HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -With fireworks exploding above the IBM building at Ward Village in Kakaako, the 2019 Honolulu Marathon started with a bang.
Upwards of 20,00 runners hit the pavement for a 26.2 mile run in paradise that started at 5 a.m. Sunday. Another 5,000 participated in the 10K.
In the men’s race, Titus Ekiru took first place with an unofficial finish time of 2 hours, 7 minutes and 59 seconds — a new course record.
The Kenya native is no stranger to winning the Honolulu Marathon. Last year, he took first place with a time of 2 hours, and 9 minutes, which set a course record at the time.
He won $50,000 in prize money and time bonuses.
In the women’s division, Margaret Wangari of Kenya was first to cross the finish line in 2 hours, 31 minutes and 11 seconds.
The first local runner to cross the finish line was Humberto Baeza with a time of 2 hours, 36 minutes and 26 seconds. Following closely behind him was Matt Holton with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 42 minutes and 36 seconds.
The Honolulu Marathon attracts thousands from around the world each year. Runners began the marathon at Ala Moana Beach Park, wrapped around Downtown Honolulu, into Waikiki and out to Maunalua Bay. Heading back, they took the scenic route around Diamond Head and ended at Kapiolani Park.
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