Honolulu Marathon, 1977: Macdonald 'fit' for this one
The Sunday Star-Bulletin 4 Advertiser Honolulu. December 4, 1977 1-7 arathon 1977 Macdonald 'fit9 for this one By MARK OSMUN Advertier Sport $ Writer The world-class runners those incredibly conditioned athletes who can run every mile of the , 26.2-mile marathon faster than most of us can do one mile are in town for next Sunday's fifth Honolulu Marathon. Some are staying at hotels; some at hosts' homes; one at his father's place. Duncan Macdonald, 28, the defending champion of the Honolulu Marathon and former American record-holder in the 5,000 meters, is back from his pursuit of medicine in California to take on an impressive field of marathoners. Macdonald, a graduate of Kailua High School, won the Honolulu Marathon both in 1973 and 1976. Last year he won with a 2:20:37 time his best and is probably the favorite to win again this year. Not only is Macdonald used to the course and the heat, he is, in his own words, "fit." Early this fall he returned to the islands for the National AAU 25-kilometer race where he broke Frank Snorter's record for the distance. Ron Wayne finished second to Macdonald both in last year's marathon and in the 25-kilometer race. But the former National AAU marathon champion is only one of many threats to MacDonald's reign. Consider Jeff Wells. Wells won the Nike Marathon in Oregon this fall, also winning a free trip to this marathon. Wells, a seminary student from Dallas, won the race in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 15 seconds over four minutes faster than the course record here. Or Kenny Moore. Moore, 31, is a two-time Olympian who finished fourth in both the Mexico City and Munich marathons. His time in the 1970 Fukuoka Marathon of 2:11 makes him the fifth-fastest American of all-time. Or Ed Mendoza, 2:14:13. Or Bob Hensley, 2:16:54. Or Dave Harper, 2:17:05. Or former Punahou teacher Dan Moynihan, 2:19:03. Now consider the women! Kim Merritt, who holds the fastest American marathon time for women 2:37:57, will head a record field of 619 women the most women ever assembled for a marathon race. Merrit will be accompanied by Nina Kusick, who holds the women's record for 50 miles and who was the third woman in history to run the marathon under three hours. Her best time is 2:50:30. Gayle Barron, a dazzling aerobics dancing teacher from Georgia, is even faster. She ran a 2:47 marathon in the Nike run and placed third in the New York Marathon women's division in October. There is also Sue Peterson, third in the Nike run who did a 2:53:30; Debbie Quatier, the former women's record-holder in the 5,000-meters; Dr. Joan Ullyot, the author of Women's Running, 2:51 and Elizabeth Richards, an Australian who surprised everyone last year by coming from nowhere to finish second in last year's Honolulu run behind Merritt. . If u r a ' "s a" - - t "7 ' I i . - k v , , , If t C; if- jf If Advtrttser pnom Hawaii's Duncan Macdonald, two-time Honolulu Marathon winner and the defending champion, goes after his third championship next Sunday. Frank Shorter and Jack Foster will not be in the race. Nor will New York women's winner Miki Gorman. Bill Rodgers, the fastest American marathoner, and Jack Fultz, former Boston Marathon winner, will be here as spectators. They are returning from Japan's Fukuoka Marathon which was held a couple weeks ago. Local women are led by Cindy Dalrymple the ninth fastest American woman marathoner who placed second in this year's National AAU Women's Marathon Championships with a 2:49:11. June Chun, who may be hampered by an injury this year, set the world mark for 17-year-old women with a 2:56 in last year's Honolulu Marathon. UNLIMIT6D 2716 SO. KING STREET 955-7855 (V? BLOCKS DH OF UNIVERSITY. AVENUE & NEXT DOOR TO SECOND IMAGE) (THl CYCLING CEN V nr uauai in ii ur nunuLULU NJ? 1 in'. a m. Bm DECEMBER DEALS SUZUKI Free Helmet (S20 value) with the purchase of any new SUZUKI or HONDA motorcycle during the month of December. Show this ad and receive an additional S16 00 off on the purchase of any new SUZUKI or HONDA motorcycle during the month of December.