Volunteers and 5K finishers will get a cotton shirt – volunteers will be on safety green and 5K on a gold color.
Back of the shirts will have 2012 and 15th annual along with the major sponsors of the event.
Remember that marathon, half marathon and 5K are finisher shirts only!
Don’t finish and you won’t get a shirt.
Changing of race distance will not be permitted, so for those in the marathon who do only the half marathon you will be disqualified and not entitled to any shirt.
Kamaili Pohoiki Challenge Held Saturday, Feb 25, in Puna
LONG COURSE Overall/Name Div / Div Place Time
1 Aaron Napoleon OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 1 2:20:53 2 Nick Agorastos OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 1 2:21:48
3 Steve Blyth Surfski-Long-M/ 1 2:23:15 4 Puni Freitas OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 2 2:25:35
5 Trey Cox OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 3 2:26:09 6 Chris Marlow OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 4 2:28:22
7 Afa Tuaolo OC1-Long-M 50-59/ 1 2:28:59 8 Gerard Pila OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 5 2:30:20
9 Ina Ynigues OC1-Long-Novice-M/ 1 2:31:58 10 Keone Au OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 6 2:32:00
11 Bill Taylor OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 2 2:32:55 12 Ken Tanaka OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 7 2:33:09
13 Eddie Hayward OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 3 2:34:13 14 Grant Kojima OC1-Long-M 50-59/ 2 2:34:55
15 Harald Barkhoff OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 4 2:36:28 16 Nathan Grocholski OC1-Long-Novice-M/ 2 2:43:54
17 Edward Aldridge II OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 8 2:46:52 18 Nicola Koyama OC1-Long-F Open/ 1 2:47:21
19 Toby Wilkinson OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 5 2:56:58 20 Israel Gonzales OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 6 2:57:10
21 Heather Kimball OC1-Long-F Open/ 2 2:59:52 22 Keven Rinkenbach OC1-Long-M 60- +/ 1 3:11:37
23 Kapua Sawyer OC1-Long-F Open/ 3 3:12:41 24 Sheila Cadaoas OC1-Long-F Open/ 4 3:15:07
25 Christina Williams OC1-Long-F Open/ 5 3:16:11 26 Earl Cox OC1-Long-M 50-59/ 3 3:20:23
SHORT COURSE Overall/Name Div / Div Place Time
1 Dallas O’Shaughnessy OC1-Short-M 19-49/ 1 1:19:29 2 Jeremy Padayao OC1-Short-M 19-49/ 2 1:20:44
3 Mike O’Shaughnessy OC1-Short-M 19-49/ 3 1:23:14 4 Tyde Spencer OC1-Short-M 19-49/ 4 1:24:04
5 Steve Zoll OC1-Short-M 50-59/ 1 1:27:49 6 Stephen Arnett OC1-Short-M 65-69/ 1 1:31:11
7 Freddie Berengue/ Carolyn Strawn OC2-Short-X 50- +/ 2 1:37:08
8 Maile Leslie OC1-Short-F 20-39/ 1 1:38:16 9 Aaron Makaimoku Surfski-Short-M/ 1 1:38:49
10 Noelani Spencer OC1-Short-Novice-F/ 1 1:39:02 11 Ryan Nakamura OC1-Short-Novice-M/ 1 1:39:39
12 Leah Winkler OC1-Short-F 20-39/ 2 1:41:31 13 Beverly Tuaolo OC1-Short-F 60- +/ 1 1:43:24
14 Kimberlee Rowe OC1-Short-F 40-49/ 1 1:44:25 15 Chris Grogan OC1-Short-M 60-64/ 1 1:45:06
16 Tim Haentjens OC1-Short-M 60-64/ 2 1:48:24 17 Leilani Shakelford OC1-Short-Novice-F/ 2 1:49:25
18 Nolan Chock OC1-Short-M 50-59/ 2 1:52:50 19 Kerry Long OC1-Short-M 50-59/ 3 1:53:04
20 Patricia Eames OC1-Short-F 60- +/ 2 1:57:10 21 Kimberly Schneider OC1-Short-F 50-59/ 1 2:06:50
22 Glen Bousquet OC1-Short-M 50-59/ 4 2:11:19 23 Ilona Higgins OC1-Short-F 60- +/ 3 2:19:08
24 Ron Reilly OC1-Short-M 65-69/ 2 2:23:04 25 Susan LaLanne OC1-Short-F 60- +/ 4 2:24:52
26 Jeff Clemenson Surfski-Short-M/ 2 2:36:45
Division I All-Tournament Team (selected by HHSAA staff)
M – Kevin Carroll, Kalani M – Tyler Matas, Mililani
M – Jake Sagami, Mililani M — Yoshi Tamokai, Kalani
D – Kasey Chun, ‘Iolani D – Douglas Curren, Mililani
D – Andrew Momohara, Mililani D – Kazuto Moribe, Kalani
GK – Tyler Wilson, Mililani
Most Outstanding Player: Douglas Curren, Mililani
Division II All-Tournament Team (selected by HHSAA staff)
F – Kekahu Aluli, Kahuku F – Nakaya Kerr, Christian Liberty
F – Elijah Lingenfelder, Makua Lani F – Justin Warren, Honoka‘a
M – Robert Connors, Honoka‘a M – John Hyland, Mid-Pacific
M – Chayce Moniz, Honoka‘a M – Florian Steundel, Kahuku
D – Alden Aguirre, Honoka‘a D – Tyler Shiramizu, Kapa‘a
GK – Shane Nishioka-Healy, Kapaa
Most Outstanding Player: Robert Connors, Honoka‘a
SHUTTLE BUSES ARE FOR MARATHON AND HALF-MARATHON RUNNERS
ONLY: If you are a guest at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel or any of the surrounding hotels you may
take the shuttle to the start, which will leave from the Lobby Area of the Hilo Hawaiian at 4:30
am. And 4:45 am. The first bus will return at 5:10 to get anyone still waiting.
Runners who are not staying at the hotels are asked to drive to Hilo’s Bay Front and park in
the lot next to Pauahi St. From this parking lot there will be three buses taking runners to the
start – the first boarding at 4:30 am, followed by 4:45 and 5. The first bus that leaves will make
a return trip and pickup any late runners in the parking lot, but the bus driver is instructed to
leave Bay Front at 5:20. Please do not wait for the last bus as it carries only 50 passengers and if
there are more than 50 runners we will not be able to accommodate everyone to the start. Plan
on coming early and taking the earliest bus to the start.
Only runners in the marathon and half-marathon run should take the shuttle.
No Parking at or near the finish line as that area is reserved for volunteers and the grassy area will be used for those doing the 5K……………please, please, please, follow these directions as all participants and family members in the marathon and half marathon need to be at the parking lot beyond the Pauahi St intersection!
For years this column has been talking about finding ways to make exercise fun. According to research everything we do in life should be fun, as it can be used to reduce stress.
Following that advice Hilo Internist, Dr. Aaron Morita and his family, has for years looked for ways to lead a fun and happy life.
At the end of January Doc Morita and several of his friends and family members went to the Happiest Place on Earth – Disney Land as they ran in the Tinkerbell Half Marathon (13.1 miles).
“Our family is filled with Disney fans, especially my wife and daughter in law, Amanda,” Morita said. “Amanda discovered online that Disneyland was having its inaugural Tinker Bell half-marathon the end of January and became extremely excited about running it as it is the first event.”
Doc Morita jumped at the ‘perfect’ opportunity to do a vacation where they could all travel as a family and be able to run together.
“The race also created opportunities for us to do a whole bunch of training runs together, which is a lot nicer than running all by yourself,” he said. “So here’s a great chance to add another wonderful chapter in Our Book of Memories, which will include a week of visiting other places in California, all as a family.”
Doc Morita will be joined by daughter in law Amanda Morita-Zen, Amanda’s friend LesliAnn Kikuchi, his 15 year old niece Jaqueline Okazaki, wife Pat and son Brandon, along with 89 year old father in law Masa Okazaki.
“My father in law knows that the secret to living long includes exercising daily and gardening,” Morita said.
The event is going to be fun for the Morita clan, not just because of the Disneyland trip, but the group has added a bit of craziness.
“Amanda decided to get wings to run for Tinkerbell, so my wife bought a pair for me online from the Disney store and I’ll wear them while running,” Doc Morita said.
Amanda Morita-Zen is no stranger to the Disneyland fun as she has participated in several.
“I have done the Disneyland Half and Disneyworld Wine and Dine Half in the past and they have been my favorite races,” Morita Zen said. “They are the best because they are so much fun as you get to take pictures with characters while the run goes through the various theme parks. They also give the best finisher medals.”
A good college friend of Brandon and Amanda, Lesliann Kikuchi, will also make the trip although she doesn’t consider herself a long distance runner.
“They somehow convinced me to do this year’s Honolulu marathon and I saw it as a great challenge for myself,” Kikuchi said. “I’ve been waking up early on weekend mornings, which took some discipline, to get out there and do the training.”
Kikuchi read the book “Born to Run” which provided her with necessary inspiration to get out there every day to train.
“I work as a physical therapist and it is part of my job to educate clients on injury prevention and running technique,” she said. “It was fascinating to see it from the other side as I was the athlete right there in the trenches with all the other runners working out.”
Kikuchi believes that the Disneyland Tinkerbell is a reward for all the hard work and training put in for the Honolulu Marathon.
“It is like the cherry on the top,” Kikuchi said of Tinkerbell. “I’m going out there and run with my friends, absorb the sights and sounds, and run wherever my legs take me.”
The Tinkerbell Half Marathon is so popular that it sold out a month before the Jan 29, 2012 race event.
After completing the half marathon the group had nothing but praise for the experience.
“Great weather, great energy, a perfect day for the inaugural Tinkerbell run,” Kikuchi said. “I looked around and saw tutus, tinkerbells and Peter Pans galore. Running is the greatest thing that binds all, no matter where we are on earth.”
“I had a great time running with my family,” Morita Zen said. “We go to run through Disneyland and saw the characters and parade floats. We put our minds to it and finished together.”
As for first time runner, 15 year old Jackie Okazaki, both experiences, Disneyland and finishing the half marathon, was a very rewarding experience.
“At mile 10 my feet got sore and I learned from Uncle Aaron (Morita) to just keep running and thinking ‘gotta get the medal!’ Okazaki said.
Researchers are discovering the power of emotion and believe that negative emotions make you feel bad and can harm your physical and mental health.
The Morita’s are a success story in the arena of long distance running because they do it as a family and they make the experience enjoyable to all.
So learn a good lesson from the Doc Morita and his family by making what you do in life ‘FUN’.
And someday should you happen to see a fun loving jogger doing laps around Hawaiian Paradise Park be sure to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”
Email the Big Dog at firstname.lastname@example.org.