34th Annual Honolulu Marathon

At 5AM on Sunday, December 10, 2006, the 34th Annual Honolulu Marathon got under way with close to 30,000 registered participants. One of them was yours truly, the second go at conquering the 26.2 mile behemoth.

The male winner for 2006, with a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 41 seconds, was Ethiopia’s Ambesse Tolossa, who beat out favorite Jimmy Muindi from Kenya, the winner for the last three years. Russia’s Lyubov Denisova, with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 19 seconds, won the women’s event, continuing the country’s recent dominance of the event.

Unfortunately, the day was met with tragedy when Jonah Pak, a 55 year old volunteer, fell ill and then later died.

Below are some scenes – from my view – from the entire day’s event… Enjoy!

34th Annual Honolulu Marathon

P.S. I’m Famous! Check out this edited video from the Honolulu Advertiser that shows me just a few steps behind the African runners (at the beginning of the race at least! ;P ): http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/video/121106marathon.mov

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