Over 30,000 runners took to the starting line at the Honolulu Marathon over the weekend, but by the end, two runners stood tall above the rest, as Ethiopia’s Ehitu Kiros on the women’s side and Kenyan Gilbert Chepkwony on the men’s took top honors at the 41st running of the annual race.
Despite warm and humid conditions, Kiros and Chepkwony kept the wheels churning on their way to the finish tape, winning $40,000 for their respective efforts--the fourth-largest purse on the American marathon circuit.
Behind late-race rallies, Kiros put up a winning time of 2:36:02 and Chepkwony clocked in at 2:18:47, as each runner won at the Honolulu Marathon for the first time in their respective careers.
However Kiros and Chepkwony shared more than just the top spot on the podium on Sunday. Both runners elected the help of the Nike Zoom Streak 3 to help them conquer the 26.2-mile race.
Given the Zoom Streak 3’s clout in the distance running world, it should come as no surprise that the popular racing flat once again dominated the competition. No matter what the race, the shoe has built up a reputation of being at the front of the pack more often than not--particularly over the past couple of years.