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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, February 3, 2006

Honolulu Marathon registration sets mark

 •  For exercise, education take a walk on the unwild side

Advertiser Staff

There were 4,001 people who took advantage of the Honolulu Marathon's early registration, which ended Sunday.

The number of early registrants surpassed the record, set in 1994 when 3,900 signed up. Last year 3,275 registered during the nine-day period.

Only Hawai'i residents and military stationed in Hawai'i were eligible for the $15 early sign-up.

Registration is not being accepted now. The marathon's Web site (www.honolulu marathon.org) is undergoing a redesign, and once it is overhauled, registration forms and the new entry fees will be posted.

There were 3,070 people who walked in to register at Niketown this year compared with 2,639 last year. An additional 677 mailed in their entries and another 254 faxed their forms.

The 2005 Honolulu Marathon was the third largest marathon in America with 24,261 finishers.

There were an additional 5,444 people who participated in the Honolulu Marathon Race Day Walk.



The Nissan Xterra World Championship, an off-road triathlon held annually in Maui, will be the focus of a one-hour CBS broadcast (channel 9, cable 7) Sunday at 7 a.m. Hawai'i time.

The show tracks professional and amateur athletes in their quest for the title.

More than 500 athletes, ranging in age from 18 to 64 and from 24 countries, took part in the challenge that combined a 1-mile ocean swim with a 20-mile mountain bike and 7-mile trail run.

The event was held in October.

The top Hawai'i finisher (out of 76) was Chad Seymour from Honolulu, who placed 28th overall in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 14 seconds. Ingrid Rolles, also from Honolulu, was the top Hawai'i female, placing 13th in 3:32:21.

Wendy Minor of Honolulu won her age group (60-plus) and she also became the oldest woman to do the Hawaiian Airlines Double, finishing the Ironman in 13:50:17 and XTERRA in 5:06:43 for a time of 18:57:00.

Triathlon stars Nicolas LeBrun of France and Melanie McQuaid of Canada won the pro divisions and took home the $25,000 winner's checks.

There were 25 cameras filming the action.

In the main feature, blind athlete Bobby McMullen takes on the grueling course with the help of his guide Mark Shaw.