of 167 finish
24-year-old University of Hawaii medical student, Duncan Macdonald,
took time out from studying to win the first annual Honolulu
(Hawaii) * 2:27:34
(Hawaii) * 3:25:31
was one of 167 runners - ranging from 8 to 58 years of age
- who got up before dawn to compete in the grueling 26-mile,
385-yard race that will become an annual event with the
hopes of someday rivaling the famed Boston Marathon. And
sooner or later, 151 of them finished it.
a former Kailua High and Stanford University distance runner,
crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 34.8 seconds,
just breaking the State marathon record of 2:27:47 set in
1963 by Harold Cole. It was a decisive victory - runner-up
Winfield Stanforth of the Army finished approximately a
mile behind him in 2:34:26.
world age group record was set for 9-year-olds when Daven
Chun finished the race in 3:19:01 breaking the old mark
by nine minutes.
is one of the seven Chun members (they call themselves the
"Hunky Bunch") to start and finish the race - and all under
four hours. June Chun, 14, won the women's division and
placed 47th overall at 3:25:31.
each runner crossed the finish line, the crowd responded
with a round of applause. Everybody was cheered equally
from winner Macdonald to 8-year-old Kris Hilbe, to the last
finisher who was one of five cardiovascular patients, victims
of past heart attacks who began running to build up their
health and hearts.
course, meticulously measured off earlier in the week, began
at the Aloha Tower, curved around Diamond Head, snaked out
to Hawaii Kai as far as Lunalilo Home Road and then doubled
back toward downtown with the finish line at Kalakaua and
the runners interviewed had nothing but praise for the organization
of the race. Police escorts were around to prevent cars
from hitting the runners and dogs from biting anybody. Water
and sponges were available at every one of the nine comfort
from the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
Monday, December 17, 1973)
1st Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 16, 1973.