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Many Firsts at New Volcano Rain Forest Runs

Runners prepare for the start of the Volcano Rain Forest Runs

There were many firsts on Saturday as the Volcano Art Center played host to a trio of races in their inaugural running of the Rain Forest Runs held in Volcano Village.

The Art Center was instrumental in putting together a marathon, 10-mile and 5-mile events inside Kilauea National Park for 26 years, ending in July 2008.

With the help of new race director, Sharron Faff, the Volcano Art Center once again hosted races ranging in distances from the half-marathon, (10K) 6.2-mile and (5K) 3.1-mile.

Nearly 500 people signed up to do one of the three new distances with the half-marathon being the most popular of the three.

In the 5K it was Hilo’s own Scott Hunter pulling away in the first half mile of the race as he slowly distanced himself from the rest of the field.  Hunter graduated from Hilo High in 2009 and is currently attending Central Washington University where he participates in track & field in the pole vault and decathlon events.

“I was pretty satisfied with the course, but it was a lot tougher than I expected,” Hunter said of his winning time of 18 minutes and 15 seconds.

“I had driven the course the day before and knew that it was all on asphalt, but I didn’t realize how hard it was to go over all those rolling hills,” Hunter said.

In the women’s 5K it was all Annie Murphy from Plymouth, Michigan distancing herself from the ladies field and winning in 21:12.

“I thought the course was slightly slower than what I’m used to with all those rolling hills,” Murphy said.  Murphy also believed that the 4,000 foot elevation at Volcano Village may have accounted for her slightly slower than normal time.

“The course was set-up and well marked and all the helpers were really friendly,” Murphy said.  “I had a great time and enjoyed the cool morning temperature, with the race starting around 50 degrees.”

While the 5K was run without any problems, the lead 10K runners seemed to have had multiple confusion with the direction of the course according to harrier Heather Scarbrough.

“This was to be my first 10K race and I was feeling really good at the start,” Scarbrough said.  “But my excitement soon turned into frustration when the lead biker and a course marshal sent us in the wrong direction.”

Scarbrough, along with the top several 10K participants, were led on an abbreviated course and ended up finishing the 6.2-mile distance in just over three miles.

Scarbrough, along with Mt. View’s Rich MacKenzie were awarded the top overall place finishes for their genders when race officials decided to simply double their finishing times, according to Scarbrough.

“Rich and I pulled away from everyone during the race and the volunteer biker took us in the wrong direction and the course marshals didn’t make the correction,” Scarbrough said.  “I would have liked to have done this race honestly, on my own, but I can’t accept the time that they artificially gave to me.”

“I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to do the race that I signed up to do and I also had a friend who signed up for the 10K that ended up doing a half-marathon when she was sent in the wrong direction,” she said.

Scarbrough, a Honaunau resident, called later in the day to report the discrepancy, saying that she could not pretend that she could run 38 minutes for a 10K race as the final results indicate.

“We were asked by a race official not to say anything about the 10K course being shortened to the media, but after thinking about it, I couldn’t accept this time without telling the truth,” Scarbrough said.

Scarbrough was running with MacKenzie in the lead pack of six before MacKenzie pulled away at the first downhill section of the course to win in a artificially calculated time of 38 minutes 7 seconds.

“This was my first 10K and I didn’t know what to expect,” MacKenzie said.  “I just wanted to run and to finish this race.  I realized, once I took the lead that I could win this thing and began to pickup my pace at the end when I started to hear footsteps.”

Some of those footsteps were coming from Scarborough who was also supposed to experience a 10K for the first time.

“I was having one of those really great days, when everything just feels right,” Scarborough said.  “I just felt it and being a very competitive person decided to give it everything I had.”

“I have a 5 year old and I haven’t run competitively since 2008 when I did the 5-miler in the National Park,” she said.  “The Village is an incredible place with great views and we couldn’t have asked for better weather, with clear skies.”

Ben Haber, Megan Brousseau & Billy Barnett

In the half-marathon it was Volcano resident, Billy Barnett, sweeping to yet another overall victory in 1:16:44. 

“I went out hard right from the start,” Barnett said.  “I was feeling pretty inspired as I woke up at 4:30 in the morning, excited to do this race.”

Barnett has many road racing victories under his belt and with the Volcano victory has now won one in his own backyard.  “I love Volcano as I run in the area on a regular bases.  Everything was perfect today, the weather, the views and the cool temperatures made for a great race,” he said.

For the women it was Megan Brousseau from Massachusetts here on her honeymoon with husband Ben Haber. 

“Ben and I met in college as runners,” Brousseau said.  “This was one of the best and most scenic races I’ve ever done and we’re glad we did this together.”

Brousseau finished first for the women and 11th overall in a time of 1:33:23 with her husband placing 4th overall at 1:23:46.  “I was challenged by another girl for the first couple of miles in the race, but once we hit the 3-mile mark I separated myself from her and was never seriously challenged after that, Brousseau said.”

“This was a well organized half marathon especially when you consider that this was their first time to host it,” Brousseau said.

Most of the runners all agreed that the rolling hills and elevation made for slightly slower times, but the beauty and tranquility of the area more than made up for the challenging route.

“We had 117 finishers in the 10K and 177 in the 5K with another 184 crossing the finish line in the half-marathon, “race assistant David Ravck said.

Related Posts: 

5K results https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/volcano-rain-forest-5k-reults/

10K results  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/volcano-rain-forest-runs-10k-results/

Half results https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/volcano-rain-forest-run-half-marathon-results/

Rain Forest Runs Preview https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/volcano-art-center-to-host-rain-forest-runs/

August 22, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Volcano Rain Forest Run – Half Marathon Results

Half Marathon Champions, Megan Brouseau & Billy Barnett

 Athletes for the Arts Presents         Volcano Art Center Rain Forest Runs         Official Overall Results by: JTL Timing Systems – www.jtltiming.com                 08/21/2010                                      1/2 Marathon 

 Plc Name                      Division      Residence           Time    Pace

   1 Billy Barnett #1          20 – 29      Volcano, HI         1:16:44  05:51
   2 Josiah Jennings #184      20 – 29      Kailua Kona, HI     1:21:38  06:13
   3 Mark Schlicting #161      30 – 39      Volcano, HI         1:22:42  06:18
   4 Ben Haber #21             20 – 29      Lincoln, MA         1:23:46  06:23
   5 Andrew Holbrook #151      30 – 39      Kailua-Kona, HI     1:25:00  06:29
   6 Justin Butler #182        20 – 29      Kailua Kona, HI     1:25:23  06:31
   7 Lyman Perry #2            40 – 49      Volcano, HI         1:26:14  06:34
   8 Michael Daly #171         20 – 29      Hilo, HI            1:26:39  06:36
   9 Alan Ryan #9              30 – 39      Laupahoehoe, HI     1:26:49  06:37
  10 Mark Hale-Brown #111      40 – 49      Portland, OR        1:32:04  07:01
  11 Megan Brousseau #20       20 – 29    F Lincoln, MA         1:33:23  07:07
  12 Nick Muragin #130         40 – 49      Ninole, HI          1:34:50  07:14
  13 Aaron McHugh #138         30 – 39      Colorado Springs,   1:36:00  07:19
  14 Steve Manning #166        40 – 49      Kailua, HI          1:36:01  07:19
  15 Natalie Kremer #102       20 – 29    F Rochester, NY       1:36:29  07:21
  16 Matthew Kent #131         30 – 39      Belton, SC          1:36:54  07:23
  17 Ray Whitford #158         30 – 39      Kailua-Kona, HI     1:37:51  07:28
  18 Jennifer Balentine #178   30 – 39    F                     1:38:29  07:31
  19 Steven Pavao #14          50 – 59      Hilo, HI            1:39:20  07:34
  20 Keith Marrack #64         30 – 39      Hilo, HI            1:40:01  07:38
  21 Scott Taylor #146         20 – 29      Sun Valley, NV      1:42:04  07:47
  22 Ferdinand Babas #123      30 – 39      Hilo, HI            1:42:22  07:48
  23 Stewart Miyashiro #12     50 – 59      Volcano, HI         1:43:17  07:53
  24 Lory Hunter #107          40 – 49    F Hilo, HI            1:43:28  07:53
  25 Sally Marrack #65         30 – 39    F Hilo, HI            1:44:13  07:57
  26 Vicki Daniel #58          40 – 49    F Honolulu, HI        1:44:14  07:57
  27 Angie Miyashiro #5        50 – 59    F Volcano, HI         1:45:10  08:01
  28 Rebecca Cole #99          30 – 39    F Hilo, HI            1:45:47  08:04
  29 Kollette Stith #194       30 – 39    F Captain Cook, HI    1:46:11  08:06
  30 Samuel Ainslie #103       50 – 59      Kamuela, HI         1:46:37  08:08
  31 Daniel Jesser #105        50 – 59      Kailua-Kona, HI     1:46:50  08:09
  32 Justin Costa #55          60 – 69      Maui, HI            1:47:14  08:11
  33 Melissa Braswell #3       30 – 39    F Kailua-Kona, HI     1:47:15  08:11
  34 Jason Nixon #167          40 – 49      Kamuela, HI         1:47:28  08:12
  35 J Ashford #41             50 – 59      Waikoloa, HI        1:48:09  08:15
  36 Michael Sheehan #140      50 – 59      Mountain View, HI   1:49:08  08:19
  37 Desi Alston #172          50 – 59      Kailua-Kona, HI     1:49:21  08:20
  38 Kelly Kozar #173          30 – 39    F Volcano, HI         1:49:24  08:21
  39 Jay Stepetin #136         30 – 39      Waikoloa, HI        1:49:53  08:23
  40 Jahn Sawinski #156        40 – 49      Kailua Kona, HI     1:50:00  08:23
  41 Tim Christopher #147      40 – 49      Hilo, HI            1:50:56  08:28
  42 Eric Helms #142           30 – 39      Hilo, HI            1:51:09  08:29
  43 Amy Ray-Mcwhinney #135    30 – 39    F Keaau, HI           1:51:54  08:32
  44 Susan Cordell #6          40 – 49    F Keaau, HI           1:51:55  08:32
  45 Mary Edmonds #34          20 – 29    F Kailua Kona, HI     1:52:26  08:34
  46 Cherry Kent #132          50 – 59    F Belton, SC          1:52:44  08:36
  47 Eric Molitors #125        20 – 29      Honolulu, HI        1:53:40  08:40
  48 Rachel Patton-Molitors #1 20 – 29    F Honolulu, HI        1:53:41  08:40
  49 Chitwin Santun #160       40 – 49      Kailua-Kona, HI     1:54:19  08:43
  50 Meera Sreenivasan #80     30 – 39    F Honolulu, HI        1:55:17  08:48
  51 Cody Tehero #97           20 – 29      Pepeekeo, HI        1:55:35  08:49
  52 Matthew McHugh #139       30 – 39      Denver, CO          1:55:42  08:49
  53 DJ Blinn #7               60 – 69      Hilo, HI            1:55:46  08:50
  54 Jennifer Schmidt #39      30 – 39    F Honolulu, HI        1:56:16  08:52
  55 Paul Mraz #124            40 – 49      Duxbury, MA         1:57:03  08:56
  56 Liz Wright #92            50 – 59    F Kailua Kona, HI     1:57:04  08:56
  57 Victor Eisen #59          40 – 49      Pahoa, HI           1:57:25  08:57
  58 Susan Nixon #128          40 – 49    F Kamuela, HI         1:57:39  08:58
  59 Nancy Kramer #48          50 – 59    F Kailua Kona, HI     1:57:41  08:59
  60 Patrick Landgraf #73      20 – 29      Honolulu, HI        1:57:50  08:59
  61 Rudy Arzaga #175          30 – 39      Hilo, HI            1:58:12  09:01
  62 Steve Langager #90        40 – 49      Priest River, ID    1:58:25  09:02
  63 Kevin Freitas #104        40 – 49      Honolulu, HI        1:58:48  09:04
  64 Bill Greineisen #10       50 – 59      Volcano, HI         1:59:09  09:05
  65 Dawna Takane #82          40 – 49    F Hilo, HI            1:59:27  09:07
  66 Maya Grossmann #129       1 – 19     F Honolulu, HI        1:59:40  09:08
  67 Tom Kersch #152           50 – 59      Honolulu, HI        2:00:00  09:09
  68 Sean Murphy #78           40 – 49      Kailua-Kona, HI     2:00:07  09:10
  69 Gregory Lum Ho #134       40 – 49      Hilo, HI            2:00:33  09:12
  70 David Messer #45          50 – 59      Ewa Beach, HI       2:01:48  09:17
  71 Jed Villanueva #91        50 – 59      Hilo, HI            2:02:29  09:20
  72 Wendy Howard #170         40 – 49    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:02:31  09:21
  73 Lisa Bryant #18           50 – 59    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:02:36  09:21
  74 Bridget White #137        30 – 39    F East Ringwood, Aus  2:03:45  09:26
  75 David Hammes #11          50 – 59      Hilo, HI            2:03:51  09:27
  76 Bud Quitiquit #154        60 – 69      Kailua-Kona, HI     2:04:05  09:28
  77 Calder Danz #88           20 – 29      Seattle, WA         2:04:07  09:28
  78 David Kelly #116          20 – 29      Alexandria, VA      2:04:39  09:30
  79 Rosie Warfield #127       20 – 29    F Honolulu, HI        2:04:48  09:31
  80 John Broward #8           40 – 49      Hnp, HI             2:06:00  09:37
  81 Andrea Huston #114        30 – 39    F Honolulu, HI        2:06:18  09:38
  82 Maria Soong #117          30 – 39    F San Francisco, CA   2:07:21  09:43
  83 Saesha Denny #119         30 – 39    F Hilo, HI            2:07:31  09:44
  84 Jono Perea #113           50 – 59      Kailua-Kona, HI     2:08:46  09:49
  85 Bobbi Reif-Acheson #52    50 – 59    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:09:04  09:51
  86 Ruth Rivera #96           50 – 59    F Mt View, HI         2:09:56  09:55
  87 Froilan Rivera #95        50 – 59      Mt View, HI         2:09:56  09:55
  88 Tammy Lopes #181          30 – 39    F Long Beach, CA      2:10:22  09:57
  89 Andrea Hess #186          40 – 49    F                     2:10:47  09:59
  90 Gerd Weber #61            60 – 69      Kailua-Kona, HI     2:10:50  09:59
  91 Marie Gorpspe #180        40 – 49    F Artesia, CA         2:11:12  10:00
  92 Tasha Starr #100          20 – 29    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:11:33  10:02
  93 Kati Hornick #109         Military   F Tripler Amc, HI     2:12:12  10:05
  94 Cara Wolfley #37          40 – 49    F Honolulu, HI        2:12:31  10:06
  95 Alan Takane #81           50 – 59      Hilo, HI            2:13:42  10:12
  96 Pam Everett #24           60 – 69    F Kurtistown, HI      2:14:03  10:13
  97 Matthew Giacalone #110    50 – 59      Mountain View, HI   2:15:25  10:20
  98 Theresa Menke #112        30 – 39    F Mountain View, HI   2:15:26  10:20
  99 Patricia Carroll #60      60 – 69    F Waipahu, HI         2:15:43  10:21
 100 Marie Kuramoto #63        60 – 69    F Hilo, HI            2:15:53  10:22
 101 Jason Morrison #38        30 – 39      Honolulu, HI        2:17:11  10:28
 102 Leeanne Lowery-Gorman #11 40 – 49    F Kamuela, HI         2:19:22  10:38
 103 Lynne Brauher #27         40 – 49    F Keaau, HI           2:20:29  10:43
 104 Cliff Acheson #46         50 – 59      Kailua-Kona, HI     2:20:57  10:45
 105 Anne Veillet #83          40 – 49    F Keaau, HI           2:20:59  10:45
 106 Betsy Strance #44         50 – 59    F Captain Cook, HI    2:22:01  10:50
 107 Michelle Double #162      30 – 39    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:22:24  10:52
 108 Peter Ballerini #62       40 – 49      Kailua-Kona, HI     2:23:26  10:56
 109 Michael Doan #177         40 – 49      Covina, CA          2:24:08  11:00
 110 Kristina Sawaya #155      30 – 39    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:26:56  11:12
 111 Charissa Sheppeard #32    30 – 39    F Reno, NV            2:27:18  11:14
 112 Stan Fortuna Jr #179      60 – 69      Hilo, HI            2:27:39  11:16
 113 Lani Manaytay #36         40 – 49    F Hilo, HI            2:27:43  11:16
 114 Linda Greentree #141      50 – 59    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:28:17  11:19
 115 Chi Doan #176             30 – 39    F Covina, CA          2:28:48  11:21
 116 Brad Davis #76            40 – 49      Kaneohe, HI         2:28:49  11:21
 117 Morgan Bahurinsky #159    60 – 69    F Hilo, HI            2:29:35  11:25
 118 Sandra Shepherd #23       50 – 59    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:30:15  11:28
 119 Terri Ausfresser #85      50 – 59    F Eldersburg, MD      2:32:06  11:36
 120 Mike Garcia #70           60 – 69      Pearl City, HI      2:32:22  11:37
 121 Tricia Wong #98           30 – 39    F Hilo, HI            2:33:51  11:44
 122 Maresa Martin #35         20 – 29    F Sparks, NV          2:34:30  11:47
 123 Rebecca Pacheco #153      40 – 49    F Hilo, HI            2:34:51  11:49
 124 Gina Durante #185         30 – 39    F Hilo, HI            2:34:54  11:49
 125 Patti Richards #26        50 – 59    F Kamuela, HI         2:34:55  11:49
 126 Anna Shields #121         Military   F Aiea, HI            2:36:25  11:56
 127 Dennis Voss #157          40 – 49      Kailua Kona, HI     2:38:50  12:07
 128 Dawn Cleveland #87        20 – 29    F Seattle, WA         2:39:12  12:09
 129 Len Cleveland #67         60 – 69      Honolulu, HI        2:39:13  12:09
 130 Howard Lynn #148          60 – 69      Honolulu, HI        2:39:55  12:12
 131 Troy Freitas #94          40 – 49      Honolulu, HI        2:40:53  12:16
 132 Ed Graper #69             60 – 69      Goleta, CA          2:41:29  12:19
 133 Owen Lee #43              40 – 49      Honolulu, HI        2:41:55  12:21
 134 Leah Pukahi #183          30 – 39    F Hilo, HI            2:42:01  12:22
 135 Judith Carlson #68        60 – 69    F Honolulu, HI        2:42:57  12:26
 136 Russell Carlson #42       70 & Over    Honolulu, HI        2:42:58  12:26
 137 Michele Wood #164         50 – 59    F Kaneohe, HI         2:44:56  12:35
 138 Annette Krieger #145      40 – 49    F Kailua, HI          2:44:57  12:35
 139 Reina Jenkins #169        Military   F Ewa Beach, HI       2:45:08  12:36
 140 Joel Jenkins #168         Military     Ewa Beach, HI       2:45:54  12:39
 141 Darrin Devries #54        40 – 49      Laupahoehoe, HI     2:47:26  12:46
 142 Maggie Leite #108         40 – 49    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:47:44  12:48
 143 Rosemary Kyte #50         50 – 59    F Kaneohe, HI         2:48:28  12:51
 144 Virginia Martinez #174    Military   F South Gate, CA      2:49:39  12:57
 145 Christopher House #71     40 – 49      Playa Del rey, CA   2:50:33  13:01
 146 Shivaun White #84         40 – 49    F Kaneohe, HI         2:52:10  13:08
 147 Bertram Carvalho #165     30 – 39      Hilo, HI            2:56:43  13:29
 148 Marilinda Passon #25      50 – 59    F Kailua Kona, HI     2:57:12  13:31
 149 Michael Coad #28          60 – 69      Kaneohe, HI         2:57:16  13:31
 150 Rhodora Aquino #33        30 – 39    F Honolulu, HI        2:58:27  13:37
 151 Loren Aquino #15          30 – 39      Honolulu, HI        2:58:28  13:37
 152 Lee Collins #118          50 – 59    F Hilo, HI            2:59:22  13:41
 153 Rick Otani #120           50 – 59      Hilo, HI            2:59:24  13:41
 154 Constance Templin #66     40 – 49    F Kailua-Kona, HI     2:59:42  13:43
 155 Jason Heady #133          30 – 39      Kailua-Kona, HI     3:13:57  14:48
 156 Marcy Kawasaki #47        50 – 59    F Honolulu, HI        3:14:35  14:51
 157 Joyce Higa #143           50 – 59    F Pepeekeo, HI        3:15:10  14:53
 158 Billy Weaver #122         60 – 69      Hilo, HI            3:18:53  15:10
 159 Padma Sreenivasan #79     50 – 59    F Honolulu, HI        3:22:13  15:26
 160 Henry Kealoha #144        50 – 59      Pepeekeo, HI        3:34:25  16:22
 161 Matteo Belli #86          30 – 39      Pahoa, HI           3:34:57  16:24
 162 Casey Cumming #53         50 – 59    F Hawaii National pa  3:34:58  16:24
 163 Adele Eggel #56           50 – 59    F Hakalau, HI         3:35:07  16:25
 164 Kevin Reardon #149        40 – 49      Hilo, HI            3:38:38  16:41
 165 Veryl Grace #89           60 – 69    F Keaau, HI           3:39:15  16:44
 166 Christine Woods #22       50 – 59    F Ocean View, HI      3:40:31  16:50

August 21, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Volcano’s Billy Barnett wins Mana 10-miler

Place Name Division Female Time
1 Billy Barnett 20-29   1 : 01 : 40
2 Jason Braswell 30-39   1 : 03 : 15
3 Tim Marr 30-39   1 : 05 : 31
4 Bree Wee 30-39 1 1 : 06 : 23
5 Mike Daly 20-29   1 : 07 : 27
6 Chris Evans 30-29   1 : 07 : 55
7 Jason Thorp 30-39   1 : 09 : 08
8 Alan Ryan 30-39   1 : 09 : 09
9 Carl Schmitt 40-49   1 : 10 : 37
10 Andrew Stober 19 & under   1 : 10 : 45
11 Nick Muragin 40-49   1 : 11 : 12
12 Mariane Marr 20-29 2 1 : 12 : 28
13 Sam Brown 30-39   1 : 13 : 02
14 Ray Whitford 30-39   1 : 15 : 02
15 Steve Pavao 50-59   1 : 15 : 45
16 Sam Ainslie 50-59   1 : 19 : 43
17 Sally Marrack 30-39 3 1 : 20 : 29
18 Rebecca Cole 30-39 4 1 : 22 : 11
19 Dave Old 40-49   1 : 23 : 20
20 Caleb J Westfall 30-39   1 : 24 : 01
21 Mark Ravaglia 30-39   1 : 24 : 17
22 Sylvia Ravaglia 30-39 5 1 : 26 : 07
23 Melissa Braswell 30-39 6 1 : 26 : 42
24 Jeff Strang 40-49   1 : 33 : 03
25 Dana Drexler 30-39 7 1 : 33 : 04
26 Josh Stallsmith 30-39   1 : 33 : 29
27 Lisa Bryant 50-59 8 1 : 33 : 44
28 Dave Hammes 50-59   1 : 35 : 28
29 Tasha Starr 20-29 9 1 : 37 : 50
30 Bill Greentree 50-59   1 : 37 : 51
31 Mary Spears 50-59 10 1 : 43 : 22
32 Charlie Bostwick 50-59   1 : 46 : 07
33 DJ Blinn 60 & over   1 : 46 : 08
34 Filiesha LeRand 50-59 11 1 : 46 : 41
35 Linda Greentree 50-59 12 1 : 47 : 26
36 Cowman A.Moo.Ha 60 & over   1 : 51 : 45
37 Joe Loschiavo 60 & over   1 : 56 : 07
38 Rosemary Taylor 50-59 13 2 : 03 : 31
39 Barbara Hughes 50-59 14 2 : 09 : 11
40 Connie Zahalka 60 & over 15 2 : 09 : 12

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August 11, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Dog’s Blog sets new personal records

A personal thank you for your support.

   Thank you to those that are regular visitors to my blog.  When I started this blog in Feb ’09 I was getting about 47 hits per day.  Since that time the number has been steadily rising and on Tuesday, July 6, it had a personal best day of 5,267 hits.

   Thanks to my regular readers this blog now averages between 2K to 3K hits each day.  Not a big deal compared to other, more popular sites, but a big deal to the Big Dog!

   In recent months the most popular person on my blog is Caster Semenya, whose male/female controversy continues to stir interest.  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/caster-semenya-malefemale-controversy-continues/

   Also attracting interest are the stories about international track & field starts such as: https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/worlds-best-pole-vaulter-russias-yelena-isinbaeva/

   Michelle Wie also gets a lot of hits as does my story on the Hungarian that shattered the Big Island International Marathon women’s course record. https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/hungarian-shatters-big-island-marathons-womens-record/  

   Volcano’s Billy Barnett attracts lots of interest and so does my writings from Taiwan and about my international model daughter, Jaclynn Joseph. https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/the-article-about-my-daughter-in-the-hawaii-tribune/

   I’ve also noticed that Monday’s column stories about the interesting people I meet get a steady following.

   Again, thank you to all that come to read.  Please feel free to leave your comments and/or suggestions.

   Big Dog

July 11, 2010 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Gillette looking to win 3 Big Island Marathons in 2011

Melissa Gillette

Husband/wife duo of Justin and Melissa Gillette at Saturday’s Maryville Marathon/Chamber Country Classic.

Justin Gillette won the male division of the marathon with a time of 2:37:50, while his wife finished in 3:16:34 to win the female division. They each won $600 for winning their gender division.

This is not the first time the couple from Berne, Ind., have teamed up to win the male and female divisions. They compete in several marathons each year, often finishing at or near the top of the pack. In just two weeks, they’ll be running in a marathon in Hawaii.

Saturday’s weather didn’t make it easy for the Gillette’s or any of the other competitors in the field. Just after the marathon and half marathon runners began their race at 6:30 a.m., a storm rolled through Maryville that brought heavy rain for about 20 minutes, with light rain continuing off and on for another 20 minutes after the storm had moved on.

“It was actually kind of fun,” Melissa Gillette said of the weather. “And I prefer that over (hot weather). I was afraid it was going to be clear skies and 85. That would’ve been harder I think.”

Two weeks later the Gillette’s were in Kona to run in the UCC Kunitake Farms Kona Marathon with the same results.

Justin Gillette

Justin Gillette, who competed in his 61st marathon on Sunday in Kona, claimed his 19th victory.  But none of the big names showed up to contest his victory.

Big Island International Marathon winner and Volcano resident, Billy Barnett, was a no show in Kona.  Barnett had won the Hilo race in 2:50 but decided not to run in Hilo for personal reasons.

Also, two times defending champion, Aaron Pierson of Oakland, California did not come to Kona to compete leaving Gillette as the lone sub three hour runner in the field of more than 200 harriers.

One of Justin Gillette’s goals for 2011 is to win three Hawaii Island Marathon’s, “I’d like to try to win the Hilo, Kona and Volcano Marathons all in the same year,” Gillette told the Big Dog.

Still in doubt is whether or not there will be a Volcano Marathon for 2011.  Gillette has won the Kona Marathon three times, but has never ran the scenic Hilo Marathon. 

KONA Marathon TOP 10 Results

 Plc Name                       Time

   1 Justin Gillette #2        2:34:53

   2 Mark Schlicting #6        3:02:41

   3 Melissa Gillette #3       3:07:51

   4 Belinda Granger #316      3:10:58

   5 Darin Anderson #162       3:18:42

   6 Bryan Baroffio #51        3:21:13

   7 Fukushima Shinichi #262   3:24:26

   8 Akio Komatsu #195         3:25:47

   9 David Steehler #233       3:28:41

  10 Mel Vigilla #141          3:29:39

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments