UCC Coffee Kona Marathon 2011
June 26, 2011
Nice day, overcast and
slight breeze most of the way so it helped make it not has hot and humid as in
Medal is the same design as 2007; 305 full marathoners
See you at the finish!
5:30 am start from Keauhou Beach Resort hotel
Erlinda makes 5K turn around back to hotel's finish line
Stayed at Uncle Billy's
Ross wasn't there in 2007 run; only 2 years old here said one of the volunteers on the course
New route in this segment of race; running inside new shopping center premises
Half marathon turn-around at the shopping center
Unto long Queen Kaahumanu Highway from shopping center on Makala
Only 1 mile from airport but will turn left off highway at O.T.E.C. Road and go to sewer treatment plant
Volunteer at turnaround
This is the predominant landscape of the Kona run- lava fields; note vog blocking Hualälai Volano in background
Sometimes beach on other side of highway; rarely white sand like here but black rocks
14 miles one way going back, 12 going towards turnaaround; on O.T.E.C. Road
Almost out of the sewer treatment loop and back to the Queen Kaahumanu Highway
High even at this point as enter highway that out of tsunami evacuation area
Runner with bad cramps on highway - about 15 miles out
Something wrong with disposable cameras, missed couple mile markers at lower margin of photos; thnk this is 15 miles
Roadside memorial to "B. Walsh"
Don't know if this participant made it all the way but he's made it up to here at 16 miles
Caleb Westfall of Waikola, HI, finished in 8:16 (completing
the full marathon on stilts!) - no. 303 of 305 finishers
See Caleb doing the marathon
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park is located at the base of Hualälai Volcano, along the Kona coast of the island of Hawaii; it is 3 miles north of Kailua-Kona and 3 miles south of Keahole-Kona International Airport, along Highway 19 (the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway).
Park was established for the preservation, protection, and interpretation of traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture. It was the site of important Hawaiian settlements before the arrival of European explorers. It includes coastal areas, 3 large fishponds, a house site, and other archeological remnants.
Wife erlinda so nice to meet me at 19 mile mark; first tinge
of cramp but never did cramp!
Came up to here in 4 hrs. with 7 miles to go; ended up 5:49
She's such a great supporter; gives me the Shaka aloha greeting sign
Back to shopping center; will to left, then down to an
entrance, then around where these runners are, heading behind the buildings;
glad to be leaving the long miles of the highway with relatively no buildings and mostly lava fields
Behind the building; I believe the sign read "20 miles"
Road kill; huge, ain't it? Car or marathoner shoes?
UFO Parasil - so gotta be back in town; think this is on Kuakini Rd
Keep on Running