Schabort repeats as wheelchair champion
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By Casey McGuire-Turcotte and Katherine Nichols
Special to The Advertiser
|Krige Schabort finished three minutes faster than last year.
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Krige Schabort won his fifth consecutive Honolulu Marathon wheelchair division race.
The Cedartown, Ga., native, who has made this race an annual vacation for he and his wife, finished in 1 hour, 34 minutes, 27 seconds.
Schabort, 39, beat the rest of the field by more than nine minutes. His time was three minutes faster than last year.
Wakako Tsuchida, 28, from Japan was the first woman wheelchair finisher (1:56:32).
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Shorter takes it easy
Among the notables at yesterday's race was 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter.
He ran the race at "a nice and easy training pace," about 7:20-per mile, and finished in 3 hours, 20 minutes.
Shorter said he is happy to see the return of the Japan runners this year.
"Last year, after 9/11, whether for fear or mourning, they didn't come," Shorter said. "I think their return is symbolic of everyone moving forward together from that tragedy."
View from a champ
Four-time Honolulu Marathon winner (1978-1981) Patti Dillon (formerly Lyons-Catalano) and American record holder in 10-miles, Greg Meyer, were guest radio commentators for the women's race on 107.9 FM. Dillon, who lives in Massachuetts with her family, said this year's race was one of the most exciting she has seen.
"There used to be very few sub-2:30 women marathoners," Dillon said, who was a former world record holder in the half-marathon, 20K, 25K, 30K, and 5 miles. "Now, as you can see, there are a whole lot. Dillon was inducted into the
Honolulu Marathon Hall of Fame on Thursday at the Oahu Country Club.
Marathon by the numbers
Ever wonder what it takes to conduct a world-class marathon? Nearly 3,500 rolls of film, 4,450 rolls of toilet paper, 9,950 volunteers, 465 portable toilets, 310 police officers, 3,750 traffic cones and 63.5 tons of ice were a part of the extensive check list of materials used yesterday.
Hula and ho ho ho!
As usual, the costumes at yesterday's race were entertaining. Besides the usual boys dressed in hula skirts, the Energizer Bunny, several angels, and Spider-Man were among the finishers.
"It makes things more interesting," said one of the dozen Santa Clauses, who asked not to be named. "26.1 miles is a long way to go without entertainment."