Plenty of build-up for Lavaman Waikoloa weekend


Hawaii Cycling Club held a free training time trial on Saturday, inviting any cyclists who wanted to join in on the fun.

The course for this month’s time trial ran along the Queen Kaahumanu Highway from Waikoloa Beach Road to the Kua Bay entrance road for a total of 12.2 miles. Weather conditions made this training ride harder than most. With heavy rain and changing winds, athletes had to pedal hard to make the times they were shooting for.

Less than one minute separated the first-, second-, and third-place finishers in both the men’s and the women’s races. Tom Peichel of Alaska finished with the fastest time of the day at 30 minutes, 59 seconds. Local athlete Sean Maynard was right on Peichel’s heels, finishing just 1 second behind at 31:00. Mike DeCarli clocked in at 31:57 to take third.

For the women, Shannon Donley of Alaska finished the 12.2-mile course in 37:17. LaVerne Curry posted the second-fastest time at 37:34 in her first time trial appearance. Sylvia Ravaglia was third (38:07).

Congratulations to all who participated in the Hawaii Cycling Club time trial.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, the Kealakehe Waverider Triathlon Club hosted its inaugural Leprechaun-A-Thon and Sham Walk.

The fundraiser for the high school club included a fun 5K run/walk. The race began at 7:30 a.m. from Laaloa Beach Park (commonly known as Magic Sands), ran south to Kamehameha III Road and back to the finish located at the beach park.

Athletes participating in the fun run came dressed in their most festive running attire: shamrock sunglasses, leprechaun outfits, tutus and every shade of green.

Just 1 second separated first and second place for both the men’s and women’s races. Sam Corace finished the 3.1-mile race in 17:46, with James Cotter right behind at 17:47. Alexander Giinthir took third with a time of 18:34.

Brooke Myers finished 10th overall and first for the women in a fast time of 20:53. Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen was right on Myers’ heels, taking second with a time of 20:54. Jen Winegarner finished third (21:01).

Congratulations to all who competed, and a big mahalo for supporting the Waverider Triathlon Club.

The 16th annual Big Island International Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K also took place Sunday. More than 680 athletes were in Hilo for the races.

Sam Tilly of Arkansas won the marathon with an outstanding time of 2:39:22. He maintained an average mile split of 6:04 for the 26.2-mile run. The first female finisher, Atsuko Fujii of Japan, crossed the line at 3:32:29.

In the half marathon, Chris Gregory of Hilo finished first with a time of 1:19:03. Gregory ran at a 6:02 pace for the 13.1 miles. The first female finisher, Allie Olson of Arizona, crossed the line third overall at 1:27:21.

In the 5K, Adrian Charkowski of Hilo claimed first with a total time of 25:12. Amy Masuyama of Hilo finished in third overall and first for the women with a finishing time of 25:57.

Congratulations to all who competed in the Big Island International Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K. Hope to see you all back out on the race course next year.

This weekend is Lavaman weekend.

The Lavaman Sunset 5K Fun Run/Walk will kick off the weekend at 5:15 p.m. today. The race will start and finish at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa, with the course previewing a Lavaman Waikoloa course that features some off-road running. Strollers are not allowed. There will be a chance to register prior to the race if you have not already. Registration on race day is $25 for adults and $15 for children age 14 and under.

On Saturday, the Lavaman Youth Aquathon will take place at the Waikoloa Beach Resort’s luau grounds. The Keiki Beach Dash will begin at 8:30 a.m. The 7- to 10-year-olds will start shortly thereafter in a 100-meter swim and a 1K run. The 11- to 14-year-olds will follow in a 200-meter swim and a 2K run.

Race day registration will take place from to 7 to 8:15 a.m. at the luau grounds.

On Sunday, Lavaman Waikoloa will begin at 7:20 a.m. at Anaehoomalu Bay. The course for this triathlon includes a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike, and a 10K run. The race is already full, but feel free to come up to Waikoloa to support your favorite triathletes. Hope to see you all out there. Until next time, happy training.