On Sunday, the 44th running of the Honolulu Marathon took place in Hawaii. This year about 29,000 runners participated in the race, including another 1,330 in the Kalakaua Merrie Mile on Saturday. As usual, the marathon began at 5 a.m., when it was still dark enough for a firework display to kick off the first wave of runners. As the sun rose, runners made their way along the coastline from the start in Honolulu downtown, past Ala Moana, then Diamond Head, and finally looped back to the finish at the famous tourist destination of Waikiki Beach.
The winner of Sunday’s race, Lawrence Cherono of Kenya, not only claimed first place, but also broke the course record in 2:09:39. The women’s race saw a victory by another Kenyan, Brigid Kosgei, who crossed the finish line in 2:31:11.
With high humidity, yet slightly cooler temperatures than normal, runners were able to enjoy another fast and fun marathon in paradise.
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