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Kauai Marathon

It was scenic but also warm and humid, with the result that a Masters runner was the men’s winner and two women finished second and third overall in the Kauai Marathon, Koloa, Hawaii, Sun., Sept. 6.

Allister Knox, 41, of Kihei, Hawaii ran 2:51:45 to win the men’s race by more than half an hour!

Tim Price, 25, of Bluffton, S.C., was second in 3:23:20 and Derrick Ledesma, 36, of Koloa third in 3:24:52.

Sabina Piras, 26, of San Diego, Calif., ran 3:06:36 to win the women’s race and finish second overall.

Nicole Chyr, 37, of Englewood, Colo., finished second in the women’s race and third overall as she ran 3:10:00.

Third place in the women's race went to Brooke Sugahara, 40, of Kapaa, Hawaii, who clocked 3:29:07.


The courses are USATF and AIMS certified. The 2011 Kauai Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay were a resounding success with multiple course records broken, the largest field boasted in race history and an abundance of aloha spread throughout the day. The performance of the morning came in the marathon from Tyler McCandless, 24, of Boulder, Colorado running 2:23:21 on an extremely challenging course in temperate conditions. He crushed the course record and won the Kauai Marathon Speed Challenge of a Sub-­2:30. Trailed closely by 2010 winner, Michael Wardian, 37, of Arlington, Virginia who finished in 2:26:19. Both Americans eclipsed the elusive Sub-­2:30 mark each earning a share of $15,000.

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 2:51:45 Allister Knox 41 Kihei, HI
2nd Male Finisher 3:23:20 Tim Price 25 Bluffton, SC
3rd Male Finisher 3:24:52 Derrick Ledesma 36 Koloa, HI
4th Male Finisher 3:25:04 Renato Desouza 43 Lihue, HI
5th Male Finisher 3:25:22 Yuto Shirakawa 26 Japan
6th Male Finisher 3:26:05 Tomohiro Nosaka 46 Japan
7th Male Finisher 3:31:50 Sal Salmi 60 Kailua Kona, HI
8th Male Finisher 3:38:11 Jason Florimonte 41 Kaneohe, HI
9th Male Finisher 3:39:27 Tom Burchell 47 Oakdale, CA
10th Male Finisher 3:40:08 Edward Drielak 27 Honolulu, HI
Overall Female Winner 3:06:36 Sabina Piras 26 San Diego, CA
2nd Female Finisher 3:10:00 Nicole Chyr 37 Englewood, CO
3rd Female Finisher 3:29:07 Brooke Sugahara 40 Kapaa, HI
4th Female Finisher 3:37:06 Sarah Kemp 32 Sauk Rapids, MN
5th Female Finisher 3:49:05 Varinka Barbini Ensminger 34 Lexington, KY
6th Female Finisher 3:50:27 Mieko Takaku 38 Honolulu, HI
7th Female Finisher 3:57:43 IzumiI Mizuno 49 Japan
8th Female Finisher 4:02:11 Ashley McKenney 32 Kihei, HI
9th Female Finisher 4:07:40 Christina Torres 27 Honolulu, HI
10th Female Finisher 4:07:45 Anna Gall 47 Woodinville, WA

2015 Age-Group Winning Times · 2015 Results · 2014 Results · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 2:51:45 Allister Knox Kihei, HI 41 75.15
2nd Men 40-49 3:25:04 Renato Desouza Lihue, HI 43 64.00
3rd Men 40-49 3:26:05 Tomohiro Nosaka Japan 46 65.33
1st Men 50-59 3:51:13 Robin Pendleton Rutherfordton, NC 53 61.98
2nd Men 50-59 4:21:46 Andrew Burgess Australia 50 53.28
3rd Men 50-59 4:23:56 Johnny Landeza Aiea, HI 52 53.80
1st Men 60-69 3:31:50 Sal Salmi Kailua Kona, HI 60 72.31
2nd Men 60-69 3:53:15 Bill Rahn North Little Rock, AR 63 67.66
3rd Men 60-69 4:14:04 Masaharu Tominaga Japan 63 62.12
1st Men 70+ 5:19:51 Shigetaka Shimomura Japan 74 55.87
2nd Men 70+ 6:00:00 Akira Jindai Japan 72 48.29
1st Women 40-49 3:29:07 Brooke Sugahara Kapaa, HI 40 68.22
2nd Women 40-49 3:57:43 Izumi Miziuno Japan 49 66.79
3rd Women 40-49 4:07:45 Anna Gall Woodinville, WA 47 62.49
1st Women 50-59 4:18:25 Elaine Mah San Francisco, CA 53 64.75
2nd Women 50-59 5:14:24 Marie Zornes Gig Harbor, WA 51 51.82
3rd Women 50-59 5:21:59 Susan Irby San Juan Capistrano, CA 50 49.95
1st Women 60-69 4:08:51 SAYOKO TAKADA Japan 62 76.51
2nd Women 60-69 4:57:56 Mayumi Degura Japan 64 65.93
3rd Women 60-69 6:12:38 Etsuko Nosaka Japan 62 51.10
1st Women 70+ 4:56:02 Gunhild Swanson Spokane, WA 71 74.61

Course Description

The 4th Annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon begin in Poipu, the world-class resort community at the sunny southern end of the island and run the first 11 miles together. The courses follow the contour of the scenic coastline, offering magnificent views of the island\'s picturesque beaches, rugged volcanic peaks, and green tropical rain forests. As dawn breaks, runners will experience lush green vistas as they approach the shade of the century old Tunnel of Trees. The course then winds through misty Omao where the half marathon enters Kukuiula Resort offering spectacular ocean views for the last few miles. The full marathon heads out to Lawai before climbing to reveal stunning ocean views at the top of Kalaheo. The remaining miles are a gradual descent until runners receive a rousing island welcome upon their return to Poipu Beach.

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At A Glance
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LocationKoloa, Hawaii
Race DistanceMarathon
Race Date 2016January 1, 2016
  Race Date 2015  September 6, 2015
  Race Date 2014  August 31, 2014
  Race Date 2013  September 1, 2013
  Race Date 2012  September 2, 2012
  Race Date 2011  September 4, 2011
Course Record Men2:23:21 (2011)
Course Record Women2:46:04 (2012)
Years Running7
2015 Total Finishers256
Age Group Awards5 Year
Entry Fee180.00
Race ResultsLink to Results
Advance RegistrationOnline Registration
USATF Certified

Best Road Races Course Rating: Tough

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Recommended by: michael wardian
"I really like this marathon. And it's not just because I finished second overall in 2011. It's just a great race and who can resist Hawaii?"

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