Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kona Half Marathon
Kona, Hawaii
Sunday, June 25, 2017

On Sunday, June 25, 2017 I race walked the Kona Half Marathon in Kona, Hawaii.  It was a nice day for the event as it was sunny, almost windless with the temperature in the 70’s.  The course was on paved roadways in the Hilton Waikoloa Village and the highway by it.  The course had much gradual up and down and was configured as a double out and back utilizing parts that were completely closed to traffic and also had little cross traffic.  Volunteers controlled driveways and police controlled intersections.  Water/Gatorade stations were located approximately every 1.5 miles and were manned by plenty of efficient, friendly volunteers taking care of the needs of the 300 marathoners, 600 half marathoners, 300 5Kers, and 200 quarter marathoners.  The race which is sponsored by Kona Coffee is very well organized and fun to do.  I have done the marathon once and the half marathon twice.  I got to see many of my friends from the 50 States Marathon Club, Marathon Maniacs, and Half Fanatics including Steve and Paula Boone who founded the 50 States Marathon Club and Larry Macon who has finished over 1800 marathons.

Rainbow Falls
Steve Boone, Gerda Kalb, Paula Boone Chester Kalb

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Chester Kalb, Gerda Kalb, Paula Boone, Steve Boone

Before Race

Chester Kalb, Dan Breeding, Brianna Breeding, Gerda Kalb

Larry Macon, Gerda Kalb, Chester Kalb

After Race

Still Out on Marathon Course

Larry Macon, Paula Boone

Stece Boone


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