rush to this judgment
was one of the slowest Honolulu Marathons ever run, but
it also might have been the most exciting. For the first
time in the 19-year history of this race, as many as five
runners were in contention with less than three miles to
a little less than 2 miles remaining in the 26.2-mile event,
Benson Masya, a 21-year-old postal clerk from Kenya, broke
away from Steve Jones, a former world record holder in the
marathon, and went on to break the finishing tape at Kapiolani
Park in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 24 seconds.
was Masya's first marathon.
champion Simon Robert Naali, 26, of Tanzania, overtook Jones
with about a quarter-mile to go to finish second, 19 seconds
behind Masya. Jones, 35, of Wales, was third, another two
felt very easy to me," Masya said. "The slower it went,
the more confident I became. With two miles to go, I felt
the time had come to start running hard. I felt very confident
by that time that I could win."
many of the elite runners complained about the humid conditions,
Masya said the weather didn't bother him. "It is much like
Kenya," he said. "I'm used to conditions like this."
Lemettinen of Finland, 31, was an equally surprising winner
in the women's race, finishing 30th overall in 2:40:11.
Race favorite Tuija Toivenen, also of Finland, dropped out
at around 10 miles.
estimated 14,000 of the 14,603 who signed up for the race
lined up for the 5:30 a.m. start near Aloha Tower. It was
the largest field in the history of the race.
from the Honolulu Advertiser, Monday, December 16, 1991)
19th Annual Honolulu Marathon was held
Sunday, December 15, 1991.