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South Dakota’s Curtis Huffman thanks the City of Hilo for a Great Job hosting marathon

This is what was the greatest thing about this marathon.  It was small and low-key, but the support and work behind it was like that of the Boston Marathon.  Very good job to everyone, especially you Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph.  Thank you for giving me the oppportunity to come and be an elite runner and all the news/press coverage you gave me.  It is kind of nice to be recognized.  I am glad I could live up to the expectations.  Keep up the good work and tell the city of Hilo thank you from South Dakota.


Curtis Huffman

Wessington Springs School


March 31, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , | 2 Comments

BIIF track and field season gets a running start on Saturday

     It’s never easy to dethrone a champion and this track & field season won’t be any different as the Big Island Interscholastic Federation defending girls and boys champions look for a repeat.

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s girls and Waiakea boys look to defend their team titles when the BIIF gets a running start with dual season openers at Kamehameha and Konawaena on Saturday.

“We return a young, but experienced girls team,” Veteran Ka Makani Coach Pat Lau said.

“Our strength will be with our distance girls in events of 400 meters and above.”

Lau has the luxury of having the entire 2011 girl’s state champion cross country team on the track.

Zoe Sims, last year’s 1500 meter state champion along with Kristiana Van Pernis who placed in both the 1500 and 800 meter events at states, will headline the talented Ka Makani distance squad.

“Besides our distance girls we have two strong finishers in pole vault, Sydney Budde and Taylor Esaki,” Lau said.

Experience is the name of the game with HPA having two hurdlers in Emily Evans and Katie Case which give firepower and depth to Ka Makani track squad.

“In the rest of the events we have a lot of new girls and they should do well,” Lau said.

Lau also has a host of talent to choose from with another large turnout on the track.

“This year we have another big  team with 47 girls and 32 boys, most are still learning,” Lau said.  “Pole vault alone will have 11 athletes with only 4 having experience.”

Lau points to his coaches which are working hard at finding the right events for each of his athletes.

“Our coaches will spend time with each and every one of them to find how they can best contribute to the team,” Lau said.

The HPA boys return state shot put and discus champion Shane Brostek and Lau feels that he will have another great year.

“Our senior leader is Kayden Haleakala in the pole vault and sprints,” Lau said.  “We expect a few surprises in the hurdles and jumps with our young boys.”

Defending boy’s team champions, Waiakea, return most of their squad from last season which have coaches Mary Jane and Lance Tominaga looking for a repeat.

“We’re expecting our returnees to contribute in their events,” MJ Tominaga said.

The Tominaga’s have high expectations for Mauna Palama-Danielson, throws, Jackson Halford, Ian McQuate and Keoni Rice in the mid to long distance races, Michael Morikawa and Kevin Nicolas in the hurdles and jumps and Colton Austria in sprints.

“We have about 40 athletes on the boy’s side and we expect some of our new additions to be key contributors to this year’s team,” Coach Tominaga said.  “We feel the team will be competitive as we have the depth to field athlete in every event except for pole vault.”

Waiakea has a small girl’s team with 15 and the Tominaga’s agree that they lack the depth of the boy’s squad.

Key individuals for the Warrior girls will come from Kelsie Kobayashi in distance, Haley Rasse, mid distance and Teisha Nacis in sprints.

Around the rest of the league:

KEAAU will field a large squad of 77 athletes, but according to Coach Vicky Chai-Guerpo most are young and have raw talent.

“We have a close knit group of kids who are focused on doing their best,” Chai-Guerpo said.  “Our goal is to be a ‘brotherhood’ caring about each other and if we accomplish this, then a win may follow.”

The Cougars will rely on the experience of a sprint core made up of Jesse Huihui, Damien Packer, and Alexander Engdahl. Teammates Cliff Ericksson, jumps and hurdles; Nelson Enos, pole vault; Talon Ota, jumps and 400; Joey Aquino, high jump; Randi Estrada, sprints; and Deann Nishimura-Thornton at distance events.

HILO with veteran coach Bill McMahon has a good turnout of mostly young girls and he is trying to see how they will develop.

“Our girls will bring back Carmen Garson-Shumway at distance, along with Shina Chung at Pole Vault,” McMahon said.

The Viking boys will see Zack Atagi in the discus and shot.

“Our boys had a good turnout but almost all are new guys so we don’t know what we have yet,” McMahon said.  “We are going to try to be competitive.”

HONOKAA – One of the league’s best distance coaches, Josh Abner, brings with him one of the strongest 1500 and 3K runners on the track in Chase Moniz along with brothers Robert and Tony Conners handling the mid distance. 

“I also have high expectations for our 4×400 meter relay team and sprints with the addition of Dylan Oanadasan, Brooks McVey, and Koa Phenice returning,” Abner said.

Abner also noted that Josh Tobias will join the team, after a fantastic soccer season.

For the Dragon girls Abner has high hopes for Hildhang Adona and Kelly Greenwell in the distance races along with Nahe Lau and Yvonne Daniels in the sprint events.

KAU – has a new coach, but a familiar face on campus, Kapua Lapera returns to her alma mater after graduating and running cross country for the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The Trojans return one of the islands fastest sprinter and jumper in junior Christina Padrigo. 

Marley Stand-Nicolaisen, triple jump and hurdles along with teammate Alika Kaopua, the BIIF triple jump champion will also be a highlight for Kau.

KAMEHAMEHA – Under head coach Kimo Weaver always produces outstanding hurdlers who have gone on to win state titles.  Weaver is a master coach in the hurdles as that is his area of expertise.

The Warriors will carry between 20 and 30 boys and another 20 to 30 girls, according to Weaver.

Outstanding returnees include Kaenen Aukai Akau in the long jump and sprints along with Chelsea Poe in sprints and relays and Alyssa Lehua McGuire in the hurdles, pole vault and relays.

“Our strengths are in the jumps, but we are a young and inexperienced team,” Weaver said. “Our main goal is to simple get better every week and having fun doing it.”

KONAWAENA –  Wildcat coaches Kuulei Saole and Kuulika Taveras return some super star power in Ua Ruedy, the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles and Lita Taomoefalau who placed third in the BIIF throws.

The big question was whether or not basketball great Lia Galderia will compete as she was questionable going into the preseason while she was still working on preparing for college, according to a school source.

Galderia, a muli talented athlete will appear in action on the BIIF track scene, as her presence will add a boost to the Wildcat program according to sources within the BIIF.

The BIIF regular track and field season gets a leaping start this Saturday as West side schools head to Kona with East side running on the Kamehameha Keaau track.

Both venues start with field events at 9 am and running events commencing at 10 am.

March 30, 2012 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia’s Rex Patterson celebrates 60th Birthday at Hilo Marathon

Australia’s Rex Patterson came from Australia to celbrate his 60th birthday by running a full marathon in the Big Island International Marathon held on, what else, his birthday on March 18.

Celebrate with an after race beer



Hi Wayne

Congratulations on running such a successful event…again.

 I spoke to you briefly after the presentations to let you know how much I enjoyed the marathon and that I was celebrating my 60th Birthday that day by doing my first marathon.

 I have attached a photo taken after the finish to mark the occasion of the 15th Big Island Marathon and my 60th Birthday.

 I ran into Clyde Shank from Texas along the way who was doing his 78th marathon!!! What an inspiration he is!!

I live in Port Macquarie on the east coast of Australia…about half way between Sydney and Brisbane in a town of around 50000 so we have much in common with Hilo.

 Thanks again for a terrific event.               Regards Rex

Related Link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/50-states-and-7-continents-clyde-shank-form-plano-texas-has-done-it-all/

March 29, 2012 Posted by | Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , | Leave a comment

Race Report on the 2012 Big Island International Marathon by Charlie Nelson

Charlie Nelson

With 48 states and Washington DC complete I need only Hawaii and Wyoming to complete a marathon in each state under 4 hours. Hawaii is always humid and no matter which marathon you choose it will be a tough run all 12 months of the year. After a 4hr 8min marathon in Kona 12 years ago I resigned to the fact between the expense to go back and the humidity that I would never accomplish a sub 4 hour marathon in Hawaii. Recently I have been running well and so I analyzed every marathon in Hawaii. Hilo is the rainiest city in the world with over 125-140 inches of rain each year and tends to be 5 degrees cooler than all other locations in Hawaii. The course also has a net loss of 500 feet in the first 10 miles and is pancake flat the last 16.2 miles. No doubt the first 10 miles are the charm and beauty of the race as you travel through the rain forest and along the shoreline from high above sea level watching the hundreds of surfers effortlessly riding smooth 6-8 foot rolling waves. Also you cross bridges and see the waterfalls and water racing ever downwards. Don’t be fooled totally by the 500 foot loss as there are reversals and probably 400 or so feet of climbing mixed in the race. The last 16.2 miles brings you along some shoreline but mostly out onto a main road and much travel around the Hilo airport.

It’s been 12 years but I am not only ready but anxious to race Hawaii by race morning. I acclimated to heat over the past 2 weeks by turning my thermostat to 90 and putting on sweatpants, 2 sweatshirts, gloves and stocking hat and did some 60-90 minutes at a fast walk on my treadmill. Also the long runs and speed workouts have been spot on. Time to fly out to Hilo on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday a couple of 5 milers with some up-tempo on Wednesday and easy Thursday. Friday was an 18 minute walk. Basically the rest of Friday and Saturday was rest and keep off of the feet.
The pasta and welcome party is held downstairs of the host hotel on Friday with Hawaiian music and hula shows. I sit with the locals who will be running. They tell me everything I should know about the course and their Hilo community. The race director Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph treats each and everyone like his best friend and personally put Hawaiian beads around all our necks. Sunday will be the 15th running and this is about Big Dog’s 8th year as race director. Before being director Big Dog use to run the marathon and in the range of 3 hours 30 minutes. I win a raffle at the dinner and walk away with a nice $30 jersey. Also at the dinner and running tomorrow are Marie, David, DJ Binn and Cowman A Moo-Ha. These four participants will all complete tomorrows race as they have each done each of the last 14 previous years. Also, Marie is one hell of a hula dancer and appears to have more energy than any of us and maintains a happy smile at all times.
As usual the forecast calls for showers at the 6 am start and sunshine by 7 am. In Hilo you just don’t know and we luck out as the showers basically never stop and the sun never shows itself for the duration of the entire race. The temperatures began at 66 degrees and rose to about 73 by noon. Sure there is some humidity but today weatherwise for a marathoner this is as good as it gets in Hawaii. Thank you WEATHER GODS. Running with wet racing shoes is a piece of cake compared with total humidity and sunshine.
My timed training runs, diet, weight etc etc tells me I should be in peak marathon condition. All of these variables certainly gives the runner that positive mental strength. I’m as ready as can be and itching for the start. A black coffee, banana, and bagel 3 hours before the run. Hydration begins 2 hours before the marathon for 1 hour. A vespa supplement 45 minutes before the start. During my last 2 marathons I struggled over the last 6 miles so today I take 3 concentrated vespas at miles 3, 10, and 16. Also salt tablets at mile 4, 11, and 16 miles(and not a single cramp in the humidity all run). Finally 3 roctane energy gu’s along with mostly water and some powerade along the way.
This solo trip has cost me close to $2,000.00 so if I am to miss the 4 hour goal I can’t blame myself for not giving it my best chance.
I will let gravity do its thing but not push the downhills and shorten my stride and chug the uphills with no forcing the pace. On the flats maintain that comfortable on the edge pace and try and hold it for just under 4 hours. This is how each of the first 5 mile increments broke down and finally the last 1.2 miles.
0-5 miles   44 minutes 00 seconds
5-10 miles  42 minutes 45 seconds total 1 hour 26 minutes 45 seconds
10-15 miles 43 minutes 10 seconds total 2 hours 9 minutes 55 seconds
15-20 miles 42 minutes 05 seconds total 2 hours 52 minutes 00 seconds
20-25 miles 44 minutes 40 seconds total 3 hours 36 minutes 40 seconds
25-26.2 miles 10 minutes 52 seconds total 3 hours 47 minutes 32 seconds
The name Big Island International Marathon fits perfectly. The race has the home town feel of the Big Island with many locals yet runners enter this race from all over the planet. I was able to run with a fireman from Australia and a vacationer from Japan. Many others from Europe and lots of the different states were represented. Also Ernie Chatman from Florida who is a strong 62 year old runner and will usually finish in the 3:30 to 3:50 range. Sometimes things go wrong and Ernie shows up with a chest cough and didn’t sound well but his worse problem is his hamstring. Recently he ran a 1 hour 34 minute 13.1 mile race and when I passed him at 5 miles he told me he had to hold it back. I had a hamstring tear last summer and bing when it is wrecked it can take months to heal completely if you are lucky. Ernie has all the states under 4 hours but Hawaii. Heal Ernie, and it will be rewarding when you tear up the next Hawaiian marathon and complete your goal. Again, you just never know what will happen in a marathon.
The volunteers are everywhere for this race and as race director Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph tells us he only coordinates as everyone else does all the work. Partially true but Wayne was working everyday I was there from Tuesday through Sunday.
The men’s 60-64 division had 21 competitors and it was a privilege to have raced with them plus the other 206 marathoners who crossed the line. I had a super race and it would have been an extra bonus to say I was the Big Island’s 60-64 champ but that deservingly goes to Kurt Mueller from Nebraska who crossed the line 15 minutes quicker than myself and I happily accept runner-up. Keith Campbell from Honolulu takes 3rd and he is overly excited as this is this 60 year old mans first ever marathon. All division winners are put on a podium box with the winner on the upper box top and the 2nd and 3rd stand on the lower box tops to his left and right and the young hula girls in front as the photographer takes a photo. Overall I will finish 36th of 227 finishers and feel like a 30 year old. Going to work today after flying for 24 hours I felt like a 90 year old must feel like. 
The race is made for all to have a good race and a fun time which includes anyone involved. Mission accomplished!!!
In Hawaii if you are looking for your fastest marathon and a run through a rain forest choose this race and you will be happy. If you are a sun worshiper you might have to pick your spots as the rains and clouds love Hilo.
In closing I have to thank my wife Kathy who has been working almost every day sometimes 7 days a week as she does taxes and is busy busy.
Kathy encourages me to try and achieve a goal as I go play in Hawaii. Kathy, you are the best!!!

March 29, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , | 5 Comments

Running for the Big Dog,Hilo’s Brady Bennett, as Big Dog breaks 4 hours!

              Click to enlarge the photos.    One of the many great things about being a race director is that I can run under anytime clock and ask the photographer to snap a photo of me

Just for the record the 3:59 would have been my slowest marathon out of the 43 that I have finished.  The slowest was my first at 3:46 and the fastest was when I was 50 years old, a 3:02.

I am very blessed to have an outpouring of people that send their well wishes and prayers concerning my brain cancer.

Brady was one out of several people that has dedicated their race to me.  I am honored.  Thanks Brady, I appreciate your love and concern.

Related links:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/exercise-to-fight-glioblastomas-brain-cancer/



March 28, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , | 1 Comment