Monday, November 29, 2010

Post Pigout Peamania!

Mahalo again to everyone who came out to the Wobble & Gobble on Thanksgiving morning (and especially to those who volunteered and helped us out)! We had a great turnout, with Jason taking first place for the men in the 6.4-mile race and Ali Herd finishing in first place for the ladies. In the 3.5-mile race, it was Ray Whitford with the win and Brooke Myers coming in second (and first place for the women). The 1-mile race set some records with Toby Olney breaking the old course record by 3 seconds with a time of 6 minutes and 7 seconds. Silas Wiley also broke his own keiki course record with a time of 7:45. Lori Montgomery took the victory for the ladies in the 1-mile course.

If you weren't able to work off your Thanksgiving calories ahead of time, Peaman offered an event yesterday to help work them off after the fact. The Post Pigout Peamania was a crazy event that offered lots of different options for swimmers and runners. The full event featured a 1/4 mi. swim followed by a 2 mile run and then repeated! There were also variations on that event, with people only swimming, only doing one lap, or doing the shorter Peawee course (once or twice). There were also relay teams that had one person do the swim portion twice and another person do the run twice, while other teams opted to have one person do the whole first lap and another person do the second lap. While it sounds like it would be mass confusion, it was actually pretty smooth.

Chris Lieto even came out to join in the fun! (That's him in the middle, with his son.)

I decided to do the full swim/run/swim/run and had no idea how it would turn out. For the first lap, the swim was pretty crowded, but that really helped pull me along. Then came the first run, which also wasn't too bad. The first run went down Alii Drive to Kona Reef and then turned right before heading back in front of Royal Kona and Huggo's. I managed to pass a couple of people on the run, but then of course we had to get back into the water. Where those same people went ahead and passed me again! The second lap was much tougher. I felt like I wasn't going anywhere on the swim (but it did feel nice to jump in the water after the run)! The second swim ended up being about 20-30 seconds slower than my first swim. After getting out of the water the second time, I was definitely feeling some dizzying effects. After quickly throwing on some shoes, though, I was back out on the run, which this time went past Huggo's and Royal Kona first before turning left to Alii Drive and back to the finish. Another good run and my total time for the event was 45:58, which managed to put me in third place for the ladies (but still 5-6 minutes back of the first two)!

No surprise here, but Chris Lieto took the overall victory in a time of 35:09, followed by Tai Scarborough in 37:47 and Geoff Whitener in 39:13. Coming in fourth - and first overall for the women) was Rani Tanimoto in 39:29. Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen was the second place woman with a time of 40:34. Full results from the races are here.

I wasn't able to get any pictures of the early racers, since I was out on the course. And Jason (our usual Peaman cameraman) had a very important job, too. He was the timer for the race!

I definitely think he (and the popsicle stick hander-outers) had the hardest job keeping track of all the different finishers.

After I finished, I did manage to get some good shots of some other finishers, though:

Simone White

Joe Loschiavo

Papa Pea

Nori Becker chasing down daughter Makena (who did the entire course)!

Marissa Bryant-Manago also did the full course and finished strong!

Mahalo as always to Peaman and his crew of volunteers who helped make yesterday's event a great post-Thanksgiving workout!

No races are coming up on the Big Island in the next couple of weeks, with the next race being the 6th Annual Jingle Bell Beach Run 5k on December 19. However, the Honolulu Marathon is coming fast on December 12, so good luck to everyone running that. Enjoy your taper!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

2010 Wobble Gobble Results

Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in the 6th Annual Wobble Gobble Run/Walk. We had about 225 finishers and filled up my truck with donations for the food bank! The results from this morning are available here as a pdf and here as an Excel file. Congratulations to all on starting your Thanksgiving off in a fun, healthy way. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Miracle Mile Results

Results from this morning's Miracle Mile race are now available on our website. We are hurriedly heading over to Maui for a few days for a family wedding, but will post a more detailed recap when we get back to Big Island. It was a great race, and there were some really fast times (especially considering the short, steep hill that pops up about 2/3 of the way in). We would like to send out special congratulations to Justin Butler and Kerry Hull, our overall champions. We would also like to send out many mahalos to everyone who helped make this a great event and a successful fundraiser for Kona's Team in Training chapter.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Queen K Tri Club Training Runs

Yesterday morning, Queen K Tri Club hosted an assisted training run for people who are training for the Honolulu Marathon - or just for those who'd like to get in a run with some water stops! The event offered three distances - 10K, 20K and 30K (or 6.2 miles, 12.4 miles and 18.6 miles for those of us who are metrically challenged!). The runs started out at Old Airport and ran down Alii Drive.

Big Island Running Company hosted an aid station at the 5k point, so we got to see everyone in the race at least once and some three times. Those doing the 10k turned around at our aid station and headed back to the finish. The 20k'ers continued on to another aid station further down Alii Drive at the 10k point before turning around and running back past us to the Old Airport finish. The 30k participants ran out to the 10k point, ran back to our aid station at now-15k before turning around and running back to the 10k turnaround and back in to the finish.

Since we were busy with the aid station, it was hard to get too many photos. I did manage to get one shot of Jason after he turned around at 15k and one of Ellis Andrews on his way back to the finish (below). However, the Queen K Tri Club has some great shots on their website here. Special thanks to Michelle Whitford and Megan Livingston for helping with the aid station! They came out and spent their Sunday morning in the hot sun helping me pass out water and HEED to the runners. And it was a pretty hot morning, so the runners definitely needed all the hydration they could get.

Queen K Tri Club has also posted the results of the runs here. Lots of the familiar names from the local running scene were out there, including Bree Wee who is preparing for Ironman Cozumel and several others prepping for the Honolulu Marathon. Congratulations to all the runners!

Don't forget to sign up this week for the Miracle Mile on Saturday! A 1-mile run down Alii Drive in front of the Kona Coffee Parade, starting at 9:15. It's $10 to register through Friday and $15 on Saturday morning. We hope to see you out there!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kona Coffee Miracle Mile

Come join us on Saturday, November 13 at 9:15 a.m. as we host the Kona Coffee Miracle Mile. The Miracle Mile is a 1-mile run down Alii Drive from Coconut Grove Marketplace, ending on Kuakini Highway in front of West Hawaii Today. The run precedes the Kamehameha Schools Kona Coffee Grand Parade, so the entire run course/parade route will be closed to traffic. And hopefully there will be lots of spectators to cheer everyone on!

Cost of the event is $10 through November 12 and $15 on race day. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Team in Training in their efforts to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Awards will be given to the top three male and females overall and the top three male and female finishers in 10-year age groups.

Additional information on the race and registration/packet pick-up can be found here. You can also email or call 808-327-9333 for more information.