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Hilo’s Three Amigos, Nakasone, Blinn and Pavao, are Maniacs

Nakasone, Blinn & Pavao

In preparing to write this story the first thought that came to mind was the great 1986 comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short called “The Three Amigos.”

Right here in Hilo we have our own sort of Three Amigos and their friendship comes through with their love for running, more importantly marathon running.

DJ Blinn, Harvey Nakasone and Steve Pavao are characters in their own right, in the world of endurance running.

The trio have built a relationship through spending hours on the road and becoming what they proudly call themselves, “Maniacs,” “Marathon Maniacs” to be precise.

“We’ve been running together for over five years,” Pavao said.  “Harvey was the first Maniac on this island and he recruited us to become Maniacs.”

To be a Marathon Maniac is no simple task and for these Three Amigos that accomplishment came as a result of running two marathons (distances of 26.2 miles) within 15 days of each other.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with running or walking a marathon, try doing 44 laps around Liliuokalani Gardens in less than 7 hours and that will give you an idea.

“I became a Maniac in September 2007,” Nakasone said.  “I believe I was the first one to become a Maniac from this island and now we have quite a few.”

These Maniacal Amigos will reinstate their credentials on October 30 and November 6 when they run in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. and the following weekend with the New York City Marathon.

“Harvey was the one that came up with the idea,” Pavao said.  “He has run the Marine Corps Marathon once before and thought it would be great for all of us to do it along with the NYC Marathon the following Sunday.”

Both Blinn and Nakasone are former United States Marines and running in D.C. will be something special for them, according to Blinn.

“I’m a Vietnam Veteran and I have never been to D.C. to see the Vietnam Wall,” Blinn said.  “I want to pay tribute to my fallen comrades.”

Blinn served in Vietnam in 1967 and just thinking about visiting the Wall brought tears to his eyes.

“I know this will be an emotional experience and an opportunity of a lifetime,” Blinn said,

The trio have never done the NYC Marathon and they decided on that race precisely for the reason that it was the following weekend from the Marine Corp race.

“I’ve done the Marine Corps Marathon before and knew DJ would be interested in doing it since he is a former Marine,” Nakasone said.  “I plan on taking him to see the Vietnam Wall and I’m sure it will be an emotional experience for us all.”

In preparation for marathons the Hilo Maniacal Amigos will run together every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

“We enjoy the post run camaraderie,” Pavao said.  “We often travel together and bunk together to keep cost down.”

Last month the amigos ran on Kauai and they shared a room to keep expenses down, but more importantly to enjoy the bond they share together as runners.

“I have run about 25 marathons with them over the years,” Pavao said.  “And now we have started to run half marathons as well.”

Nakasone has complete 28 marathons and Blinn, the senior member of the group at age 62, has finished an incredible 104 marathons to date.

“I run for health reasons,” Nakasone said.  “I have Type II Diabetes and my mother and grandmother both died from diabetes.”

While running has kept Nakasone’s diabetes in check he also reaped the reward of losing 30 pounds from his dedication to the sport.

A new Marathon Maniac sister organization has been created called the Half Marathon Fanatics and Blinn, Pavao and Nakasone became the first from the Big Island to qualify as Half Fanatics when he completing two half marathons within the two week requirement.

“The half marathon has become the most popular running distance in America and I’m trying to get people from Hawaii to qualify in becoming a Half Fanatic,” Nakasone said.  “We now have five Half Fanatics from the Big Island and I’m sure we can get lots more by the end of this year.”

The qualifications for membership are the same, only the runners qualify by running half marathons (13.1 miles) instead of marathon, according to Pavao.

The Three Maniac Amigos will leave on their journey on Oct. 27 and have a couple of days in D.C. to acclimate before sharing in the Marine Corp Marathon together.

“We’ll take an Amtrak train to NYC from D.C. on Nov 2nd,” Pavao said.  “That will give us a few days in the Big Apple before the Big race.”

Pavao has his sights on breaking four hours for both marathons and will use the D.C. marathon as a training run for NYC.

“I am actually hoping I can run a faster time in NYC,” he said.

Whatever the Hilo Maniac Amigos do on the East Coast, one thing is for certain, they’ll be having fun doing it!

And someday should you happen to see a healthy, happy senior jogging laps up and down Shower Drive in Paradise Park remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

October 17, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Big Dog’s Veteran’s Day 5K results 51 to 99

Nine members of the US Coast Guard - Cutter Kiska

51)      Bill Hubbard         25:21

52)      Nicholas Lewis     25:25

53)      Diane Nicole Lewis 25:26

54)      Donna Wong Yuen  25:27

55)      Jim Budde              25:39

56)      Joshua Gaidos        25:58

57)      Charles Sakoda      26:06

58)      Edward Johns        26:15

59)      Eli North                 26:41

60)  Kapua Lapera        26:52

61)  Craig Dante           26:57

62)  David Hammes     27:08

63)  Patrick Donavon   27:12

64)  Rylan Labrador     27:21

65)  Sean Cunningham  27:29

66)  Shanna Curtis         27:35

67)  Harvey Nakasone  27:39

68)  Kai Garson-Shumway 27:44

69)  Coast Guard          27:47

70)  Aaron Morita       27:53

71)  Kevin Iwasaki       28:04

72)  Ryan Andres         28:17

73)  Dominic Hiro        28:28

74)  Henry Wong         28:45

75)  Cutter Kiska           29:27

76)  Heather Rosario   29:28

77)  Keliipaakaua Lily  29:28

78)  Jason Matsushige  29:30

79)  Ryan Lam                29:32

80)  Kevin Hunter         29:54

81)  Dennis Nagai         30:02

82)  Michele Ebersol    30:23

83)  Jackie Auna            30:28

84)  Jess Swanson         30:25

85)  Jakob Au                 30:39

86)  Dean Au                  30:39

87)  Duke Wilson          31:05

88)  Kea Yoshitomi       31:34

89)  Suzanne Swanson 31:35

90)  Kelsey Poole          31:36

91)  Jerry Chang            32:32

92)  Levi Mangiboyat   32:33

93)  Dominique DelChiaro 32:36

94)  Rachel Clute          34:44

95)  Mike Kaneda         35:40

96)  Paul Haiola             35:57

97)  Christian Bird        36:33

98)  Phoebe Wyatt       36:46

99) JoAnne Pocsidio    36:47

November 11, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Scholarship 5K Race Results

BIRR president, Steve Pavao, presented $1000 checks to Waiakea's Kaitlyn Chock and Hilo's Sai Weiss following the 5K event

Big Island Road Runners Scholarship 5k Run     May 23, 2010       Coconut Island, 7:30am

Place Name Division Female Time
1 Alan Ryan 30-39     : 18 : 07
     2 Jackson Halford 1-19     : 18 : 08
3 Justin Pang 1-19     : 18 : 15
4 Rick Michels 1-19     : 18 : 57
5 Steve Pavao 50-59     : 20 : 07
6 Tchad Henderson 30-39     : 20 : 24
7 Stuart Miyashiro 50-59     : 20 : 30
8 Sai Weiss 1-19     : 20 : 35
9 Linden Villena 30-39     : 21 : 29
10 Choy Bacor 30-39     : 21 : 30
11 Caleb J. Westfall 30-39     : 22 : 04
12 Lory Hunter 40-49 1   : 22 : 29
13 Zandrix Acob 1-19     : 22 : 41
14 DJ Blinn 60 & over     : 22 : 49
15 Daniel Okubo 1-19     : 23 : 27
16 Rob Van Geen 40-49     : 23 : 54
17 Thomas Fratinardo 40-49     : 23 : 54
18 James Tuscany 50-59     : 24 : 28
19 Eric Young 1-19     : 24 : 37
20 Kim Rojo 30-39 2   : 24 : 40
21 Daysen Masuda 1-19     : 24 : 50
22 Kelly Freitas 50-59     : 25 : 06
23 Robert Belcher 50-59     : 25   08
24 Shell Hamilton 20-24 3   : 25 : 23
25 Charles Keane 50-59     : 25 : 40
26 Big Dog 60 & over     : 25 : 40
27 Harvey Nakasone 50-59     : 26 : 13
28 Joanne Pocsidio 40-45 4   : 27 : 01
29 Firmin Tehero 50-59     : 27 : 38
30 Terran Kaleiwahea 1-19     : 28 : 30
31 Kevin Iwasaki 20-29     : 28 : 38
32 Kimo Like 1-19     : 29 : 02
33 Anthony Ganancial 30-39     : 29 : 09
34 Kekoa Kalahiki 1-19     : 29 : 13
35 Kristen Spees 20-29 5   : 29 : 51
36 Kim Furumo 50-51 6   : 29 : 54
37 Michelle Vieira 20-29 7   : 30 : 30
38 Dennis Shigioka 60 & over     : 30 : 52
39 Caleb R. Westfall 1-19     : 31 : 21
40 Pearl Acob 30-39 8   : 31 : 29
41 Bill Sakovich 60 & over     : 31 : 30
42 Cedrick Roberts-Perry 1-19     : 31 : 44
43 Adrel Vicente 30-39     : 32 : 10
44 Kyle Wana 1-19     : 32 : 42
45 Tyler Gerken 1-19     : 32 : 58
46 Kahea Kanuha 1-19 9   : 33 : 12
47 Sam Marrack 1-19 10   : 34 : 16
48 Christin DeCoito 1-19 11   : 34 : 34
49 Melia Taganas 1-19 12   : 34 : 46
50 Rick Otani 50-59     : 34 : 46
51 Lee Collins 50-59 13   : 34 : 47
52 Kainoa Crum 1-19     : 35 : 05
53 Nainoa Calip 1-19     : 35 : 35
54 Collen Fratinardo 50-54 14   : 37 : 19
55 Makoa Carreira 1-19     : 39   07
56 Boyd Ramos 1-19     : 39 : 07
57 Leah Pukahi 30-39 15   : 39 : 24
58 Micah Keawe 1-19     : 39 : 25
59 Michele Macanas 40-44 16   : 40 : 18
60 Piikea Miller 1-19 17   : 40 : 18
61 Kawehi Pua Kaikaina 1-19 18   : 40 : 59
62 Kiani Matsumoto 1-19 19   : 41 : 00
63 Kawika Kekaualua 1-19     : 41 : 50
64 Carle-Ann Mata 1-19 20   : 41 : 54
65 Ashley Deguzman-H. 1-19 21   : 41 : 58
66 NO NAME NO AGE     : 44 : 19
67 Kiley Kelson 1-19 22   : 44 : 38
68 Iwalani Kaili NO AGE     : 44 : 38
69 Gene Madriaga 1-19     : 46 : 33
70 Maka Branco 1-19     : 46 : 33
71 Casey Chai 1-19     : 47 : 02
72 John Fratinardo 1-19     : 47 : 02
73 Elijah Pung 1-19     : 47 : 02
74 John Marrack 1-19     : 47 : 18
75 Sally Marrack 30-39 23   : 47 : 19

For the story on the Scholarship Run event go to:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/chock-weiss-honored-at-road-runners-scholarship-5k/

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New Year’s Resolution 5K run/walk results

Some of the participants in the New Year's Resolution 5K

BIG DOG PRODUCTIONS 5K RESULTS

NEW YEARS DAY, JANUARY 1ST, 2010 – HAPPY NEW YEAR

Alan Ryan       18:25

Justin Pang    18:53

Louie Perry    19:02

Bryce Harada 19:54                                                              Avi Fhina           38:46

Shannon White 20:23                                                         Pam Caesar    38:51                                                       

Steve Pavao    20:40                                                             Maria Jaramillo   40:18

Lory Hunter    22:25                                                               Jane Kaliboso      41:13

Adam Busek  22:48                                                                  Bry-Landon Lcero 41:30

Linden Villena  22:51                                                             Jill Osborn       42:30

Melissa Braswell 22:58                                                           Joseph D’Angelo  42:31

Stuart Hunter 23:49                                                                 Grace D’Angelo   42:32

DJ Blinn     24:00                                                                           Dyani Fujita     43:34

Micah Kanehailua  24:02                                                           Lee White      43:43               

Nina Caiserman   24:16                                                              Rebecca Manliguis  43:45

James Tuscanny  24:18                                                             Marilyn Manliguis    47:28

Daniel Okubo     25:10                                                                Marshall Kanehailua  49:20

Big Dog              25:20                                                                    Laurie White       51:27

Joe Wedemann 25:50                                                                 Eden Patino      51:59

Esther Kanehailua 25:55                                                           Cynthia Yamamoto 52:10

Ted Hiro         25:56                                                                       Lorna Young    52:58

David Hammes     26:38                                                           Junie Tehero    53:00

Rick Camp & Isabel 27:02                                                         Firman Tehiro   54:30

Charlie Sakoda    27:13                                                                Alana Morishita   57:03

Kualei Kern       27:24                                                                   Richard Nishimoto   57:16

James Hank    27:32                                                                      Jack Roney           57:32

Anthony Garrcial     27:56                                                          Sterrett Grune      57:43

Deep Dig                   28:02                                                               Vince D’Angelo   58:13

Joannie Pocsidio     28:09                                                                Annette Green – 86 years young –  way to go!

Charlie Bostwick     28:20                                                                 Additional people participated, but

Harvey Nakasone   28:39                                                                 they did not want to be timed.

Reynolds Cabarloc  28:46

Kris Wilson              28:52

Toru Ikeda             29:34

Kelly Frietas          30:38

Domini Hivo           30:51

Charles Swath          30:58

Lana Hassenritter   31:02

Lisa Hadway      31:23

Charlie Heaukulani   31:28

Melissa Keenan      31:36

Michelle Laurence  33:52

Kiana Heaukulani    33:52

Io Heaukulani         34:09

Marla Hank             34:49

Elise Morishita        35:07

Ella Kusch            35:09

Theodora Hiro      35:12

Matthias Kusch     35:24

Adams Agtarap     36:54

Kelly Heaukulani   37:32

Missy Keenan & Michelle Lawrence

Charlie & Io Heaukulani

January 1, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments