Surviving the end of the world


This past weekend was full of events.

On Saturday, the Kealakehe Waverider Triathlon Club hosted the inaugural Survive the End of the World 10k run.

The race took the competitors from Kahaluu Beach Park to the “End of the World” at the end of Alii Drive. Along the way the runners traveled along the north and south sides of the bay, adding to an already hilly course and making it a fun challenge.

Thomas Vonach conquered the hilly course to claim first place, crossing the finish line in 35 minutes, 51 seconds. Andre Tremblay, who ran the 6.2-mile course in 37:42, earned second place. Third went to Tom Dussen (38:30).

Jenny White ran into 21st overall and first place for the women with a time of 45:28. Abbey Rideout was just behind to claim second (45:51), and Jeni Winegarner took third (46:15).

Congratulations to all the runners who survived the End of the World, and a big thank you to the Kealakehe Waverider Triathlon Club for hosting the event.

On Sunday, the eighth annual Jingle Bell Beach Run took place at Kailua Pier.

From the pier, the 5K runners went along Alii Drive until the turnaround in front of the Aloha Nail Company and then back to the finish located at the pier. For the one-mile race, runners headed down Alii Drive until the turnaround just past Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and back to the finish. The fun annual event brought out more than 240 runners for the pre-Christmas fun.

In the 3.1-mile race, Justin Butler sprinted into first place overall with a time of 17:55. Just behind Butler, Kolbe Short claimed second place (17:59), and Ziggy Bartholomy earned third (18:01). Fourth went to Jason Braswell (18:21).

In the one-mile race, Silas Wiley dashed across the finish line to claim first place with an outstanding time of 7:05. Kai Miller was just behind to claim a second-place finish with a time of 7:26. Skyler Kiser took third with a time of 8:13, and Kris Kiser was a second behind to take fourth (8:14).

Congratulations to all who competed in the Jingle Bell Beach Run.

Also on Sunday, Team Mango Races held the 20th annual Journey-2-LaLa Land — a 17-mile hill climb from Lako Street to the top of Kaloko Drive that athletes complete by either cycling or running. Some sections of the course have grades of 22 percent and require the athletes to dig deep.

This year, two runners conquered the hills. Rob Van Geen and Orestes Barrios completed the run in 3 hours, 52 minutes, 24 seconds with one millisecond separating their official times.

On the bike, Harry Yoshida pedaled into first place, finishing with a total time of 2:03:21. Dave Pratt claimed second (2:08:57), and third place went to Floyd Rhodes (2:17:46).

For the women, Shirley Pratt finished first (fourth overall) for the women with a time of 2:18:54. Dene Sturm placed second (2:48:30).

Congratulations to all who made the Journey-2-LaLa Land.

On Sunday, Frozen Pea Productions’ Peaman’s Birthday Bonanza will take place at 8 a.m. at Kailua Pier. This race includes a half-mile swim and a 3.9-mile run. As always, there is a shorter course (200-yard swim, one-mile run) for all participants. Masks, snorkels, fins, and strollers are all welcome as well.

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