22,000 entered in annual run, walk
About 22,000 are expected to participate in the 26th annual Great Aloha Run from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium Monday, starting at 5 a.m.
The 8.15-mile course starts in Downtown, winds its way along Honolulu Harbor, down Nimitz Highway, Kamehameha Highway and into Aloha Stadium.
According to race co-founder Carole Kai Onouye, 19,300 civilians and close to 3,000 military have signed up.
Since 1985, the Great Aloha Run has raised more than $8.1 million and assisted more than 150 local non-profit organizations.
Most roads near the airport should be re-opened to cross-traffic by 8:30 a.m., and Salt Lake Boulevard between Kalaloa Street and Aloha Stadium should re-open by approximately 9:45 a.m.
Some traffic tips:
'Ewa-bound traffic to Downtown will be diverted onto South Street and from there use South Beretania Street to Punchbowl Street to get onto the freeway. Traffic on the elevated portion of the freeway should be light.
Avoid using the Middle Street and Dillingham Boulevard intersection, as delays on these streets may result from the closure of the Middle Street Interchange.
HEALTH, FITNESS EXPO
The Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run Sports, Health, and Fitness Expo will take place today through Sunday at the Blaisdell Center's Exhibition Hall. The Expo features exhibit booths offering the newest products and services in sports, health and fitness, in addition to entertainment, workshops, and more.
The Expo will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $4; $2 for military personnel with valid ID; and free for senior citizens over 65, keiki under age 12 with a paying adult, and all registered entrants of the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run. Parking will be available at the Blaisdell Center for $5 before 4 p.m. and $6 after 4 p.m.