A hoppin’ good time in Kona


As part of the Kona Brewers Festival, the annual Run for Hops took place on Saturday in Kailua-Kona, with more than 500 people coming out to participate in a 10K run or a 5K run/walk.

The course for the 10K began at the BMW dealership on Loloku Street, looping in and out of Old Kona Airport Park and zigzagging around the Old Industrial Area before runners finished back at BMW, keeping all the competitors on their toes.

Honolulu’s Sam Corace, formerly of Kailua-Kona, took first place, finishing the 6.2-mile course in 36 minutes, 45 seconds. Paul Needham finished second with a time of 39:33, and Joel Anhalt was third (39:49).

For the women, Brooke Myers of Kailua-Kona claimed first place with a time of 43:42. Jeni Winegarner finished second (44:02), and Chelsea McKenzie was third (44:34).

Those who participated in the 5K run/walk followed a course similar to the first half of the 10K. From the Old Industrial Area, they went to Old Kona Airport Park’s runway and took one lap on the Makaeo Walking/Jogging Path before heading back to the finish located at BMW.

Levi Thomet of Kodiak, Alaska, finished first with an incredible time of 17:01. Justin Butler placed second at 18:26, and Ziggy Bartholomy was third (19:36).

In the women’s race, Mellissa Davidson of Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., took first with a time of 22:08. Vickie Zeman finished second (23:55), and Shauna Turner was third (24:21).

Congratulations to all who competed in the Run for Hops. It was a great turnout this year, and we hope to see you back for next year’s run.

This Saturday, Hawaii Cycling Club will host a cycling time trial at 8 a.m. The 12.2-mile time trial will begin at the intersection of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Waikoloa Beach Drive, with cyclists heading south on the highway to the Kua Bay entrance road. Registration begins one hour prior to the start time. This free community event is open to all cyclists.

On Sunday, the Kealakehe Waverider Triathlon Club will host its 5K Leprechaun-a-Thon and Sham Walk at Laaloa Beach Park, commonly known as Magic Sands, at 7 a.m. Do you think you can catch the leprechaun and steal the pot of gold? If so, join in on the fun run to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The event will have aid stations, drawings, refreshments and finisher stickers. Early registration for this race is $12 online at active.com or at Bike Works Kona. Race day registration is $15.

On Sunday, the Big Island International Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K will take place in Hilo. Good luck to all who are participating.

Hope to see you all out there. Until next time, happy training.