Marathon certificate marks official end to race

Published On: Dec 10 2012 06:47:48 PM HST

The 26-mile Honolulu Marathon finished on Sunday, but finishers are still celebrating.  The 40th annual race attracted more than 25,000 entrants and many headed back to Waikiki on Monday.

The certificate tent at Kapiolani park was buzzing with energy as all of the finishers made their race official.  They were tired, but still laughing and smiling and basking in the unmistakeable feel of accomplishment.

"I had very fun race and I did best," said Yukio Hata.

"I finished, so that's all that counts," said Jacqueline Blodgett.

"Pain, but race is exciting," said Miho Ikeda.

Top women's finisher Valentina Galimova crossed the finish line at 2 hours, 31 minutes and 23 seconds.  She was feeling all of those 26-plus miles on Monday.

"Today, it's a little pain in my legs," said Galimova.  "But, I had some swimming in the morning and they became better."

Fans lined up to take pictures with Galimova and top finisher Wilson Kipsang.  Both have their eyes set on the 2016 Olympic Games.

"It was very nice to compete here," said Kipsang.  "Besides the fact that it was a little gloomy, a little windy, I had a nice race."

The long running race is known around the world.  It has more runners than the Boston Marathon now, and a $100 million local impact!

"We had nearly 20,000 Japanese participants.  They come with other people.  So, the economic impact is indisputable.  It's huge," said Honolulu Marathon President Jim Barahal.


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