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Locals enjoy Maui marathon run

Their love of running has taken Pat and Corrine Gable to many locales across North America: Washington, Edmonton, Oregon, California, Victoria and Boston to name a few.

The Kelowna couple added Hawaii to their ever-expanding travel log as they competed recently at the Maui Oceanfront Marathon for the first time.

The heat and humidity of the mid-Pacific state provided a challenge for both runners, but it didn’t stop them from posting strong runs in their respective age groups.

Pat was third in the men’s 40 to 49 age group and 13th overall in the marathon with a time of three hours 22 minutes 54 seconds.

Corrine, who competed in the half marathon, was second in the women’s 40 to 49 age group in 1:41:09, good for 42nd overall.

“Corrine and I didn’t go in with high expecations,” said Pat Gable. “It was the first time we’d ever run a mid-winter race. We went with friends and thought it was a good excuse for a winter holiday.

“When the race started it was 18 Celsius, and when it was over it was 32, so that part was tough. It was surprising to see how high we finished.”

The Gables were part of a large local contingent who competed in the various distances of the Maui Oceanfront Marathon.

Other Kelowna and area runners who ran in the full marathon were: Becky Williams (4:51:52), Edwina Flannigan (4:51:43), Sandy Wike (4:55:12) and Shelly Stephens (5:05:19).

In the half marathon: Woody Cross (1:49:57), Tom Jensen (2:04:49) and Gord Shannon (2:15:07).

Larry Stephens ran in the 15k, while Gary Williams, and Keith and Sheila Orchiston ran in the 5 k event.

As for the Gables, the Kelowna couple had hoped their next major event would be the Boston Marathon on April 19.

Pat has run in Boston four times before and Corrine has been there three times.

But when the race filled up quickly and the Gables failed to get in, the couple had to make alternate plans.

Fortunately, a marathon in nearby Narragansett, Rhode Island will serve as a replacement.

“We already had everything booked for Boston, so when that fell through we got into Gansett Marathon, and it’s on the Saturday before Boston,” said Pat. “It was created as an overflow for Boston, all the runners are qualifiers, so that worked out for us. There are only 150 people in it, it’ll be very different, but it should be fun.”

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