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Volcano Rainforest 10K Run – JINXED? Problems with leaders second year in row

10K champion?

Volcano Rainforest     10K               JINXED Again

The Volcano Rainforest, a benefit for the Volcano Art Center, ran their 2nd annual half marathon, 10K and 5K races on Aug 20 and for the second year in a row the 10K had issues with the lead runners.

In 2010 the four lead runners were taken into the finish line after doing only the 5K distance and race officials decided to simply double their time and recognize them as the overall 10K winners.

This year volunteers failed to have the lead pack of 15 runners do a final loop and when they came into the finish line lead runner, Chris Mosch, from Honokaa realized he had only done 5.7 miles.

“There was apparently some confusion among the course marshals at a point in the course where the runners had to run up and back through a cul-de-sac in order to make the course 10 km,” Walter Mosch, father of Chris said.

“The marshals got confused when the leaders of the 10 km race started overlapping with the walkers/stragglers involved in the half marathon.  Chris recognized there was a mistake when he finished and his GPS watch read 5.7 miles.  When the organizer realized the error, I think that she panicked because this had happened the previous year and was brought to her attention,” Mosch wrote the Big Dog in an email message.

“She originally DQ’ed the 14 runners, at least 12 of whom were clearly running faster than the declared winner.  People objected because the course marshals had directed them NOT TO GO into the cul-de-sac.  She decided to offer the people the choice of having their times considered for another 5.7 mile race distance or they could have their money refunded.”

According to Mosch he approached the race organizer and said ‘What the heck are you doing?  You’re having a fundraiser and returning money?

Mosch also objected to the fact that since it was their screw up the runners shouldn’t be disqualified.

“The top runners were already light years ahead of the newly declared winner when the mistake was made,” Mosch said to the race official.  “Chris is going to the University of Oregon on academic scholarship and running with the school’s running club.  He is hoping to make the top seven cross country runners on the club which will travel to the club championships in North Carolina in November.”

Editor’s note:  Chris Mosch was declared the winner of the newly formed 5.7 mile run, but never received any award for his efforts according to his dad.

Related Links:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/mosch-wins-volcano-rainforest-5-7-mile-run/

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

https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/doing-the-right-thing-in-sports-heather-scarbrough/

August 23, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Hawaii’s best prep harriers run at West Regionals – Results

LtoR: Keaau's Daniel Brooks and Shannon White with Honokaa's Chris Mosch

Photo and results were provided by Honokaa’s Walter Mosch.

Place; Name; Year; City; Time; Avg Mile

Fresh/Soph Boys
255 Michael Nagaishi 10 Honolulu, HI 22:00 7:05
286 Jaydon Ahue 10 Honolulu, HI  23:44 7:38
313 Dylan Chang 10 Wahiawa, HI 27:36 8:53

Junior Boys
50 Chris Mosch 11 Honokaa, HI 17:52 5:45
106 Micah Velasco 11 Mililani, HI 18:47 6:03

Senior Boys
43 Eric Pak 12 Kaneohe, HI 17:55 5:46
100 Dylan Lee 12 Kaneohe, HI 18:58 6:06
114 Evan Igarashi 12 Wahiawa, HI 19:25 6:15
180 Shannon White 12 Keaau, HI 21:44 7:00

Fresh/Soph All-West Boys
32 Dylan Martinez 9 Wahiawa, HI 17:56 5:46
72 Brandon Miya 10 Leilehua, HI 19:54 6:24
75 Elliot Estrada 10 Wahiawa, HI 20:23 6:34
77 Zachary Carvalho 9 Mililani, HI 20:31 6:36
78 Micheal McCaffrey 10 Wahiawa, HI 21:02 6:46
82 Reagan Morgan 10 Wahiawa, HI 23:29 7:34

Seeded Boys
39 Margarito Martinez 11 Wahiawa, HI 16:27 5:18
51 Pierce Murphy 11 Hanalei, HI 16:37 5:21
158 Borys Pleskacz 11 Honolulu, HI 18:35 5:59
172 Daniel Brooks 12 Keaau, HI 19:18 6:13

Fresh/Soph Girls
110 Kristine Cherry 9 Wahiawa, HI 24:11 7:47
134 Jessica Piatt 9 Wahiawa, HI 25:19 8:09
169 Alana Romualdo 9 Wahiawa, HI 27:03 8:42

Junior Girls
85 Charlene Valeriano 11 Ewa Beach, HI 23:28 7:33

Senior Girls
110 Christine Siquig 12 Wahiawa, HI 27:00 8:41

Fresh/Soph All-West Girls
37 Kelsey Waters 9 Wahiawa, HI 21:40 6:58
44 Kayleigh Waters 10 Wahiawa, HI 22:14 7:09
59 Rhiannon Cleveland 9 Wahiawa, HI 23:49 7:40

Seeded Girls
72 Elli Brady 9 Mililani, HI 20:01 6:27
99 Kristin Ali Keith 12 Miliani, HI 20:57 6:45

Top 5 Boys
Margarito Martinez 11 Wahiawa, HI 16:27 5:18
Pierce Murphy 11 Hanalei, HI 16:37 5:21
Chris Mosch 11 Honokaa, HI 17:52 5:45
Eric Pak 12 Kaneohe, HI 17:55 5:46
Dylan Martinez 9 Wahiawa, HI 17:56 5:46

Top 5 Girls
Elli Brady 9 Mililani, HI 20:01 6:27
Kristin Ali Keith 12 Miliani, HI 20:57 6:45
Kelsey Waters 9 Wahiawa, HI 21:40 6:58
Kayleigh Waters 10 Wahiawa, HI 22:14 7:09
Charlene Valeriano 11 Ewa Beach, HI 23:28 7:33

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Events, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments