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Thousands Take Part in Great Aloha Run

Keith Amemiya Keith Amemiya
Peter Hershorn Peter Hershorn
Todd Iacovelli Todd Iacovelli
Lenette Vierra Lenette Vierra

By Marvin Buenconsejo

HONOLULU HARBOR (KHNL) -- While most folks took advantage of the President's Day holiday by sleeping-in and relaxing, some 20,000 early-risers headed down to Honolulu Harbor Monday morning, to participate in the 24th annual Great Aloha Run.

From the elite, to the "I got nothing better to do, so let's check-out the fun walk," thousands enjoyed the picturesque conditions that blessed Monday's Great Aloha Run.

The annual event promotes fitness, as well as raises much-needed money for more than a hundred organizations here in the islands, including the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.

''It's huge. We always need funding to run our athletic programs across the state and the many state tournaments that we have," said Keith Amemiya, Run Executive Director. "Through the generosity of the Great Aloha Run and its founder Carol Kai, we can't thank them enough for the support they give our student athletes."

Island realtor, Peter Hershorn, has already made his mark as a competitive sailboat racer.

But he swapped-out his catamaran for a high-tech wheelchair, for his inaugural race.

''Some friends of mine said they were going to come down and do it," said Hershorn. "I thought I'd give it a shot since I've never raced before, and try something different, have a good time and hope I do well."

A little more than eight miles later, enthusiastic runners, crossed the finish line.

For the record, Todd Iacovelli, is your big winner, coming in just at 42 minutes and 26 seconds.

''I grew up here, went to high school here, yet I've never run the race before so this is like a dream come true," said Iacovelli.

As for the rest of the field, they just wanted to have fun.

''I'm actually from Kauai. So, I came all the way here for this," said Lenette Vierra. "It didn't feel so humid. I felt like it was a beautiful day for a run. Good turn out. It was fun.

To date, the Great Aloha Run has raised close to $8 million to aid Hawaii's non-profit organizations.

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