Miracles, wobbling and gobbling


It’s been busy these last few weeks.

On Nov. 10, the Big Island Running Company held the Miracle Mile. The race is just one mile, but it is an all-out race against the clock. Runners started and finished at the Coconut Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive.

Kona’s own Luis De La Torre sprinted into first place with a total time of 5 minutes, 2.97 seconds. DLT finished 14 seconds ahead of Thunder Frost, who earned second place with an incredible time of 5:16.58. Chris Prater claimed third just behind Frost with a time of 5:18.94.

Shayli Nakamoto placed 16th place overall and first for the women with a speedy time of 6:07.23. Nakamoto crossed the line 39 seconds ahead of Brette Knaute, who took second with a time of 6:46.64. Marissa Bryant-Manago finished in third at 7:20.97.

Congratulations to all who competed in the Miracle Mile.

On Thursday, in honor of Thanksgiving, Kiser Motorcycles held its fifth annual (Tri)ptophan Turkey Day Triathlon. The race included a 1/3-mile swim, a 16-mile bike ride and a two-mile run.

Thomas Vonach finished first in the turkey day tri with an outstanding 58:17. Chris Gregory took third overall and second for the men at 1:01.25. Michael DeCarli rounded out the top three men with a time of 1:01.59.

On the women’s side, Bree Wee pounded out the course and claimed second overall (first for the women) with a time of 59:26. Sarah Chang claimed second with a time of 1:06.44. Kristin Drost rounded out the top three women (1:07.50).

Congratulations to all who raced in the (Tri)tophan tri.

There was more Thanksgiving fun Thursday thanks to Big Island Running Company, which held its annual Wobble Gobble Run/Walk at the Walua Road Trail. The event included distances of one, 3.5 and 6.4 miles.

In the one-mile race, Joe Catanzaro flew into first place with a time of 6:45; Jon Kunitake was right on his heels to claim second, finishing in 6:46. Third for the men went to Brian Shiroma (7:07).

In the women’s race, Cassidy Landes set a new course record with a time of 6:56. Sienna Levine placed second (7:11), and Audrey Weir was third (7:48).

Brooke Myers also set a course record, claiming the 3.5-mile race with a time of 24:13. Sarah Weir was second (31:11), and Jeannette Vidgen was third.

Eric Tallan finished second overall and first for the men at 24:28. Brett Hrenko claimed second place in the men’s division (27:13), and Seth Beach took third (30:55).

In the 6.4-mile race, James Resor claimed the title with a speedy time of 43:09. Joe Fairchild earned second for the men (44:48), and third went to Joe Ferdico (47:07).

Zoe Sims took first for the women with a time of 47:08. Kari Van Mols finished right behind Sims — hundredths of a second behind, according to race organizer Melissa Braswell — at 47:08 to claim second. Alexandra Herd earned third at 48:45.

Congratulations to all who raced in the Wobble Gobble races.

On Sunday, the Frozen Pea Productions Post Pigout Peamania will take place at 8 a.m. near Kailua Pier. This race has a two-loop course. The first loop includes a quarter-mile swim and a two-mile clockwise run/walk; the second loop features a quarter-mile swim and a two-mile counterclockwise run/walk. As always, FPP will offer a short course available to all.

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