Since becoming a member of the Hawaii Jaycees in 1995, I have assisted the Ala Moana Jaycees in setting up the start-line at the Honolulu Marathon. This year however, I expanded my participation in the marathon beyond just hanging the start-line banner and actually became a marathon participant.
Sporting #1574, I ventured out on to the grueling 26.2 mile course with no training and a vague hope of at least finishing sometime before dark. My wishes were granted and I was not the last finisher to complete the course, although an elderly ba-chan with a cane and a limp did trade leads with me over the last two miles of the course. In the end I was overjoyed to have finished and will be able to check this off my bucket list.