The first ever run to be held on the lush tropical grounds of Allerton and McBryde Gardens was a great success as Saturday, April 4, 2015 dawned bright and sunny to showcase the garden landscapes. The Kauai Marathon & Half Marathon and the National Tropical Botanical Garden partnered to host the First Annual Roots ‘n Shoots Run and Walk, a 5k fundraising event. Over 300 runners and walkers took to the unique route, which started on the recently opened Biodiversity Trail and took advantage of the various environments offered by the gardens. The course meandered through towering rainforest trees, a grove of swaying golden bamboo, the Jurassic Park Moreton Bay Figs, tropical fruit trees, and alongside the Lawai Stream. Following the 5k, two scholarships were awarded to college-bound local high school athletes as part of The Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program for their submissions on the importance of running in their lives. Participants as well as hosts are excited for future opportunities and getting back on the trails next year.
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The Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program, (TKMYRP) presented by Kauai Coffee was initiated by Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon multi year champion and course record holder, Tyler McCandless in 2013 as an avenue to give back to the community who has made such an impact on his personal and professional life.
The focus of the program was to make a positive difference with the youth of Kauai by educating students on the benefits of healthy choices both in nutrition and exercise while promoting health and happiness. In the first year, Tyler worked with The Kauai Marathon staff in developing a program involving elementary and high school youth through classroom and school assembly presentations on the effects of exercise and nutrition on mental and physical health.
Building on the successes of the 2013 program, Tyler returned in early August of 2014 and started a mentorship program involving high school students and fifth graders from Kalaheo, Koloa and Island Schools. The mentorship program brings the youth together with their mentors for monthly runs throughout the year with a presentation each week focused on making healthy lifestyle choices. Additionally, Tyler enlisted Dr. Chris Marchioini, the executive director of the non-profit Healthy Learning Paths to build upon the impact of the school presentations. Tyler and Chris taught together in the classrooms, giving the students both a medical doctor and a role-model athlete as their teacher for a classroom period on the benefits of exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Read the rest of this entry »No Comments | Trackback
The Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa will be our headquarters for all race week events. The Sheraton Kauai will continue to be the finish line as well as the site for all finish line activities including the awards ceremonies and after party.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
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Koloa, HI 96756
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Kauai Marathon Champion Tyler McCandless Crushes Half Marathon Course Record Nicole Chyr Crosses the Full Marathon Finish Line First in 6th Annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon
The 6th Annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon featured over 1,800 participants and over 130 youth runners in the 2nd Annual Keiki Run sponsored by Wilcox Health. The Aloha State was well represented with 921 local registrants of whom 651 were from Kauai, the most ever. Runners from 43 States and 16 countries enjoyed the magic of the Garden of Isle. Additionally, there were 67 participants who ran the full or half marathon for the 6th year in a row.
The performance of the day went to Nicole Chyr, 36, of Englewood, CO who won the Full Marathon in 3:00:24. She was followed by the top male finisher, Goya Hidemasa of Japan who clocked in at 3:01:30. Chyr, sponsored by Newton Running stated, “The Kauai Marathon is no joke of a race but one of my favorites! Not just because it’s in Hawaii, but because of the tremendous support you receive along the entire course. Congratulations to every runner who raced today, and thank you to all the volunteers and staff who cheer us on and make this a great event.”
Tyler McCandless, 27, from Boulder CO, won the Half Marathon smashing the course record with a time of 1:07:17. McCandless, also sponsored by Newton Running, shared the excitement of his victory. “It was an honor to win the Kauai Half Marathon this year and although I did not achieve my goal of breaking 1:05, I put every ounce of energy I had out on the course. I’m very proud to say that I’ve helped raise several thousand dollars, which will all be used on island for The Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program to empower kids to exercise, be healthy and most importantly, be happy.”
The second place finisher in the men’s field for the Full Marathon was Bobby Niska of Wheaton, IL with a time of 3:04:29 and third place went to Hiroyuki Makino of Japan who was close behind at 3:08:30. The women’s race was dominated by Chyr who was followed by Kaitlin Borror of Long Island City, NY who finished at 3:31:14. Third place went to Amanda Kavigian of Arlington, MA completing the race in 3:33:49.
Second place in the Half Marathon went to Rich Hanna of Sacramento, CA crushing the age 50-54 course record at 1:16:49. Third place went to JT Service of Santa Cruz, CA crossing the finish line in 1:23:25. Service was the Marathon Champion of the Inaugural Kauai Marathon in 2009.
Lauren Tippets, 29 of Los Altos, CA led the women’s Half Marathon field with a time of 1:26:53. Sarah Vitug of Los Angeles, CA was second at 1:33:17 and Kauai resident Brooke Sugahara was third finishing with a time of 1:35:59.
Kauai’s top finishers were Derrick Ledesma and Jennifer Tone for the Full Marathon and Joseph Kali and Brooke Sugahara for the Half Marathon.
The 2014 event featured far more than the successful running of the Marathon and Half Marathon. The world class Sports and Fitness Expo provided a backdrop for runners to meet several running celebrities, as well as informative health and wellness seminars. The Fun Run on Saturday morning brought runners together for a casual “shake out” morning adventure. And finally, the Second Annual Keiki Run sponsored by Wilcox Health energized over 135 children from the ages of 2 to 12 with exciting races at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.
Endurance sports celebrity Dean Karnazes and Runner’s World’s Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso were both on hand for the week’s festivities handing out tips and inspiration to all the runners. Yasso believes the event is one of the best because of the accessibility to his fellow running community through the Expo, pre race fun run and the finish line party. He loves the personal connections he makes and always looks forward to meeting the people of Kauai.
Several sponsors made the event possible including: County of Kauai, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kauai Visitors Bureau, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kauai Coffee, The Parrish Collection Kauai, Wilcox Health, Kauai Heritage Properties, Tortilla Republic, Cardno, Living Foods Gourmet Market and Cafe and Poipu Beach Resort Association. Many other local businesses assisted by providing volunteer lunches, accommodations and supplies for the medical tent.
Over $7,000 was generously donated to numerous local non-profit groups volunteering for race day activities. Niumalu Canoe Club, Kalaheo Elementary School, Koloa Elementary School, and the Waimea High School Project Grad are just a few.No Comments | Trackback
Watching 135 kids ages 2-12 chase the chicken was awesome. The 100-yard toddler trot had some serious contenders, and the quarter mile sprint for the 5-7 year olds was even faster. However, it was the 8-12 year olds in the half-mile run that gave the chicken a real run for his money. He fended off the top female runner, but couldn’t withstand the speed of the young German!
Congratulations to Kalaheo Elementary School for bringing in the most runners to the event and winning the $500 donation. Other schools that participated included Koloa Elementary, Island School, Eleele Elementary and Wilcox Elementary.
A huge mahalo goes out to the ‘ohana at Wilcox Health for their sponsorship of the Keiki Run. The kids loved the t-shirts and medals and truly had a morning celebrating health, wellness and movement.
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Click here to see the 2014 Kauai Marathon results.4 Comments | Trackback
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