Posted by: Joe English | December 15, 2008

Races: Ivuti and Shimahara win rainy 2008 Honolulu Marathon

Patrick Ivuti wins 2008 Honolulu Marathon

Patrick Ivuti wins 2008 Honolulu Marathon

HONOLULU — Patrick Ivuti took the overall title and Kiyoko Shimahara won the women’s race in the 2008 Honolulu Marathon. Ivuti, winner of the 2007 Chicago Marathon, won the race overall in 2:14:35.

Ivuti ran alone for the last nine miles of the race after pulling away from the other leaders. His next closest competition finished three minutes behind him.

Runners who came to the islands with an expectation of warm, tropical, weather found pouring rain instead. Rain over the weekend caused wide flooding on the island of Oahu and other Hawaiian islands.

“I’ve never run in conditions like this,” race winner Ivuti told the Associated Press. “Most of the times, I don’t push in the race. But today’s race, I pushed because of the rain.”

Ivuti is the brother-in-law of defending champion and six-time winner Jimmy Muindi, who finished fifth at 2:21:43. Muindi was awarded the 2007 title after Ethiopia’s Ambesse Tolossa was disqualified after testing positive for an opiate.

Shimahara won the women’s race in 2:32:36, beating Kaori Yoshida by two minutes with the two Japanese runners snapping a string of four straight titles by Russian women. The 31-year-old Shimahara, Yoshida and Kenya’s Alice Timbilili set the pace before the Japanese runners broke away near the 21-mile mark.

About 62 percent, or 14,406, of the runners in the race were from Japan.

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