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Day two of the Kaua‘i Marathon

LIHU‘E — Two more Kaua‘i finishers crossed the line, Wednesday as the virtual Kaua‘i Marathon, renamed Stride for Kaua‘i, continued its virtual run.

Cua Daimacio of Kalaheo crossed the Half Marathon in fourth place overall in the Virtual Kama‘aina category with a 2 hour, 48 minutes, and 5 seconds run for a 12.50 pace. She was joined by Marie Joy Mikai of Kilauea who finished the 13-mile virtual course at 2:52.00 for a 13.08 pace.

Jono Perea of Kailua, Kona was the third runner to cross the Half Marathon stripe, Wednesday, logging a 2:51:32 finish.

Sally Cravens remains the sole finisher in the Virtual kama‘aina Full Marathon course.

In the Virtual Full category, Sonia Ho of Oakdale, California took the lead finishing position with a 3:31:28 finish of the virtual 26-mile course. She was followed nine minutes later by Jeff Beaudoin of York, Maine who clocked a 3:40:25 over the 26-mile course. Katie Leigh of Jefferson City, Missouri filled in the third spot with a 5:58:30 run.

As of lunchtime, the Virtual Half Marathon numbers swelled to 12 finishers from Tuesday’s seven runners on the 13-mile course. Wednesday finishers included Marianne Hesseltine (3:15:00) of Powell, Ohio, Donna Hatter (3:21:14) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Larry Hatter (3:21:15) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Scott Madalene (3:51:56) of Colleyville, Texas, and Vicki Hadley (5:18:00) of Silvana, Washington.

Originally scheduled to run on Sept. 6, the Kaua‘i Marathon and Half Marathon was switched to a virtual event following the restrictions emerging from the COVID-19 health crisis. According to Robin Jumper of the Kaua‘i Marathon, there are more than 950 participants who agreed to run the virtual events that must have their completed times uploaded by end of Sunday.

Runners need to complete their runs on a single day at a course of their choosing.

The 8th Annual Kaua‘i Marathon Keiki Run presented by Wilcox Health has also switched to a virtual event with keiki, restricted to Kaua‘i residents only, registered by Aug. 17, being able to run their events between Sept. 1 through 6.

The distance recommendations for the 2-4 Year Olds include a Toddler Trot 100yard run, for the 5-7 Year Olds, a quarter-mile run, and for the 8-12 Year Olds, a half-mile run.

Participants are able to run at their favorite park, playground, or even in their backyard. Or, the Kaua‘i Marathon leadership suggests, “set up a course on the grassy greenbelt next to the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa where they can pretend to race the big fast chicken.”

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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