DOB: June, 1964
I reached 100,000 lifetime miles on September 16, 2020. It was great to have my 14 year old son running with me to share this milestone. He wanted to run and document it! Some of my friends surprised me and set up a virtual line for me to cross!
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I began running in September 1979 at age 15 as a Sophomore at McKinley High School. I ran high school cross country and track for 3 years and was the Hawaii high school state 3200m track champion as a senior. Our coach gave us a sheet of paper with blank squares and told us to write down our mileage each day and I’ve been logging my miles since!
In December 1979, I ran my first marathon at the Honolulu Marathon in 3:23. The following year in 1980, I ran my first sub 3 hour marathon (2:57). I have run a sub 3 hour marathon in 5 decades of my life (teens, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s) and in 4 different actual decade years (1980’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s) and I plan to attempt to run one more in the 2020’s decade. All of these have been done at the Honolulu Marathon.
I have completed nearly 40 marathons and have been the top Hawaii-born finisher in the Honolulu Marathon 17x between the years 1993 to 2012. In 2009, I was inducted into the Honolulu Marathon Hall of Fame. I was also the 1994 and 2002 Great Aloha Run champion.
In 2011, I had surgery on my knee for a meniscus tear and since then have had to take a lot of time off for other injuries. My average mileage dropped during this time so it took me longer than expected to reach 100,000 miles. This past year, I felt healthy again and feel like I can set more running goals!
In addition to my full time job as owner of a candy/snack wholesale distributorship, I coach high school cross country and also have a personal coaching business. I am also founder and director of the Aloha Cross CountryCamp
My wife Kelli is also an avid runner and we have 2 children (son and daughter). It’s been great to share my joy of running with her! Recently, my son has started to run and my favorite running days are the days we are all running together!
My PRs are:
4 mile: 19:29
1/2 Marathon: 1:09:06
Here’s 3-part article documenting my 100,000 journey:
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Here is YouTube video my son made of the 100,000th mile run: