Lester going coast to coast


The Queen Kaahumanu Triathlon Club hosted the Terrible Twenties, a training run held at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, last Sunday in Kailua-Kona.

The runners started and finished at the Natural Energy Lab’s beach area, passing an aid station every two miles to help refuel and rehydrate.

The set distances for the training runs were 20 miles and 20 kilometers. Being that it was a training event, many others chose to run different distances that fit into their own running schedules.

Alan Ryan and Lyman Perry rocked the 20 miles and tied for first place, finishing in 2 hours, 28 minutes, 29 seconds.

Keish Doi crossed the finish line in second at 2:32:09, and Keven Lannen claimed third in 3:07:47.

In the 20-kilometer run, Helgi Olafson crossed the finish line first with a time of 1:27:00. Jeremy Withrow placed second (1:36:59), and Margaret Haderle was third (1:46:23).

Three athletes decided to run a little more than 20 kilometers, but not quite 20 miles.

In a 16-mile run, Jason Braswell finished first with a time of 2:11:03, and Sal Salmi was just 3 seconds behind to claim second (2:11:06). John Ferdico took third in 2:17:18.

A few runners ran a 10-kilometer course. James Resor (42:48) finished his run first. Kris Kiser was second (50:52) while Kym and Trystin Kiser tied for third (53:47).

Congratulations to all who participated in the Terrible Twenties training run.

This past Tuesday, I caught up with Jason Lester, an ultra-distance athlete from Kailua-Kona who is running from coast to coast on the mainland. Since May 5, he has run roughly 50 miles a day, beginning his cross-country trek at San Francisco’s city hall with New York’s city hall as the final destination.

Lester is currently running through the state of Nebraska and is approaching a total of 1,900 completed miles. Once he reaches New York, he will have run 3,100 miles. Lester is currently in line to record the sixth-fastest time for a runner traveling across the country on consecutive days.

He has a team assisting him along the way, with one of the members, local triathlete Alika Hoomana, running and cycling alongside him. Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii director John Simmerman caught up with him in Boulder, Colo., and my family and I had the opportunity to talk story and run with him in Colorado near the Nebraska border, bringing a little bit of the aloha spirit and familiar faces to his efforts.

This run is a fundraiser for Waves For Water, an organization devoted to helping rebuild and restore the homes of the families affected by Hurricane Sandy last year. Lester has set a goal of raising at least $20,000, and he is just $4,000 short of that goal. Also, Lester dedicated this run to Chase Kowalski, a little boy who had a love for all things sports and a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn. To track Lester’s progress or to donate to the cause, visit r-u-n.us.

On Saturday, the Aloha Keiki Run will take place at Kona Commons from 8 to 10 a.m., with keiki ages 1-14 participating. For more information, visit konamarathon.com.

On Sunday, Frozen Pea Productions will host its Papa Pea’s Birthday Biathlon and Salute to the 70s near Kailua Pier at 8 a.m. Hawaiian time. This training race features a half-mile swim and a two-mile run. As always, the event will provide a shorter course that includes a half-mile swim and a one-mile run.

Hope to see you all out there. Until next time, happy training.