40th Annual Honolulu Marathon
December 9, 2012

by Rodney Chang, runner

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Shuttle buses 2-4 am to Startinng staging area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No vacancies; minutes from the Starting gun at Kapiolani Park.  When you gotta go, you gotta go

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the 6 hr estimated time of completion section; starting line at bright light in distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signal for the Start at 5 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And they;re off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In front of City Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the downtown loop, run back this bridge in Ala Moana Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st water stop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mass of humanity

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Apple store in Waikiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moana Hotel, historic 1st hotel of Waikiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day break going up Diamond Head Crater, about 8 miles, lead runners arriving the other way

 

 

 

 

 

Running a sub-5 minute mile, lead runner from Kenya, at about the 25th mile, on his way to collect $40,000 1st Place.  So the elite
runners never ran in daylight but did complain about the humidity, present even while dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Down from Ft. Ruger Road on other side of Diamond Head Crater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise at Diamond Head Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Batman!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Kilauea Avenue, close to my house

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where I can depend on family awaiting!

 

 

 

 

 

Look into the hand-held camera, everybody!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for coming out to see me pass.  Now you can go to breakfast
at "Uncle Clay's" before later going to the Finish Line

 

 

 

 

 

at Uncle Clay's "House of Pure Aloha" (HOPA) in Aina Haina Shopping Center, Honolulu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

at Hawaii Kai, 16 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Hawaii Kai

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waving Aloha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Runners ahead, back on the highway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That Gungnam Style beat and dance helps give runners pep

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving Hawaii Kai, back on the straight-a-way highway

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Jingle Bells" - Thanks for coming out again, Ms. Accordion Lady!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A married couple passing me by

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 miles at Aina Haina, where Uncle Clay's shave ice/breakfast place is located

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich Kahala Avenue's sculptural garden

 

 

 

 

 

Tons of class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down from Kahala Avenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

The prevailing clouds made it a more comfortable year to do the Honolulu Marathon

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it still got hot approaching noon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a bit more up "Heart Break Hill" at 25 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ladies, I'm back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poses under the banyan tree at the Finish in Kapiolani Park

- Rochelle just returned the day before from Indiana University to see me do this 45th run
- Erlinda drove me to the early morning shuttle bus at 3:40 am, then went back to sleep

 

 

 

 

 

Rochelle models the Finisher's Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year's medal

 

 

 

 

 

Shirt up close

 

 

 

 

Commemorative Sticker

 

 

 

 

And event sponsor

 

 

About 30,000 runners, mostly Japanese, estimated to bring in 107 million dollars for the economy

 

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