He shaved seven minutes off the old course record.
Tyler McCandless, 24, of Boulder, Colorado, ran 2:23:19 on an extremely challenging course in temperate conditions to win the 2011 Kaua’i Marathon over the weekend. He crushed the course record and won the Kaua’i Marathon Speed Challenge with a sub-2:30 winning time. He was trailed closely by 2010 winner, Michael Wardian, 38, of Arlington, Virginia, who finished in 2:26:19. Both Americans earned a share of the $15,000 prize. McCandless took home $8,750 for the victory and Wardian earned $6,250 for his efforts.
“I feel really good after this,” McCandless told The Garden Island.com after the race. “In the last few miles I heard I had about a minute lead. After that, I knew they couldn’t catch me unless I broke down.”
Third place went to Kenyan David Tuwai with a time of 2:32:23. McCandless stated that although it wasn’t his personal best time, it was the best racing experience he has ever had. He said that people he met only once throughout the week came out on the course to cheer him on with homemade signs and gracious aloha spirit. Wardian concurred, stating that the community of Kaua’i was amazing.
The top female finisher for the full marathon was Rumi Otani of Iwaki City, Japan, with a course record time of 3:10:05. She was followed by 2010 winner Becki Lassley with a time of 3:25:17. Neither came in under the women’s $15,000 Challenge standard of 2:45.
Clark Davis of Duncan, South Carolina won the half marathon in 1:19:53. The lead runner for the female division was Emily Shertzer from Jonestown, Pennsylvania with a time of 1:20:09, a new course record. Kauai’s top finishers were Mark Bogner and Mary Castelanelli for the full marathon and Jordan Kahawai and Brook Sugahara for the half marathon.