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Big Islanders Running Honolulu Marathon on Sunday

At the end of 26 miles this is always a favorite site

Feeling nervous, a little anxious and starting to question your ability to go the distance?  Then you must be one of the nearly 300 runners from the Big Island that’s preparing to head to Oahu this weekend to run in the Honolulu Marathon.

More than 24,000 people from around the world will be lacing up their shows and drinking lots of water as they prepare to take part in the 37th running of the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday. 

“Honolulu will be my first marathon and I’m doing it because of positive peer pressure,” Hilo physician, Dr. Sara Chiu, said.

Dr. Chiu

Chiu is making a giant step from her usually 5K (3.1-mile) races to doing the “Big Dance” in Honolulu (the marathon distance is 26.2-miles).

“I knew Dr. Melanie Arakaki was a runner here, so I contacted her for suggested routes to train,” Chiu said.  It didn’t take long before Chiu was running with a Sunday group, in Hilo, made up of health care professions.

“On my first group run Dr. Aaron Morita told me that I had plenty of time to train for Honolulu as a beginner and he encouraged me to register,” she said.

Chiu is hoping to cross the finish line around six hours.  “I have modest goals with this race, but I’m proud to say that I’ve become a runner and have already planned more races for 2010,” she said.

Doc Morita is well known in the marathon community as he has done nine previous Honolulu Marathons in a row.

When Morita was asked why he keeps going back to Honolulu to do the marathon he gave a list of 31 different reasons why he enjoys the thrill and agony of doing Honolulu’s largest sporting event.

Morita hopes to finish this year’s race in “about 5 hours or so.”  “I simply wish to finish in a reasonable time and get the finisher T-shirt,” he said.

This year’s race has more meaning than some of the past races he has done as Morita will be running with his future daughter-in-law, Amanda Zen.  “Amanda will be running her first marathon at age 26.  We just complete our long 23-mile run together two Sundays ago and I am looking forward to running with her,” Morita said.

Michelle Lawrence

Also making her marathon debut will be Hilo’s Michelle Lawrence.  “I started running for exercise with a friend of mine who was training for her third marathon,” Lawrence said.  “I had never run more than two miles at a time before and as my mileage started reaching 6 or 7 miles, I found a confidence in myself that I’d never had before.

Lawrence prepared for Honolulu by following a running/walking interval program which started out as running for 4 minutes and walking for one minute until she built up her endurance.

As the race continues to get closer Lawrence consistently reminds herself that she can do it.  “It’s not a matter of if I will finish, I know I can do that, I have prepared as much as I can and can’t wait until all this hard work pays off,” she said.

Lawrence is expecting to cross the finish line around six hours, “hoping for a better time, but we’ll see how it goes,” she said.

But not everyone that had registered for the marathon is making the trek this weekend.  Waiakea’s athletic trainer, Kalei Namohala, needs to curtail her plans due to the recent pay cuts imposed on state employees.

“I had to change my plans about running this year’s Honolulu Marathon,” Namohala said.  “Since the furlough has hit me I’m unable to afford to travel to Honolulu for the marathon.  I really am sad about it.”

Husband and wife, Merle and Stan Costales, owners of Sports Line in Hilo are geared up for their marathon experience.  “This will be Merle’s first time and she is just hoping to enjoy the atmosphere and finish,” husband Stan said.

Costales is making his second consecutive Honolulu appearance as he finished last year’s race and enjoyed the adrenaline rush so much that he decided to return.  “It is just an incredible experience, with more than 20,000 runners, that I’m still on a high from last year.  I’m hoping I can break 5 hours this year,” he said.

The Honolulu race had registered more than 22,000 marathon enthusiast going into the final week of registration, according to event spokesman, Pat Bigold.

“We’ve registered more people this year than we had last year,” Bigold said.  Last year the Honolulu Marathon had 14,407 entries from Japan, compared to 1,532 from the mainland, 742 for other foreign countries and 6,003 Hawaii residents.

The Honolulu Marathon also holds a Mayors 10K (6.2-miles) Race Day Walk for which they expect another 4,000 to 5,000 participants, mainly from Japan.

“We usually get about 1,300 people registering in the final week leading up to the marathon,” Bigold said.  The late entry fee for those procrastinators is now $225 per person and it all adds up to making the Honolulu Marathon the most financially rewarding sporting event in the state, bringing in a whooping $100 million to our sagging economy.

Following is a list of Big Island that are preregistered to do the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday:

Richard Marsh CAPTAIN COOK Aaron Dixon HVNP
Diana Payne CAPTAIN COOK Eric Duerr HVNP
Michael Hasselbring HAWI Ricky Yamato KAILUA
Josie Abitong HILO Charles Aftoora KAILUA KONA
Dave Adachi HILO Victoria Akana KAILUA KONA
Tiana Aina HILO Doug Andrews KAILUA KONA
Kentaro Aoki HILO Twila Ashley KAILUA KONA
Melvin Arai HILO Lisa Aukai KAILUA KONA
Melanie Arakaki HILO Judy Bassett KAILUA KONA
Ruby Arzaga HILO Melissa Bergfalk KAILUA KONA
Jo Ann Aurello HILO Samuel Brown KAILUA KONA
Derek Awong HILO Kerstin Busse KAILUA KONA
Brenda Awong HILO Joann Caufield KAILUA KONA
Ferdinand Babas HILO Dane Decker KAILUA KONA
Pascual Bacor HILO Wilfredo Duran KAILUA KONA
Morgen Bahurinsky HILO Nadiline Frendo KAILUA KONA
Robert Belcher HILO Marvis Hanano KAILUA KONA
Betty Ben HILO Derek Haspe KAILUA KONA
Hiroko Blattler HILO Hideichi Ito KAILUA KONA
Dennis Blinn HILO John Jacobson KAILUA KONA
Wanda Bowles HILO Shelly Johnson KAILUA KONA
Hope Braceros HILO Jon Jokiel KAILUA KONA
Gerard Callo HILO Maile Lawrence KAILUA KONA
Sara Chiu HILO Anita Leao KAILUA KONA
Lee Collins HILO Craig Leeper KAILUA KONA
Stanley Costales HILO Katherine Louie KAILUA KONA
Merle Costales HILO Deanna Marks KAILUA KONA
Vicki Daniel HILO Alison McBride KAILUA KONA
Heather Dansdill HILO Melissa Murar KAILUA KONA
Gina Durante HILO Brooke Myers KAILUA KONA
Laura Ebesugawa HILO Sonja Navarro KAILUA KONA
Ian Ebesugawa HILO Douglas Nelson KAILUA KONA
Rachael Eichelberger-Iga HILO Lisa Oroc-Perea KAILUA KONA
Lindsay Englund HILO Chelsea Park KAILUA KONA
Stan Fortuna Jr. HILO Jono Perea KAILUA KONA
John Furumo HILO Angelina Pinnell KAILUA KONA
Paul Furumo HILO Diane Quitiquit KAILUA KONA
Norbert Furumo HILO Bud Quitiquit KAILUA KONA
Kimberly Furumo HILO Herman Rafol KAILUA KONA
David Hammes HILO Jim Ragual KAILUA KONA
Alexander Hatzis HILO James Sakai KAILUA KONA
Yoko Hayano HILO Cathy Shea KAILUA KONA
Yoshiyuki Hayashi HILO Sandra Shepherd KAILUA KONA
Chris Hirayama HILO Betsy Solis KAILUA KONA
Shannon Hoehna HILO Tasha Starr KAILUA KONA
Kerri Inglis HILO Vanessa Swanson KAILUA KONA
Esther Kanehailua HILO Rosemary Taylor KAILUA KONA
Takayuki Kitai HILO Mark Thomas KAILUA KONA
Hugh Kobayashi HILO Vinnie Vasquez KAILUA KONA
Nicola Koyama HILO Kevin Vessel KAILUA KONA
Tomio Kurakami HILO Roberto Villamil KAILUA KONA
Marie Kuramoto HILO Lisa Vos KAILUA KONA
Michelle Lawrence HILO Geoff Whitener KAILUA KONA
Jenny Lee HILO Judy Ann Williams KAILUA KONA
Gregory Lum Ho HILO Beth Wilson KAILUA KONA
Lani Manaytay HILO Scott Wilson KAILUA KONA
Mary Ann Mandaloniz HILO Jules Coenen KAILUA- KONA
Sally Marrack HILO Rhonda Minardi KAILUA- KONA
Lionel Meyer HILO Melanie Kelekolio KAILUAKONA
Brent Meyer HILO Tiapepe Ulufale KAILUAKONA
Zachary Montizor HILO Laura Bollman KAILUA-KONA
Lorilyn Montizor HILO David Bowden KAILUA-KONA
Aaron Morita HILO Hazel Brackett KAILUA-KONA
David Nakamura HILO Lisa Bryant KAILUA-KONA
Harvey Nakasone HILO Lorrin Ching KAILUA-KONA
Deborah Namohala HILO Gentry Clark KAILUA-KONA
Eva Naniole HILO Annette Crisanti KAILUA-KONA
Satoru Negishi HILO Julie Davis Hudnell Debina KAILUA-KONA
Anthony Nolta HILO Kristin Drost KAILUA-KONA
Thomas Oakes HILO Janette du Monceaux KAILUA-KONA
Richard Otani HILO Martin Grassberger KAILUA-KONA
Steven Pavao HILO Karen Hale KAILUA-KONA
Randi-Ann Riingen HILO Michael Hamilton KAILUA-KONA
Yoshihiko Saito HILO Wallace Haunio KAILUA-KONA
Sabrina Sakata HILO Chieko Hayashi KAILUA-KONA
Allison Sakoda HILO Hiroshi Hayashi KAILUA-KONA
Charles Sakoda HILO Penn Henderson KAILUA-KONA
Lyric Santiago HILO Taunya Hicks KAILUA-KONA
Miya Shibano HILO Sarah Higgins KAILUA-KONA
Rudolph Spencer HILO Dawn Hirata KAILUA-KONA
Jacklyn Spencer HILO Mellissa Kimitete KAILUA-KONA
Robin Spencer HILO Albert King Martinez KAILUA-KONA
Kimberly Sugawa-Fujinaga HILO Amanda Kopp KAILUA-KONA
Robert Taira HILO Douglas Leopola KAILUA-KONA
Alan Takane HILO Karen Marengi KAILUA-KONA
Dawna Takane HILO John Matsushita KAILUA-KONA
Nikka Takane HILO Marjorie Murphy KAILUA-KONA
Imelda Tamayo HILO Ryan Nuckols KAILUA-KONA
Daigo Tomono HILO Jeannette Park KAILUA-KONA
Dee Torres HILO Shigeki Shirakuni KAILUA-KONA
Ricky Tsubota HILO Junko Shirakuni KAILUA-KONA
James Tuscany HILO Jeff Strang KAILUA-KONA
Jasmine Urasaki HILO Lena Tanaka KAILUA-KONA
Lee Urasaki HILO Guy Toyama KAILUA-KONA
Ko Watanabe HILO Sayo Tsukamoto KAILUA-KONA
Uilani Wills HILO Shoyo Tsukamoto KAILUA-KONA
Donna Wong Yuen HILO Mikilani Van Osdol KAILUA-KONA
Catherine Yamanaka HILO Douglas WIlkerson KAILUA-KONA
Ray Yamashita HILO Kelly Williamson KAILUA-KONA
Toshie Yamashita HILO Nicole Wippert KAILUA-KONA
Uichi Yamashita HILO Keiko Scott KAILUE KONA
Kohei Yamazaki HILO Cowman A-Moo-Ha KAMUELA
Masami Yutani HILO Andrea Bess KAMUELA
James Gannon HOLUALOA Jason Chin KAMUELA
Angela Gannon HOLUALOA Elizabeth Chock KAMUELA
Sandra Kimball HOLUALOA Sharon Cislo KAMUELA
Jon Kunitake HOLUALOA Daena Craven KAMUELA
Kelly Lewi HOLUALOA William Davis KAMUELA
Christopher Smith HOLUALOA Gina Ervin KAMUELA
Junya Yumita HOLUALOA Monina Esguerra KAMUELA
Tommy Adkins HONAKAA Manu Hanano KAMUELA
Edith Nonner HONAKAA Kevin Ho KAMUELA
Peter Cahill HONAUNAU Michael Hrynevych KAMUELA
David Spaulding HONAUNAU Uvonne Lindsey KAMUELA
Diane Wolking HONAUNAU Joe Loschiavo KAMUELA
Jessica Abner HONOKAA Kevin Lynch KAMUELA
Ryan Gentry HONOKAA Ernestene Martinson KAMUELA
Villamor Gentry HONOKAA Susan Nixon KAMUELA
Mark Nakashima HONOKAA Jason Nixon KAMUELA
Victor Eisen PAHOA Ernie Nourrie KAMUELA
Arvin Munoz PAHOA Paula Nourrie KAMUELA
Marc Osuch PAHOA Jeffrey Palama KAMUELA
Darren Rosario PAPAIKOU Caryn Palama KAMUELA
Sandi Rosario PAPAIKOU Mark Ravaglia KAMUELA
Francis Alcain PEPEEKEO Sylvia Ravaglia KAMUELA
Mike Brown PEPEEKEO Curtis Vana KAMUELA
Shaif Jetha PUAKO Masahiko Watanabe KAMUELA
Marta Caproni VOLCANO Masaki Watanabe KAMUELA
Bryson Manuel VOLCANO Hiroshi Yamada KAMUELA
Angela Miyashiro VOLCANO Akamai Cornillez KAPAAU
Lyman Perry VOLCANO Morgan Miller KAPAAU
J Ashford WAIKOLOA Susan Cordell KEAAU
Ellen Carvalho WAIKOLOA Daimen Hisashima KEAAU
Michael Cservenak WAIKOLOA Rochelle Hodson KEAAU
Katherine Donovan WAIKOLOA Jolene Hughes KEAAU
Carlos Fuentes WAIKOLOA Jahna Lau KEAAU
Peter Hoffman WAIKOLOA Seonaid Nakata KEAAU
Michael King WAIKOLOA Dale Pinkley KEAAU
Jessica Robinson WAIKOLOA Mel Vigilla KEAAU
Ellie Sumic WAIKOLOA Rani Tanimoto KEALAKEKOA
Ashley Yeager WAIKOLOA Lorylen Lindsey KEALAKEKUA
Melissa Keenan WAKOLOA Jay Plasman KEALAKEKUA
Peter Bianchi MOUNTAIN VIEW Brandi Stacher KEALAKEKUA
Ruth Rivera MOUNTAIN VIEW Yarden Dankner KEAUHOU
Froilan Rivera MOUNTAIN VIEW Ellen Grace Leung KEEAU
Charles Bostwick MT VIEW Jomar Matias KEEAU
Nick Muragin NINOLE Colleen Fratinardo LAUPAHOEHOE
Una Burns OCEAN VIEW Felipe Sales PAHALA

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