Check here for Honolulu Marathon updates

December 11th, 2010

I’ll be blogging from the Kapiolani Park finish line starting from about a half hour before the 5 a.m. start, and will be in contact with Chance Gusukuma and Jason Kaneshiro who will be reporting from the trucks in front of the leaders.

68 Responses to “Check here for Honolulu Marathon updates”

  1. Dave Reardon:

    3:31 a.m: Jason and Chance are on the buses going to the starting line. I’m leaving the house soon for Kapiolani Park and the finish line.

  2. Dave Reardon:

    4:26 a.m.: Settled in at the finish line. Chance Gusukuma reports from the starting line that when they were checking on the elites, pacesetter Patrick Makau was missing. But there was plenty of time to fetch him from his hotel room. Makau, the fastest marathoner in the world this year, does not plan on running the entire race. … Also, a late entrant among the women elite: Belainesh Gebre of Ethiopia. She’s 22 and making her marathon debut. Bib no. 9670. She ran a 1:09:43 half-marathon at Big Sur this year.

  3. Dave Reardon:

    4:45 a.m.: Marathon spokesman Pat Bigold informs us that 22,806 have signed up for the marathon, including 1,592 who signed up in the past week.

  4. Dave Reardon:

    5:06 a.m.: Jason Kaneshiro reports that Belainesh Gebre is taking the early lead with a 5:33 first mile. Kaori Yoshida is right behind her.

  5. Dave Reardon:

    5:09: Chance Gusukuma tells us the men’s first mile is slow, 5:26. Gilbert Kerwa of Kenya, in his first Honolulu, is in front of a pack of nine.

  6. Dave Reardon:

    5:15 a.m.: A man described as Gebre’s boyfriend is running right in front of her. There are questions as to the legality or ethics of this, since this would give her an advantage.

  7. Dave Reardon:

    5:29 a.m.: Men still running relatively slowly, still a pack of nine. Mostly the usual suspects, including Jimmy Muindi and the other Kenyan elites, plus Nick Stankow. It’s still Gebre and Yoshida, under record time. The man is still leading the way for Gebre.

  8. Dave Reardon:

    5:35 a.m.: The info we’re getting now is that Gerbe could be sanctioned in some way for having assistance from another runner in this fashion.

  9. Dave Reardon:

    5:36 a.m.: Men finally under 5 minutes for a mile. It is very humid.

  10. Dave Reardon:

    5:37 a.m.: Peter Chebet dropped out of the lead pack right before the first 10k, Chance reports. Group down to six.

  11. Dave Reardon:

    5:46 a.m.: Chance Gusukuma reports 6 pack of men leading is 42:11 through 8 miles. Slow (for them), with Kirwa out front.

  12. Dave Reardon:

    5:53 a.m.: “We haven’t seen her from the start,” texts Jason Kaneshiro, referring to defending women’s champion Svetlana Zakharova.

  13. Dave Reardon:

    5:54 a.m.: “Through mile 10, Kirwa made a move on Kilauea, but pack reeled him back in.” — Chance from the truck. Last mile was 4:48. They’re picking up the pace.
    And Patrick Makau is still running.

  14. Dave Reardon:

    5:59: Chance tells us Makau just dropped out after mile 11.

  15. Dave Reardon:

    6:05 a.m.: Men’s lead pack down to four; Jimmy Muindi falling back. Last mile was 5:07.

  16. Dave Reardon:

    6:06 a.m.: Onto Kalanianaole, and Gebre still way ahead in the women’s race. 1:02 through 11 miles.

  17. Dave Reardon:

    6:16 a.m.: These 4 men out front after about 14 miles: Limo, Kirwa, Celimo and Bushendich, per Chance Gusukuma.

  18. Dave Reardon:

    6:17 a.m.: Gebre halfway at 1:14. Jason says she’s still way out front, but slowing now.

  19. Dave Reardon:

    6:20 a.m.: Defending champ Zakharova a minute behind at halfway mark. Don’t count her out.

  20. Dave Reardon:

    6:21 a.m.: Kenyan Richard Limo leads the pack of four, 1:20.22 after 25k.

  21. Dave Reardon:

    6:24 a.m.: Here come the wheelchairs.

  22. Dave Reardon:

    6:25 a.m.: Kirwa back in the lead, via Chance.

  23. Dave Reardon:

    6:29: Masasumi Soejima wins the wheelchair race again.

  24. Dave Reardon:

    6:29 a.m.: Nicholas Chelimo has now taken the lead.

  25. Dave Reardon:

    6:33 a.m.: Kirwa back in front again. What a race!

  26. Dave Reardon:

    6:35 a.m.: Jason says Gebre still breezing through Hawaii Kai, 16 miles in 1:31. But off record pace now.

  27. Dave Reardon:

    6:52 a.m.: Chelimo and Limo dueling. Other two dropped out, Chance says. Let’s see a sprint to the finish!

  28. Dave Reardon:

    6:53 a.m.: They’ll be coming in in about 15 or 20 minutes.

  29. Dave Reardon:

    6:54 a.m.: Chance says Chelimo just made a big move, leaving Limo behind.

  30. Dave Reardon:

    6:56 a.m.: Jason reports that Gebre passing mile 20 at 1:54:57.

  31. Dave Reardon:

    6:59 a.m.: Chance reports that Chelimo has a 50-yard lead on Limo and “looks very strong.” About 3 1/2 miles to go, including the hill.

  32. Dave Reardon:

    7:26 a.m.: Nicholas Chelimo won the Honolulu Marathon today in non-record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 18 seconds. “It was a great finish,” Chelimo said.

  33. Dave Reardon:

    7:28 a.m.: Zakharova is “too far back” with 1 mile to go to catch Gebre, Jason Kaneshiro says.

  34. Dave Reardon:

    Gebre crossed in 2:32:13, Zakharova second in 2:33:01. Zakharova said she plans to protest. She has an hour to file an official protest.

  35. Dave Reardon:

    8:03 a.m.: Joe Teipel’s voice is one of my favorite things about the marathon. He’s arrived on the scene to do his annual ushering in of the runners as they cross the finish line, adding tid-bits of bio information about many of them … some of it’s even true!!!!

  36. Dave Reardon:

    9:45 a.m.: Marathon president Jim Barahal announces that the course results will stand, and Belainesh Gebre wins the women’s race.

  37. Dave Reardon:

    11:09 a.m.: OK, done updating our online story for now. Time to see if I can get out of the parking lot yet.

  38. Dave Reardon:

    1:27 p.m.: Jerold Chun finished in 5:28:18. He and Gary Dill are the last two people to appear in every marathon, since Gordon Dugan did not enter this year due to an ankle infection. Last I knew, Dill was still on the course but I have a call in to Pat Bigold for an update.

  39. Dave Reardon:

    1:39 p.m.: Gary Dill finished in 6:48:57. The Final Few is now The Final Two.

  40. Dave Reardon:

    Star-Advertiser editor Frank Bridgewater finished in 4:25:44

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