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Kamaili Pohoiki Challenge – Long and Short Course – Full results

Kamaili Pohoiki Challenge            Held Saturday, Feb 25, in Puna

LONG COURSE   Overall/Name Div / Div Place Time

1 Aaron Napoleon OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 1 2:20:53  2 Nick Agorastos OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 1 2:21:48

3 Steve Blyth Surfski-Long-M/ 1 2:23:15      4 Puni Freitas OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 2 2:25:35

5 Trey Cox OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 3 2:26:09    6 Chris Marlow OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 4 2:28:22

7 Afa Tuaolo OC1-Long-M 50-59/ 1 2:28:59   8 Gerard Pila OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 5 2:30:20

9 Ina Ynigues OC1-Long-Novice-M/ 1 2:31:58   10 Keone Au OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 6 2:32:00

11 Bill Taylor OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 2 2:32:55       12 Ken Tanaka OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 7 2:33:09

13 Eddie Hayward OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 3 2:34:13   14 Grant Kojima OC1-Long-M 50-59/ 2 2:34:55

15 Harald Barkhoff OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 4 2:36:28    16 Nathan Grocholski OC1-Long-Novice-M/ 2 2:43:54

17 Edward Aldridge II OC1-Long-M 16-39/ 8 2:46:52    18 Nicola Koyama OC1-Long-F Open/ 1 2:47:21

19 Toby Wilkinson OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 5 2:56:58   20 Israel Gonzales OC1-Long-M 40-49/ 6 2:57:10

21 Heather Kimball OC1-Long-F Open/ 2 2:59:52   22 Keven Rinkenbach OC1-Long-M 60- +/ 1 3:11:37

23 Kapua Sawyer OC1-Long-F Open/ 3 3:12:41     24 Sheila Cadaoas OC1-Long-F Open/ 4 3:15:07

25 Christina Williams OC1-Long-F Open/ 5 3:16:11    26 Earl Cox OC1-Long-M 50-59/ 3 3:20:23

SHORT COURSE    Overall/Name Div / Div Place Time

1 Dallas O’Shaughnessy OC1-Short-M 19-49/ 1 1:19:29  2 Jeremy Padayao OC1-Short-M 19-49/ 2 1:20:44

3 Mike O’Shaughnessy OC1-Short-M 19-49/ 3 1:23:14    4 Tyde Spencer OC1-Short-M 19-49/ 4 1:24:04

5 Steve Zoll OC1-Short-M 50-59/ 1 1:27:49          6 Stephen Arnett OC1-Short-M 65-69/ 1 1:31:11

7 Freddie Berengue/ Carolyn Strawn OC2-Short-X 50- +/ 2 1:37:08

8 Maile Leslie OC1-Short-F 20-39/ 1 1:38:16      9 Aaron Makaimoku Surfski-Short-M/ 1 1:38:49

10 Noelani Spencer OC1-Short-Novice-F/ 1 1:39:02   11 Ryan Nakamura OC1-Short-Novice-M/ 1 1:39:39

12 Leah Winkler OC1-Short-F 20-39/ 2 1:41:31         13 Beverly Tuaolo OC1-Short-F 60- +/ 1 1:43:24

14 Kimberlee Rowe OC1-Short-F 40-49/ 1 1:44:25    15 Chris Grogan OC1-Short-M 60-64/ 1 1:45:06

16 Tim Haentjens OC1-Short-M 60-64/ 2 1:48:24       17 Leilani Shakelford OC1-Short-Novice-F/ 2 1:49:25

18 Nolan Chock OC1-Short-M 50-59/ 2 1:52:50      19 Kerry Long OC1-Short-M 50-59/ 3 1:53:04

20 Patricia Eames OC1-Short-F 60- +/ 2 1:57:10     21 Kimberly Schneider OC1-Short-F 50-59/ 1 2:06:50

22 Glen Bousquet OC1-Short-M 50-59/ 4 2:11:19     23 Ilona Higgins OC1-Short-F 60- +/ 3 2:19:08

24 Ron Reilly OC1-Short-M 65-69/ 2 2:23:04         25 Susan LaLanne OC1-Short-F 60- +/ 4 2:24:52

26 Jeff Clemenson Surfski-Short-M/ 2 2:36:45

February 29, 2012 Posted by | Canoe Racing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ocean View’s Don Zimbeck preparing to run Big Island Marathon

Don Zimbeck going strong at 68

It wasn’t that many years ago when exercise conscious people were hard to find.  Today with the graying of our baby boomers we began to see their physical challenges growing with them as they raise the bar in what they can accomplish.

   In 1970 there was only one runner in his 50’s that crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon.  Four decades later, with the running boom in full force, the percentage of runners over 50 completing a marathon (26.2-miles) has soared.

   Running USA claims that age 50 plus marathon finishers make up 18 percent of the total number crossing the finish line across the United States.  Research shows that a large part of that growth comes from newcomers who are starting to run at an older age and that the “baby boomers” are pushing their boundaries.

   In 2000 the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. had a 65 and older age division.  This year they had a 75 and over division to accommodate the growing number of people who refuse to allow age to interfere with what they can and cannot do physically.

   Right here, on our beautiful island, 68 year old Don Zimbeck from Ocean View is training to do the Big Island International Marathon (Hilo Marathon) in March.

   “I’m trying hard to finish the Hilo Marathon this year,” Zimbeck said.  “I have never done a marathon in Hawaii and it has been more than twenty years since I did my last one.”

   Although he has not done a marathon since 1989 Zimbeck has decided that it was time to give another 26.2-mile race a try.

  “I ran a marathon when I was 48 years old in 3 hours 17 minutes and 44 seconds,” he said.  “Today I’m realizing how difficult it is to train for something that long in distance and I’m just hoping I can do it.”

   Zimbeck credits much of his physical abilities to his mixed strenuous workouts.

   “We have chores in the tradition of the Karate Kid,” he said. “Push the wheel barrow up the hill, carry water buckets, O’O the rocks, climb and trim trees, split the firewood.”

  Zimbeck considers himself a low level recreational runner with no formal training. 

   “I did some racing in my 40’s, but not before or much since,” he said.  “We are a little remote here (Ocean View) and I haven’t yet found an Over-the-Hill or Shovel-Ready class running group in our neighborhood.”

   Despite the lack of training partners or groups Zimbeck has made some strides in preparing for his long distance race by running five days per week.

   “Presently I am using a simplified Jack Daniels (author or several running books) concept – repeats, tempo, intervals, easy recovery and long recovery,” Zimbeck said.  “For shorter races I try more intensity and for longer ones, like the Hilo Marathon, I’ll do longer training runs with recovery days off.”

   Recently Zimbeck did a 16 mile run on the Crater Rim Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and began to realize how difficult it is to train for a marathon especially when the body is getting close to 70 years of age.

   But Zimbeck is smart and will back off when his body tells him in order to avoid injuries.

   “I am fairy tough as a runner if I can avoid long layoffs,” he said.  “I try to limit the intensity of the workouts and will run mostly on grass or dirt.  I also rotate my shoes which might help a little in avoiding injuries.”

  Zimbeck grew up in Colorado where he played football and tennis in high school and continued with tennis in college.

  He didn’t get involved in running until 1981 while waiting for his daughter to have gymnastics lessons at the Casper, Wyoming YMCA.

  “I decided to go out for a jog while my daughter was having lessons and I met some real runners,” he said.  “I ended up joining the Windy City Striders Club and I learned about leaning into the wind.  I started to do some shorter races and in 1984 did my first marathon.”

   During the 80’s Zimbeck ran in six Bolder Boulder 10K’s and finished four marathons.  It was during his three year stint teaching school in Pahala that Zimbeck bought his lot in Ocean View and in 2000 built his home.

   It was also during the mid-80’s that Zimbeck set all of his racing personal records by finishing a 5K (3.1-miles) in 18:57, 10K in 40:46, half marathon in 1:29:36 and his marathon PR of 3:17.

    “All my races during the 1980’s were at altitude, but not at the high temperature and humidity like we have here,” he said.

   “I feel better if I’m relatively fit and running is the fastest, easiest way to stay relatively fit,” he said.  “Now I can run in the mood-enhancing sunshine of our beautiful island.”

      And once Zimbeck finishes the Hilo Marathon, what else could be on his accomplishment list?

    “I’m trying to run most of the races on this Island, at least once,” he said.

     Donald Zimbeck is currently the oldest person registered to do the March 21 Hilo Marathon.  Besides the full 26.2-mile marathon there will also be a half-marathon (13.1-miles) for which Hilo’s Robert Karp at age 77 is currently the oldest registered participant.

    The Hilo event will also host a 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk that is open to people of all ages.  Deadline for entering any of the three events is February 27, after which time a late fee will be assessed.

    For more information go to www.hilomarathon.org or call 969-7400.


   Coming up on Friday, March 19, is the Big Island International Marathon’s Carbo Load Party in the Hilo Hawaiian’s Moku Ola Rooms starting at 6 pm.

   The all you can eat pasta dinner includes a hula show, random lucky number prizes and featured guest MC Israel Gonzales from Lava 105 radio.  Cost is $16.50 in advance or $21 at the door and the public is invited.

   On Saturday, March 20, from noon to 6pm the BIIM will host a Health and Fitness Expo with free massage from Ki Mana, free taste samples from Island Naturals, running shoes and clothing from Big Island Running Company and more.  This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

   For more information on any of the events associated with the Big Island Marathon contact the Big Dog at 969-7400 or visit their web site at www.hilomarathon.org.

   And someday should you happen to see a happy race director jogging around Liliuokalani Gardens remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

   Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

February 22, 2010 Posted by | Events, Health and Fitness, Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Radio Lava 105.3 Personality Stays Fit

Danny Jesser, he writes the songs.

Danny Jesser, he writes the songs.

     Being a pretty ‘ol dog, I enjoy reminiscing about the good old days which includes the music of the 60’s and 70’s.

    So naturally I would gravitate to the oldies channel when listening to the radio while travel back and forth to Hilo.

    Catching an early morning radio show, geared to us who appreciate the legends of music, I listened to three personalities on the air waves who were providing their insight into the lighter parts of everyday life.

   Israel (Gonzales), Eddie O (Ombac) and Uncle Danny (Jesser) provided me with some amusing antidotes which kept me smiling and toe tapping until I reached my destination.  

  The first time I heard Jesser on the radio it was a real surprise as I’ve known him primarily from racing with him and against him over the years.

   Back in the early ‘90’s I had teamed up with Jesser to do the Hilo to Volcano Relay races, a 31-mile trek from Coconut Island in Hilo to Cooper Center in Volcano Village.  Then, in our 40’s, we helped set the Master’s age division record for that race.

   Jesser is originally from Manhattan Beach, California where he was exposed to a wide variety of sports at an early age.

   “I attended lots of Laker, Dodger, L.A. Rams football games and as an adult I went to several L.A. Raider games,” Jesser said.  

   As a youth Jesser tried his hand at baseball, football, basketball, and even ran high school track and cross country.  “My events in track were the 100, 440 and the mile,” he said.

   In college, Long Beach State, Jesser’s focus moved onto music where he used his new found talent to write songs and play music.

   Jesser knew many of the players from the National Hockey League’s L.A. Kings as they were regulars at a night club where he was a professional musician.

   “I moved to Hawaii in ’87 to get away from the crowds and traffic of Los Angeles,” Jesser said.  “I love the ocean, had always surfed, and grew up in beach towns, so naturally I was very drawn to the ocean and nature of Hawaii.”

   Today, at age 57, Jesser continues to write songs professionally and he continues to exercise to stay healthy.

    “I usually run three times a week and swim three times,” he said.  “I try to surf whenever I find the time, probably once per week.”

    Jesser also watches what he eats as he consumes lots of fruits and vegetables and he tries to stay away from fats, fast foods and too much sugar.

   “Running is my exercise of passion.  My favorite race has always been the Volcano Marathon and I’m very sorry to see it gone,” he said.

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Jesser also ran in two Boston Marathons, the pinnacle of all marathon races in the world.  “One of my two Boston Marathons was the Centennial Race and that one was truly special,” Jesser said.

   When his children were little Jesser would push both of them in a jogger during Peaman events in Kailua-Kona and often times would win the race.  At one time he held the record for a 3-mile race while pushing a baby jogger.

    Today Jesser takes great joy in having his two kids beat him in races.  “About a year ago, at the Hapuna and Kings swims, my kids beat me for the first time,” Jesser said.  “Having them beat me was one of the greatest moments of my racing career.   I’ve never been happier or prouder.”

    Jesser continues his passions in life, staying active as a radio personality (Lava 105.3 FM), writing and playing music and exercising as he runs, swims and surfs. 

   “I exercise because I love it as it keeps me healthy and happy,” he said.

   And for those just starting out in regular, physical exercise, Jesser offers the following advice:

“Take it slow until it becomes as big, important and enjoyable part of your day.  Just make it FUN!”

October 5, 2009 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , | 1 Comment