PATH to happiness for many runners


On Nov. 16, Peoples Advocacy For Trails Hawaii held its second annual Lavaman Sunset 5K Run in Keauhou. It followed part of the run course that was used for the Lavaman triathlon later that weekend and took the runners around the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay and along the Kona Country Club golf course.

To start, the runners took off from the resort parking lot and climbed Kaleiopapa Street to Alii Drive. There they took a right turn to take them down into the “Pit.” Exiting the main road, the runners followed a course winding through Kona Country Club that led them to the finish located on the Sheraton luau grounds.

Running into an overall win for the run was Ziggy Bartholomy. Bartholomy finished in 19 minutes, 12 seconds. Mark Holland earned second with a time of 20:02. Ellis Andrews (20:38) earned third place.

Congratulations to the runners who competed in the Lavaman Sunset Run.

This past weekend, Frozen Peas Productions held the Post Pigout Biathlon, a quarter-mile swim, two-mile run, quarter-mile swim and two-mile run. The two-loop course made this FPP race a bit more challenging than the rest — but there was no shortage of fun.

The water in Kailua Bay featured perfect swimming conditions; crystal clear water and almost no waves, and it was cold by Kona standards. The first swim was a mass start. The athletes gathered at the first posted buoy in the bay and waited for the signal to go. Around 8:30 a.m. the athletes were off swimming to the quarter-mile buoy. Those who competed in the short course had a beach start and swam to the second posted buoy.

After completing the first swim, the athletes quickly transitioned into their running gear and took off down Alii Drive to complete the two-mile counter-clockwise loop. The run took the athletes down Alii Drive where they veered right near Huggo’s restaurant to run down Kahakai Street before running back to the pier along Alii Drive.

Back at the start, the athletes jumped back into the cool water to complete the quarter-mile swim course for a second time. When they finished the swim, the competitors grabbed their running shoes and hit the road again. The second run was a reverse of the first run loop; they ran down Alii Drive, up the hill, past the entrance to the Royal Kona Resort and back through Kahakai Street, onto Alii Drive and through the finish located back at the Kailua Pier.

I was unable to locate the results from this race, but I will get them to you as soon as possible.

Congratulations to all who competed in FPP’s Post Pigout Biathlon.

The Honolulu Marathon is being held on Dec. 9. Good luck to all the Big Island athletes who have worked so hard to train for the big race.

On Dec. 22, the Kealakehe High School Waverider Triathlon Club is holding the Survive the End of the World 10K Run. The race starts at 7 a.m. To enter, register at active.com or download an entry form at waveridertriclub.org.

On Dec. 23, the eighth annual Jingle Bell Beach Run will be held. There will be a 3.1-mile and a one-mile run/walk course. Race start is 7:30 a.m. This is a free community event.

Also on that day is the Journey-2-Lala Land, a Team Mango Races event. The 17-mile bike/run course will include grades of up to 22 percent. The race will start at Lako Street Chevron and finish near the top of Kaloko Road. Runners will begin at 6 a.m. followed by the bike start at 8 a.m. For more information about the race, go to teammangoraces.com.

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