|Prepping the timing machine|
|Walking to the start|
The start is about as fast as you can get with approximately the first 1/2 mile all being downhill. Chico Barrios took off like a bullet and led the race for about a mile, when Jason finally chased him down. After coming off Walua Road, we turned left onto Alii Drive and ran to Alii Lani and back. For those unfamiliar with the route, we definitely hit several hills in there. And, of course, we had to make up for that initial downhill start, since the last 1/2 mile of the race was all uphill.
Even with all the hills, it was great to run a different route from the normal Alii Drive jaunt. Great volunteers helped keep us safe crossing the Lunapule intersection twice and kept us hydrated with an aid station that you hit twice at mile 1 and 2.
Post-race refreshments were held back at M2 Fitness with ice cream! Allison brought popsicles, fudgesicles and ice cream sandwiches, which were a great relief after the hot run. And for some reason the water brought by Jay Plasman seemed extra tasty and cold this week.
Race results are available here. Jason took first overall in 19:25, followed by Brooke Myers in a fast 20:43. Alex Yosi was the next male in 21:05 and Jenny White was the second female in 21:25. A total of 85 participants completed the race.
Jason also won a comped entry to the Cinco de Mayo swim, which he graciously passed over to me. For those of you who are waiting for it, Cinco de Mayo swim will not be Jason's swimming debut. However, we will be making our Team Mango triathlon debut with a relay at this weekend's Captain Cook Challenge. The race starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 29 at Kealakekua Bay with a 1-mile ocean swim, followed by a 2.5 mile trail run/hike from the bay to the top of the Captain Cook monument. From there it's a 32-mile hilly bike through Captain Cook, followed by another run - this time 4 miles on the beach road between Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau. This race promises to be tough, but as always, a fun and beautiful event.