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Okajima completes 6-hour Honolulu Marathon

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  December 14, 2008 04:41 PM

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Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima gestures after finishing the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday in Honolulu.
Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima gestures after finishing the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday in Honolulu. (AP)

It really is a marathon, not a sprint.

Under rainy and wet conditions, Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima completed today's Honolulu Marathon in 6:10:26 (gun time).

Okajima, who turns 33 on Christmas Day, was among 23,000 runners who were expected to start the 26.2 mile race with about 60 percent of the field from his native Japan.

The Globe's Amalie Benjamin reported Friday that the Red Sox were surprised to learn that Okajima would be running in the marathon. "One team official said the Sox were not pleased and would have discouraged him had the team been apprised of his decision," Benjamin wrote.

Race spokesman Pat Bigold had said before the race that it was Okajima's first marathon.

Kenya's Patrick Ivuti won the race, his first Honolulu Marathon victory, finishing more than three minutes ahead of his nearest competition. Ivuti led a Kenyan top-five sweep, finishing in an unofficial time of 2:14:35. Stephen Njoroge Kinuyanjui was second in 2:17:41 and Pius Muasa Mutuku third in 2:17:51.

Japan's Kiyoko Shimahara, 31, won the women's race in an unofficial 2:32:36. Kaori Yoshida, also of Japan, was second in 2:34:35. Kenya's Alice Timbilili was third in 2:37:31.

Rain, which inundated the Islands the past few days, greeted runners at the start of the 36th race and made for wet road conditions.

Read Monday's Globe story on Okajima's marathon run here.

Material from the Honolulu Advertiser and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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