Posted on: February 4, 2012

Run & Walk for the Whales Results

Six hundred and thirty runners and walkers from across the United States and Canada participated in the annual Run and Walk for the Whales on Saturday, February 4 in South Maui. The event, presented by Pacific Whale Foundation and hosted by the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, featured a half marathon run and walk, plus a 5K run and walk, and a 2K children’s race. Complete race results can be found at 

Jonathon Kisiloski from Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, was the first to cross the finish line in the half marathon race, with a time of 1:27:23. Nicholas Mongar of Des Moines, Iowa placed second in the half marathon with a time of  1:31:51. Third place went to Tim Farley, of Lahaina, who crossed the finish line with a time of 1:31:52.

The two leading women in the half marathon crossed the finish line together, both collecting first place honors. Lindsey Wilbur of Kihei and Krissandra Darrah of Kula had a time of 1:32:56. Amanda Bowers of Portland, Oregon took second place honors with a time of 1:39:37.

In the 5K event, the men’s first place award went to Matt Holton of Kula, who completed the course in a blazing16:07. Marc Corcoran came in second with a time of 18:52. Third place went to Isaiah Yamaguchi of Pukalani, with a time of 19:35.

In the women’s 5K race, Sally Daganzo finished first with a time of 20:02. Joy Schwarting of Erie, Colorado was second with a time of 20:13. Melissa Rajesh of Kihei placed third with a time of  21:00.

In the 2K Keiki Race, Kekoa Hunt, of Haiku took top honors for the boys. Hunt also ran the 5K race and placed fourth overall and first in his age group of age 12 and under with a time of 19:42. Amanda Kimball of Honolulu won top honors in the 2K Keiki Race for girls ages 12 and under. 

“Kekoa’s dad is a captain on Pacific Whale Foundation’s vessels; Mark Corcoran is a naturalist on our vessels and Tim Farley is a purser,” said Merrill Kaufman, Education Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation and the Race Director. “We enjoyed seeing our staff and their families taking part in this race.”

“The race attracted a great mix of local and visiting athletes,” remarked Kaufman. “We’re very grateful to all who participated in this fundraiser for our marine education programs at Pacific Whale Foundation.”

Chip timing was provided by Pacific Sports and Event Timing. The official water sponsor for the event was Menehune Water Co. The post race breakfast was provided by Makena Beach and Golf Resort, Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ola Catering, Morrad Food Service and Ono Organic Farms, 

Additional support for the event was provided by Expedia Local Expert, Valley Isle Road Runners, 
Columbia Sportswear, Repair the World Apparel, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Cheeseburger Restaurants, Breakthrough Nutrition, Tropical Seas, My Flower Shop, Kihei Charter School and Christine Hoening, along with dozens of volunteers. 

Not all of the race participants were on Maui. Jack and Connie Wetterer of Colorado Springs, Colorado signed up for the Run and Walk for the Whales with their two children, with the plan to participate in the race in their hometown.  When nature provided 16" of snow, the family decided to “snowshoe for the whales” instead. They covered  the distance of 1 kilometer at Fox Run Regional Park, and plan to finish the distance indoors with a WiFit and their treadmill.

Funds raised from the Run and Walk for the Whales will support Pacific Whale Foundation's education programs, which start with preschool aged children, introducing them to simple marine science
concepts through a weekly SeaWees program. Elementary, middle-school and high-school students participate in hands-on science labs at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center, as well as field trips (including whalewatches, dolphin watches and tidepool explorations), at-sea marine research and other learning opportunities. During school breaks and summer, Pacific Whale Foundation offers an Ocean Camp for students in grades K through 5, which promotes learning about the oceans in a fun-filled setting. The race also helps fund Pacific Whale Foundation’s "No Child Left Indoors" scholarship program, which ensures that all
children, regardless of their families' financial situation, are able to participate in our outdoor environmental education opportunities. This program will also be funding a whalewatch for families from a local homeless shelter next month.

The Run and Walk for the Whales is part of the Maui Whale Festival, a six month-long celebration of Maui’s humpback whales. The Maui Whale Festival celebrates and honors the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to Maui each winter. Maui is the principal mating and calving area of North Pacific humpback whales in the United States. It is the place of new beginnings for the next generation of whales. Through fun and educational events, the Maui Whale Festival raises awareness about these cherished marine mammals and inspires the public to care for the vital and unique whale habitat encompassed by the four islands of Maui County.

Upcoming festival events include the “Weekend With the Experts" with free presentations for the public on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, World Whale Day on Saturday, February 18 and the Great Whale Count on Saturday, February 25. To learn more, visit