by: Diane Ako
WAIKIKI (KHNL)- Tomorrow thousands of runners will hit the streets of Honolulu for the marathon, and among them will be Hawaii's hottest ukulele player, Jake Shimabukuro. He can easily entertain a crowd of thousands, but now he's about to do a performance of a different kind, as a runner! "I just turned 30 in November so I thought this would be a good way to put my 20's aside and run into my next decade," he explains.
Jake's been training for his first marathon for 4 months. "I'm a little nervous. It came around fast. I think I'm ready. If you're not ready in the last week, you're as ready as you're going to be."
He hated running when he started, and could barely do one mile. He loves it now! "You get into this meditative state and it becomes therapeutic."
If he or any of the runners need encouragement, he wrote a special song, Beyond the Break, on his new album Gently Weeps. It's the race's theme song this year. "The song Beyond the Break is a driving rock tune. It should be uplifting and make you want to get out there and do something crazy."
After the marathon, he'll give a mini concert. He's done that every year for the past 6 years. "I always see the runners come in and everyone's limping as they cross the finish line. I've always admired people who have the courage to do it."