Honolulu Marathon runner to get national television attention

Published On: Dec 07 2013 11:53:13 AM HST

A contestant on the ABC show "Extreme Weight Loss" will get the chance to meet her goal of running a marathon at this year's Honolulu Marathon.

HONOLULU -

An estimated 30,000 people are expected to take part in Sunday's Honolulu Marathon and one of those runners is catching the eye of Tinseltown.

You may recognize them from the ABC show "Extreme Weight Loss." Heidi and Chris Powell host the show that's been transforming lives through fitness. The shows upcoming season will feature a contestant that wants to conquer a marathon. Kentucky's Sara Murphy will get that chance, right here in Hawaii.

"She is height challenged, she's 4'4" starting off at 246 pounds, so something like running a marathon is nothing that you would ever dream of let alone running a 5k," said Chris Powell.

So far, Sara's reached the mid-point of her year-long trek to a new lifestyle. We can't reveal too many details yet, but the shows hosts say the 39-year-old is getting close to her goals.

"She's so excited, literally I think it was yesterday Chris gave her the option to just run the half marathon and she turned him down again and said I'm doing the full one," said Heidi Powell.

The Honolulu Marathon social media department is launching a new app this year. If you want to track Sara or any other runner, the app will allow you to see where the runners are on the course, just by searching for their name or bib number.

"They can actually create a watch list on the app so they see whenever their friend or family member crosses the 10k mark, the half way mark, the 30k mark, and when they finish," said Fredrik Bjurenvall, the Honolulu Marathons social media director.

The Honolulu Marathon is also offering a service for runners.

"Runners can set-up their Facebook updates to automatically upload or change their status updates as their running through the coarse," said Bjurenvall.

Instructions on how to use that service are on the Honolulu Marathon's Facebook page. You can still signup for the race by going down to the Hawaii Convention Center before 5 p.m. Saturday.

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