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Big Island Road Runners elect new officers for 2011

Alan Ryan

President – Alan Ryan

Vice President – Lyman Perry

Treasurer – Dano Banks

Secretary – Keith Marrack

Bill Sakovich and Susan Cordell are board members and will partake in various activities and duties.

The BIRR is a non-profit organization and host a variety of running events on the Big Island throughout the year.  For more information go to

January 29, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Island Road Runners Infused with some new Blood

Sparse group attends BIRR annual election

The Big Island Road Runners have some new faces on the board of directors as their recent membership elections provided for some change.

Dano Banks, who has been the treasure of the organization for many years and is the most experienced board member, returns.

One of the best distance runners on the Big Island, Laupahoehoe’s Alan Ryan, along with Hilo’s Keith Marrack

New faces on the board of directors will be Keaau’s Susan Cordell, Volcano’s Lyman Perry, along with Waiakea swim coach Bill Sakovich are the new faces.

Hopefully with the insertion of vitality to the BIRR the organization can come back from a slow membership year and can spark some much needed enthusiasm within the running community.

You can visit the BIRR to download race applications and membership forms at www.bigislandroadrunners.org.  

January 15, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , | Leave a comment

HPU Harrier, Shannon White, Wins Turkey Trot

HPU cross country runner, Shannon White, on left

Hawaii Pacific Cross Country star and former Keaau Cougar athlete, Shannon White, came back to the Big Island for Thanksgiving and won the BIRR Turkey Trot.

White is also a former member of the Mules state cross country HHSAA championship team and a good friend of the Waiakea Warrior program and the Big Dog.
Big Island Road Runners Turkey Trot 5k Results  
  Men Time Women Time
1 Shannon White 18:43 Robyn DeBenedet 21:30
2 John Fratinardo 18:51 Sally Marrack 22:08
3 Todd Marohnic 19:04 Dena Rae 23:21
4 Nick Muragin 19:26 Donna Wong Yuen 25:09
5 Jesse Ebersole 19:51 Esther Kanehailua 26:01
6 Jordan Hirae 20:55 Dawn Patterson 26:49
7 Keith Marrack 21:10 Peggy Regentina 27:06
8 Kauila Wong Yuen 22:21 Marti Banks 28:20
9 Rihei Grothmann 22:38 Fern Costales 28:25
10 Greg Lum Ho 22:58 Lynne Brauher 28:28
11 DJ Blinn 23:55 Lily Keliipaakaua 28:37
12 Kelly Freitas 24:28 Heather Rosario 28:37
13 Joel Truesdell 24:57 Robin Bauman 29:33
14 Robert Belcher 25:19 Dulce Barton 29:37
15 Andrew Langtry 25:32 Halia Evans-Bautista 31:04
16 Edgar Tuliao 26:02 Maria Fratinardo 31:11
17 Rick Otani 28:16 Lee Collins 31:26
18 Harvey Nakasone 28:23 Hiilei Wong Yuen 32:44
19 Jack Brauher 28:28 Leah Ishigo 32:45
20 Firman Tehero 28:36 Lorie Saludares 34:35
21 Charlie Bostwick 28:55 Korry Pacheco 34:50
22 Stan Fortuna 28:55 Karen Uy 35:23
23 Richard Grothmann 29:24 Pumai Evans-Bautista 35:29
24 Ryan Camero 31:29 Colleen Fratinardo 35:39
25 Stote Farnham 32:01 Joselyn Evans-Bautista 37:44
26 Robert Saludares 34:31 Kainoa Ariola 42:46
27 Christopher Knell 42:03 Robin Day 45:47
28 Aaron Knell Walk Michelle Knell 46:30
29     Kekai Wong Yuen Walk

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Hilo’s Keith Marrack owns an NCAA Championship Ring in Volleyball

Keith Marrack

Local boy, Keith Marrack, who was born and raised in Hilo, has bragging rights to owning a National Championship Volleyball ring when Stanford won it all during his senior year in college.

   Before I get to his collegiate prowess there is some great athletic background that you should know about the talented and versatile Keith Marrack.

   Marrack comes from some good DNA athletic stock as father, John, and mother, Jan, were notable tennis players and runners.

   “Some of my earliest memories are hitting tennis balls with an old school Donnay wood racquet at the Hilo Yacht Club and picnicking on Banyan Drive as my parents ran the Hilo Marathon,” Marrack said.

   Marrack’s parents were so into playing tennis that they would set up a play pen in the corner of Lincoln Courts when Keith was an infant in order to continue playing the sport that they loved.

   No wonder that Marrack grew up playing AYSO and T-ball when he was younger and played tennis and ran as he was growing up.

   “I was ranked in the top 20 in the state for Junior tennis in singles and the top 5 for doubles with my brother when I was 12,” Marrack said.

    Inspired by his parents running talents the youthful Marrack also took up running at an early age and entered several 5K (3.1-miles) and 10K (6.2-miles) races on the Big Island.

   Marrack moved to Waimea when he was in the third grade and began a transition into team sports as he had a stellar sports career at Hawaii Preparatory Academy.

   “In high school I transitioned to team sports playing volleyball, soccer and baseball at HPA,” he said. 

   In college Marrack made the Varsity Men’s Volleyball team at Stanford as a walk-on.  “I only played a couple of years at Stanford as I was never good enough to get any playing time,” Marrack said.  “Instead I started helping with the Women’s team my Junior year and ended up with a National Championship Ring when they won it all my Senior year.”

   Today Marrack is employed as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Hilo.  “Basically I help people with their financial planning: saving for retirement and college, saving on taxes, and creating consistent income,” he said.

    A Civil Engineer by training Marrack has also worked as a Footwear Developer at Nike in Oregon and as a High School Math Teacher and Coach in Florida.

   “Being a Financial Advisor is the most demanding profession I have ever been in,” he said.  “Finding the time to juggle family commitments, community involvement and exercise is a challenge.”

   Marrack’s wife, Sally, is also a very accomplished athlete and gifted long distance runner and the couple often needs to compromise training times to supervise their two younger children.

Marrack Family

“Since Sally runs in the mornings I tend to run after work and the weekend day she does not run,” he said.  “I am looking forward to the kids being a couple years older so we can run together again.”

   Marrack will run four to five miles at least two times per week and will get a long run in on the weekend of between 8 to 12 miles.  “I am sometimes able to fit in runs when the kids have soccer practice or tennis lessons,” Marrack said.

   Marrack added to his running routine his soccer involvement in a Makule league and current play on a local tennis team, which adds variety to his training schedule.

   To maintain his high level of fitness Marrack became a vegetarian in 1996.  “I became a vegetarian when I began hearing a story on NPR about all the hormones and antibiotics animals are given to grow faster and live in tight quarters,” he said.

   “I felt that it was not healthy to be putting animal meat into my body.  The key is to make sure that I get enough protein, which I do, through soy, fish, and dairy.  Plus eating healthy allows me to enjoy a good dessert,” Marrack said.

   Besides work and a busy family life Marrack also stays actively involved in community activities which include the Hawaii Association of Public Accountants (HAPA) where he serves as the Big Island President.

   Marrack is also the Vocational Services Director for the South Hilo Rotary Club, Director for the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Director for Junior Achievement Hawaii Island, Secretary for the Big Island Road Runners, Trustee for the Hilo Yacht Club and a 2010 Pacific Century Fellow.

   “I enjoy being involved in the community where I get to meet lots of interesting and diverse people and learn more about what makes Hilo work,” Marrack said.

   In running Marrack has set a personal best for a 5K in 18 minutes 30 seconds, 40:22 in a 10K, a 1 hour 32 minute time in the Half-Marathon and in his only full marathon, the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C. finished in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

   “I ran my best times when I was coaching the Saint Edward’s School Cross Country teams and running with them every day,” he said.

   “I run to stay in shape and to try to keep up with my wife, Sally,” Marrack said.  “Sally has run over 30 marathons to my 1, but it is fun to go to the same races, run hard, and then hang out with friends.”

July 26, 2010 Posted by | Profiles, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment