One unique run of which Hawaii can boast is the Great Aloha Run — 8.15 miles from the landmark Aloha Tower downtown to the floor of Aloha Stadium to the west. The 32nd running attracted over 20,000 registered runners. That doesn’t count the 5,000 or so military personnel who run in formation.
I have done most of the GARs to date. But this year, for the first time, I ran with our daughter Sandy. She was visiting from Tucson, Ariz., with her husband Dave. Sandy shares my love of running. As a teenager she ran two Honolulu Marathons with me. And she is good! Read on.
Before the race started, Sandy said, darn, she needed to find a restroom. She said, “You go ahead, I’ll catch up.” I’m embarrassed to say, I did just that. I wanted to get as close to the start as I could to avoid the walkers! That used to be a help in one’s race time but because of the chip (now in our bib) timing is from starting mat to finish mat.
I’ve gotten age group awards in the Great Aloha Run, including 1st in age group (in men 80-85) in 2015. And I’m competitive — even with my daughter!
Indeed I finished well ahead of Sandy. I waited patiently near the finish line, even though finishers are urged to keep moving. Finally I spotted her, she spotted me, and I used the camera in my brand new iPhone SE to capture that moment. She looked proud and happy and I felt proud and happy. Then, we proceeded to pick up our finishers shirts and collect some goodies.
Again, MarathonPhoto captured us together, in this happy moment.
Checking results online, I found that — in spite of my long wait — Sandy had beaten me! Her time: 1:45:48. My time: 1:47.11 TRULY, I am pleased that she won the family championship.