9th Annual Wobble Gobble
We really enjoy the chance to offer this run on Walua Trail on Thanksgiving morning. This year over 280 people showed up to run either the 6.4 mile, 3.5 mile or 1 mile distance. But the most impressive thing is that they also brought with them 373 pounds of canned goods for the Hawaii Island Food Basket - over 200 pounds more than last year!
Results from the race are available here and more photos are available here. Here are a couple of our favorites, though:
|Hats courtesy of Debbie Braswell|
|Modeling the winners' hats|
|Keiki enjoying the run|
In the 6.4 mile run, Garrett Prinslow took 1st place in 38:28. For the ladies it was Rani Henderson taking first place (while pushing her son Cole in a stroller) in 44:18. In the 3.5 mile distance, Brooke Myers once again ran away from the field, finishing first overall for the second year in a row with a time of 23:26 and breaking her own course record in the process. Christopher "Atlas" Smith was second overall and the first male in 24:37. Finally, for the 1-milers, Lawrence Barrett came in with a screaming time of 5:59 and Kristina Hamilton finished in 8:07 to win for the ladies.
The Wobble Gobble would not be possible without the help of our volunteers, who we are extremely appreciative of: Rich, Jolene and Ryan Mears provided the post-race refreshments; Larry and Laura Kniffin served as traffic control and aid station support; Kyra and Richard Bronson set up an aid station in front of their house; Jolene and Jacob Head and family also set up an aid station in front of their Keauhou Veterinary Clinic; Cary Aurand helped with signouts; Ali Steiner, Kimberly Madsen and John Ferdico assisted with course set-up; Chico helped pass out popsicle sticks and take pictures; Jennifer Stike's sons helped pass out medals to the keiki; and Leonard Torricer provided ice and pre and post-race support. Thanks again to all who came out and participated or volunteered!
6th Annual (Tri)ptophan Turkey Day Triathlon
For the 6th year in a row, Kym and Kris Kiser and their daughters hosted a triathlon on Thanksgiving morning down at the Kailua Pier. 100 people made it out there to race a 1/3 mile swim, 16 mile bike and 2 mile run. Coming in first was Tommy Vonach with a time of 58:26 and Jeni Winegarner was the women's champ in 1:04:48.
|Tommy Vonach Photo courtesy of Kiser Motorcycles|
|Jeni Winegarner Photo courtesy of Kiser Motorcycles|
If either of those events weren't enough to work off your turkey, Peaman hosted the Post Pigout Peamania at the Kailua Pier on Sunday morning. This race was aptly named, as there was definitely mania! Peaticipants swam 1/4 mile and then ran a 2-mile loop before coming back and doing it all over again. Of course, as with any Peaman race, there were many variations - a shorter Peawee course which could be completed once or twice, relays, swimmers that didn't run and runners that didn't swim!
For some reason, the results didn't appear in the online version of West Hawaii Today, but a picture of the paper results are below (pull out your magnifying glasses)!
Tommy Vonach outran Luis De La Torre on the last run loop to take first place overall in 37:23. Rani Henderson was first for the ladies in 44:26. Jim McCleery and his wife, Big Island Running Company employee Maggie, took first place in the full course relay in 46:17, while Becky and David Aegler took first place in the Peawee relay with a time of 29:14. The Peawee results encompass people who did anything less than the full distance, so includes people who did one loop of the long course or two loops of the short course or anything else.
The Peaman race was missing some of its best volunteers on Sunday - Dene Sturm and Doug Henbest. That's because Dene was off conquering the longest endurance event on the island and Doug was part of her crew. The Ultraman World Championships started on Friday morning with a 6.2 mile swim from Kailua Pier to Keauhou Bay. Immediately after finishing that swim, participants hopped on their bikes for the 90 mile climb to Volcano. After spending the night in Volcano, on Saturday they rode from Volcano all the way to Hawi (approximately 170 miles). One more night's sleep and then it was time for the run from Hawi into Kona on Sunday - a double marathon or 52.4 miles.
|Dene Sturm and crew at the finish. Photo by Christine DeCarli|