Honolulu Marathon second largest in U.S.
Bright and early Sunday morning, fireworks started the 40th running of the Honolulu Marathon that began on Ala Moana Boulevard.
Nearly 32,000 people registered for the race. A total of 25,719 entrants picked up their race packets.
There was an elite field of runners on the men's side because of the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy in October, since the New York City Marathon was cancelled.
That set the stage for Kenyan and Olympic Bronze Medalist Wilson Kipsang to compete here in Hawaii. He ran away from the field to take top honors in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 31 seconds -- a little over a minute from the course record.
For the women, Russia's Valentina Galimova crossed the finish line first in 2 hours, 31 minutes and 23 seconds. She said after the race this was by far the most difficult of the few marathons she has run in.
The top local finisher was Kailua's Tyler Hubbard with a time of 2 hours, 52 minutes and 7 seconds -- just four seconds ahead of Honolulu's David Easa.
The Honolulu Marathon came to an official close 14 hours, 42 minutes and 14 seconds after it started Sunday when a 56-year-old athletics coaching volunteer and a 19-year-old mute special needs woman from Nagano, Japan, crossed the finish line at Kapiolani Park.
The young woman, Mami Takeuchi, was offically chip timed in 14:21:28 and, Takayuki Sakata, who said he coaches Takeuchi, clocked in at 14:21:41. She was the 24,166th finisher and he was the 24,167th.
The Honolulu Marathon will be the 2nd largest marathon of 2012 in America behind the Chicago Marathon, based on its finishing total.
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