(Wash.) * 2:17:05
(Mass.) * 2:43:10
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Lyons busted across the finish line and moments later fell
into the arms of her mother Freda, who swept her up with
kisses, wild shouts and cheers.
did it," yelled the sweat-soaked, 25-year-old Massachusetts
Lyons was the first woman to cross the Kapiolani Park finish
line in the sixth annual Honolulu Marathon, setting a record
for women at 2 hours, 43 minutes, 9 seconds - shaving 95
seconds off last year's time. There was a field of about
1,500 women in the more than 7,000-person race. It was the
second-largest marathon in history and the largest number
of women ever assembled for a long-distance race.
got it," yelled someone in the crowd as the first finisher,
tall, lanky Don Kardong of Spokane, Wash., flashed across
the finish line in another record-setting time. Following
a personal mandate that he "never look back," Kardong finished
in two hours, 17 minutes and four seconds, a time that was
a full minute ahead of Atlanta's Benji Durden and eclipsed
by 20 seconds the Honolulu Marathon record set by New Zealand's
Jack Foster in 1975.
was not surprising. If ever there was a day for breaking
records, Marathon Sunday 1978 was it. The 6 a.m. start,
moved back a half hour from last year, lessened the chances
of heat prostration. And then the sun failed to show, kept
at bay by overcast skies, while a brisk wind kicked up early
on and prevailed throughout.
from the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
Monday, December 11, 1978)
6th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 10, 1978.