Saturday’s race went off beautifully with overcast skies for the early portion of the race followed by blue skies with wispy high-level clouds over the ocean at one of the most beautiful finish lines in the world. Dolphins frolicked in the bay while participants enjoyed mac-nut pancakes topped with fresh bananas and jabuticaba jam while listening to music from our local musicians.
We had 308 finishers in both the 5k and 10k, with representation from 13 states and two athletes celebrating birthdays! Here are our full race results; if you find any issues, please let me know and we’ll get it fixed up. I’ll also be getting the 2nd and 3rd place medals sent out very soon!
Mahalo nui loa to our sponsors: All Tool, Inc., Bike Works Kona, Choicemart, Conscious Riddims, Hōnaunau Poke, Honsador, Kona Integrative Health, Patel’s, and Tiger Canoe.
Mahalo to our friends, family, and local businesses who donated to our silent auction: Sage Sounds Music, Lucky Cat Boutique, Cultivate Good Food, Creative Costumes, Da Bead Shop, Wannabee Pono, Herbivores, Alchemy Salon, Hā Massage, Yasu Tanaka Chiropractic, Danielle Ho Massage, Body Glove, Fair Wind Cruises, Pa’akai Paddles, Kialoa Paddles, Polynesian Paddling Products, Kaiko’o Paddles, Palafamala, Aloha Unlimited Productions, Rifle Board Co., Mauna Shave Ice, Mahina Mele Market, Volcano Golf Course, Reel Aloha Poke, Amber Youderian, Run Big, Hawaiian Ethos, Kona Kini’s, All Tool, South Kona Grindz, Hawaiian Winds Coffee, HiCo Coffee, S’ok Coffee, Lomi Pono, Halau Ka’eaikahelelani, West Hawai’i Today, KITV4 News, who put together some great coverage of our race, and all the Keōua ‘Ohana and members that have donated past and present!
Mahalo to our local ukulele group for keeping our participants entertained, and our own harpist Jim Eliott for playing and letting us use his sound system. Last, but not least, a very big heartfelt mahalo to all of our Keōua ‘Ohana who came out to help put on a great event. We couldn’t do it without such fantastic help and continuity over the years.
That’s a wrap. See you all next year!