Great Aloha Run deploys to Afghanistan
By Peter Boylan
Advertiser Staff Writer
Organizers of the Great Aloha Run have helped set up three race courses in Afghanistan, allowing more than 2,000 Hawai'i-based troops deployed in that country to participate in a version of the run this month.
The military declined to name the locations of the courses, citing troop security concerns.
She said the military traditionally enters more than 5,000 people in the Great Aloha Run in Hawai'i, with most of the units running the race in training formation.
"For the troops, it means a lot," Kai said yesterday. "They (the military) wanted to do it in Afghanistan to keep the feeling of being close to Hawai'i."
Yesterday, Kai oversaw the shipment of more than 2,000 race T-shirts that were donated to the military by AIG Hawaii and The Advertiser. The T-shirts will be worn by the Hawai'i-based military troops participating in the run.
Stanford Carr Development and Commercial Plumbing covered the cost of shipping all of the T-shirts that will be included with several promotional banners created for the race.
She said the military members running in Afghanistan will not have to pay the standard race entry fee of $25. Instead, she said, the soldiers will be asked to make a donation to the Great Aloha Run and the 27 charities that the race benefits.
Held annually on Presidents Day, the Great Aloha Run in Honolulu is an 8.15-mile "fun run" from Aloha Tower Marketplace to Aloha Stadium.
Participants run, jog, walk or push strollers; some people dress up in costumes.
Co-founded in 1985 by Kai, the Great Aloha Run has raised more than $6.2 million for more than 100 charitable organizations, community groups and elderly care in Hawai'i. The race annually attracts more than 20,000 participants, both island residents and visitors.
The Great Aloha Run is the second-largest running event in Hawai'i after the Honolulu Marathon.
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