Defending champion Simon Robert Naali of Tanzania battled gusty winds Sunday to win the 18th Honolulu Marathon, edging his younger brother in a sprint for the finish.
Simon Naali, 24, finished the 26.2-mile race in two hours, 17 minutes and 29 seconds, well off the 2:11:43 record set in 1986 by Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya.After running neck-and-neck for most of the race, Simon pulled away in the last mile, leaving his brother, Thomas Robert Naali, 21, to finish at 2:18:03.
One runner, Yukihisa Mizusawa, 59, died 10 miles into the race, collapsing while running on Kalanianaole Highway.
A record field of some 13,000 runners, 65 percent of them from Japan, took part in the race that began in a drizzle at 5:30 a.m.
The first woman finisher was five-time Honolulu Marathon champion Carla Beurskens, 38, of Holland, who finished at 2:33.34.At Oceanside, Calif., Benjamin Paredes Martinez followed his strategy of coming from behind to win the San Diego Marathon on Sunday.
Martinez, 29, of Ecatepec, Mexico, finished the 26.2-mile race in 2:19.03.
Similarly, 24-year-old Kathleen Smith followed her own patient strategy and broke open the women's race with 10 miles to go, winning in 2:43:05.