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Posted: Sunday, September 4, 2011 11:15 pm

PO‘IPU — The organizers of the Kaua‘i Marathon might want to consider lowering the time needed to win their Speed Challenge.

Tyler McCandless, 24, of Boulder, Colo., smashed the Kaua‘i Marathon course record by over 7 minutes en route to a 2:23:19 finish, well under the 2:30 time needed to cash in on a $15,000 prize.

“I feel really good after this,” McCandless said. “In the last few miles I heard I had about a minute lead. After that, I knew they couldn’t catch me unless I broke down.”

The 2010 Kaua‘i Marathon winner, Michael Wardian, came in second, checking in at 2:26:19. With McCandless and Wardian beating the 2:30 mark, both runners went home with money. McCandless won $8,750 while Wardian was awarded $6,250 for his efforts.

In his winning run last year, Wardian missed his chance at beating the Speed Challenge by a mere 52 seconds.

“This is so much better than last year,” Wardian said with a gasp after the race. “It was a nice cool day. I ran smart and within myself.”

The top Kaua‘i finisher was Mark Bogner of Kaleheo. Bogner finished the 26 miles by clocking in at 3:06:21.

On the women’s side, the finishers didn’t raid the marathon’s pocket books quite like the guys did.

Rumi Otani of Japan paced the women’s race.

Otani finished with a winning time of 3:10:5 followed by 2010 winner Becki Lassley with a time of 3:25:17. Neither came in under the women’s $15,000 Challenge standard of 2:45.

The top female finisher from Kaua‘i was Hanalei’s Mary Castelanelli who finished with a time of 3:36:15, good for fourth place overall.

In the half marathon, South Carolina’s Clark Davis won for the men with a time of 1:19:53.

Lihu‘e’s Jordan Kahawai crossed the line in 9th place with a time of 1:25:24.

“I felt pretty good out there today,” Kahawai said. “I took a pretty easy first two mile then I kicked it up to keep pace with the Army guys.”

The Army guys Kahawai referred to were members of the Army National Guard team that brought over 70 runners to the race.

On the women’s side for the half marathon, Emily Shertzel gave the guys a run for their money, coming in third place overall — first for women — just seconds behind the winning Davis. Shertzel finished with a time of 1:20:09.

The top female finisher in the half marathon from Kaua‘i was Brooke Sugahara who finished with a time of 1:38:37. Sugahara’s time was good enough to place first in the women’s 35-39 age division.

Overall a record-setting 1,723 runners participated in the Kaua‘i Marathon races. Race founder Jeff Sacchini was pleased with how the 3rd annual race completed.

“The community support throughout the course was abundant as a record crowd turned out to support the runners,” Sacchini said. “The participants passed hula dancers, taiko drum troupes, striking mountain views, and each concluded their journey along one of the most beautiful oceanfront finish lines in road racing.”

For complete results go to www.thekauaimarathon.com

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  • AiMoKea posted at 5:04 pm on Thu, Sep 8, 2011.

    AiMoKea Posts: 549

    I live near the marathon route and was locked in too, so to speak, but I personally thought it was pretty cool.

    The south shore was busy in the last couple days leading up to the race and immediately following. The inconvenience was minimal and what I heard and didn't realize before is that you can drive out of your area if you want to and that the police weren't going to completely disallow it. Basically, you could go about your business, barring a few inconveniences, if you are that put off by it all or are that impatient.

  • Kauaieric posted at 11:11 pm on Mon, Sep 5, 2011.

    Kauaieric Posts: 27

    See,I offer an alternative to Kalaheo residential being used and whooo,I am a whiner.
    Realize that the route if used from say Coconut Marketplace(which needs our island support)using the bypass to North Kapaa then hitting the coastal path up to nearly Anahola and then turning back around and making it back to Lidgate and back to Coconut Marketplace would make up the 26 miles,and it would not need as many of our police on overtime,our police wouldn't need to regulate traffic due to its around non residential areas,thus less police needed. And it give Kapaa the business next time around,they can use it too.Yeah,its great our locals run this and enjoy it,but don't make it an every year event same coarse same ole thing.Think smart,make it work for everyone,hey we all paid for the scenic coastal path,why not there?No residents would complain that they had to yield to marathon on the path.
    So if you want it same ole same ole and disagree with me,fine but why not something cheaper to us.

  • Kathmandude posted at 12:36 pm on Mon, Sep 5, 2011.

    Kathmandude Posts: 103

    It wasn't unexpected to see negative commentary about the marathon, after all this is Kauai, island of whiners. The first two posts pretty much exemplify the typical naysayer, who, for whatever reason, is in opposition (always) to ... something ... anything.

    The Kauai marathon comes along once a year and disrupts the lives of a small minority for a few short hours, but gives so much to the rest of us. It benefits Kauai in terms of publicity and tourism, plus it gives a big boost to our economy. So stop your bellyaching. It was a beautiful day for a race and it went off without a hitch. Congratulations to all who had a part in making it successful.

  • WuWeiKauai posted at 12:29 pm on Mon, Sep 5, 2011.

    WuWeiKauai Posts: 33

    I live in Kalaheo as well and have no problems with the marathon. The two whiners might want to exit that massive shell of self-absorption and selfishness. There are literally thousands of other folks (kama'aina, too) that get great joy from the event. Did you happen to notice the massive cheering and community support from Poipu to Kalaheo? Or maybe your TV was just turned up too loud. So you're inconvenienced for 5 hours out of the year. There's signage and publicity islandwide leading up to the race and you can't make arrangements around a measly 5 hours on a Sunday morning?

    The Kauai Marathon is a fantastic event and the participants (from 47 states and 13 countries, I hear) leave this island as ambassadors of everything that makes Kauai special.

    All that said, I would prefer to see some transparent accounting before using tax dollars to subsidize this event again.

  • kealiahana posted at 3:42 am on Mon, Sep 5, 2011.

    kealiahana Posts: 289

    No don't send this to my neighborhood. Take it off the island. Don;t see this as a benefit to the islans in any case. What does a marathonhave anyhtong to do with the culture of the island. This just a hassle

  • Kauaieric posted at 11:55 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    Kauaieric Posts: 27

    Great, now that its over, can we take this marathon to the east side or north shore(Golf coarse would be great). As a resident of Kalaheo I do not enjoy my morning interrupting my driving schedule, and for me its from 7am to 1pm that I have to wait for all of the full marathon runners to pass my area. On a Sunday, I can't go to church and then come home to then go back to work which my shift starts at just past noon. I have dogs and they don't care for this either but no, its me complaining...take this event to the coastal path and the bypass in Kapaa where there is no residential that have to suffer being locked down when we don't like this traffic mess. I just want some peace and quiet and no lame traffic delays but I offer a solution. (btw, put a limit, the 1st marathon had a lady who continued with a sprang ankle or something and we had to wait for her...)
    I am seriously over it!! And council members, please do not give my tax money to this profit event, its our money.


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