June 29 Kona Marathon: Alfredo Aromin, Mark Essenberg, Jeff Fong, Michael Higa, Chester “Southernmost Walker” Kalb, Rick Korecki, Ashley “rouge Wave” Kuhlmann. Michael “MMKuhl” Kuhlmann, Johnny “Shaka” Landeza, Robert Lopez, Gregory “chinky” Lum Ho, Heather McCafferty, Harvey Nakasone, Les “Maniacles” Omura, Wyatt Waro, Michael Willets, Wily “Coyote” Woo, Catherine “Aunt Fun” Wyman. From the desk of Mary “mph” Hanna. Here in Kona, it was tough, but not miserable. My sister, Catherine, and I each missed our goals, but not by enough to worry too much about it. I was the 4th woman (16 minutes behind third, so I would have been fourth even on a good day) and 1st AG in 3:24:50 (had hoped for 3:10). Catherine ran about 4:15 (had hoped for sub 4:00), and my daughter Jenny ran 5:33 (her first marathon:)). This race was small, but well organized. The volunteers were great. The aid stations were frequent and well stocked. Most also had cooling showers to stand under. They know how to plan for heat here. :) The sun tried to poke through the clouds for a while, but it never quite made it. It was hot right from the 5:30am start, but it could have been much warmer. I took lots of electrolytes, but I still had calf cramping issues. Also nice, we are staying at the host hotel at the start/finish. P.S. Picture on the right, in the foreground…could have been Mary’s very first Mai Tai!
Alfredo, Mary, srLopez, Catherine, Chester, Shaka, Jeff, Mark, Heather
Mary’s daughter Jenny, Aunt Fun, srLopez, Rick and mph
THE HILLY and HOT SEAFAIR MARATHON