The Honolulu Marathon kicked off with 25,059 runners. This number combines the two races: the Marathon and the Start to Park 10k race. The winner of this year’s Honolulu Marathon finished the course in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 1 second, the second fastest time in the state. Titus Ekiru of Kenya went from fourth place last year to being number one.
“Last year I was position four. Today, I say let me try maybe I can run 2:07 but I thank God for 2:09,” said Ekiru.
Polina Carlson is once again the first woman from Hawaii to cross the line, finishing the race in just under 3 hours.
“I felt like I got a second wind coming down Kahala and straight to the finish line because there were so many spectators cheering,” said Carlson.
To have a career in sports, the lifestyle for these professionals is challenging to say the least.
“It’s a 24/7, 365-day pursuit. You can’t just be part way in, part way out,” said Donn Cabral, first finisher from the U.S.
Other runners make the 26.2-mile trek for many reasons and different ways. For Caleb Westfall, he’s been wearing stilts for the last 8 marathons to raise awareness.
“The whole idea is to inspire people with prosthetics, difficult challenges, and to run for compassion, love, and forgiveness,” said Westfall.
This year wind played a factor on the course.
“It’s just an animal going up towards Hawaii Kai, but coming down Hawaii Kai it’s so helpful with the tailwind right behind you,” said Danielle Torres of Ewa Beach.
Big obstacles became smaller thanks to the support from the sidelines, like one couple who was handing out snacks at mile 22.
“My wife is used to running marathons. She thought it was always encouraging when she say the community come out help support and cheer them on to finish the race,” said Daniel Lee of Waikiki.
“I think the community has been awesome. They all came out in droves. It’s really wonderful, playing music and spraying us with water. It’s been fun,” said runner Jonathan Powell.