Date: Sunday, December 14, 2008
Location: Honolulu, HI
Ivuti, the 2007 Chicago Marathon winner, broke from a pack of Kenyans about halfway through the course. He is the brother-in-law of six-time Honolulu champion Jimmy Muindi who finished 5th in 2:21:43.
On a day when President-elect Barack Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng was an official race co-starter, Kenyans swept the top five spots in the men's race.
Shimahara, bothered by an unsettled stomach, stayed with Kenya's Alice Timbilili who ran a determined race. Timbilili gained about a 10-meter lead near the 17-mile mark but Shimahara erased it. By mile 21 Shimahara began to pull away.
Eri Hayakawa was the only other Japanese citizen to win at Honolulu, clocking 2:31:56 in 2003. She finished a distant 11th this day in 3:07:39.