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Top 50 times from Big Dog Resolution Run/Walk


TOP 50 overall results in the BIG DOG Resolution run/walk

1-Steven Hunter                        18:08
2-Ian McQuate                          18:10
3-Jason Braswell                       18:15
4-Alan Ryan                              18:21
5-Tony O’Toole                        18:29
6-Peter Oakley               18.38
7-Zach Mermel                          18.43
8-Bartholomy McCall                 19.11
9-Tom Acker                             19.31
10-Andrew Langtry                    19.42
11-Robert Otsubo                     20.40
12-Bill McMahon                       20.42
13-Robert Patey                         21.05
14-Joshua Sharp                        21.09
15-Noe Waller                           21.29
16-Stewart Miyashiro                 21.36
17-Leslie Spinelli                        21.40
18-Ray Ibarra                            21.43
19-Mehana Sabato-Halpern       21.44
20-Kyle Douglas                        21.50
21-Rob VanGeen                       22.01
22-NO INFO                            22.04
23-Bryce Harada                       22.06
24-Robbie Acker                       22.24
25-Lory Hunter                          22.37
26-Stewart Hunter                      22.59
27-Ferdinand Babas                   23.05
28-Nina B                                  23.08
29-Bryson Kobayashi                 23.11
30-Joe Wedermann                    23.19
31-Max Panoff               23.31
32-Melissa Braswell                   23.33
33-Daniel Okubo                       23.36
34-Ellen Cordeiro                       23.43
35-Tommy Acker                       23.46
36-Erickson Kohatsu                  23.47
37-Sean Wagner                        23.51
38-Steve Pavao                          23.54
39-Lori Hays                              24.00
40-Kody Tehero                        24.06
41-NO INFO                            24.10
42-Kevin Okumura                    24.13
43-Jimmy Park               24.13
44-Roy Yamata                          24.14
45-Veronica Wedermann           24.18
46-Colby LaBrie                        24.46
47-Harris Kanershiro                  24.47
48-Tim O’Connell                      24.51
49-DJ Blinn                                25.12
50-Andrew Langtry                    25.16

January 1, 2013 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , | 2 Comments

Resolution Run/Walk Story

      Resolutions for 2013  BIG DOG #502 (Jan 30, 2012)

Resolutions are a small commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals in anticipation of the New Year. It is a New Beginning for people who want to commit to it and stick with it. Most resolutions people make have to do with changing their lifestyles for the better. New Year resolutions are made with the hope that people can stick with it for the entire year to enhance their lives.

With that being said the Big Dog went about asking a group of volunteers at his run/walk this past Sunday what their resolutions were for 2013. He also asked a few of the more than 200 people that participated the same question and this is what he got as answers:

Paul Okubo the Big Dog timer had this to say, “You never gave me a chance to say this at the Thanksgiving Day race that
 I am profoundly thankful that all three of my children had the good fortune to have a terrific cross-country/track coach 
named Wayne Joseph. Because of you all three children, now adults themselves continue to jog or run in order to keep fit.”

Steve Pavao was on hand to represent the Big Island Road Runners. Pavao put out the  mile markers for this race. His resolution is to do his part to make the world a better place for everyone.

Keith Aoki from Anheuser-Busch supplied the sports drinks for the runners and he had this to say, “I hope everyone has a safe 2013 and that they remember to drink responsibly when consuming alcoholic beverages.”

David Hammes who volunteered to do the turnaround at the half way mark added: “I am resolving to be more compassionate, caring, and giving to everyone I come in contact with. I am hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon (very unlikely, but one has to dream!)”

Sylas Wright a volunteer at the sign in table from  Seattle Washington said this “

I resolve to be more generous with myself in 2013; to live in the moment and love and appreciate all the good things in my life.

Joe Wedemann another volunteer who brought the water and Gator Aid had this say “my resolution is to help my brother Bob get back on his feet after a long, painful divorce. I am giving him a place to stay, (room, board, food, etc.) all out of the goodness of my heart.

I would also note that he is overweight, out of shape, and type 2 diabetic and that I am helping him get his health back under control so he can enjoy his new life here in Hawaii.”

My family doctor, Internist Aaron Morita who was on hand for the run had this to say about his resolution. “My 2013 commitment is to be more attentive to my wife Pat and take care of her better as she takes great care of me, our family, our home and business,” Morita said.

During the Resolution 5K run it was Jason Braswell of the Big Island Running Company who would have won the race had he not taken a wrong turn leading him way from the finish line and allowing a pair of high school runners to pass him near the finish.  This allowed Stephen Hunter from Hilo High to win the race in a time of 18 minutes 08 seconds. Second place went to Waiakea’s Ian McQuate in a time of 18:10.

“I ran today to help the Food Basket.” Said Hunter

“I guess my resolution for 2013 is to know where the finish line is prior to the race and not allow this to happen to me again,” said a smiling Braswell who finished the race in a time of 18:15.

The finish had been changed when a Police Officer had told runners they couldn’t run through Bayfront because of an on going investigation and the entire course had to be changed to run in the opposite direction.


Taking first place for the woman was Noe Waller (21:29) , followed by Leslie Spinelli  (21:40), taking third place was Mehana Sabato-Halphern.

“I haven’t raced in a very long time. I was terrified to come today.” Waller said. “My resolution

for the new year is to not be afraid to run road races and get back into doing what I love.” Waller said.

This event attracted more than 200 participants and raised over three hundred dollars and trunk loads of can goods for the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

It takes lots of volunteers and community support to step up and be flexible. At the last minute the course had to be re routed due to the closure of Bayfront Highway. The Big Island Road Runners stepped up to make this run/walk possible and at 6 am changed to a new course. Despite the constant rain and change in the course the race was a huge success.

Participants ranged in age from 6 years to 80 years young. Lucas Kay-Wong age 6 had this to say, “I ran with my dad today because he said I would be a better soccer player if I did this race. I had a lot of fun today.

And someday should you happen to come upon a slow jogger resolving to love his wife more and taking one day at a time remember to say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog @ waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

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

Random photo’s from BIG DOG’s Resolution Run/walk


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December 15, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | | 1 Comment

Bananas with dark patches – anti Cancer

over ripe bananaGuess science is only discovering now what grandma knew a hundred
years ago. Bananas with dark patches on yellow skin – Anti Cancer ! The
fully ripe banana produces a substance called TNF which has the ability to
combat abnormal cells.
So don’t be surprised very soon the shop will go out of stock for
bananas. As the banana ripens, it develops dark spots or patches on
the skin. The more dark patches it has, the higher will be its’
immunity enhancement quality . Hence the Japanese love bananas for a
good reason. According to a Japanese scientific research, banana
contains TNF which has anti-cancer properties. The degree of
anti-cancer effect corresponds to the degree of ripeness of the fruit,
i.e., the riper the banana, the better the anti-cancer quality. In an
animal experiment carried out by a professor in Tokyo U comparing the
various health benefits of different fruits, using banana, grape,
apple, watermelon, pineapple, pear and persimmon, it was found that
banana gave the best results. It increased the number of white blood
cells, enhanced the immunity of the body and produced anti-cancer
substance TNF. The recommendation is to eat 1 to 2 banana a day to
increase your body immunity to diseases like cold,flu and others.
According to the Japanese professor, yellow skin bananas with dark
spots are 8 times more effective in enhancing the property of white
blood cells than the green skin version.

December 13, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | | 2 Comments