UCC Coffee Kona Marathon 2011
June 26, 2011

 

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Nice day, overcast and slight breeze most of the way so it helped make it not has hot and humid as in 2007
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

 

 

 

 

7 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only 1 mile from airport but will turn left off highway at  O.T.E.C. Road and go to sewer treatment plant

 

 

 

 

Marathon turnaround

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

17 miles

 

 

 

 

 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

 

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