond brutal right now,” commented Honolulu Marathon Association president Dr. Jim Barahal who was watching the race from a lead vehicle at the 25-kilometer mark.
Ekiru, and compatriot Vincent Yator, were the only athletes left in contention for the win by halfway, hitting that split in 1:05:03. The pair battled the wind together through 25-K (1:17:28) until Ekiru decided to forge ahead alone. He ran the 10-kilometer section from 25-K to 30-K in a swift 30:27 and built up a two and one-half minute lead. Cherono’s record –and the $10,000 bonus for breaking it– was on his mind.
“I say, let me try my best,” Ekiru recalls thinking. “Maybe I can run course record.” He added: “It was not easy because when you try the course you go and struggle (against the wind).”
Coming through the residential Kahala neighborhood for the final five kilometers, Ekiru began to tire. His form, which looked so crisp earlier, had deteriorated. Wearing a pained expression on his face, he looked behind several times. He said he had become dehydrated and stopped thinking about the record.
“But then 40-K, I knew I could not make it because I missed water,” he said.
Nonetheless, Ekiru’s lead was so big that victory was assured. He shuffled to the finish line in Kapiolani Park, and broke the tape for his first win in Honolulu, and his second marathon victory of the year (he also won the Mexico City Marathon in August). He ran here last year in his first attempt at the race and finished fourth in 2:12:19, a result which disappointed him.
“I am very OK,” Ekiru said. “I am happy, thank God. You know last year I came from injury. But today, I say I try this year to win this race. Next year, God willing, I will come back. I will try.”
Second place went to Reuben Kerio, another Kenyan, who was in third place at halfway but was able to catch up. He clocked 2:12:59. Yator, who had been with Ekiru at 25-K ended up third in 2:15:31 and fourth position went to two-time USA steeplechase Olympian Donn Cabral of Hartford, Conn., who made his marathon debut in 2:19:16. He flies back east tonight because he has an exam tomorrow morning.
“It was just fun, this was fun,” said Cabral, who is in law school at the University of Connecticut. “The wind was rough for many miles. When the wind was not rough, I felt the humidity pretty strong. The course was a lot tougher than I expected.”.
by David Monti
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HONOLULU (9 Dec, 2018)–Womens Race
The women’s title went to another Kenyan, Vivian Jerono Kiplagat who, like Ekiru, ran most of the race alone. The 30 year-old had a one-minute lead by 15-K (52:54), then only had men for company to the finish. She struggled badly in the second half, buffeted by the wind. She was on a sub-2:32 pace at halfway (1:15:41), but could only muster a 2:36:22 finish time.
“I tried to push, but it was never good,” Kiplagat said, clearly exhausted. “The time is not good.”
However, she was thankful to get the win.
“I’m happy because this is my first time to run Honolulu and I win,” she said.
Sheila Jerotich, another Kenyan, finished third in 2:42:09 and third place went to Japanese veteran Eri Suzuki in 2:47:53. Kenya’s Joyce Chepkirui, a two-time Honolulu Marathon winner, dropped out.
The top American was Polina Carlson who lives in nearby Kaneohe. She used today’s race as a training run for January’s Chevron Houston Marathon.
“I love the Honolulu Marathon,” Carlson said, wrapped in an American flag. “This is one of my favorite races. So, I always look forward to doing it.”
Both Ekiru and Kiplagat won $25,000 in prize money, and Ekiru also won a $3,000 time bonus for breaking 2:10. The race offered an $80,000 prize money purse, plus additional bonuses for fast times.
In all, 25,059 runners started the marathon and the companion Start to Park 10-K which shares the same starting line. Total race finishers won’t be available until tonight after the last finisher comes across the line. The Honolulu Marathon has an open finish line with no time limit.
|MEN’S CHAMPION||WOMEN’S CHAMPION|
|Lawrence Cherono 2:08:27||Brigid Kosgei 2:22:15|
|CHERONO DEFEATS CHEBET AGAIN|
(c) Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved HONOLULU (10-Dec 2017) –
The men’s race played out similarly to last year’s. With early pacemaking help from Philip Tarbei, the top men went through 10-K in 30:33, about 2:09 pace. Cherono, Wilson Chebet, Vincent Yator, Titus Ekiru, Festus Talam, and world record holder Dennis Kimetto were all in contention at that point. Conditions were still dry.
But by halfway, some separation among the leaders had already occurred, and rain began to soak the field. Cherono and Talam, a pacemaker here last year, hit the halfway in 1:05:02 with the rest of the field slightly behind. Kimetto, who had dropped out of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October, had already fallen well back; his halfway split was 1:10:42. He soon dropped out.
The serious running was about to begin. At about the 20-mile mark (32 km), Chebet went in front and surged. Cherono did not wait long to react, quickly caught Chebet, then took the lead.
“I was running my pace according to my body, I was feeling like not pushing, but at the end of the day, I made up the race,” Cherono told the media later.
By 22 miles (35 km), Cherono had more than half a minute lead, and knew the victory was his. He sailed through the final kilometers to break the tape in 2:08:26, one minute and 12 seconds faster than his 2016 course record. Chebet finished second again in 2:09:54, only the third sub-2:10 ever recorded here. Yator was a distant third in 2:10:37. In addition to his $25,000 winner’s check, Cherono collected a $10,000 course record bonus plus another $15,000 for breaking 2:09.
“I am happy again because I came here a second time breaking a course record so it was a great achievement to me,” Cherono said triumphantly. “I am happy with it.”
The top American was Adrian Sherrod of Eugene, Ore., in 2:46:54, while the top Hawaii resident was Evan De Hart, a construction manager who lives in Mililani, who clocked 2:49:32.
“My overall goal was 2:45 but, honestly, I kind of had the stereotypical monkey on my back at mile 20, and I started really slowing down. I just wanted to get through it at that point.”
For 2013 IAAF World Championships 800-meter silver medalist Nick Symmonds, today’s race presented a special challenge. Making his marathon debut, the 33 year-old athlete ran the full distance off of just 25 miles per week of training, and surprised many observers by nearly breaking three hours. His official time was 3:00:35.
“I completed it; that was tough,” said Symmonds after walking stiff-legged to the media area. “I felt so good through the first half and even through mile-20 I felt great. And then I slowed down a bit at mile 20 which I assumed I would. I was still right on pace to break three until mile 24, and I was moving just fine, but the hill really knocked it out of me.”
Still, Symmonds was optimistic and said he might try another marathon.
“Maybe I’ll run a spring marathon and maybe do more than 25 miles a week to try and prepare for it,” he said.
Today’s race had a total of 25,154 starters, including 4,414 in the inaugural Start to Park 10-K which was run contemporaneously with the marathon. Embracing the “Aloha Spirit” the Honolulu Marathon maintains an open finish line, and runners and walkers will still be coming into Kapiolani Park after dark.
|KOSGEI CRUSHES WOMEN’S RECORD|
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HONOLULU (10 Dec, 2017)–
Kosgei’s time was nothing short of remarkable. The defending champion, who ran 2:31:11 here last year and who has a personal best of 2:20:22, ran aggressively from the start, splitting 10-K in 32:45 with company from compatriots Nancy Kiprop, a Honolulu debutante, and Joyce Chepkirui, the race’s 2015 champion. The rest of the field was already more than two and one-half minutes behind.
“At 5-K my body started to move well and then I just improve,” Kosgei explained. She added: “I was not expecting it, but I was happy when I see my body is moving.”
Indeed it was. By the half-way mark (1:11:50), only Kiprop was bold enough to stay with her. Chepkirui, who had drifted back by 11 seconds, would soon begin to struggle, and ultimately faded to finish a distant third in 2:33:18.
As rain began to lash the athletes in the Hawaii Kai neighborhood, Kiprop did her best to stay with Kosgei, nearly matching strides with her through 25-K (1:25:13). But soon she too had to let go, and had to resign herself to second place in 2:29:16, a time which would have won here in all but six of the previous editions of the race.
Kosgei was clearly hurting, but she forged ahead to the finish knowing that breaking Lyubov Denisova’s 2006 course record of 2:27:19 meant a $10,000 course record bonus, plus another $15,000 in time bonuses for going sub-2:28. Upon finishing she immediately crumpled to the pavement, and a medical worker removed her shoes to give her burning feet some air. She chugged two bottles of water before facing the media and posing for her winner’s photos.
“Last year was very hot, but today I feel that it is good,” said Kosgei after catching her breath. Saying she had big goals, she continued: “Maybe next year, I want to improve to run 2:18 or 2:17. I want to break the course record (in New York, London, or Boston).”
The fist American woman (and Hawaiian resident) was Polina Carlson of Kailua. The Russian-born Carlson, who is married to an American and only earned USA citizenship three weeks ago, said she was using today’s race as a tune-up for the Chevron Houston Marathon in January. She was pleased with her 2:53:15 performance, and felt a special sense of pride finishing her first marathon as an American.
“I love this marathon because I love the community,” Carlson told Race Results Weekly. “I do it every year.” She continued: “I’m very, extremely grateful and proud to run as an American. It meant so much to me.”
|MEN’S CHAMPION||WOMEN’S CHAMPION|
|Gilbert Chepkwony 2:18:47||Ehitu Kiros 2:36:02|
|Kiros, Chepkwony Win Steamy Honolulu Marathon|
by David Monti
(c) Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved HONOLULU (08-Dec) –UNKNOWN JAPANESE TRIES TO STEAL RACE
Men’s winner Chepkwony, who lives in Eldoret, had to contend first with a bold challenge from an unseeded Japanese runner. Saeki Makino, who lives in Kawaguchi-Shi, Saitama, and has a personal best of 2:21:42, amassed a three-minute lead at halfway (1:08:34), and –shockingly– was still out in front by two minutes, 34 seconds at 30-kilometers (1:38:07).But Makino fell apart (he would finish 12th in 2:37:12) just as Chepkwony and two-time Honolulu champion Nicholas Chelimo were beginning to hit their stride.Chepkwony surged hard through the 23rd mile (37 km to 38.6 km) in 4:36, a pace which Chelimo couldn’t match, quickly putting the race away.”Chelimo was following me so I tried to pull ahead,” Chepkwony told reporters. From there, he spurted ahead to finish in 2:18:47, the slowest winning time here since 2007 when the race was contested in heavy rain. Chelimo got second (2:19:22) and veteran Solomon Bushendich third (2:19:38).”It is very special to win the Honolulu Marathon,” Chepkwony told reporters.
|KIROS ALLOWS DEFENDING CHAMPION TO SET PACEFor Kiros, 25, the first 16 kilometers of the race were a trouble-free ride where she ran in a tight lead pack of four contenders, led by defending champion Valentina Galimova of Russia. Galimova, 27, who lives in the Siberian city of Perm, led every step of the early stages of the race at a moderate pace of 3:41 per kilometer (5:56 per mile). Kiros, who ran 2:23:39 at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last January, was trying to conserve her energy, unsure of how difficult the course would be in the latter stages.”I know it’s hilly so I know I had to wait,” she told reporters through a translation provided by another athlete, Abraham Tadesse. She continued:|
“There were no pacemakers here, so everybody was looking to win.”In the 17th kilometer, just past the 10 mile mark (59:24), Kiros and
compatriots Aheza Kiros (no relation) and Woynishet Girma put in a little surge, and Galimova fell back by a few seconds into the early morning darkness (the race begins at 5:00). Galimova wasn’t sure what was wrong because the pace was so slow.”I don’t know,” she explained in English. “I don’t feel my speed.”Although the pace remained lackluster, Galimova fell farther and farther back, leaving the three Ethiopians to work together at the front. The trio hit the halfway split in 1:17:48 with Galimova 25 seconds back. The Russian would fall back even farther, but never thought about abandoning the race.”Not today,” she said. “I wanted to do better. I like this marathon very much.”Ehitu Kiros and Girma did most of the leading through 25-kilometers, with Aheza Kiros trailing them closely. In the 27th kilometer, as the race began to reverse direction to the west to finish back in Waikiki, Aheza Kiros fell behind running up a small bridge. Ehitu Kiros sized up the labouring Girma and liked her chances. She decided to wait for the long climb up Diamond Head Avenue from 38 to about 40 kilometers to strike.”I can go more time at this pace, but I didn’t know how hilly,” she said of the last section of the course. “So I decided (finally) to go.”With the sun just coming up over her left shoulder and the light reflecting off of her silver necklace, the Nike-sponsored athlete put in a surge up Diamond Head, and immediately dropped Girma. She crested the hill in sole possession of first place, and just needed to hold her pace to get the win.
She entered Kapiolani Park alone, her arms swinging smoothly and her shoulders still pinned back, and cruised in to get the win in what was her fourth marathon of the year.”I’m very happy to win the Honolulu Marathon,” she said, adding that the first place check of $40,000 was “a lot of money.”Behind her, Galimova had clawed her way back into contention, passing Aheza Kiros, who would finish fourth in 2:41:32. Coming over Diamond Head, Galimova was only 11 seconds behind Girma, who was now running flat-out to try to hold onto second place.”I was thinking about second place,” Galimova said after the race. “I know she (Girma) can do 2:24 (her personal best was actually 2:27:51). I know she was a good runner. I tried for second place.”Galimova nearly made it to the second spot, sprinting mightily in the final meters. She came up three seconds short, running 2:36:13 to Girma’s 2:36:10. Girma won $16,000 in prize money to Galimova’s $10,000.”
|MEN’S CHAMPION||WOMEN’S CHAMPION|
|Wilson Kipsang 2:12:31||Valentina Galimova 2:31:23|
|Kipsang, Galimova Win Windy Honolulu Marathon|
by David Monti
(c) Race Results Weekly, all rights reservedHONOLULU (09-Dec) — Fighting sometimes strong trade winds, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and Valentina Galimova of Russia won the 40th Honolulu Marathon here today, leading a field of over 25,000 runners to the finish line at Kapiolani Park adjacent to Waikiki Beach. Kipsang clocked 2:12:31 in his debut at the event, while Galimova ran 2:31:23 to move up from third place at last year’s race. Both athletes won $40,000 in prize money.The winds were both a blessing and a curse for what will be America’s second-largest marathon this year. Last week, organizers were worried about atmospheric haze caused by volcanic ash blowing to Oahu from the Big Island of Hawaii, a condition called “vog.” The trade winds blew the haze out, making conditions clearer and cooler for the recreational runners, but making it harder for the top athletes to run fast. The $15,000 course record bonuses on offer here today were impossible to obtain.”You know, there’s two races going on at any major marathon, the elites/professional race, and then you have everybody else,” commented Dr. Jim Barahal, the president of the Honolulu Marathon Association. He continued: “This kind of wind helps cool people down, but it does slow the elites down tremendously.”Kipsang, 30, who won the Virgin London Marathon last April and won the Olympic Marathon bronze medal in the same city last August, could feel the winds slowing him down, and realized that he needed to abandon any time goals he had today.”The first half of the race I was really thinking of how the pace was, and feeling the humidity and the wind,” Kipsang explained. “It was challenging; you could really fell it.”Kipsang was in a lead pack of eight which passed through halfway in a leisurely 1:07:07. He was watched closely by Ethiopian Markos Geneti; Moroccan Abderrahime Bouramdane; and Kenyan compatriots Kiplimo Kimutai, Nicholas Chelimo, Patrick Ivuti, Julius Arile, and Nicholas Manza. He decided that his best strategy was to wait until later in the race to make his move.”I waited until 30-K,” Kipsang explained. He added: “It was a small group and I was still feeling strong.”His rivals tried to give chase, but quickly realized that they were running for second. Kipsang ran alone through the upscale neighborhood of Kahala, then up the two-kilometer climb to the top of Diamond Head, reaching 40-K with a 28-second lead over his nearest chaser, Geneti.”Kipsang is a tough guy,” lamented Geneti, who ran 2:04:54 at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon last January. “Many times I tried (to push), but the last 5-K/10-K he was gone.”Kipsang clocked 1:05:24 for the second half, recording a rare “negative split” on this course, helped by a 4:39 23rd mile. He was clearly pleased with his victory, especially after he was unable to compete at the cancelled ING New York City Marathon. He came to Honolulu with his wife Doreen and has already fallen in love with Hawaii.”This place is fantastic; I like it very much,” Kipsang said, breaking into a broad smile. “It’s a nice place.”Geneti held on to finish second in 2:13:08, followed by Kimutai (2:14:15), Ivuti (2:14:55) then Arile (2:15:17). Taku Harada was the first Japanese finisher, clocking 2:25:23 in 9th place.
|GALIMOVA WINS LATE-RACE BATTLE WITH GIRMAFor nearly two thirds of the race, Valentina Galimova ran in the dark without being able to see the women’s leaders.Early in the race, Japan’s Kaori Yoshida, who had entered the race as a pacemaker, and Kenya’s Hellen Mugo took off, setting a fast pace. Hitting 10-K in 34:23, then the halfway point in 1:14:36, the two women had a one minute and 14-second lead on Galimova. The Russian, who was running with defending champion Woynishet Girma, was dismayed when she saw her half-way split of 1:15:50.”When I saw one hour 15 minutes I was so upset,” said Galimova, 26, in halting English.But with the winds bending the tops of the palm trees which line parts of the course, Mugo was in trouble. First, Yoshida spurted away from her at the 25-K drinks station, quickly opening a gap on the Kenyan. By 30-K (1:47:28) Girma was just 12 seconds behind Yoshida, Galimova was within striking distance of second, and Mugo was so far back that reporters could no longer see her from the lead vehicle (she would finish sixth in 2:39:17 and had to be taken for medical treatment in a wheelchair).”I wasn’t worried about the first athletes,” Galimova said of her thoughts at that point. “I see that they are running at our speed.”At 31-K, Girma caught Yoshida, then Galimova passed the Japanese woman, too, to take over second place. Minutes later, Galimova pulled up to Girma and the real battle for victory had begun.”Last year it was the same situation,” Galimova said because she was contending late in the race, then faded to third. She knew she needed to use her strength for the two-kilometer climb up Diamond Head. “I don’t like to run downhill,” she said.Girma made the first move on the climb, opening up a 10-meter lead, but Galimova quickly closed it down. The two women crested Diamond Head together, then hit 40-K side by side in 2:24:06. Galimova kept Girma close, then launched a long sprint just after the 41-K mark. Girma immediately let her go, allowing Galimova to enjoy the finish straight alone. Her thoughts turned to how she might spend the prize money with her new husband, Aleksandr.”I just got married in September,” Galimova told reporters. “We need to make decisions with our home, then shopping.” Bursting into a laugh she added: “My husband doesn’t like my shopping.”Girma was timed in 2:32:22, and was nearly caught by American Stephanie Rothstein Bruce who ran her own race and finished third in 2:32:47. She’s the first American to make the top-4 here since Amy Legacki finished fourth in 1995.”I was really just reminding myself that it’s a long race,” Rothstein Bruce recalled telling herself during the first half of the race. “I wasn’t concerned about where they (the other women) were.”Well back in the pack, 2008 Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay finished his first marathon, running the entire race with his wife, Sarah. The couple were timed in 4:46:31.”It was a beast,” Clay said of the marathon immediately after crossing the finish line. “The decathlon is a completely different animal. I think that it helped that I was running with my wife and not trying to be competitive. If you put a competitive atmosphere to this thing I think it would hurt you bad.”|
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|Nicholas Chelimo||Woynishet Girma|
|Thrilling Finishes Highlight 39th Honolulu Marathon|
by David Monti
(c) Race Results Weekly, all rights reservedHONOLULU (11-Dec) — Gusty winds and high humidity may have slowed the finish times at the Honolulu Marathon here today, but those conditions helped spawn exciting head-to-head races for both men and women, culminating in victories for Kenyan Nicholas Chelimo and Ethiopian Woynishet Girma. Over 20,000 runners entered what was the 39th edition of America’s fifth-largest marathon.Chelimo, 28, from Ngong Hills, had the advantage of being the event’s defending champion, but he faced a quality field with a total of six men who had run sub-2:08 during their careers. His top rival was two-time Honolulu champion Patrick Ivuti, and it was not surprising that the race would come down to those two men charging to the finish line in Kapiolani Park, adjacent to famous Waikiki Beach.”It was difficult,” Chelimo said after the race. “I didn’t know (I could beat him).”Led by pacemakers Kiplimo Kimutai and Mbarak Hussein, Chelimo and Ivuti were part of a lead pack of eight at the half-way mark. Organizers had asked the pacers to run 1:05:30 through half-way, but that was impossible as the pack ran into headwinds so stiff that the palm trees along the course were leaning toward them. Besides Ivuti, Chelimo had his eye on Benjamin Kiptoo Koulum, the 2011 Paris Marathon winner and a 2:06 marathoner, and seven-time Honolulu champion Jimmy Muindi. Nicholas Manza Kamakya, who owns a 2:06:34 personal best, had already dropped out complaining of Achilles tendon pain.After the athletes completed the turnaround past 25-K and were heading back to Waikiki for the finish, both Koulum and Muindi were unable to hold the pace. That left Chelimo, Ivuti, debutant Josphat Boit and pacemaker Kimutai –who ultimately decided to finish the race– still in contention. The wind was now at their backs, and this foursome hit 30-K in 1:36:32.But as usually happens at this event, the real race lay ahead when the athletes must ascend Diamond Head Avenue for the second time. The hill starts at 38-K, then climbs 32 meters over the next 2 kilometers. With the hot sun rising over the Pacific Ocean to their left, the climb was too much for Boit and Kimutai, leaving Chelimo and Ivuti together at 40-K (2:08:24) to fight for the win. Chelimo was worried about the older and more experienced Ivuti.”In the last two kilometers –even in the last 200 meters– I thought he was coming,” Chelimo said shaking his head. “I was thinking, he is coming now.”But Ivuti, who later said he had a problem with his leg, could not respond to Chelimo’s accelerations in the finish straight. Chelimo broke the tape in 2:14:55, three seconds up on Ivuti.”This one is fantastic, and really tough: competitive,” Chelimo said of his victory and the USD 40,000 first prize.Completing their first marathons, Boit finished third in 2:15:40, and Kimutai got fourth in 2:18:12. Koulum rounded out the top-5 in 2:19:21.
|The women’s race played out similarly to the men’s, but with a critical difference: the defending champion and pre-race favorite Belainesh Gebre never made it to the finish line.Gebre, 24, had already run three marathons this year. Although she looked solid in the first half (1:16:16), she was dropped after 30-K, leaving a less-known Ethiopian, Woynishet Girma, a chance for victory. Girma, 25, who grew up in the village of Chancho about 40 kilometers from Addis Ababa, ran patiently behind the field and was actually 24 seconds behind the lead group of Russia’s Valentina Galimova and Svetlana Zakharova, Ethiopia’s Misiker Mekonnin Demissie, and Japan’s Eri Okubo at 30-K (1:48:14).Over the next five kilometers, Okubo and Zakharova fell back, leaving Girma, Galimova and Demissie to battle it out up Diamond Head. Girma picked up the pace, using one of the slower men to help her, and charged up the hill.”I was not scared,” Girma said through an interpreter of her push up Diamond Head. “I was doing my training on the hills, so I was really OK with that.”Girma crested the hill with only her accidental male pacer at her side, and was able to enjoy the final two kilometers to the finish line. As two Japan Airlines flight attendants held the finish tape, Girma crossed herself before raising her arms in victory, breaking that tape in in 2:31:41. It was her second career marathon victory and her first in the United States.”I am happy that I won my first marathon in Honolulu,” she gushed. “I’m really happy, and I’ll come in (next year) and make it better than this.”Behind Girma, Galimova and Demissie were running shoulder to shoulder, battling for second. Demissie, who had stomach problems during the race and had even made a quick toilet stop just after the turnaround, suddenly felt a burst of energy.”(At) 20 miles I felt a little tired,” said the petite Ethiopian who lives in Albuquerque, N.M. “But after that, 200 meters (to go), I had confidence. I had a good sprint.”Galimova let Demissie go, allowing the Ethiopian to get second in 2:31:53. The 25 year-old Russian finished two seconds behind her. Kenyan Emmah Muthoni came from behind to get fourth (2:32:38), and Zakharova –who had never finished lower than second here– got fifth (2:33:17).After running, all 20,000 athletes were treated to freshly made malasadas, a sugar-dusted Portuguese pastry which are very popular here. The 1983 Boston Marathon champion Greg Meyer, who was here doing radio commentary on the race, said they were delicious and ate two.|
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|Nicholas Chelimo||Belainesh Gebre|
|Nicholas Chelimo, 27, of Kenya, put on two surges to separate himself from the pack after the 21st mile, allowing him to distance himself from the pack en route to winning in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 18 seconds. “I am very happy,” Chelimo said.Chelimo’s first surge two minutes into the 21st mile helped him and fellow Kenyan Richard Limo pull away from a pack of four runners. Running next to each other, Chelimo put on another surge about two minutes later near Kalani High School to pull away from Limo.”The pace was a little bit fast, then slow, then fast slow, then slow. It was very strict,” Chelimo said.Chelimo opened up an eight-second lead at the 22nd mile mark, and his lead continued to grow down the stretch. Knowing that Limo was his biggest competition, Chelimo turned around to check behind him several times. Limo, 30 of Kenya, finished in 2:17:18.”I knew he would close the gap,” Chelimo said. “I know he’s very strong.”Limo said he wanted to make a move as well, but didn’t have the energy.Chelimo finished second at the October 2010 Eindhoven Marathon in 2:07:38 and was second at Honolulu in 2009 in 2:13:10.||Belainesh Gebre, a 22-year-old Ethiopian who trains in New Mexico, won her marathon debut by dethroning three-time champion Svetlana Zakharova of Russia with a time of 2 hours, 32 minutes, 13 seconds.Although she was making her marathon debut, it was Gebre’s sixth professional road race win in a row in 2010 and her 13th podium finish of the year. (She also won her first race of 2011, the Naples Daily News Half-Marathon on Jan. 16). Zakharova filed a protest with the race committee after course photos indicated that Gebre’s coach and boyfriend, Ezykyas Sisay, might have paced her much of the way and further assisted her by handing her water cups. But a USA Track and Field official at the scene judged in Gebre’s favor after a review of the circumstances. “We don’t think there was any question the coach acted inappropriately,” said Jim Barahal, president of the Honolulu Marathon Association. Gebre did not contact race officials to enter the race as an elite, paid her own registration fee and wore a high rank-and-file number (9670). Gebre pulled away early in the race, and held a two-minute lead by the 10-kilometer mark.”I’m so surprised,” Gebre said of winning her marathon debut. “I’m so happy.”Zakharova gradually closed the gap on Gebre, but the 40-year-old Russian couldn’t catch up, finishing second in 2:33:01.|
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|Patrick IVUTI||Svetlana ZAKHAROVA|
|Patrick Ivuti of Kenya pulled away from several other elite runners at the 25-kilometer mark and then held on to win his second consecutive Honolulu Marathon on Sunday. His time was two hours, 12 minutes and 14 seconds, more than a minute off the 2:11:12 record set by his brother-in-law and six-time winner Jimmy Muindi in 2004.With cool temperatures and no wind, a pack of eight set a torrid pace from the start, running sub-five-minute miles for the first 10 miles, and race officials in the pace vehicle predicted a new record. The pack had dropped to three when Ivuti made his move at the turn into Hawaii Kai round the 25-kilometer mark. But the torrid early pace took its toll on the return to the Kapiolani Park finish line. Ivuti’s pace dropped to 5:24 at the 22-mile mark, and 5:43 at mile 24, which included the Diamond Head hill. Still, his 2:12:14 finish was faster than his 2:14:35 winning time last year. Ivuti said after the race that it wasn’t his goal to set a record but just to repeat as winner. He said he was slowed by soreness in his legs in the latter part of the race. He said that after winning the Prague marathon in record time of 2:07:48 last May, winning in Honolulu capped a good year. “I’m happy; why shouldn’t I be?” he said after the race. Nicholas Chelimo of Kenya was second in 2:13:10, and Whilliam Chebon, also of Kenya, was third in 2:14:59. Muindi was fourth in 2:17:17. It was an all-Kenyan elite field. Chelimo said that around the 40-kilometer mark, he thought he might be able to catch Ivuti, but it wasn’t to be and Ivuti held on. A total of 23,248 runners registered for the race, with more than 60 percent coming from Japan.||Svetlana Zakharova won her third Honolulu Marathon women’s title on Sunday, her first appearance here since winning in 2002. The 39-year-old from Russia finished in two hours, 28 minutes and 34 seconds.She was the oldest competitor in the women’s elite field. Defending champion Kiyoko Shimahara of Japan was second in 2:29:53, Pamela Chepchumba of Kenya was third in 2:32:41, followed by Kaori Yoshida of Japan in 2:35:46, and 2003 winner Eri Hayakawa in 2:44:33. Even though more than 60 percent of the field has been from Japan since the early 1990s, Hayashida and Shimahara are the only Japanese to win Honolulu titles. Zakharova, the oldest women in the elite field, said the race went as she planned. She said he wanted to run with a group of women, but at the 30-kilometer mark she felt she could go faster and broke away from the other women leaders. She said she had a minor knee problem but said “I felt confident and it didn’t cause too much trouble.” After seven years, Zakharova said she was happy to be back in Honolulu. She won her first Honolulu title in 1997 under the maiden name of Vasilieva. She also finished second in Honolulu on five occasions.|
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|Patrick IVUTI||Kiyoko SHIMAHARA|
|Ivuti of Kenya won in 2:14:35, beating fellow Kenyan Stephen Njorge-Kinyanjui by more than three minutes.Ivuti, the 2007 Chicago Marathon winner, broke from a pack of Kenyans about halfway through the course. He is the brother-in-law of six-time Honolulu champion Jimmy Muindi who finished 5th in 2:21:43.On a day when President-elect Barack Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng was an official race co-starter, Kenyans swept the top five spots in the men’s race.||Shimahara became only the second Japanese citizen to win at the Honolulu Marathon in either the women’s or men’s races. She won in 2:32:36, beating her running club (Second Wind AC) teammate, Kaori Yoshida, by 2 minutes.Shimahara, bothered by an unsettled stomach, stayed with Kenya’s Alice Timbilili who ran a determined race. Timbilili gained about a 10-meter lead near the 17-mile mark but Shimahara erased it. By mile 21 Shimahara began to pull away.Eri Hayakawa was the only other Japanese citizen to win at Honolulu, clocking 2:31:56 in 2003. She finished a distant 11th this day in 3:07:39.|
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|Jimmy MUINDI||Alevtina BIKTIMIROVA|
|Ambesse Tolossa of Ethiopia crossed the finish line in 2:17:26, almost a minute and a half ahead of runner-up Jimmy Muindi of Kenya.But the post-race drug test found a banned substance in Tolossa’s system and he was disqualified before summer of 2008.Muindi, who had been bothered by stomach problems in trailing Tolossa a second straight year, thus won his sixth Honolulu Marathon crown. His 2:18:53 finish was his slowest in 14 years at Honolulu.Eric Nzioki, another Kenyan, was third in 2:21:32.The 2007 race was marred by heavy rains.||Biktimirova of Russia emerged from a tough battle with a Japanese runner who started out as a pace-setter and won her first marathon since 2005 in 2:33:07.She finished second in the Boston and Chicago marathons earlier in the year.Biktimirova, who averaged 5 minutes and 50 seconds a mile, shook free from Japan’s Akemi Ozaki in the 21st mile. Ozaki was designated as one of two pace-setters for the women’s race but elected to go for the win despite having only a month’s rest since completing the Tokyo Marathon.|
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|Ambesse TOLOSSA||Lyubov DENISOVA|
|Ethiopia’s Ambesse Tolossa won the most heated and most physical men’s race in the history of the Honolulu Marathon.Late in the race, Tolossa competed with five-time champion and course record holder Jimmy Muindi of Kenya like he was playing man-to-man defense in the final seconds of a close basketball game.Late in the race, Tolossa clipped Muindi’s heels and almost ran him into the path of outgoing marathoners. At one point Muindi threw a sharp elbow at Tolossa to open up space.But the Ethiopian finally surged past Muindi approaching the summit of Diamond Head Road and went on to win in 2:13:42.A frustrated and angry Muindi finished second in 2:14:39, vowing to take back his title from Tolossa in 2007.||Lyubov Denisova, a 35-year-old native of Moscow who trains and lives in Gainesville, Fla., shocked the women’s field by eating up the rabbit, fellow Russian Olga Romanova, in the first two miles and running alone to a 2:27:19 course record.A two-time winner of the Los Angeles Marathon (2002, 2005) Denisova was a late entry into the elite field, having paid for her own ticket and hotel expenses. Denisova had missed the New York City Marathon in November and her agent, Andrey Baranov, said Denisova believed she could win in Honolulu. So she took the gamble as an “uninvited” runner.It paid off handsomely with a $67,000 payday, the most money ever won by a Honolulu Marathon champion. She was the first woman to win the newly established $40,000 first place prize. She also earned a $10,000 course record bonus and another $17,000 in time incentives.|
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|Jimmy MUINDI||Olesya NURGALIEVA|
|Jimmy Muindi of Kenya won his fifth Honolulu Marathon men’s title and third straight as he broke from the pack before the halfway point and finished in 2:12:00.Meanwhile, Russia’s Olesya Nurgalieva, an ultra-marathoner by reputation, surprised a field that included course record holder and three-time winner Lyubov Morgunova (2000, 2001, 2004) and 2003 champion Eri Hayakawa to win in 2:30:25.A faulty clock on the men’s pace vehicle and having to run without competition for the second half of the race made it difficult for Muindi to assault his 2004 course record of 2:11:12.Aother Kenyan, Mbarak Hussein, a three-time winner (1998, 2001, 2002), was a distant runner-up in 2:15:06.||Nurgalieva led from start to finish and wasn’t challenged after the halfway mark. Hayakawa finished well behind in 2:32:59 and Morgunova was fifth in 2:40:47.It was Nurgalieva’s Honolulu debut. She was second in the 56-kilometer Two Oceans Marathon and 89-kilometer Comrades Marathon in South Africa earlier in the year.|
“It’s a dream come true.”
Muindi took advantage
“It’s a huge victory for me.
Morgunova broke the record
|Kenya’s Jimmy Muindi became the first man to win four Honolulu Marathon titles and he broke a race record that had stood since 1986.Muindi crossed the line in 2:11:12 to shatter fellow Kenyan Ibrahim Hussein’s old mark of 2:11:43.Running in a six-man pack, Muindi made his trademark surge before mile 19 and cruised to the historic win.Russia’s Lyubov Morgunova destroyed her own 2000 women’s course record by a full minute, finishing in 2:27:33.It was her third nonconsecutive win and she dethroned defending champion Eri Hayakawa.But Hayakawa, who slipped and suffered a bloody fall a few miles into the race, also eclipsed Morgunova’s old record, finishing in 2:28:11. It was a personal record for the only Japanese citizen ever to win the Honolulu Marathon in either gender division.|
7th Honolulu Marathon win for South African native Schabort who was inducted into the Honolulu Marathon Hall of Fame this year.
Dawna Zane of Honolulu won
Jimmy Muindi triumphs
a surprise win
|Hayakawa first Japanese runner to win Honolulu MarathonEri Hayakawa, a student in Tokyo, became the first Japanese runner to win the Honolulu Marathon yesterday, beating Russians Alevtina Ivanova, Albina Ivanova and Olga Romanova.”From the beginning I was slow and not in good condition,” Hayakawa said. “But I turned around with the wind behind me and the Japanese runners were all cheering for me.”Among men, Kenyan Jimmy Muindi beat countryman Mbarak Hussein for his third title.Hayakawa rode the cheers of her mates to a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 57 seconds over the windy and hilly 26.2-mile course. Last year she finished fourth behind three Russians in her first marathon.Runners from Japan have made up more than a quarter of the field since 1985 and a study by Hawaii Pacific University estimates that last year’s race generated $81 million for the state. Yesterday Japanese runners counted for 63.8 percent of the 22,121 finishers. The total registered field was 25,283.Hayakawa disappeared into the pack from the outset of the race, trailing Albina Ivanova by 55 seconds at the halfway point. But that was in Hawaii Kai, where she turned to face the 15,148 Japanese runners trailing her and put the 25- to 30-mph tradewinds to her back.Hayakawa stayed on her pace despite trailing by so much and caught Albina Ivanova, who finished second last year after building up a similarly large lead, at the foot of Diamond Head and Alevtina Ivanova shortly thereafter. The Russians said that Hayakawa passed them so quickly that they had no hope of staying with her.”I just had to try my best, I didn’t think about winning,” Hayakawa, said. “This is all a surprise.”Jimmy Muindi earns third titleJimmy Muindi beat Mbarak Hussein, a Honolulu Marathon Hall of Famer, by 2 minutes, 2 seconds, joining Hussein and three others as three-time winners of the event.Muindi and Hussein have run the race together eight times and are as familiar with each other’s strategy as they are with their own. Muindi, who last won in 2000, usually makes his break somewhere around the 20-mile mark. But he threw a change-up at Hussein this time.”He took over with a hard surge at 18 miles and I couldn’t go with him,” said Hussein, who was running with a case of the shingles. “It kind of surprised me, usually he goes around mile 20.”Muindi said he intended to surprise Hussein with an earlier break, but not that early. He was forced into the move because Dawit Trfe pressured him a little too much. Muindi tried to escape the Ethiopian from the time the pack ran in single file into the wind on its way to Hawaii Kai.Muindi joined Hussein, Benson Masya, Duncan Macdonald and Ibrahim Hussein as three-time winners of the event. Mbarak Hussein and Muindi will return to try to break the tie next year.Krige Schabort won his sixth straight Honolulu Marathon wheelchair championship, wheeling through the course in 1 hour, 32 minutes and 52 seconds.Wakako Tsuchida made it a Japanese sweep in the three women’s races, taking the women’s wheelchair edition in 1:53:49 to finish seventh overall.|
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Hussein wins the hard way again
Honolulu – Winning doesn’t seem to come easy for Mbarak Hussein in the Honolulu Marathon. For the second time since 1998, the 37-year-old Kenyan had to out sprint a rival inside Kapiolani Park for a victory.
Hussein broke the tape in 2:12:29, just 4 seconds ahead of countryman Jimmy Muindi. He had run side by side with Muindi for the last four miles before putting on a surge en route to the finish. “It’s a very risky way to do it,” said Hussein, who lives in Albuquerque, N.M. “But whatever it took to win.”
Hussein tied his brother Ibrahim’s record of three wins here. “I called him this morning when I got back to the hotel,” said Mbarak.
Ibrahim, who owns the course record of 2:11:43, won in 1985-87. Mbarak also won the Honolulu Marathon in 2001 and 1998.
In 1998, he won in what was nearly a photo finish against Erick Kimaiyo. “I wanted to pull away but I couldn’t” he said. “I knew Jimmy wanted his third win really bad.”
Hussein said Muindi, who owned Honolulu titles in 1999 and 2000, led for much of the way. “Jimmy’s a front-runner and he feels more comfortable that way, but I can run from behind.”
Hussein won just a little more than a month after his 2:09:46 victory in the Seoul International Marathon on November 3rd.
Zakharova comes from behind to win
Svetlana Zakharova overtook Albina Ivanova in the last mile to lead a 1-2-3 Russian sweep and win the 30th Honolulu Marathon women’s crown in 2:29:08.
It was Zakharova’s second win since 1997.
Ivanova led from the 15th to the 25th mile and appeared to be in control. But Zakharova summoned something from deep inside to secure the day.
Zakharova, who set the Russian national record twice this year en route to Honolulu, had finished second here five times.
Ivanova had won the Dubai and the Siberian marathons this year. Alevtina Ivanova (no relation to Albina), who was the Prague International Marathon champion this year, finished third in 2:31:12.
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Top 10 Female Finishers
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Jonathan Lyau #49
10th Kamaaina Victory
WOMEN’S KAMAAINA WINNER
Cynthia Schnack #53
“It was a wish come true!“
Hussein said of winning his 2nd Honolulu Marathon, joining brother Ibrahim as a multiple-time winner.
“Exhausted and ecstatic“
said Morgunova of her repeat win. “This victory was harder than last year due to rain & windy weather.“
|Morgunova and Hussein win blustery marathonRussianLyubov Morgunova assumed the lead at 5 kilometers and held on against Svetlana Zakharova, also of Russia, to win her second straight Honolulu Marathon today.Morgunova clocked 2:29:54 with a pace of 5:43 per mile on rain-slicked pavement in the 76-degree heat.Meanwhile, Kenya’s Mbarak Husseinput a surge on Ethiopia’s Moges Taye in the last mile uphill on Diamond Head to dethrone two-time champion Jimmy Muindi of Kenya. Hussein finished in 2:15:09 on a mile pace of 5:09.3.Krige Schabort of Georgia captured his fourth straight men’s wheelchair title while Chantal Petitclerc of Canada won the women’s race.There were 23,513 entries, 19,499 starters and 19,236 finishers in the race. Honolulu remained the third largest marathon in the United States.For Morgunova it was not the same kind of race that propelled her to new course and race records last year.This time, the petite 30-year-old Moscovite took command and didn’t relinquish it until she’d gained a 43-second victory over Zakharova.It was the third fastest time in the history of the women’s race.Morgunova, whose margin over the auburn-haired Zakharova was only 18 seconds last year, became the first woman to ever break two-and-a-half hours on the Honolulu course twice.Zakharova, who came into the race with three of the better women’s marathon times in the world for 2001, wound up extending her record for the most runner-up finishes on the course. She now has five and won the race in 1997.Morgunova had a surprise answer when asked if she plans to return to Honolulu next year to attempt a third straight title.She said she and husband, Alexander, are planning to start a family next year, which might cause her to skip the 2002 race.Italian Franca Fiacconi, who pushed the pace last year and led much of the way, was not a factor this time as she faded to an uncharacteristically slow 2:39:32.Honolulu newcomer Elena Paramonova of Russia was third but also out of contention in 2:33:53.The men’s race was another courageous effort by the 35-year-old Hussein but it did not threaten the 15-year-old record owned by his older brother.The younger Hussein missed three-time Honolulu Marathon champion Ibrahim Hussein’s 1986 record by 3 minutes and 26 seconds. The Hussein family now owns five Honolulu Marathon titles.While Taye (2:15:29) was Mbarak Hussein’s closest rival at the end, Hussein said he had special respect for Muindi (2:15:39), who was running in his eighth race here.Race week activities included a concert by GetBack!, the original Beatles’ tribute band. Marathoners used the occasion for carbo-loading at the pre-concert, all-you-can-eat luau.|
Runner Peter McClellan was awarded the prestigious Race Number 2001 for posting the winning bid in a special on-line EBAY auction for charity.Benjamin J. Cayetano, the Governor of Hawaii, recognized Dr. Jim Barahal, President of the Honolulu Marathon Association, for his contributions in making the Honolulu Marathon the largest sporting event in Hawaii and one of the largest marathons in the world. Click here to view the Governor’s commendation of Dr. Barahal.
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Morgunova shatters women’s records
As 22,903 Honolulu Marathon runners bolted in darkness to the concussion of a howitzer and the crack of aerial fireworks, Lyubov Morgunova had no idea she would earn in one morning about 20 times more than the average Russian worker makes in a year: $40,000.
It was for a feat few ever thought could be accomplished in the Honolulu Marathon with its subtropic humidity, headwinds, crosswinds and Diamond Head heartbreaker.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I expect this,” said race director Jon Cross after Morgunova not only smashed Carla Beurskens’ 14-year-old course record but also became the first women to ever break 2 hours and 30 minutes in a Hawaii marathon with a stunning 2:28:33 victory.
For her win Morgunova received $15,000, plus $25,000 more in bonuses for setting the course record and matching various time incentives never before approached on one of the world’s more ponderous courses.
“I can’t say I’m totally surprised,” said Honolulu Marathon Association president Jim Barahal, who earlier had huddled with agents and coaches for the elite women to discuss a strategy for a fast race led by a designated woman pace-setter.
“With the field we had and the fact there was no wind Saturday, I said let’s shoot for 2:28:00,” Barahal said.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Muindi of Kenya also collected a $15,000 first prize with his second consecutive win in the men’s race. He led the race’s 22,636 finishers in a time of 2:15:19.
The finishing figure (of 26,465 original entries) makes Honolulu the sixth largest marathon in the world this year.
“The weather was very good, no wind, just a little bit humid,” said Muindi, who was running in his eighth Honolulu Marathon.
Unlike the closest men’s finishes of 1998 and 1999, Muindi dropped his nearest rival, fellow Kenyan Philip Taurus, at mile 22.
The top four finishers were Kenyans, with Eliud Kering 17 seconds behind as runner-up.
Microchips give fans chance to track competitors
For the first time, microchips atached to runners’ shoe laces gave fans the chance to track the progress of competitors in the race.
According to Holly Huber, co-owner and programmer for Island Infotech (the company which created and operates the Honolulu Marathon website), the new timing chips allowed marathon fans to check on the progress of any member of the field as they passed four different checkpoints: 10 kilometers, half marathon (20 kilometers), 30 kilometers and the finish.
Computer users were able to access information throughout the race by typing in the name of any runner, his or her bib number, country, city or state.
(text excerpted from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Monday, December 11, 2000)
The 28th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held on Sunday, December 10, 2000. There were 22,636 Finishers out of 26,465 Entrants. It was the first year that a chip timing system was used in the Honolulu Marathon.
of Kenya, age 26
of Kyrgyzstan, age 38
Muindi bests fellow countrymen
Outraces Hussein and Kimaiyo for first marathon win
Bogacheva retains women’s title
The 1999 Honolulu Marathon came down to the same three Kenyan men for the second year in a row.
Jimmy Muindi sprinted past 1998 champion Mbarak Hussein in the last 20 meters inside Kapiolani Park to win the first marathon of his five-year career in 2 hours, 16 minutes, 45 seconds.
It was the 27-year-old Kenyan’s sixth attempt at the Honolulu Marathon. He had finished fourth here in 1994, third in 1995, second in 1996 and 1997, and third in 1998. “I am very happy,” said Muindi, who won $15,000 for the victory. “It’s a new start for me.”
Irina Bogacheva of Kyrgyzstan retained her women’s title with a 2:32:36 finish, a surprisingly fast time under the circumstances. There were 21,211 official finishers.
“This was such an essential win for Jimmy,” said Muindi’s manager, Zane Branson “The time was not impressive today, but people know that to win here is not easy,” he said.
Erick Kimaiyo, the winner in 1996 and 1997, also bolted past Mbarak Hussein to finish second in 2:16:47, while Hussein came in third, eight seconds later. The three set a 5:13-mile pace.
Muindi said he liked the conditions better this year. “It’s rainy and it’s cool. Oh, I really like it,” said Muindi. “But it was very slow going out and it was windy.”
Bogacheva was visibly disappointed that stomach problems she suffered on Diamond Head caused her to miss breaking the course record by 23 seconds. The race record of 2:31:01 was set by Carla Beurskens in 1986 but Beurskens established a slower record when the course was changed in 1992. “I run by myself after first mile,” said Bogacheva, who held the lead from that point. “No one to help me.”
Greg Meyer, the 1983 Boston Marathon winner who broadcast the women’s race, said Bogacheva’s complaints seemed well-founded because not only did she lead the women almost all the way, but she could not seem to even find a man on the course who would help pace her.
“She made her own race,” Meyer said. Meyer said that Russian Svetlana Zakharova, the 1997 winner, moved up to Bogacheva’s shoulder at 13 or 14 miles but the Kyrgyzstani woman gradually moved farther and farther ahead. Bogacheva had the fastest winning time here since 1993, when Beurskens clocked 2:32:20.
Muindi’s 2:16:45 was the slowest winning time since 1995, when Thungwane won in 2:16:08.
Marathon turns into a sprint
In the closest finish in the 26-year history of the Honolulu Marathon, Kenya’s Mbarak Hussein upset defending champion Erick Kimaiyo with a final-second spurt that could only have come from the last measure of energy and spirit in him.
Twenty yards from the finish line, it appeared that Kimaiyo of Kenya would win his third consecutive Honolulu Marathon, as he had a half-stride lead on Hussein. But Hussein — the younger brother of three-time Honolulu Marathon winner and race record-holder Ibrahim Hussein — somehow surged past Kimaiyo with 10 yards remaining.
“I was thinking of my brother in the last 100 meters,” said Hussein, who had never before won a marathon.
In what was nearly a photo finish, both Hussein, 31, and Kimaiyo, 30, were credited with the same time — 2 hours, 14 minutes, 53 seconds.
In contrast, Irina Bogacheva of Kyrgyzstan was alone as she coasted to victory, finishing 3 minutes and 17 seconds ahead of defending women’s champion Svetlana Zakharova of Russia. Bogacheva’s toughest foe was the clock; her time, 2 hours, 33 minutes, 27 seconds, was the seventh fastest time by a woman. The 37-year-old physical education teacher led Zakharova, 28, by as much as three-quarters of a mile during most of the last six miles of the race.
“I kicked it in today,” said the beaming Bogacheva at the finish line.
From an entry field of 27,704, a total of 22,112 runners finished, making the Honolulu Marathon the third largest marathon in the world for the second year in a row. The weather conditions were better than average with low humidty and only moderate winds.
The official starter for the race, Konishiki, caused a stir among the estimated 23,000 runners lined up on Ala Moana Boulevard in the predawn darkness. The retired sumo superstar was trucked in to fire the starting gun. Konishiki’s vehicle was mobbed but race officials managed to restore order in time for the 5 a.m. start.
Sunday, December 13, 1998.
There were 22,112 finisher out of 27,704 entrants.
Kimaiyo & Vasilieva Win 25th
EXPLOSIVE described the men’s and women’s races in yesterday’s 25th Honolulu Marathon.
Kenya’s 28-year-old Eric Kimaiyo capped off his brilliant year of marathoning with a surprising breakaway on the second most elevated part of the course to win for the second straight year. His time in the 26.2-mile race — 2 hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds — on a cool 66-degree day was the fastest since 1989.
It was one minute and 16 seconds faster than his 1996 time and was the fastest since the course was altered in 1992.
Kimaiyo made the critical move to break away from his closest challenger, countryman Jimmy Muindi, when least expected. Approaching Mile 24 near Triangle Park, where the course rises from 10 to 100 feet above sea level at Diamond Head Lookout, he accelerated to complete the next mile in 4 minutes and 40 seconds. Muindi said he experienced stomach trouble and was unable to respond to Kimaiyo’s unusually strong uphill surge.
In the women’s race, 27-year-old Russian Svetlana Vasilieva improved on last year’s runner-up performance to win at 2:33:14. Irina Bogacheva of Kyrghiztan (located between Kazakstan and northwestern China), the leader for three-quarters of the race, accused Vasilieva of getting physical with her late in the race.
It was the second time in a row a Russian woman has won the race. Rumila Burangulova won last year in 2:34:28. Kimaiyo’s win was the eighth by a Kenyan man at Honolulu.
Overcast skies with no winds and a sprinkle of rain in some areas — ideal conditions for a marathon — welcomed the 33,682 entrants. There were 26,495 finishers in the event, making Honolulu the third largest marathon in the world this year behind New York City and London.
Sunday, December 14, 1997.
Perfect day for Ramila
It was a bleak and sunless morning with winds gusting to 30 mph – a perfect day for someone to emerge from the icy Russian winter to capture and defeat the strongest field in the 24-year history of the Honolulu Marathon.
It was also a day when yet another unknown Kenyan man would rise to the occasion on the course and pop a surprise finish.
Ramila Burangulova, a 35-year-old mother of one who trains in the frigid shadow of the Ural Mountains, became the Honolulu Marathon’s first Russian champion, finishing in 2 hours, 34 minutes, 28 seconds.
If there was any doubt that the Russian women were the hardiest and best prepared for yesterday’s chilly winter conditions, Svetlana Vasilyeva laid that question to rest when she came from behind to pull in second in the women’s field in 2:35:36.
Eric Kimaiyo, a 27-year-old military enlistee, gave Kenya its seventh win in the race since 1985. Kimaiyo did it by stringing together seven straight mile splits of 4 minutes and 49 seconds or less between the 16th and the 23rd mile. His winning time was 2:13:23.
Another Kenyan, Jimmy Muindi, came in 14 seconds later, following in the wake of Kimaiyo’s remarkable late-race surge.
An entry field of 30,824 became a finishing field of 24,427 as Honolulu stepped down as the world’s largest marathon and took a third place position in the United States behind Boston (35,888) and New York (28,182).
Sunday, December 8, 1996.
Four-and-a-half miles into the 23rd annual Honolulu Marathon yesterday morning, Josiah Thungwane of South Africa put on a bold – but seemingly mad and suicidal – sprint.
But Thungwane wasn’t suicidal. He was just hungry. The thought of scoring his first major international victory and winning $20,000 or more had whetted the appetite of the 25-year-old coal mine worker.
In 2 hours, 16 minutes, 8 seconds yesterday, Thungwane won as much money as he earns in the coal mines in about four years.
But it was two-plus hours of arduous toil. Numerous times over the final four miles, the diminutive South African had to dig deep and fight off the challenges of defending champion and three-time winner Benson Masya of Kenya.
As the two matched strides while leaving Diamond Head and entering Kapiolani Park, Thungwane pushed ahead slightly. It did come down to the final 200 meters … then the final 100 meters … then the final 50 meters. Thungwane dug deep, floored the accelerator, and got the jump. Masya could not respond. In fact, he slowed to a trot and crossed the finish line 11 seconds behind Thungwane.
Colleen De Reuck made it a banner day for South Africa as she captured the women’s race, finishing 27th overall in 2:37:29. She was followed by Veronica Kanga of Kenya at 2:39:35. Defending champion and eight-time winner Carla Beurskens finished third, nearly five minutes behind De Reuck, ending her incredible streak of eight victories in 10 years. It was the first time Beurskens entered the Honolulu Marathon and did not win.
It was the hottest Honolulu Marathon in history – a muggy 88 degrees – and the largest. More than 27,000 runners finished the race surpassing New York City as world’s largest marathon for 1995.
Sunday, December 10, 1995.
Masya the masterFor the first 10 miles of the 22nd annual Honolulu Marathon yesterday morning, Benson Masya, the prerace favorite, was nowhere to be seen. He was huddled in a large pack of runners that trailed the leaders by as much as 45 seconds in the 26.2-mile run.But when Masya made his presence known and finally became a factor in the race, he did it in a big way.The 24-year-old native of Kenya took command in the 19th mile, shortly after the runners left Hawaii Kai. Masya pulled away to win by nearly two minutes in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 4 seconds; it was his third Honolulu Marathon victory.“I was never concerned,” Masya said, referring to the lead the others had built up on him. “I knew I had the speed and the endurance, and I was just waiting to get the wind behind me.”South Africa’s Thabisco Moqhali, 25, who was also part of the chase pack and who briefly took the lead before yielding to Masya, finished second in 2:16:52. England’s Andy Green, 31, was third, three seconds behind Moqhali in 2:16:55.
Carla Beurskens fought strong winds and formidable competition to win her eighth Honolulu Marathon. The 42-year-old native of Holland completed the course in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 6 seconds to win her third straight Honolulu race. Japan’s Eriko Asai, 36, finished second in 2:38:21
Although it was Beurskens’ slowest finish of her eight victories, she was pleased to overcome both the windy conditions and close competitor. “I’m very happy. It was my best marathon ever,” Beurskens said.
A record number of 32,804 entries yielded close to 30,000 runners lined up on Ala Moana Boulevard for the 5:30 a.m. start.
Sunday, December 11, 1994.
Korean surprises marathon field
Korea’s Bong Ju Lee wasn’t taking any chances with the African runners in yesterday’s 21st Honolulu Marathon.
Last year, when he finished seventh here, he saw runners from Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa seize the early initiative and control the race. This time, he made his own move early.
Catching up to the lead pack of Africans at mile 7, in a steady drizzle around Kapiolani Park, the 23-year-old Lee latched on and never let go.
Buoyed by Korean cheering sections posted at various junctures of the 26.2-mile route, Lee won a duel with 1993 South African national champion Josiah Thungwane and held off a late surge by Boston Marathon champion Cosmos Ndeti of Kenya to win in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 16 seconds.
Ndeti, who passed several runners in a furious charge over the last half of the marathon, made his second consecutive runner-up finish in Honolulu in 2:13:40. Ndeti’s 22-year-old brother, Josphat, was third in 2:13:48 in a promising marathon debut.
Holland’s 41-year-old Carla Beurskens cruised to her seventh Honolulu women’s crown in 2:32:20 – the fourth fastest time in course history. Beurskens finished 11 minutes and 19 seconds ahead of second-place Amy Legacki of Michigan.
Despite the rain and wind, 23,607 runners finished making Honolulu the world’s third largest marathon behind New York City and London.
Sunday, December 12, 1993.
Sore-legged postal clerk delivers win
To hear Benson Masya tell it, he won the 20th annual Honolulu Marathon yesterday morning while running on one leg.
“This knee was bothering me,” said Masya, rubbing his left leg, “so I had to change over to running on my other leg.”
Masya, a 22-year-old postal clerk from Kenya, certainly didn’t hop over the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 19 seconds, a 5:07.4-per-mile pace.
Running his first marathon, Cosmos Ndeti of Kenya yielded on the 24th mile, remained close and finished nine seconds behind Masya. David Tsebe, South Africa, fell back on the 23rd mile and finished third in 2:16:45
Carla Beurskens of the Netherlands won her sixth Honolulu Marathon in 2:32:13 while finishing 26th overall, more than six minutes ahead of runner-up Lisa Weidenbach of Gig Harbor, Wash., and seven minutes ahead of defending champion Ritva Lemettinen of Finland. Beurskens, 40, now owns the top three women’s times in Honolulu Marathon history.
It was by far the largest Honolulu Marathon and one of the largest marathons in the world. The final count of entrants was 30,905 with 23,515 finishers. Yesterday’s weather was not as cool as when Hussein set the record. There was no rain and little wind. The humidity, however, slowed the pace after the first 10 miles and it soon became clear that a record was not possible.
Sunday, December 13, 1992.
No rush to this judgment
It was one of the slowest Honolulu Marathons ever run, but it also might have been the most exciting. For the first time in the 19-year history of this race, as many as five runners were in contention with less than three miles to go.
With a little less than 2 miles remaining in the 26.2-mile event, Benson Masya, a 21-year-old postal clerk from Kenya, broke away from Steve Jones, a former world record holder in the marathon, and went on to break the finishing tape at Kapiolani Park in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 24 seconds.
It was Masya’s first marathon.
Defending champion Simon Robert Naali, 26, of Tanzania, overtook Jones with about a quarter-mile to go to finish second, 19 seconds behind Masya. Jones, 35, of Wales, was third, another two seconds back.
“It felt very easy to me,” Masya said. “The slower it went, the more confident I became. With two miles to go, I felt the time had come to start running hard. I felt very confident by that time that I could win.”
While many of the elite runners complained about the humid conditions, Masya said the weather didn’t bother him. “It is much like Kenya,” he said. “I’m used to conditions like this.”
Ritva Lemettinen of Finland, 31, was an equally surprising winner in the women’s race, finishing 30th overall in 2:40:11. Race favorite Tuija Toivenen, also of Finland, dropped out at around 10 miles.
An estimated 14,000 of the 14,603 who signed up for the race lined up for the 5:30 a.m. start near Aloha Tower. It was the largest field in the history of the race.
Sunday, December 15, 1991.
Oh, brother, Naali wins a tight race
For 26 miles, it was the closest race in Honolulu Marathon history.
In a sizzling sibling rivalry, 24-year-old Simon Robert Naali and his 21-year-old brother, Thomas Robert, waged a relentless duel yesterday that began at Honolulu Harbor before daybreak and endured through some of the most punishing winds the race has ever seen.
Simon Robert, a police sergeant no criminal would escape from on foot, survived an intense challenge from his younger brother by surging dramatically in the last 500 yards to win the race for the second year in a row, in two hours, 17 minutes, 29 seconds.
The Naali brothers, from Tanzania, finished 34 seconds apart in their third 1-2 finish of the year in an international race. Meanwhile, an unknown 24-year-old accounting firm employee from Kyoto, Masaki Oya, came in third (2:20:22) to become the first Japanese man to win prize money in the Honolulu Marathon.
Holland’s Carla Beurskens became the first runner to win five Honolulu Marathons yesterday when she overcame battering winds and a surprisingly strong Japanese opponent in 2:33:34.
It was the closest of all the 38-year-old Beursken’s Honolulu victories as she fended off Japan’s Misako Miyahara, 10 years her junior, by one minute and 19 seconds. The finishes by Beurskens and Miyahara (2:34:51) were the fourth and fifth fastest on record for the women’s division here.
It was a wonder that the Naali brothers managed to complete their odyssey in under 2:20:00. The pair charged from an opening swarm of 13,000 starters at Aloha Tower into the teeth of a head wind that seemed to grow more vicious with every stride they took toward Waikiki. It was hard to tell the temperatures were in the low 70s.
Sunday, December 9, 1990.
African runners finish 1-2-3-4-5
Simon Robert Naali of Tanzania won the 17th annual Honolulu Marathon yesterday by a comfortable margin.
Naali, a 23-year-old policeman and father of three, broke away from Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya, three-time winner of the race, on the 12th mile of the 26.2-mile event and was never challenged after that. He crossed the finish line at Kapiolani Park in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 47 seconds, just missing Hussein’s race record of 2:11:43 set in 1986.
“At that point (when Naali broke away), there was a strong head wind and I thought he was going to come back to me,” said Hussein, who held off Gidamis Shahanga, another Tanzanian, for second, 2:14:02 to 2:14:05.
Two more Tanzanians, Suleiman Nyambui (fourth in 2:15:47) and Agapius Masong (fifth in 2:16:40) made it an African sweep of the five prize-money places.
The women’s race was won by 37-year-old Carla Beurskens of the Netherlands in 2:31:50, less than a minute short of her race record of 2:31:01 in 1986. It was her fourth Honolulu Marathon championship, tying her with Patti Lyons Catalano for the most victories in the race.
Janice Ettle of Minneapolis, Minn. took second (2:43:54), followed by Weather Tolford of Tillamook, Ore. (2:44:35).
Approximately 10,000 runners began the race in front of Aloha Tower at 5:30 a.m. Although it was not as cool as it was in 1986 when Hussein set the record, the humidity did not even seem high and most runners were thankful that conditions did not resemble those of Saturday morning when heavy rains hit Oahu.
Sunday, December 10, 1989.
Poli’s honeymoon sweet
You’d think Gianni Poli would have something better to do on his honeymoon than run a marathon.
But Paolr, his bride of just one week, didn’t seem to mind. She jumped for joy and screamed when Poli surged ahead of Bradt Nava near the 22-mile mark to take command of the race.
Poli, a 31-year-old Italian, added to his lead over the final four miles and broke the finishing tape of the 16th Honolulu Marathon yesterday morning in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 47 seconds, winning by nearly a half-mile. The victory was worth $10,000 in prize money.
Nava, 22, an unexpected and unknown contender from Paraguay, clocked 2:15:12 for second place. Gidamis Shahanga of Tanzania was third (2:16:47). Three-time defending champion Ibrahim Hussein reportedly dropped out of the race at nine miles.
Poli, winner of the 1986 New York City Marathon, covered the second half of the 26.2-mile event in 1:05:45, faster than his first half (1:07:02). No official records of split-times are kept, but it is believed to be the first time any Honolulu Marathon winner has run the second half faster than the first.
In a somewhat ironic turn of events, Cyndie Welte of Ohio, who had come to Honolulu as a spectator, won the $10,000 first prize for women. She led the women’s field all the way, finishing 38th overall in 2:41:52.
“I really didn’t plan to run the race until about 10 days ago,” Welte said. “I’ve been training for the Houston Marathon in February. But when I heard that Carla Beurskens (the defending champion and record-holder) wasn’t going to run, I thought I might have a chance to win and decided to give it a try.”
Race officials reported that entries reached the 10,000 mark on Saturday afternoon, but, allowing for the usual number of no-shows, it was estimated that around 9,000 lined up near Aloha Tower for the 5:30 a.m. start.
Sunday, December 11, 1988.
Hussein storms to another win
In weather conditions that were hardly suited to running 26.2 miles, Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya won the 15th Honolulu Marathon yesterday.
Hussein, 29, finished in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 26 seconds to win the event for the third year in a row.
He beat Gidamis Shahanga of Tanzania by nearly a quarter of a mile. Shahanga, 30, finished in 2:19:36, but said: “That was a 2:09 or 2:10 effort. The wind was bad.”
Carla Beurskens of The Netherlands won the women’s division for the third consecutive year. Beurskens, 35, finished in 2:35:11, a margin of 800 yards over Lisa Weidenbach, 26, of Redmond, Wash.
Beurskens suffered an ankle injury before the start of the race and did not threaten her 2:31:01 record of last year.
Hussein also was well off his race record of 2:11:43, set last year under much more favorable conditions. “The wind was the worst part,” he said after finishing yesterday. “The rain was no problem.”
8,500 starters braved the elements in the worst conditions ever for the marathon. A winter storm brought heavy rains and strong winds gusting up to 35 to 40 mph. The wheelchair race was canceled due to flooding.
Sunday, December 13, 1987.
Hussein Hustles to Marathon Record
Ibrahim Hussein, the defending champion, set a killer pace from the outset of yesterday’s 14th annual Honolulu Marathon and quickly buried the rest of the field.
In fact, he went out so fast that even Tom Wysocki, the “rabbit,” died. Paid to set a brisk first-half pace, Wysocki of California, quit after seven miles. Hussein maintained a world record clip through the first 14 miles of the course.
Hussein, a 28-year-old Kenyan, lost some of his steam toward the end of the race but still shattered the Honolulu Marathon mark of 2:12:08, which he established last year, winning in 2:11:43.
Suleiman Nyambui, a Tanzanian, finished second, a full 3-1/2 minutes behind the graceful Hussein at 2:15:13.
Like Hussein, Holland’s Carla Beurskens, the defending women’s titlist, also repeated winning by almost five minutes in 2:31:01. Her time easily eclipsed the Honolulu record of 2:33:24 set by Patti Catalano in 1981.
Beurskens and Hussein accomplished their feats on a course that measured 130 yards too long. Presumably, the course will be shortened to a regulation 26 miles, 385 yards next year. The extra yardage added approximately 25 seconds to their times.
Hussein won $10,000 for first place and another $10,000 for the record. Beurskens earned $15,000 overall. The monetary awards represented the first formal prize money in Honolulu Marathon history.
Sunday, December 7, 1986.
Hussein sets a record pace to victory
In the 13 years of the Honolulu Marathon, nobody’s done it better than Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya.
Hussein’s winning time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 8 seconds, thought to be almost impossible in usually humid Hawaii, shattered the race and course records of 2:15:30 established by Dave Gordon in 1982.
Hussein, 27, bettered the Hawaii standards for 15 kilometers, 10 miles, 20 kilometers, the half-marathon, and 30 kilometers en route to his victory. But they will not be officially recognized as records.
Bill Reifsnyder of Pennsylvania, completing his second marathon, finished second in 2:14:39. Defending champion Jorge Gonzales was third in 2:16:24, one second better than his winning time last year.
Carla Beurskens of Holland, who finished 30th overall, was the first woman finisher in 2:35:51. Honolulu’s Rachel Portner was second in 2:53:08 and Noelle Stenger, a University of Hawaii chemistry student, was third in 2:55:43.
It wasn’t Beurskens fastest marathon – she ran a 2:27:50 at the America’s Cup/Chicago Marathon this year – but it was the second fastest women’s time on the Honolulu course. (The record is 2:33:24 set by Patti Catalano in 1981.)
“I feel very happy about this win,” said Hussein, who plans to return next year. “I can train much harder than I did. I believe a 2:10 is possible here.”
A total of 8,287 runners began the 26.2 mile race at 6 a.m. near Aloha Tower. It was relatively cool at the start, and many veteran Honolulu Marathon finishers said afterward that conditions throughout the run were the best they had experienced here.
Sunday, December 8, 1985.
A Speedy Gonzales Takes Marathon
A cause for celebration and a celebration of cause . . . it was both for those who came to win and those who came just to finish yesterday’s 12th annual Honolulu Marathon.
The most celebrated names, of course, belong to the winners – Jorge Gonzales of Puerto Rico and Patti Gray of California, the top male and female finishers.
But there were thousands more – 8,305 to be exact – who were reveling in a victory over a windswept course, a threat of torrential rains and the aches and pains that accompany a 26.2-mile undertaking.
For the 30-year-old winner Gonzales, the celebration began with 5.2 miles still to go in the race. That was when the defending Montreal marathon champ knew he had the race won with nearly a two-minute lead over Doug Kurtis and 1979 Honolulu winner Dean Matthews on the way to a 2 hour, 16 minute, 25 second finish, the third fastest in the history of the race.
Gonzales, who placed 13th in the Summer Olympics marathon, hopes the victory will help establish himself as a premier marathoner in the United States.
Patti Gray led the women’s portion of the race from start to finish, winning in 2 hours, 42 minutes, 50 seconds.
Gusty headwinds were given as the reason that race winning Gonzales failed to break the 2:15:30 course-record set two years ago by Washington’s David Gordon. The blustery breeze was reported gusting 25 to 40 miles an hour along Kalanianaole Highway and Lunalilo Home Road.
Sunday, December 9, 1984.
New Zealander No. 1 in Honolulu Marathon
Kevin Ryan, 35, took command of the 11th annual Honolulu Marathon near the 14-mile mark yesterday, but slowed considerably over the final miles. The competition slowed even more, however, and Ryan won by more than a half-mile while recording 2 hours, 20 minutes, 18.6 seconds, the slowest winning time since the 1976 race.
“I didn’t come here for a fast time,” Ryan said afterward. “I’m satisfied just to have won it.” Ryan came to Honolulu from the Boston, Mass. area where he has been employed for the last three years as manager of the New Balance Track Club. A member of New Zealand’s 1976 and 1980 Olympic teams, Ryan hopes to be selected to represent his country in the Los Angeles Olympics next year.
The winning time was well off the course record of 2:15:30 set by Dave Gordon last year. Steve McCormack, a 23-year-old Californian, finished second in 2:23:09 and Graeme Holden, another New Zealander, was third in 2:25:46.6.
Annick Loir-Lebreton, a 25-year-old French citizen, won the women’s race in 2:41:24.3, the slowest winning time for women since 1978.
Of the 10,874 runners who had signed up for the race, 9,121 started and 8,434 finished. It definitely was not a day for records. Many of the competitors complained of slower times this year, although none seemed certain about what was responsible. The temperature, although a few degrees higher than last year, was in the usual 68- to 75-degree range for the first 2-1/2 hours of the race. The humidity might have been a little higher, but most of the runners interviewed agreed that conditions were not abnormal. Some felt that it was one of the cooler races and were happy that it did not rain as it had last year.
Sunday, December 11, 1983.
Gordon – breaking away to a record
In a “breakthrough” victory, 23-year-old David Gordon of Olympia, Wash., broke away from the world-class field to win the 10th Honolulu Marathon yesterday in a record time of two hours, 15 minutes, 29.8 seconds.
The 10,258 starters and 10,043 finishers out of 12,263 entrants were all winners, too.
Under conditions that ranged from clear and still to driving wind and rain, Gordon broke by one minute and four seconds the course record of 2:16:33 set by Dean Matthews in 1979.
Three-time former Honolulu champion (1973, ’76, ’80) Duncan Macdonald of Palo Alto, Calif., was second in 2:17:43, followed by Swedish champion Kjell-Erik Stahl (2:17:56), 26-year-old Katsuhiro Tachikawa of Japan (2:21:35), and early leader and Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter (2:22:16).
Eilleen Claugus, 27, of Sacramento, Calif., won the women’s division in 2:41:10, more than 2-1/2 minutes ahead of 24-year-old Janice Ettle from St. Cloud, Minn. (2:43:45).
Calling his record win one of many “real breakthroughs” he’s been experiencing in running, Gordon eased into the lead at 14.5 miles and never looked back. Gordon was racing in only his fourth marathon and the first since 1979, when he completed the Seattle Marathon in 2:26 under rainy, freezing (38-degree) conditions.
Sunday, December 12, 1982.
Oregon editor grabs the headlines
Jon Anderson, a 32-year-old trade publication editor from Eugene, Ore., took the lead near the 15-mile mark and gradually pulled away to win the 9th annual Honolulu Marathon by a little over 200 yards. His time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 54 seconds was one second faster the Duncan Macdonald’s winning time of last year, but fell short of Dean Matthew’s course record of 2:16:13 set in 1979.
Macdonald finished second yesterday in 2:17:34, edging out Erik Stahl of Sweden, who set the pace for the first 14 miles.
Anderson, a member of the 1972 Olympic team at 10,000 meters and winner of the 1978 Boston marathon, won the Antwerp (Belgium) Marathon in June. His best marathon time to date is 2:12:08 turned in at the 1980 Nike-OTC Marathon in Eugene.
The women’s race went according to script as Patti Lyons Catalano won for the fourth consecutive year and for the fourth time broke the course record. Her time of 2:33:35 was nearly two minutes faster than last year and was more than six minutes faster than that recorded by runner-up Eileen Claugus.
Catalano said she felt that she was in better condition this year but achieved her record because she was more psyched up. “The conditions were perfect,” she said. “They were better than any of my three previous races here. Of course that helped my time, too.”
While just over 9,000 people entered the race, 7,556 lined up in front of Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu for the 6 a.m. start.
Sunday, December 13, 1981.
Macdonald was out of sight!Running his first marathon in 18 months and on meager training, the 31-year-old Duncan Macdonald destroyed the field. He covered the 26-mile, 385-yard course in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 55 seconds, the second fastest time ever here.In the last few miles, Macdonald was so far ahead of his pursuers they couldn’t even see him. He finished 2 minutes and 28 seconds ahead of Edson Bergara of Sao Paolo, Brazil, who was 32 seconds abeam of Rolf Salzman of Frankfurt, West Germany.Macdonald thus became the first three-time winner of the Marathon, a distinction he held for 18 minutes and 31 seconds.At 2:35:26, Patti Lyons Catalano, America’s Queen of the Road, galloped home to her third consecutive women’s trophy and her third consecutive record time. Catalano knocked 4 minutes and 41 seconds off the record she set last year, and was 4:23 ahead of Jane Wipf of Freeman, South Dakota.The race had a record field of 6,829 starters, 6,630 of whom finished. A light drizzle became a heavy, gray tropical downpour by the time the leaders hit the 10-mile mark. The runners sloshed along Kalanianaole Highway, occasionally blundering into deep water, but still keeping a strong pace.“The rain saved me,” said Macdonald, who was raised on the Big Island and went to Kailua High School here. He is finishing his residency in internal medicine in Menlo Park, Calif., which limits his training to about 70 miles a week. Many runners train twice that much. Nevertheless, Macdonald said he felt stronger than he had in eight years.
Sunday, December 7, 1980.
But he did get the word. “Everybody said to come over here and just have a good time,” he said between gulps of a Coke following his victory, ” and I did have a good time for about eight miles. Then I decided to make a move. Once I did that, I was committed and I had to go for it.”
Matthews overtook Ron Tabb of Texas at 14.5 miles and never was threatened thereafter. Tabb, 25, held on for third place, a few strides behind Shorter.
Don Kardong, who set the old record of 2:17:04 in winning the race last year, was sixth yesterday in 2:22:23.
Patti Lyons, a 26-year-old Boston resident, successfully defended her women’s title. Her time of 2:40:06 was more than three minutes better than the course record she set last year and less than two minutes short of her personal best, a 2:38:22 in Boston earlier this year.
The race got under way in front of Aloha Tower in the early morning darkness. The wheel-chair participants rolled away at 5:30 a.m. and then the blast of a cannon and fireworks sent the runners off at 6 a.m. The streets were still wet from a shower earlier in the morning, but conditions were otherwise good.
Sunday, December 9, 1979.
Patti Lyons busted across the finish line and moments later fell into the arms of her mother Freda, who swept her up with kisses, wild shouts and cheers.
“I did it,” yelled the sweat-soaked, 25-year-old Massachusetts runner.
Yesterday Lyons was the first woman to cross the Kapiolani Park finish line in the sixth annual Honolulu Marathon, setting a record for women at 2 hours, 43 minutes, 9 seconds – shaving 95 seconds off last year’s time. There was a field of about 1,500 women in the more than 7,000-person race. It was the second-largest marathon in history and the largest number of women ever assembled for a long-distance race.
“You’ve got it,” yelled someone in the crowd as the first finisher, tall, lanky Don Kardong of Spokane, Wash., flashed across the finish line in another record-setting time. Following a personal mandate that he “never look back,” Kardong finished in two hours, 17 minutes and four seconds, a time that was a full minute ahead of Atlanta’s Benji Durden and eclipsed by 20 seconds the Honolulu Marathon record set by New Zealand’s Jack Foster in 1975.
It was not surprising. If ever there was a day for breaking records, Marathon Sunday 1978 was it. The 6 a.m. start, moved back a half hour from last year, lessened the chances of heat prostration. And then the sun failed to show, kept at bay by overcast skies, while a brisk wind kicked up early on and prevailed throughout.
Sunday, December 10, 1978.
Jeff Wells, a 23-year-old theology student from Madisonville, Tex., led a string of 2,900 runners across a Kapiolani Park finish line yesterday in the largest participation sports event in Hawaii’s history, the fifth annual Honolulu Marathon.
Wells’ time for the 26-mile, 385 yard grind was 2 hours, 18 minutes and 37.1 seconds – no threat to any world or U.S. records but the second best time of the five Honolulu Marathons.
Wells, who had been considered the favorite by the world-class runners in the meet, was followed in by Herman Atkins of Everett, Wash., a 28-year -old who had surprised handicappers of the race by leading it for the first 13 miles. Atkins time was 2:20:54.2.
City Parks and Recreation Department worker Cindy Dalrymple was the first woman to finish, making it home in 2:48:07.6, her best marathon clocking and second women’s title.
Dalrymple, a 35-year-old single parent, faced one of the stiffest tests any woman marathoner has had to measure up to, conquering a field of over 600, reportedly the largest delegation of women ever to test 26 miles and 385 yards at one time.
Bruce Mitchell, one of three wheelchair entrants to the marathon, finished 103rd clocking in at 2 hours, 55 minutes and 26.3 seconds.
The loudest applause of the afternoon was reserved for the youngest marathon finisher: 6-year-old Kevin Greenwell of Waialae.
Sunday, December 11, 1977.
Shortly after 8:50 yesterday morning, Jeff Galloway – a wiry, almost fragile looking 28-year old from Tallahassee, Fla. – loped easily down the stretch of Kalakaua Avenue that runs by the Kapiolani Park bandstand, past the cheering spectators who lined the road to offer encouragement, broke through a length of string that had been extended over the pavement, and won the second annual Honolulu Marathon in record time. Two hours, 23 minutes, and two seconds earlier, Galloway – along with 314 other runners – jogging away from the starting line at the Aloha Tower and followed a tortuous course that took him past Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head and Hawaii Kai before turning back on Kalanianaole Highway and Kealaolu Avenue to finish at the park. Kenny Moore was 36 seconds behind him. Then came Duncan Macdonald–the home-town favorite and winner of the first Honolulu Marathon. And finally Frank Shorter – the Munich gold medalist who had just come from Japan where he had won the Fukuoka Marathon just over a week before. For Galloway – the sixth-ranked marathoner in the United States and a teammate of Shorter’s on the powerful Florida Track Club – the record-setting victory was expected and yet surprising. The radio reports that filtered into race headquarters in the park every five miles or so showed Galloway constantly trailing (“but only by two or three steps”) the field of Macdonald, Moore, and Shorter. And after 20 miles had elapsed he had only managed to advance to third, passing the tiring Shorter who was running with less than two weeks’ rest. Cindy Dalrymple was the 30th – and first woman to finish – while the youngest to complete the 26-mile, 385-yard run was eight-year-old John Stricklin, whose mom, Sue Stricklin, was second in the women master’s division.
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