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: (http://www.jtltiming.com/results/h2v.html)