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Documents show Fasi initiated Honolulu Marathon

Duncan McDonald winning the 1973 Honolulu Marathon Duncan McDonald winning the 1973 Honolulu Marathon
Jim Barahal Jim Barahal
Frank Fasi, center Frank Fasi, center

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Documents hidden away for decades in the offices of the Honolulu Marathon indicate former Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi is the founding father of the race.

The first Honolulu Marathon was run in December, 1973.  Only 167 people entered the event.

Kailua resident Duncan MacDonald, who later ran in the olympics, was the first to finish the inaugural marathon, but recently found documents suggest Fasi is the man who got the race started.

 "A few months ago we were going through the Honolulu Marathon offices clearing out a lot of stuff, and we came upon a folder that was buried under a lot of other folders.  What it contained is in essence the birth certificate of the Honolulu Marathon," Honolulu Marathon president Jim Barahal told Hawaii News Now.

In that "birth certificate," dated September 7, 1973 Fasi wrote, "Having been born and raised in New England, I have long been impressed  by the magnitude and success of the famous run in Boston.  It seems to me that Honolulu could well host such an event, considering local interest and our location in the Pacific area."

"He never specifically told me that he was the founder, but you could tell that he took a great deal of pride and wanted to make sure that the city did everything it could to keep it successful.  I think he was being very modest and humble on this as to the fact that he actually created the event," Barahal said.

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