Record-Breaking Day at the 2016 Hilo-to-Volcano Races

A seemingly endless climb covering 50 kilometers (31miles) of ascending terrain, and an increasing altitude gain that would make one feel breathless, was the route for the 27 ultra-marathoners and 33 relays teams that tackled the hills from Hilo to Volcano on Saturday, January 9.  The Big Island Road Runners Club’s annual event had perfect conditions that resulted in several record-breaking performances.

Ultra-distance runner, Billy Barnett, once again proved his dominance and claimed his third first-place win.  He improved on his own course record with a stellar time of 3:46:41.  Meanwhile, former Waiakea High School harrier, Caitlyn Tateishi a relative novice ultra- runner, displayed the form of a veteran.  Tateishi maintained a consistent pace and claimed first for the women and fourth overall in a time of 4:29.57.  The second women’s finisher, another talented local-runner and former Hilo High standout Noe McMahon, was close on her heels and finished with a time of 4:43.39.

Among the relays, a group of talented high school harriers and a middle school athlete claimed the overall spots in efforts to shatter a record.  Sunrise Athletics’ male and female teams broke records on a day that one would consider as ideal racing conditions. Sunrise Athletics-A, consisted of Louie Ondo, Axl Aricayos, and Adrian Larkspur, posted a time (3:13:02) that was four-minutes faster than the previous record (3:17:39) held by former teammates Ian McQuate, Stephen Hunter, and Aricayos.  Sunrise Athletics -B (Slater Inouye, Shadoe Toske, and Joshua Quero-Ondo) also distanced themselves from the pack to finish strong and earned second overall with a fine time of 3:42:12.

Meanwhile, naming themselves Triple Threat, Sunrise Athletics high school athletes Saya Yabe, Jodi Go, and eighth grader Ella Johnson were surely a trio that was untouchable.   They crossed the finish line in a blistering time of 3:57:31, which broke the previous course record of 3:58:46 set in 2014 by former Hilo High elites Carmen Garson-Shumway, Mehana Sabodo-Halpern, and McMahon.

Other groups with notable performances came from families that ran together.  All epitomized that a family that “runs together, stays together”!  The team, It Runs in the Family, featured Sunrise Athletics siblings Sam and John  Marrack with their parents (Sally & Keith) claiming the top family category.  It’s T-Time, with the Takane family, continued show their strength as a running Ohana by claiming one of the top 3 relay spots in their category.  Finally, not to be overlooked, Sunrise athlete and the youngest among competitors, Isaiah Ishigo anchored in his first family relay team.

Congrats to all runners and mahalo to the race coordinators (Rick & Lee Otani) and supporters for a well-organized and enjoyable race!

Full results may be found at the following website: (

Team participants1st Male Finishers with Eddie O1st Female Finishers relay2nd Team Finishers-MaleHilo High AlumniIsaiah I.


Sunrise Athletics Participates at FootLocker X-Country

     On December 5, Sunrise Athletics members from various schools were chosen to participate in the Foot Locker West Regional X-Country Championships in California. Members Axl Aricayos, Kai Garson-Shumway, Jodi Go, Adrian Larkspur, Slater Inouye, Louie Ondo, Joshua Quero-Ondo, Kaylee Rapoza, and Saya Yabe participated in either the All-West grade level divisions or the seeded races, which featured over 3,000 of the top athletes in the western United States.  All harriers represented the Big Island with fashion as they traversed along the 3.1mile Mt. San Antonio College course that featured three challenging hills comparable to trails that one would find at Volcano National Park.

     UH-Hilo harrier Kaylee Rapoza started the morning in the Open race, clocking in at a great time of 24:30. Adrian Larkspur followed in the All-West Frehman race by bolting out with the competition and fearlessly tackling the switch back hills. Larkspur ended with a personal best time (18:27) for the difficult course, and a 36th place medal out of over 200 participants to rank him among the best in the west freshman. The Junior and Senior 5K races were well represented by Go, Inouye, and Quero-Ondo, with each clocking in at 23:05, 18:47, and 21:07 respectively.

     The seeded race highlighted the cream of the crop harriers that would eventually compete in competitive division I and II collegiate programs, or move on into the professional realm. Ondo the state cross-country runner-up, Aricayos, Garson-Shumway, and Yabe each had that opportunity to compete among that elite group, and posted the following competitive times respectively: 17:04, 18:29, 19:24, and 21:12. Along with other runners across the state, Big Island was well represented! Pre-Banner Team Photo   Posing Under Banner  Best Athletes In the World