The year 2001 has had a very successful start with Bosetti, Bob and Ron's, Moanalua, the Chapson, Oahu Perimeter, Pearl Harbor Bike Path, Johnny Faerber and Norman Tamanaha events under our belts, and a very interesting program still ahead of us.
Ron Pate did a tremendous job for us as president this past year, particularly in delivering large numbers of volunteers to provide the vital support that makes our races both reliable and enjoyable experiences.
My main objective this year is to develop new leadership in the club, particularly in the area of race operations. John Simonds was elected as Vice President for Race Operations at the club's annual meeting and will provide the continuity we need in this area.
Brian Clarke has volunteered to head a development committee which will seek out and train new teams for directing race events and other club operations.
I sincerely hope you will support John and Brian by volunteering to assist them with our forthcoming races. At a minimum, please volunteer to help in at least one race during the year to help our fellow runners enjoy a well-managed program of racing experiences. You can do this by making a call to Joan Davis, Vice President for Volunteers or also to John.
The greater challenge is to become a more active participant under Brian's leadership and train to make our racing events better administered and even more fun. The old guard, including Ron Pate, Geoff Howard, Bart Mathias and Joan Davis, have paid their dues in devotion to organizing and putting on the races. So let's see more of you stepping forward and gradually taking their places.
If you do, all of us in MPRRC will be able to enjoy running, jogging and walking on our beautiful island for at least another 40 years.
For many runners, it was a surprise to see Clint Sheeley finish as the top local runner in last year's Honolulu Marathon. But for Sheeley, everything had gone well in gearing up for the big December race, and in running it he had the time of his life.
Sheeley, 34, finished 27th overall in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 13 seconds. Jonathan Lyau, 36, was the second Hawaii finisher in 2:40:23, and John Smith, 39, was third among Hawaii residents in 2:44:12. Clint was also the second U.S. runner, finishing behaind James Shereta, 36, of La Jolla, Calif., who clocked 2:31:25 for 16th place overall.
One of the things that worked for Clint when he was preparing for the Honolulu Marathon was that he did not get hit by a car 6 days before the race. That experience sidelined him for weeks and caused him to miss the 1998 marathon. Then in the 1999 event he had disappointing results. But last year everything came together for the lean and witty New Englander.
During the year 2000, Sheeley's name appearing in nearly all the results from races in the islands, including Maui's Run to the Sun, Volcano Run, Honolulu Marathon, Kole Kole Pass Half-Marathon, the Tantalus Trail, Hana Relays, and Val Nolasco Half-Marathon. IN all these races, Sheeley placed in the top 5 or close to it. He won last October's MPRRC 30KM in 1:52:02.
According to Sheeley, the MADD Dash 5km may have been one of the few races on the calendar that he missed.
While many runners are complaining about not setting new personal resordsor even being close to them, Sheeley who has only run for 4 years, is constantly setting one personnal record after another. Many runners have specific goals for their running, but if you ask Sheeley, he says his reason for doing all those miles is so that he can eat as much ice-cream as possible.
His weekly training totals between 65 and 80 miles, and two or three times a week he meets with his fellow Mushroom Track Club runners, either for a workout on the track, or a long trail run. And if it were not for a promise to other Mushrooms, Clint would have participated in the HRT 100-miler on the trail this past January. But the Oahu Perimeter Relay was the next race on the agenda, and because it was a team effort, no-one wanted to risk getting injured.
up running, Sheeley did not consider homself an athlete. In high school,
Clint played baseball, ran track and cross country. He got away from sports
for awhhile, but after moving to Hawaii from Rhode Island (Lincoln, R.I.,
is his hometown) about five years ago, running became Sheeley's sport.
And here's another Sheeley goal: a long-awaited record attempt to drink a cold gallon of milk in 15 minutes. It's something Sheeley would like to accomplish. He has tried it several times but has still only reached halfway.
The third annual Marathon Readiness Series as another success for the hundreds of participants who used the series of five races to gear up for the Honolulu Marathon.
Brian Clarke, who has organised the pre-marathon series each year, said that though entries were down slightly from last year's high of 450, the MPRRC tokk in more money in entry fees in 2000, because a greater proportion of non-members entered the series at the non-member fee of $48.
Scores were calculated by counting where entrants placed in the Hickham 15K, the Barbers Point 20K, the Schofield 25K, the Mid-Pac 30K, and the Val Nolasco Half-Marathon. An athletes place in each race was his/her score, and the lowest scores won. Runners had to run at least four of the races to get a certificate and to figure in the final scoring.
Awards were presented at McCoy Pavillion in Ala Moana Park at the annual pizza dinner in January, an event sponsored by the club and Boston Pizza. Anyone who entered the series could attend free of charge, and more than 100 athletes attended.
By Tesh Teshima
Last year, Rani Tanimoto, who lives on Kealekekua, on the Big Island, did a 3:18:53 Honolulu Marathon. She also finished first in the MPRRC 30K and in the Kona Half -Marathon. She was 8th in the Great Aloha Run, 3rd in the Straub Women's 10K, and first in four Peaman events. Here are some of her reflections on running in the past.
"In high school I played four sports - basketball, softball, bowling and and cheerleading. The thought of of joining the cross-country team never entered my mind, since I had no time for it."
"In college, I didn't play any sports because I wanted to concentrate on my studies. It wasn't until my last semester at the University of Hawaii at Manoa that I was bored and itching for something to do. So I decided to run a few laps around the track at Manoa. I instantly enjoyed it and haven't stopped since."
"People ask why do I run. And so I tell them, I love running with a passion. It feels so natural to me that sometimes I don't feel that I am running at all. Running connects my mind, body and spirit. I canbe creative and make my run into whatever I want it to be. During my runs, I can just be me."
"Running has also enabled me to meet a lot of talented runners and exceptionally terrific people. It's still a learning experience for me since I have been running for about 2 1/2 years. So, I'm looking forward to many more runs and races."
"I almost forgot to mention that I usually participate in many Peaman Biathlons (swimming and running) to help with my speedwork. Sean Pagett, who is also known as "Peaman", is the race organizer and my swim relay teammate, These biathlons are very short distances, so Sean always does the swim. Then he and I take off for the run together."
An accurate line-to-line timing was promised to each year 2000 participant, and the Honolulu Marathon delivered - without a hitch.
So reports Dr. Jim Barahal, Honolulu MarathonAssociation president, on the first-time use of the ChampionChip timing system in last December's race. At least, he says, "I haven't heard of any complaints."
That's remarkable considering the number of finishers - 22,636. a total that makes Honolulu one of the worlds leading marathons,
Indeed, buzz among the finishers, particularly Honolulu Marathon veterans, was how pleased they were at last to get a precise timing covering their 26.2 miles.
Also, the start of the race ran noticeably smoother, as incentive was cut to cram toward the starting line - or, worse, to push in from roadside after the start.
This year, only in the case of the first few elite runners did "gun time"govern. To use "chip time" for the elites would raise the theoretical possibility of one runner sprinting past another to won by an eyelash only to lose because of getting 1-second head start.
And the year 2000 Honolullu Marathon was the first here at which an exact count of starters was possible. That number was 22,903, indicating that only 267 participants started but did not finish.
Yes, chips will return for the year 2001 Honolulu Marathon, Dr. Barahal says, despite ths hefty cost - around $250,000 for last December's race.
In fact, Honolulu, always mindful of competition, has little choice - given that most of the world's other top marathons also use the German-engineered ChampionChip system.
The Berlin Marathon was first to use it, in 1994, and Los Angeles was first in the U.S.A., in 1996.
Here's how the system works:
Each chip contains a miniature transponder that sends its unique ID number to antennas embedded in tartan mats at the start, finish and at checkpoints along the course.
Each tartan mat, measuring about 4 metres from front to back, can accommodate about 1,500 runners per minute. Runners know they are crossing the mats by the chorus of "beeps" triggered in the embedded antennas.
The chips, plastic discs about the size of a quarter, are attached to runners' shoelaces by the use of a 5-inch plastoc Secure-A-Tie device.
Cost became manageable when Netherlands-based ChampionChip developed a low-cost, one-time use chip of the kind used by Honolulu.
A bonus of the one-time use chip is that it can bear a commemorative logo and be kept by participants as a memento.
One change in 2001 will be a greater number of checj-points. The 2000 race had three besidws the start and finish - at 10 kilometers and at the half-marathon mark.
The greater the number of checkpoints, the more "splits" the runner gets to measure performance. Also, for "splits the runner gets to measure performance. Also, for family and friends following the race in "real time" on the honolulumarathon.org web site, more checkpoints mean more chances to srr how a tunner is doing.
Also, more solits mean a tighter cueb in cheating.
That's a key consideration at Boston, which in 1980 suffered the embarrassment of crowning the now-infamous Rosie Ruiz as women's winner, only to learn she had jumped into the race wiith a mile to go. (Footnote: She has never acknowledged cutting the course, nor did she return her medal.)
Dr. Barahal says regarding cheating that "We didn't use the chip to detect cheaters. Rather, he says, the aim "was to enhance the race experience and to make the start and finish safer. It seemed to satisfy those objectives. That said, I believe any potential for cheating was greatly disminished by the use of the chip."
In past years, video recordings were made along the Honolulu course to allow checks in cases of suspected cheating. None was made at the 2000 event.
Safety had been an issue for the top runners as some slower runners, stationed along the roads, had pushed onto tha course at points after the start. Now, such incursions automatically disqualify runners because ChampionChip would show no starting times for them.
Interestingly, while the 2000 Honolulu Marathon needed far fewer finish line volunteers, the number of over-all volunteers remained unchanged.
By Kit Smith
Boston and Honolulu, I did them both in the year 2000.
And while the Boston Marathon holds unmatched prestige and tradition, Honolulu offers an aura of excitement and fun, that, to me, beats Boston and perhaps all others.
What's more, I much prefer how, as of the 2000 race, Honolulu handles the timing.
For the first time in its 28-year history, the Honolulu Marathon provided each runner a personal ChampionChip that gave a true starting-line to finish-line timing.
My finisher's certificate lists my time as 3:54:28; no other time is shown. Boston also uses ChampionChip, but it reports times much differently. My Boston certificate lists my time as 3:59:13. But that was my "gun" time - the time it took me from the starting gun until I finished. Yes, the certificate also lists, in much smaller type, my "net time" - 3:52:05. That was my time from my moment of crossing the starting line. It indicates it took me 7 minutes and 8 seconds to get to the start. (The start at Boston is notoriously sluggish, due to the number of runners - 16,127 started in 2000 - and the narrowness of Main Street in the town of Hopkinson, where it begins.)
What rankles more is that Boston's official results book lists finishers in order of gun time, not net time. My place in the "seniors division" (60 years and older) is shown as 135. Higher in the list are two men ranked 133 and 134 in the division, despite net times a minute and a half slower than mine.
I wrote a letter to Frank B. Porter Jr., president of the Boston Athletic Association, which conducts the marathon, to suggest that Boston follow Honolulu's example. Replying, he thanked me for my letter and said, "I will make sure the matter is considered by our timing people". I intend to follow up. I hope to do Boston again in 2002.
Bill Beauchamp, 2001 president of the MPRR, might be called a classic marathoner, having done the course of that first 26-miler from Marathon to Athens. "A tough one," Bill admits, with plenty of fumes from the automobile traffic in the city near the finish line.
He's also done a marathon on the Golden Beaches south of Brisbane, Australia, presumably freer of car fumes. More adventuresome certainly was his half-marathon in the Antarctic, "at King George Island on the South America side of the continent," he said.
Bill's 28 marathons include Stockholm, Hilo, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Maui four times.
In fact, at age 80, he did this year's Maui marathon, "but after that I'll stick with the shorter runs," he said. As the licence plate on Bill's car indicates, he pronounces his name BEECH-um.
A native of New York City, Bill has server MPRRC as treasurer for five years and is also vice-president for race operations, making him familiar with club functions.
But his running career was put on hold for a long time. "I was a two-miler as a freshman at Brown and a swimmer in High School," he recalls.He came to Hawaii in 1972 but did not resume the running of his younger days until 1978.
World War II found Beauchamp in Assam in the northeast corner of India bordered by the Himalayas and China to the north and Burma to the east. American GI's knew his areas as the CBI theater, sort of a backwater in the war, but Bill is thankful that by the time he reached India he did not have to do so as a survivor of the hike out of Burma led by General "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell. Originaly, Beauchamp was a radioman in the Army Air Corps but after Officer Candidate School, he became an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. For five years after the war he was with the Chase Bank in Tientsin, China, the port city for Peking, as it was called then. The Korean War pulled him back into uniform. A series of Army moves took him to Fort Levenworth, Kansas; Alaska, Virginia, Japan, and eventually Korea and Okinawa.
Bill came to Honolulu to begin a second career and become an assistant to a vice president with Hawaiian Electric. He was assigned to work on transmission equipment. Starting in 1980, he was a lecturer in management at the University of Hawaii college of business administration. Bill worked at HECO as an engineer until his retirement in 1993 and continued teaching at UH until 1998.
Bill is a man of many careers and a lot of running. He seems to smile a lot, especially when he nears the finish line on Kalakaua Avenue.