Kenyan Ivuti repeats


POSTED: Monday, December 14, 2009

For the second straight year, Patrick Ivuti took charge of the race but then had to soldier on alone to the end.

Ivuti, a corporal in the Kenyan army, seized command of the 37th Honolulu Marathon with a surge on Hawaii Kai Drive yesterday before gritting through a solitary slog to the Kapiolani Park finish line.

Ivuti, 31, successfully defended his men's title in the 26.2-mile event with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 14 seconds, nearly a minute in front of countryman Nicholas Chelimo, who finished in 2:13:10. William Chebon followed in third place (2:14:59) and six-time winner Jimmy Muindi finished fourth (2:17:17), as the Kenyan contingent took the top five places.

After setting a blistering early pace and running off the race “;rabbits”; and his main rivals, Ivuti faltered a bit in the final 8 miles but still managed to record the sixth-fastest time in race history.

With the race-time temperature at a cool 68 degrees and trades barely blowing, the elite Kenyan contingent of eight men shot out at the 5 a.m. start and ripped off a series of sub-5-minute miles.

Led by Ivuti, pace setter Gilbert Chepkwony, William Chebon and Muindi, the lead pack zipped through 6 miles at a 4:37-mile pace and passed the 10K mark in 30:04. The four frontrunners then tossed in 4:46, 4:56 and 4:51 miles up and around Diamond Head, with Muindi and Chelimo trailing by a couple of seconds. The brisk pace was enough to whet the appetite of race officials eager to see Muindi's 5-year-old race record of 2:11:12 fall.





        The last 20 men's winners in the Honolulu Marathon:



2009: Patrick Ivuti, Kenya, 2:12:14

2008: Patrick Ivuti, Kenya, 2:14:35


2007: Jimmy Muindi, Kenya, 2:18:53


2006: Ambesse Tolossa, Ethiopia, 2:13:42


2005: Jimmy Muindi, Kenya, 2:12:00


2004: Jimmy Muindi, Kenya, 2:11:12*


2003: Jimmy Muindi, Kenya, 2:12:59


2002: Mbarak Hussein, Kenya, 2:12:29


2001: Mbarak Hussein, Kenya, 2:15:09


2000: Jimmy Muindi, Kenya, 2:15:19


1999: Jimmy Muindi, Kenya, 2:16:45


1998: Mbarak Hussein, Kenya, 2:14:53


1997: Eric Kimaiyo, Kenya, 2:12:17


1996: Eric Kimaiyo, Kenya, 2:13:23


1995: Josiah Thungwane, South Africa, 2:16:08


1994: Benson Masya, Kenya, 2:15:04


1993: Bong Ju Lee, Korea, 2:13:16


1992: Benson Masya, Kenya, 2:14:19


1991: Benson Masya, Kenya, 2:18:24


1990: Simon Robert Naali, Tanzania, 2:17:29


*—event record


Source: honolulumarathon.org





Muindi and Chelimo rejoined the lead pack and Chebon fell back as the men hit the half-marathon mark at 1:04:20, still well below race-record pace. But like last year, Ivuti decided that he had to take matters into his own hands to ensure victory.

“;At around 22K (13.7 miles), I realized that (the other runners) were not able to push (the pace),”; he said. “;That's the time (Chelimo and I) started to push.”;

Ivuti and Chelimo quickly mounted an attack that took the fight out of Muindi and Chepkwony. Ivuti accelerated as he turned onto the loop entering Hawaii Kai, and the defending champion dropped his last remaining rival along the 16th mile.

“;Patrick made that little move at 25K,”; said David Monti, the editor and publisher of Race Results Weekly who covered the race from the men's pace truck. “;He put the knife in there. The race was in the bag.”;

Ivuti opened up a wide margin on Chelimo as he made his way back along Kalanianaole Highway, but with no one to push him, his pace slowed at around the 17th mile as his early effort began to take its toll.

“;That's when I start to feel my left leg pulling a bit,”; he explained after the race.

By the time he turned off the highway stretch near Waialae Country Club onto Kealaolu Avenue, Ivuti's pace had dropped off to a 5:23 mile, and he glanced over his shoulder a few times to locate Chelimo, 31, who had closed the yawning gap to 61 seconds.

“;My plan was to catch him at 38 kilometers or 40,”; Chelimo said. “;But I feel very tired.”;

The precipitous dropoff in the last third of the race was the price Ivuti had to pay for the punishing early pace.

“;They were so aggressive early on that there was going to be a penalty late in the day,”; said Toni Reavis, who provided commentary for the radio broadcast of the race.

“;It's amazing in the marathon, when the wheels fall off, how quickly it goes,”; observed Monti. “;And the record was gone, poof.”;

Though he labored a little on the arduous climb up Kahala Avenue and Diamond Head, Ivuti had enough left in the tank to hold off Chelimo, clinching the $40,000 first-place prize and notching the third-fastest time on the current course since the race route was adjusted in 1992.

Though he fell short of the race record, Ivuti still earned an additional $6,000 in incentive time bonus money, and a likely invitation to return to Honolulu next December.

“;We're thrilled again to have a repeat champion, and hopefully (Patrick) can come back and go for a three-peat next year,”; said Jim Barahal, Honolulu Marathon Association president.



Name  AgeCountryTime
1Patrick Ivuti31Ken02:12:14
2Nicholas C Kipkorir26Ken02:13:10
3William Chebon26Ken02:14:59
4Jimmy M Muindi36Ken02:17:17
5Gilbert Chepkwony24Ken02:18:48
6Brandon Laan26Usa02:25:41
7Satoshi Kato29Jpn02:26:16
8Samuel M Gichohi26Ken02:27:36
9Joseph N Maregu32Ken02:27:56
10Yasukazu Miyazato30Jpn02:28:34
11Steve Slaby28Usa02:31:23
12Yousuke Itagaki31Jpn02:31:51
13Mitsuru Shinohara42Jpn02:38:26
14Kiyohiro Watanabe22Jpn02:39:30
15Hirokazu Yoshida30Jpn02:39:48
16Patrick Werhane24Usa02:39:54
17Brendon Seipolt42Aus02:41:13
18Takeshi Araki30Jpn02:42:03
19Yuta Tsutsui22Jpn02:44:42
20Paul Noone25Usa02:43:46
21David Easa35Usa02:44:23
22Shimpei Fujita22Jpn02:45:01
23Mark Riggs22Usa02:45:41
24Andrew Taylor30Usa02:46:16
25Takahiro Oue34Usa02:46:25
26Yuichi Inoue29Jpn02:46:38
27John Mozer33Usa02:47:28
28Takaaki Tonosaki35Jpn02:48:11
29Kentaro Uno27Jpn02:48:36
30Marty Muchow44Usa02:48:19
31Yuji Yamanaka38Jpn02:48:26
32Yasuto Kimura42Jpn02:48:25
33Conor Lucas-Roberts27Usa02:48:52
34Masaki Kawanabe42Jpn02:48:41
35Tomoya Kawai22Jpn02:49:25
36Jonathan Lyau45Usa02:49:14
37Tomoyoshi Kosaka19Jpn02:53:42
38Yoshiyuki Shibata39Jpn02:50:13
39Masahiko Nagasaka46Jpn02:50:48
40Graham Moore45Nzl02:51:25
41Kazuya Mukai42Jpn02:51:39
42Yu Kuroiwa32Jpn02:52:43
43Brian Richter40Usa02:53:06
44Takeshi Araki48Jpn02:53:07
45Kazuhiro Nagata19Jpn02:54:06
46Takashi Nabeshima31Jpn02:53:37
47Keita Suzuki25Jpn02:53:59
48Akihiko Futaki50Jpn02:54:16
49Josiah Badger27Usa02:54:18
50Pete Boksanski40Usa02:54:25
51Tomi Halme24Fin02:55:55
52Jun Tashiro39Jpn02:55:03
53Tetsuya Ishiyama32Jpn02:55:10
54Katsutoshi Saijo35Jpn02:55:23
55Jason Hall34Aus02:55:27
56Jamie Armstrong32Can02:55:57
57Chris Taylor50Aus02:56:37
58Takahiro Fukazawa34Jpn02:56:12
59Masanobu Nakazawa48Jpn02:56:44
60Shinji Sato34Jpn02:58:02
61Hideki Hirose41Jpn02:56:55
62Shun Tsuyuki22Jpn02:57:56
63Lyman Perry42Usa02:57:24
64Masao Ishihama48Jpn02:57:53
65Raymond Kuderka25Usa02:58:16
66Christopher Guarino26Usa02:57:43
67Wataru Hashimoto20Jpn02:58:52
68Toru Ishizuka46Jpn03:00:10
69Aaron Wallen38Usa03:01:33
70Kenichi Hongo36Jpn03:02:07
71Karl Honma46Usa03:01:57
72John Mannle41Usa03:03:57
73Toshikazu Saito27Jpn03:02:12
74Masato Ariga21Usa03:02:26
75Herman Rafol48Usa03:02:54
76Kazushige Hiyama55Jpn03:03:13
77Norikazu Endo35Jpn03:04:30
78David Carlsson45Usa03:03:39
79Motohiro Aoki46Jpn03:05:36
80Masahiro Honda25Jpn03:04:31
81Kenji Sakaguchi47Jpn03:04:59
82Paul Hopwood46Usa03:04:16
83Yusuke Tateno26Usa03:05:18
84Tobias Schnirring40Ger03:04:39
85Tero Halme24Fin03:06:12
86Paolo De Carlonis36Ita03:06:27
87Gregory Kugle42Usa03:06:08
88Brian Hsia28Usa03:05:45
89Akira Hoshio62Jpn03:05:29
90Yoshihisa Shimada47Jpn03:05:30
91Michael Georgi57Usa03:05:36
92Robert Plotts34Usa03:05:44
93Megumu Komikado45Jpn03:07:11
94Mark Shorter53Usa03:05:52
95Jun Matsuura40Jpn03:05:58
96Yasuyuki Hana45Jpn03:06:21
97Takio Fukami65Jpn03:06:09
98Katsuo Kobayashi44Jpn03:06:31
99Micheal St Hilaire38Usa03:07:15
100Dan O'Connor24Usa03:07:07