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Peaman’s Birthday Bonanza Biathlon – Full Results

Peaman’s Birthday Bonanza Biathlon  Half-mile swim, 3.9-mile run held Sunday at Kailua Pier         PEAS

1. Todd Smith 38:45  2. Karlyn Pipes-Nielson 39:35  3. Rani Tanimoto 41:18

4. Tony Leonardini 41:55  5. Sam Brown 42:32  6. Kevin Moats 43:13

7. Colten Hayford (finned) 44:18  8. John Jokiel 44:20  9. Eric Ellefson 45:19

10. Sarah Chang 45:28  11. Ricki Brown 46:45  12. Wilfredo Duran 47:45

13. Jeffrey Frey 47:53  14. Mark Curry 47:58  15. Allison Alterman 48:53

16. Kawika Singson 49:03  17. Tessa Peerless 49:26  18. Rob Walters 49:48

19. Harry Yoshida 50:00  20. Dan Gampon 50:19  21. Westfall Drywall 51:24

22. Melissa Braswell 51:36  23. Mike Peerless 51:43  24. Gary Anderson 52:13

25. Mitchell Peerless 52:17  26. Sonja Kolstoe 52:37  27. Kaniela Hauanio 53:28

28. Jann Ashley 53:44  29. Elizabeth Thompson 53:54  30. Ysabel Thomas 55:03

31. Laverne Curry 55:07  32. Michael Traub 55:46  33. Floyd Rhoades 55:47

34. April Peerless 55:53  35. Mindy Gruber 56:01  36. Andrew Bailey 57:18

37. Daniel Hauanio 57:29  38. Kristin Bertlemann 58:40  39. Tom Smith 58:42

40. Kurt Krueger 59:07  41. John Miller 59:26  42. Nori Becker 1:00:12

43. Danny Becker 1:00:14  44. Alexandra Morgan 1:01:15  45. Gerald Gruber 1:01:53

46. Tanner Sudbury 1:02:51  47. Ray Ashworth 1:04:26  48. Kevin Lannnen 1:04:31

49. Douglas Peerless 1:05:38  50. Kelly Hudik 1:06:18  51. Mei Chen 1:06:29

52. Sunny Huang 1:06:31  53. Mark Rowley 1:06:38  54. Santa Claus 1:06:42

55. Richard Bosselman (finned) 1:07:19  56. Cindy Cary (finned) 1:07:36  57. Caleb Westfall 1:09:40

58. Max Morgan (finned) 1:09:58  59. Tom Solis 1:10:11  60. Gabriella Hurtado 1:10:16

61. Shauna Flores 1:10:19  62. Mel Chapman 1:11:23  63. Jim Lee 1:12:14

64. Theresa Lee 1:12:18  65. Jordan Barthold 1:14:26  66. Gary Barthold 1:14:27

67. Patrick Rowley 1:16:52  68. Yama Kimi 1:19:00  69. Amber Rowley 1:22:28

SPLIT PEAS    1. Kevin Moats/Karl Moats 39:15

2. Karlyn Pipes-Nielson/Doug Leopold 40:23  3. Lucy Van Pelt/Aaron Barker 41:28

4. Lucy Van Pelt/Ellis Andrews 41:35  5. Linus Van Pelt/Nicole Brist 43:01

6. The Little Red Haired Girl/Orestes Barrios 44:57  7. Jamie Fouts/Logan Pitnay 48:29

8. Marissa Bryant/Tim Wiley 48:59  9. L.J. Lopaka/Cecilia Woodbury 49:20

10. Mike/Gerd Weber 49:50  11. Alvin McLuckyStrike/Vanessa Stevenson 51:27

12. Karlyn Pipes-Nielson/Helen Atooli 51:47  13. Allison Arizona/Uncle Cliffhanger 52:06

14. Snoopy/Laura Dierenfield 52:46   15. Charles Frey/John Schoon 53:45

16. Schroeder/Deb McLaughlin 54:27  17. Schroeder/Betsy Solis 54:48

18. Sean Cooney/Joanna Bebenek 58:37  19. Rani Tanimoto/Alaska Pea 58:39

20. Rani Tanimoto/June Geissler 1:00:34  21. Lucy Van Pelt/Bryan Sawaya 1:03:43

22. Snoopy/Margaret 1:09:52  23. Wendy Brown/Bill VanHorn 1:10:10

24. Charlie Brown/Gail Ashworth 1:10:56  25. Merry Alli/Robin Red-nosed Reindeer 1:11:26

26. Merry Alli/Santa Bob 1:11:28  27. Wendy Brown/Kamu Plunkett 1:19:01

28. Mike Hamilton/Maggie Murphy 1:25:24  29. Lucy Van Pelt/John Simmerman 1:35:42

30. David Hayford (finned swim only) 15:08  31. Penn Henderson (swim only) 15:41

32. Denise Coatwright (finned swim only) 16:35  33. Michael Smith (swim only) 16:48

34. Pam Miller (swim only) 16:49  35. Jill Weber (finned swim only) 18:06

36. Gwen Hobbs (finned swim only) 18:26  37. Patrick Cooney (swim only) 19:17

38. L.J. Lopaka (swim only) 19:52  39. Leanne Pletcher (swim only) 21:14

PEAWEE

1. Cade Hayford 12:38  2. Casey Hayford 12:41  3. Kanaipono Eckart 13:34

4. Makena Becker 15:48  5. Lainey Eckart (finned) 15:53  6. Lawrence Eckart 15:54

7. Sarana Thomas 17:34  8. MerryMehana Resetnikov 17:40  9. Lindsay Resetnikov 17:42

10. Peaberry 18:18  11. Tess 18:58  12. Kaile Dills 19:55

13. Jay Plasman 25:26  14. Malia Dills 33:43   15. Peaman 45:04  

16. Joe Loschiavo 51:15  17. McKenzie Johnson 52:55  18. Jelly Bean 53:46

PEAWEE SPLIT PEAS

1. Anna Naggert/Kristoph Nagert 10:52   2. Linus Van Pelt/Nophia Pincor 12:51

3. Lucy Van Pelt/Jacob Barker 13:00   4. Wendy Brown/Duke Becker 13:32

5. Keaka Pintor/Kanaipono Eckart 15:05   6. Snoopy/Kona Resetnikov 15:43

7. Wendy Brown/Keegan Myerchin 16:01   8. Lucy Van Pelt/Dominic Myerchin 16:28

9. Charlie Brown/Briana Pintor 17:12   . Violet Gray/Anders Miller 17:37

11. Lucy Van Pelt/Darby Miller 17:46   12. Violet Gray/Koi Lorance 25:53

13. Linus Van Pelt/Dinah Kunitake 38:00  14. Schroeder/Jeanne Koyanagi 38:03

15. Charlie Brown/Helen Lorance 38:54   16. Peaman/Papa Pea 42:46

17. Dana Strang/Jeff and Jacob Strang 46:40  18. Nicole Morgan (swim only) 11:57

19. Marissa Bryant-Manago (swim only) 14:31   20. Charlie Woods (swim only) 15:33  

21. Train Wreck (swim only) 16:01  22. Pudding for Brains (swim only) 17:48

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December 28, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Original Hilo Marathon (1975-1987) Remembered

Marie Kuramoto with her original 1986 Hilo Marathon award

A few weeks ago I wrote a story about Michael Georgi, a three time winner of the Big Island International Marathon, and his return to Hilo to run in the 13th Annual 26.2-mile race.

   In that Georgi story I mentioned that he ran the original Hilo Marathon three times during the 1980’s and in 1985 Georgi won the race with an amazing time of 2 hours 32 minutes and 4 seconds.  I wrote that the course was never certified and may have been a little short, which according to Bob Culnan, is incorrect.

  “I thought you would like to know that the Hilo Marathon of the 80’s was certified,” Culnan said.  “I did the bike riding with the calibration wheel in 1984 and received a handmade ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ certificate for the measuring and marking of the 10th Annual Big Island Marathon and Half-Marathon.”

Bob Culnan

Culnan’s volunteer certificate was signed by the 1984 race director, Laurie Lannan, along with signatures by Judy and Lee Howard, Betty Healy, Donald Romero and Cher Hillier.

   Culnan remembers that the original Big Island Marathon started and finished on Banyan Drive, went through Pu’ueo, by the community college, then around Banyan out to Keaukaha, back around Banyan and out to Bayfront then had one more loop to Keaukaha with the finish line in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel’s parking lot.

   The original Hilo Marathon race went on for 13 years, from 1975 to 1987, and attracted some of the most famous Hawaii runners of the day.

   People like Harry Yoshida, Stewart Miyashiro, Bob Standard, Bob Hillier, Andy Levin, Connie Comiso, Rueben Chappins, John Kelly, Giovanni Bartolini, Paul Ryan, and Hilo’s own Marie Kuramoto and Mille Cooke were in their heyday of running.

   “I remember pacing Harry Yoshida on my bike to the winning time and the first Big Islander to finish,” Culnan said.  “In 1984 I also measured a half marathon (13.1-miles) course which became part of the race.”

   Culnan can also recall escorting on his bike Georgi, Yoshida, Bob Hillier and Connie Comiso to wins.  “After the Hilo Bike Club stopped their volunteering I took over and can remember escorting Connie to her only sub 3 hour race,” he said.  (Comiso, a nurse from Honolulu, set the women’s course record in 1985 with a time of 2 hours 59 minutes and 27 seconds.)

   Many other participants had fond memories of Hilo’s hometown race of yesteryear, but some of the details were a bit fuzzy with the passing of 30 years.

   “I still have the award I won in 1986 that states 12th Annual on it,” Marie Kuramoto said.  “I have a photo of us ladies, all five of us, receiving this pretty Big Island carving just for participating in the marathon.”

   Key people that helped put together the marathon race during the 70’s and 80’s were then Big Island Road Runner club officers Dwayne Kanuha, Larry “Fats” Loa, Jerry Hirata, Don Romero, Nick Baligit and Don Ahuna.

   “We saw three different phases of this race,” Hirata said.  “Different people came forward and helped during different periods of time, most of them are now long gone.”

   Part of the stimulus for the marathon getting organized in Hilo came during the mid ‘70s with the popularity of the Carol Kai bed races that were partly sponsored by the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and had the support of Lorraine Inouye, known as Lorraine Jitchaku back then.

   “The bed race in Hilo was an original for the neighbor island,” Inouye said.  “The activities (for the bed race) were the same as the ones on Oahu and it brought some business into the hotel. The course ran from Banyan, near the HELCO plant and ended at the intersection of the entrance near Coconut Island.”

   Inouye, at the time, was the Assistant Manager and Director of Sales for the Big Island Properties of Hawaiian Pacific Resorts, which included the Hilo Lagoon, Hilo Hawaiian and Kona Lagoon Hotels.

   “We were looking for different activities that would bring more visitors to the Big Island and decided to sponsor the Big Island Marathon,” Inouye said.

   Inouye, although not the race director, spent lots of time during the early years helping to organize the race.

   “I can remember Lorraine and I staying up in the middle of the night folding T-shirts and assigning running numbers,” Bob Quitiquit said of his late 1970’s involvement.  “It was a lot of work and during its peak we must have had around 600 total runners.”

   The race, which was held in July of each year, had its growing pains with a slow start, a peak in the early ‘80’s before suddenly dropping off in numbers with a loss of interest by 1987.

   In the 1987 race, won by Hilo’s Robert Standard in 2:39:07, only 53 marathoners crossed the finish line which marked the end of an era.

   “I still have fond memories of the Big Island Marathon,” Kuramoto said.  “In 1982 it became the first marathon I ever did along with Millie Cooke and it was such a thrill for me.  I love running in my home town.”

   Kuramoto is the only woman to have run all of the current 13 Big Island International Marathons and at 60 plus years of age shows no signs of letting up.

   “I may be getting slower, since those early days, but I have the endurance to continue running marathons,” she said.

   “The original Hilo Marathon was my first back in 1982 as I had just started running at that time,” Kuramoto said.  “I can’t believe that 25 to 30 years has already passed me by.”

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments