Great turnout at Great Aloha Run

By Dan Cooke - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - You may have slept in on this holiday ... but more than 27,000 of your friends and neighbors participated in the 27th annual Great Aloha Run.

To be exact, 27,233 making this the largest turnout for the run in 10 years.

About 90 percent are from Hawaii, but a total of 45 states and 9 countries were represented.

About 2,500 signed up at the expo just this past weekend sending race organizers scrambling for more water, more bananas, and more...

"T-shirts, we hope we have enough. If not we have our printer standing by to start printing tomorrow morning," said race director Carol Jackson.

"It's terrific for tourism, said Mike McCartney of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. "It creates the kind of Hawaii experience that differentiates Hawaii from the rest of the world."

Race co-founder Carol Kai says after today's event, more than $9.2 million will have been raised for local charities.

"United Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Big Brothers Big Sisters, all Oahu high schools, poor, elderly, the needy, said Kai. "We're going to give $10,000 to the homeless though New Hope this year."

It took almost 30 minutes just to get everybody across the starting line and it wasn't but a few minutes later that someone crossed the finish line.

The first runner into Aloha Stadium was former Hawaii resident Brandon Laan.

The first female runner to finish is Lanni Marchant. And the first wheelchair winner is Peter Hershorn

The Great Aloha Run always has a great military presence, with more than 4,000 running in cadence and then there were those who shouldered a little extra weight. about 60 pounds just to make it interesting.

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