Michael Wardian Comes Up 52 Seconds Short of $15,000 at Kauai Marathon

By Kaui Marathon
September 5, 2010

On Sunday, September 5, 2010, The Kauai Marathon brought runners from around the world to compete in both half and full marathon distances on the beautiful Garden Isle of Kauai.  Michael Wardian won the full marathon with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes and 52 seconds.  He was 52 seconds shy of winning the first ever Kauai Marathon Speed Challenge purse of $15,000.  Last yearís winner, JT Service crossed the finish line second in 2 hours, 41 minutes and 24 seconds. Wardian said he felt that it was one of the most difficult road marathons around due to the climbs, heat and humidity.  But with all of the challenges, he has committed to coming back in 2011 to break the 2 hour and 30 minute mark. Service additionally noted that Wardianís performance showed that the Kauai Marathon Speed Challenge was attainable, and feels that it will bring more elite runners to the 2011 event.  The top female finisher for the full marathon was Becki Lynn Lassley of Littleton Colorado with an impressive time of 3 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds.

Rich Hanna of Sacramento, California won the half marathon in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 4 seconds.  The lead runner for the female division was Varinka Barbini from Lexington, Kentucky with a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 44 seconds.   Kauaiís top finishers were Andrew Stenovich and Brooke Sugahara for the full marathon and Jordan Kahawai and Mary Castelanelli for the half marathon.

Over 1,500 runners participated in the elite event represented by 45 states and 10 countries. For the 2010 Half Marathon, there were 1098, while the full marathon had 419 runners.  More than half of the participants were women.

Jeff Sacchini, race founder, long had a vision of bringing a world-class marathon to Kauai. He knew that with great leadership and Kauaiís generous support, the islandís aloha spirit would be shared with visitors from around the world while enhancing the local economy. Sacchini brought in Kalaheo resident Bob Craver as race director to help bring his dream to reality.

Several sponsors made the event possible including: Kauai Visitorís Bureau, County of Kauai, Sheraton Kauai Resort, Grand Hyatt Kauai, Fresh Point, Comcast and Tudal Wine Group.  Many local businesses assisted by providing volunteer lunches, accommodations and supplies for the medical tent.

Over $10,000 was generously donated to numerous local non-profit groups volunteering for race day activities.  Niumalu Canoe Club, Kalaheo Elementary School, Kapaa High School Project Grad and the American Red Cross are just a few.  Other non-profit groups attended the event including A-T, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Givír 4 Liver.  Collectively they raised over $100,000 for their charities.

To register for this world-class event for September 4, 2011, visit www.thekauaimarathon.com.

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