Wayne Joseph’s Blog

Running with the Big Dog

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

50 States and 7 Continents – Clyde Shank form Plano, Texas has done it all!

Clyde Shank of Plano Texas ran his 50th State on March 18, 2012 when he finished the 26.2 miler in the Big Island International Marathon.


Shank has run of all 7 continents once and will complete this feat twice when he runs in New Zealand in October and the North Pole – 90 degrees North.


Shank is the first person from the State of Texas to do so! 

 What is also amazing is that he turns 65 in August!

 Shank was given the #50 when he ran in Hilo to complete his 50th state.

 Continued success to this amazing athlete and thank you for making Hilo your 50th state.

March 27, 2012 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , | 9 Comments

Big Island International Marathon, Half and 5K random award photos for 2012 race

      Click onto any photo to enlarge.   

Related link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/start-photos-of-the-2012-big-island-marathon-and-half-marathon/

March 21, 2012 Posted by | Marathon Running | | 5 Comments

Slight Marathon course change – stay out of Army National Guard Post

Hawaii State Teachers will be doing the aid station Just outside of the Natioanl Guard

For returning runners to the Big Island International Marathon, we’d like you especially to be aware of a slight change in the course in the area of the Hilo Airport.  The course route will no longer take you through the Kilauea Military Reservation (Army National Guard post) property to get to Leilani Street.  This year you will continue east along the Airport Road on the makai (north) shoulder, and go past the U.S. Post Office heading towards the terminal area.  A turnaround will be indicated just beyond Ailolo Street, where you will cross from the makai side to the mauka side of the Airport Road (cross north-to-south) under the guidance of a police officer.  You will then proceed along the mauka (south) shoulder back to Leilani Street, where you will turn left and proceed around a short S-curve and past the rear gate of the National Guard post where you will re-join the existing route down Leilani Street back towards Kanoelehua Avenue intersection.  Course marshals will be present to direct you.

Also, a general note about staying “on course”.  Please resist the temptation to “cut corners” at turns and intersections, or to otherwise avoid your obligation to run the full length of the marathon.  The entire course is on paved surfaces: roadway, shoulder, or sidewalk.  If you leave the pavement at any time, the chances are that you taking a short-cut of some kind.  This may improve your personal best time by a few seconds, but in doing so you are being dishonest with yourself and unfair to the other runners. So, stay “on course” and enjoy your marathon!

The marathon has been recertified and is still a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Related links:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/shuttle-bus-information-for-marathon-and-half-marathon-runners/




March 10, 2012 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Big Island Marathon geering up for Packet Pickup and Race Day Events

ALOHA Runners/Walkers and family members:

Just some reminders about what is happening as we approach the Big Day.

Packet pickup will be on Saturday, March 17, from noon to 6 pm at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

When you get to the hotel make your way downstairs to the Moku Ola room.

Do not arrive before noon as no one will be able to accommodate early arrivals and you will be asked to remain outside.

In the Moku Ola room we will have a small EXPO where you can purchase running shoes, and a variety of running related needs.

There will also be a souvenir table with a limited supply of Big Island International Marathon items such as shirts, caps and other items with the BIIM logo on it.

We are a small race and we will have a small EXPO, so if you are used to the large races such as Honolulu and the like be prepared for small.

Small is the way we like it and small is the way it will remain.  

All our available slots for the Marathon and Half Marathon have been sold – we will not allow any runners into either of those races, regardless of excuses.

Both the marathon and half marathon have been oversold as we expect a 10 percent no show.

Only the 5K will accept late entries on packet pick up day.  

If you are injured and cannot do the marathon or half marathon you may down grade to the 5K ONLY!

Anyone running in the race without a visible running number pinned to the front will be asked by police to get off the course. Aid stations are asked not to provide aid to anyone without a running number.

Those in the marathon who turnaround at the Half Marathon turn will be disqualified.

Our shirts are for FINISHERS only and you must finish the distance that your running number indicates or you will be disqualified.

Food and drinks will be provided at the finish line for RUNNERS only.

Beer can also be found for adults completing the full marathon course.

Marathon and Half Marathon start at 6 am and the 5K starts at 6:30 am.

More information will be provided in your packets and via email as we get closer.

ALOHA,   Wayne ‘Big Dog’ Joseph, Executive Director, Big Island International Marathon

Related links:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/shuttle-bus-information-for-marathon-and-half-marathon-runners/


March 6, 2012 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , | 3 Comments