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Lavaman Sunset 5K – Top 60 finishers results

Lavaman Sunset 5K     Held Friday in Waikoloa                 Place/Name Division Time

1 Kinsly Smith 15-19 17:38                    2 Jason Elliott 40-49 18:55

3 Jason Thorp 40-49 19:12                    4 Jason Weber 30-39 19:25

5 Tim Robinson 40-49 19:30                  6 Sam Wilburn 30-39 20:03

7 Luke Potter 11-14 20:12                      8 Annmarie Kern 30-39 21:02

9 Kyle Combes 15-19 21:04                 10 Cam Baty 30-39 21:06

11 Stephen Cosgrove 40-49 21:08      12 Zachary Kendall 15-19 21:11

13 Niklas Risano 11-14 21:14              14 Ian Bwint 30-39 21:40

15 Jeff Shabel 30-39 21:42                  16 Francis Edmilao 30-39 21:44

17 Ethan Zerpa 15-19 21:48                 18 Preston Vierra 20-29 22:06

19 Richard Gingras 50-59 22:11            20 Margot Taylor 20-29 22:23

21 Jackie Hellard 40-49 22:28               22 Henry Marsden 40-49 22:28

23 Jon Kunitake 60-69 22:40                24 Tsuyako Kaminaka 30-39 22:56

25 Francesca Azzaro 30-39 23:03        26 Massimiliano Gasparri 40-49 23:04

27 Jennifer Brown 40-49 23:05             28 Katie Elliott 30-39 23:06

29 Mark Malmoe 50-59 23:08               30 Jill Sklansky 20-29 23:23

31 Sandra Drzazga 30-39 23:24            32 Rick Scully 50-59 23:24

33 Keawe Liu 40-49 23:26                     34 Mark Eldridge 30-39 23:27

35 Mark Bissing 50-59 23:35                 36 Brazee Smith 15-19 23:46

37 Lindsey Farah 20-29 23:59                38 Mercedes De Carli 15-19 24:04

39 Ian Gray 20-29 24:06                         40 Jamie Hellard 11-14 24:08

41 Morgan Gerhard 40-49 24:09                 42 Lynn Scully 40-49 24:14

43 Michael Waterford 20-29 24:17              44 Jill Marsden 50-59 24:20

45 Rick Gammie 50-59 24:23                      46 Joe Piekarski 30-39 24:29

47 John Bladholm 40-49 24:29                    48 Mariko Langevin 15-19 24:33

49 Gavin Powell 07-10 24:37                        50 Jenna Nakao 20-29 24:40

51 Dennis Gann 40-49 24:40                        52 Erin Stephens 20-29 24:41

53 Kristofer Cazimero 20-29 24:43               54 Jason Shepard 40-49 24:54

55 Chris Bulf 15-19 24:59                             56 Donna Jones 50-59 25:09

57 Dan Bulf 40-49 25:12                              58 Jim Marsden 11-14 25:15

59 Jor Amundsor 60-69 25:18                     60 Brian Holsinger 30-39 25:33


May 8, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HHSAA Golf after Day 1 – Oda fires 68 – Iolani leads team

The Iolani boys golf team holds a four-stroke lead, with a team total of 287, over Moanalua after the first day of the David S. Ishii Foundation boys golf state championship at Wailua Golf Course on Kauai.  Both teams hold the top four spots in individual play, with Moanalua sophomore John Oda leading the way firing a 4-under par 68, followed two strokes behind by Iolani junior Eric Le and Moanalua senior Jefferson Yee tied at second with a 2-under par 70.  Iolani senior Lorens Chan is in fourth, with 71. 

 The tournament concludes tomorrow with the final round beginning at 7:00. Live scoring for the final day of the golf tournament is available at hsjga.org.

May 8, 2012 Posted by | golf | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Introducing Hilo FireFighter Ian Smith

When I was 8 years old my father made me into a great St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan and a follower of Stan ‘The Man’ Musial.   But what my father never realized is that his influence also rewarded me with above average math skills.

Yes, math skills!   To impress my father I learned to compute batting averages in my head and could calculate Musial’s daily average before it ever appeared in the newspapers.

As children we are deeply influenced by our parents in many important aspects of life.  For Ian Smith growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and watching his dad get ready for work each day made a career influence on him.

“I first got interested in the Fire/EMS as a small child watching my dad put on his uniform in the mornings,” Smith said.  “He was a firefighter/paramedic and passed away at a very young age.”

Smith didn’t realize his goal of becoming a full time firefighter until 2004 and he later received his Paramedic license in 2007.

“Obtaining a Paramedic license is strictly voluntary within the department and it requires a year of additional training with six months of the training done in Honolulu,” Smith said.

Smith, like most of the County Firefighters, is in top shape.  He can often be found on his days off running in various community foot races.

In mid March Smith entered the Big Island Marathon 5K (3.1 mile) race while pushing a jogging stroller with his two children, Noah age 3, and Emi age 1, being towed inside.

Not only was Smith at a disadvantage by pushing the stroller in a competitive race, he ended up winning the race.

Smith’s athleticism goes back to his childhood days when at age 10 he was introduced to youth soccer by his father.   He continued into high school soccer, lacrosse and surfing.

“I didn’t actually start running until about 12 years ago,” Smith said.

To stay in shape for the rigors of his job Smith will run 4 or 5 times a week while filling the rest of the week with swimming, surfing and weight training.

“I very rarely run competitively,” Smith said.  “I typically run 5 miles four times a week and most of that is with either the single or double jogger.”

Smith started his stroller running when his first child was born as a way of giving his wife a break.

“I started running with my first born in order to get some exercise and to fit in his afternoon nap,” Smith said.  “Mom would get a much needed break, so it was a win win for everyone.”

At age 38 Smith admits to being a diehard oatmeal eater.

“The fire department as a whole is realizing the benefits of eating healthy as we choose to go with brown rice, salads and fruits and veggies for snacks.” he said.

The County fire department applied for and received a federal grant to purchase free motion incline trainers and cable cross machines according to Smith.

“The equipment enables multiple fire fighters who otherwise would not have worked out or walked, to workout simultaneously during their afternoon downtime,” Smith said.  “We also have a Peer Fitness Training Program that encourages us to eat healthy and exercise.”

Smith believes that the ultimate goal of the Fire Department is to not only be in the best possible physical shape, to better serve the community, but also to enjoy a long retirement.

Smith is the first to tell you that running is not a competitive motivator, but a means to stay healthy.

“I’ve only done a few races and my favorite is the annual EMS Run/Walk,” he said.  “Not only does it give the community and Fire Department personnel and family a great venue to ‘hang out,’ but it always benefits a good cause.”

Smith now has his sights on one day doing his first marathon, a distance of 26.2 miles.

“I am currently reading a book called “Run Less Run Faster” and he would like to use the program to hopefully “complete my first marathon this year – the Honolulu Marathon,” he said.

Stationed at the Kawailani Fire Station, Smith admits that getting motivated to exercise isn’t always an easy thing.

“As with anything, some days I just don’t feel like doing it!” Smith said.  “Even on those days, however, I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I’m done with my workouts.  I always sleep good at night after a good hard run.”

Smith is following in the footsteps of his father. Through his journey with the Hawaii County and learning more about providing Paramedic care it lead to him meeting his wife, Kori.

“I am no longer running on the ambulance as a Paramedic,” he said.  “But I am able to provide Paramedic care when I respond to calls on the Fire Engine because many times we will arrive on the scene first if all the nearby ambulances are on other calls.”

We, as a community, are all grateful for the expert care and the great shape that our County Fire Fighters maintain.  For FF Smith it was the legacy that his father provided that has lead him here to the Big Island.

And someday should you happen to see a slow jogger coming passing through the streets of East Hawaii remember to smile, say ‘woof’ and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

May 8, 2012 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment