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KIBBEE FINISHES FIRST IN 43RD GUAM MARATHON

Coming in with a blazing time of 2:58.20, first time marathon runner Stephen Kibbee was the first finisher in the 43 Guam Marathon early Sunday morning.

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By Robert Balajadia

Coming in with a blazing time of 2:58.20, first time marathon runner Stephen Kibbee was the first finisher in the 43rd Guam Marathon early Sunday morning. Runners started at UOG in Mangilao and traveled all the way to the Nimitz Beach Park in Agat.

“I’m blessed. Everything I was able to accomplish today was thanks to God and I couldn’t do it without my wife, who was there for me every mile,” said Kibbee. Melanie Kibbee, Stephen’s wife, was waiting for her husband at the finish line.

Kibbee had never run a marathon before, let a lone a half marathon.

“Most of my running was done alone, so I pretty much ran the race alone in the dark. Each week I tried to do a 17-18 mile run and just get used to how I feel when it starts to hurt. In high school I was a runner, but Guam has been really amazing and all the 5K’s, especially the SDA 5K, made me come out to do more 5K’s and then I started to want to do longer runs.”

Rounding out the top three runners for the males were Ryan Matienzo who game in at 3:07.39 and Rodney Bordallo at 3:24.20.

Coming in 4ht overall, and first amongst females was the iconic Marie Benito with a solid time of 3:26.42.

Marie Benito smiles big for GSPN’s camera as she passes Ga’an Point in Agat. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Marie Benito smiles big for GSPN’s camera as she passes Ga’an Point in Agat. (photo by Jesse Castro)

“First I would like to thank the good Lord, he’s blessed me. It’s a love and passion for the distance. I’m not as quick as I used to be in the short distance, but I really enjoy running long distances and it’s a beautiful course,” said Benito.

With all the miles logged on in her prolific time as a runner, Benito plans to keep going strong until her body tells her otherwise.

“I’m going to keep running as I listen to my body and make sure I recover. Just being out here and seeing the spirit of everybody who feels the pain and passion, it’s incentive for me.”

Top Three Males:

Stephen Kibbee 2:58.20

Ryan Matienzo 3:0739

Rodney Bordallo 3:24.20

First Female:

Marie Benito 3:26.42

OFFICIAL RESULTS

PL BIB Last First Division Final Time
1 245 Kibbee Stephen Male Submaster 2:58:20
2 269 Matienzo Ryan Male Open 3:07:39
3 260 Bordollo Rodney Male Senior 3:24:20
4 387 Benito Marie Female Master 3:26:42
5 270 Blas Richard Male Open 3:33:56
6 280 Paet Sherwin Male Submaster 3:40:52
7 271 Blas Peter Male Senior 3:44:17
8 287 Armamento Larry Male Senior 3:46:26
9 256 Oviedo Alex Male Senior 3:50:25
10 372 Ballais Dennis Male Master 3:51:56
11 261 Murphy Ken Male Senior 3:52:28
12 294 Camacho Steve Male Submaster 3:57:00
13 246 Pangelinan Justin Male Junior 3:58:28
14 267 Dalangin Julio Male Master 4:00:25
15 388 McCoy Matt Male Open 4:01:37
16 254 Wesoloswki John Male Master 4:12:26
17 263 Mariano Anthony Male Master 4:16:48
18 281 Villanueva Ronnie Male Senior 4:18:30
19 257 Oviedo Isabella Female Junior 4:19:28
20 406 Temerowski Mike Male Master 4:19:47
21 334 Elizaga Romeo Male Master 4:25:41
22 295 Abagatnan Dorris Female Submaster 4:27:19
23 272 Wolborsky Stephen Male Senior 4:28:23
24 165 Camacho Rosemarie Female Master 4:28:56
25 248 Abad Tony Male Master 4:37:30
26 384 Criss Geoffrey Male Master 4:37:32
27 375 Goltiao Mindy Female Open 4:37:32
28 247 Tainatongo Tina Female Master 4:42:16
29 278 Hechanova Yuka Female Master 4:42:35
30 243 Johnson Rachel Female Submaster 4:44:23
31 279 Hechanova Manny Male Master 4:44:40
32 244 Campbell Andrea Female Submaster 4:46:36
33 255 Oviedo Sonja Female Master 4:46:58
34 289 Peroy Marissa Female Submaster 4:47:11
35 296 Montelya Benjie Female Master 4:47:11
36 259 Jones Carl Male Master 4:50:55
37 250 Ritzman Lisa Female Submaster 4:52:04
38 291 Fisher Anita Female Submaster 4:53:03
39 277 Skornia Jami Female Submaster 4:57:32
40 286 Fernandez Miguel Male Senior 4:57:46
41 241 Harvey Richard Male Manamko 4:58:49
42 249 Cubacub Arvin Male Senior 4:59:08
43 273 Pedernal Rene Male Master 4:59:41
44 299 Gibson Jennifer Female Submaster 5:03:38
45 275 Tayama Barbara Female Master 5:12:07
46 240 Yamada Tom Male Senior 5:14:39
47 385 Schlueter Bernadette Female Master 5:20:28
48 282 Pacheco Nancy Female Master 5:22:18
49 283 Calvo Janet Female Senior 5:22:18
50 274 Paulino Jaclyn Female Submaster 5:23:32
51 262 Gumban Ronie Male Master 5:23:37
52 268 King Sheila Female Master 5:25:57
53 300 Brown Rachel Female Submaster 5:29:33
54 373 Oilouch Alisa Female Submaster 5:29:58
55 290 Anicas Loma Female Master 5:32:07
56 253 Sindorf Beth Female Senior 5:33:05
57 242 Crisostomo Elias Male Senior 5:39:21
58 331 Gibson Mika Female Master 5:40:40
59 288 Lin William Male Open 5:40:47
60 266 Gallagher Brian Male Master 5:42:34
61 298 Teodoro Linda Female Senior 5:45:37
62 297 Lobaton Cheryl Female Submaster 5:59:10
63 251 Reyes Denise Female Senior 6:04:48
64 292 Hawkins Doris Open 3:49:24 Unofficial
65 285 Ozuna Diobelkis Submaster 3:57:00 Unofficial

PHOTO GALLERY:

Stephen Kibbee took a moment to pose with his wife for Melanie. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Stephen Kibbee took a moment to pose with his wife Melanie. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Marie Benito crosses the finish line for the Guam Marathon. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Marie Benito crosses the finish line for the Guam Marathon. (photo by Jesse Castro)

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