Kenya natives top the 2019 Honolulu Marathon

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Up to 30,000 people woke up early for a 5 a.m. 26.2 mile run in Honolulu on Sunday, December 8.

The 47th Annual Honolulu Marathon’s first finisher was Kenya native Titus Ekiru with a new course record and unofficial time of two hours, seven minutes and 59 seconds. In second, Kenya’s Wilson Chebet finished with two hours, 13 minutes and 13 seconds.

Also from Kenya was the first female marathon finisher: Margaret Muriuki with two hours, 31 minutes and 10 seconds. 41 seconds later, Kenya’s Betsy Saina crossed the line and finished as the second female marathon finisher.

Hawaii’s own triathlete Bree Brown from the Big Island was a top 10 finisher for the women with a time of three hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds.

Honolulu Marathon entrants from the U.S. mainland are up 14 percent from 2018. There’s no time limit to finish the Honolulu Marathon.

In addition to the marathon, the 3rd annual Start to the Park 10K was also held on Sunday.

On Saturday, the 4th annual one-mile race Merrie Mile happened. Edward Cheserek won the 2019 Kalakaua Merrie Mile for the third time in a row. His time was three minutes and 54 seconds. He won a prize of $4,000.

Organizers say his time was both an event record and the fastest mile ever run in Hawaii. Cheserek lives and trains in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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