The History of the Kona Run
A look back at how the run records have fallen
1978 Gordon Haller wins the first Ironman with a 3:30 marathon.
1981 Joe Kasbohm, a 19-year-old college student, runs 2:59:18, the first sub-3:00 marathon.
1983 Twin sisters Sylviane and Patricia Puntous both run 3:22 marathons to finish first and second.
1989 Mark Allen runs 2:40:04 and Dave Scott 2:41:03 during their famous Iron War, the fastest two times ever run in Kona.
1990 Erin Baker runs 3:04:14, the fastest time run by a woman in Kona, to beat Paula Newby-Fraser for her second Kona win.
1991, 1992, 1995 Mark Allen continues his streak of fast marathons in Kona, running 2:42 in each of those three years.
1996 Luc Van Lierde runs 2:41:48 to win the race.
1998 Defending Ironman Champion Heather Fuhr runs 3:04:02, breaking Baker’s record.
1999 In winning her fifth Kona title, Lori Bowden shatters Fuhr’s run record with a 2:59:16, the first sub-3:00 marathon by a woman.
2008 Chrissie Wellington and Sandra Wallenhorst break Bowden’s record with a 2:57:44 and 2:58:36 respectively.
2009 Mirinda Carfrae breaks Wellington’s record with a 2:56:51.
2010 In winning her first Kona title, Carfrae shatters her own record with a 2:53:32; Caitlin Snow runs 2:56:04, the fastest time for an American woman; Pete Jacobs runs 2:41:06, the third fastest ever run in Kona.
2011 For the fourth year in a row, the women’s record falls as a foot race between Carfrae and Wellington leads them to break it in 2:52:09 and 2:52:41, respectively.
How fast can they go? Dave Scott predicts the men could run 2:31-2:32 and the women, 2:43-2:44.
Fastest Kona Run Splits
Top 5 Men
2:40:04 Mark Allen (USA), 1989
2:41:03 Dave Scott (USA), 1989
2:41:06 Pete Jacobs (AUS), 2010
2:41:48 Luc Van Lierde (BEL), 1996
2:41:57 Olivier Bernhard (SUI) 1999
Top 5 Women
2:52:09 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), 2011
2:52:41 Chrissie Wellington (GBR), 2011
2:53:32 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), 2010
2:56:04 Caitlin Snow (USA), 2010