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