Divas & Dudes run a success

  • Photo courtesy of Jim Benkert

    The team that consisted of James Lloyd, Jim Benkert Edmon Battulayan, and Drew Stenovich celebrate after they captured the 72-mile Divas & Dudes run from Princeville all the way to Kekaha Saturday afternoon.

  • Photo courtesy of Jim Benkert

    Bethanne Karpanski Wright, Mary, and Gilles Cote pose in Kekaha after completing the Divas & Dude 72-mile run starting from Princeville, and ending in Kekaha.

Runner James Lloyd has had to make multiple adjustments to fuel his competitive fire since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lloyd, who was a member of the running team that captured the Kaua’i Divas &Dudes 72-mile run throughout the island Saturday afternoon, has had to create his fun with running with less organized competitive events being held.

The team that placed first featured Lloyd, Jim Benkert and Drew Stenovich, who won the 72-mile run recording a time of 1 hour, 48 minutes, with a 9 minute, 7-second separation from the second-place team.

The first-place female group included Lisa Ledesma, Theresa Lewis, Nancy Acorace Pappas, Heather Brody, Jennifer Graessle Poepoe, Tracy Capman, and Leigh Feutz, who clocked in with a time of 10:30 seconds.

The event, which was organized by Ledesma and Clifford Mission, celebrated its third year of existence.

“For this run specifically, we had different legs with different characteristics,” Lloyd said. “Some had hills and traffic areas. We had to work with our team to check in with another to see how everyone is feeling, and how everyone was dealing with (the running) they had left.”

According to the group’s website, Kaua’i Divas &Dudes is a group of athletes and aspiring athletes of all levels committed to championing, encouraging and motivating each other through friendships and adventures here on the beautiful island of Kaua‘i.

The organization posts group swims, runs, bikes, hikes, get-togethers, on-island and off-island races, and mainland and international races, from 5K to 140.6 miles in running events, swimming and triathlons.


Jason Blasco, reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or jblasco@thegardenisland.com

  1. Kealoha Mu November 17, 2020 7:28 am Reply

    I believe the winning time posted for event are incorrect. It takes a male Olympic marathon runner to cover their 26.2 miles over 2 hours to complete. The articles list the winners 72 mile trek at 1 hour 48 minutes…

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