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Kauai Marathon

It doesn’t happen very often, but it did at the Kauai Marathon in Hawaii, Sun., Aug. 31, where Nicole Chryr, 35, of Englewood, Colo., not only was the women’s winner in 3:00:24, but she also finished first overall!

The winner of the men’s race, Goya Hidemasa of Japan, was clocked in 3:01:30.

Chryr, who’s a Colorado native, dominated the women’s race all the way on this extremely challenging though scenic course, finishing almost half an hour ahead of the second-place finisher, Kaitlin Borror, Long Island City, N.Y., who ran 3:31:14

The third-place finisher was Amanda Kavingian, Arlington, Mass., who was clocked in 3:33:49.

After the race, Chryr said, “The Kauai Marathon is no joke of a race (it’s tough), but one of my favorites! Not just because it’s in Hawaii, but because of the tremendous support you receive along the entire course. Congratulations to every runner who raced today, and thank you to all the volunteers and staff who cheer us on and make this a great event.”

Nicole Chryr didn’t start running until she was in college, has a six-year-old son, works a full-time job, and still has time to train and excel as a runner. And she did something in the Kauai Marathon that most women runners (even the very best ones) rarely get a chance to do – finish first overall!

After the men’s winner Goya Hidemasa of Japan finished the men’s race in 3:01:30 on Sunday, he was followed to the line in fairly short order by Bobby Niska of Wheaton, Ill., who was second in 3:04:29, and Hiroyuki Makino of Japan, who crossed the finish line third in 3:08:30.

Tyler McCandless, 27, of Boulder, Colo., had won the Kauai Marathon the last three years, running 2:23:21 in 2011, 2:23:53 in 2012 and 2:21:33 in 2013. This year he opted to run the Kauai Half-Marathon and, as might have been expected, he obliterated the course record – no surprise there – by running 1:07:17.

Afterwards the Ph.D. doctoral candidate in meteorology said, “It was an honor to win the Kauai Half-Marathon this year and although I did not achieve my goal of breaking 1:05, I put every ounce of energy I had out on the course.”

Finishing second to Tyler in the half-marathon was Rich Hanna, Sacramento, Calif., who ran 1:16:49 to crush the 50-54 age-group course record.  J.T. Service of Santa Cruz, Calif., was third in 1:23:25. He won the inaugural Kauai Marathon in 2009.

The women’s winner in the Kauai Half-Marathon was Lauren Tippets, 29, of Los Altos, Calif., who ran 1:26:53. Sarah Vitug of Los Angles, Calif., finished second in 1:33:17, and Brooke Sugahara, who’s from Kauai, was third in 1:35:59.



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.

2014 Race Winners · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 3:01:31 Hidemasa Goya 27 Honolulu, HI
2nd Male Finisher 3:04:30 Bobby Niska 21 Wheaton, IL
3rd Male Finisher 3:08:31 Hiroyuki Makino 45 Japan
4th Male Finisher 3:10:22 Derrick Ledesma 35 Koloa, HI
5th Male Finisher 3:14:41 Jason Florimonte 40 Kaneohe, HI
6th Male Finisher 03:15:20 Randell Hansen 35 Rancho Cordova, CA
7th Male Finisher 3:16:06 Daniel Wagner 31 Honolulu, HI
8th Male Finisher 3:18:45 Adam Novak 31 Waipahu, HI
9th Male Finisher 3:31:00 James Brennan 35 Carmel, IN
10th Male Finisher 3:31:32 Linus Candelaria 35 Honolulu, HI
Overall Female Winner 3:00:25 Nicole Chyr 36 Englewood, CO
2nd Female Finisher 3:31:15 Kaitlin Borror 32 Long Island City, NY
3rd Female Finisher 3:33:50 Amanda Kavigian 32 Arlington, VA
4th Female Finisher 3:53:18 Masako Tani 51 Japan
5th Female Finisher 3:53:38 Kristin Stehly 37 Escondido, CA
6th Female Finisher 3:57:38 Chieko Yamazaki 56 Japan
7th Female Finisher 3:58:45 Meghan Ryan 32 New York, NY
8th Female Finisher 3:59:03 Jesica Davanza 32 Atlanta, GA
9th Female Finisher 4:01:05 Jennie Buley 24 Seattle, WA
10th Female Finisher 4:02:45 Becca Pizzi 34 Belmont, WA

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

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 3:08:31 Hiroyuki Makino Japan 45 70.81
2nd Men 40-49 3:14:41 Jason Florimonte Kaneohe, HI 40 65.75
3rd Men 40-49 3:33:03 John Draper Remsen, NY 45 62.65
1st Men 50-59 3:33:15 Mitsushi Nomura Japan 53 67.20
2nd Men 50-59 3:49:07 Dean Karnazes Greenbrae, CA 52 61.98
3rd Men 50-59 3:50:27 William Reeves Mechanicsburg, PA 50 60.52
1st Men 60-69 3:58:53 Mitsuo Takagi Japan 62 65.41
2nd Men 60-69 4:10:11 Roger Heacock Rapid City, SD 62 62.45
3rd Men 60-69 4:20:24 Parviz Saedinia Fontana, CA 62 60.00
1st Men 70+ 5:51:15 Ken Best Kailua, HI 71 48.91
1st Women 40-49 4:08:49 Noriko Miyakawa Valley Village, CA 42 58.57
2nd Women 40-49 4:11:03 Barbara Everett Canada 46 60.91
3rd Women 40-49 4:13:01 Cathy McDonough Olympia, WA 45 59.70
1st Women 50-59 3:53:18 Masako Tani Japan 51 69.84
2nd Women 50-59 3:57:38 Chieko Yamazaki Japan 56 73.38
3rd Women 50-59 4:08:42 Shelly Cooper Honolulu, HI 58 72.14
1st Women 60-69 5:14:42 Nancy Bennett Fredericksburg, TX 63 61.44
2nd Women 60-69 5:59:18 Sue Colgan-Borror Pound Ridge, NY 61 52.19
3rd Women 60-69 7:25:23 Eva Sanmartini Montrose, MI 60 41.48

Prize Money Breakdown

Prize Money Awards (Men & Women Combined) Amount
Open Prize Money$15,000
Total Prize Money$15,000

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 2015September 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 Running5
2014 Total Finishers321
Total Prize Money$15,000
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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