Thousands of runners, walkers lace up for 36th annual Great Aloha Run

Thousands of runners, walkers lace up for 36th annual Great Aloha Run

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of runners and walkers hit the pavement Monday morning in what’s become a Presidents’ Day tradition in Hawaii: the 36th annual Great Aloha Run!

The 8.15-mile run kicked off at 7 a.m. in Downtown Honolulu and ended at Aloha Stadium.

The first runner to cross the finish line — Andy Wacker, of Boulder, Colo. — came in at 41 minutes and 9 seconds, while the first Hawaii resident to finish was Rickus Jacobs at 41 minutes and 55 seconds.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Iveen Chepkemoi, of Kericho, Kenya at 42 minutes and 32 seconds.

The annual run, sponsored by Hawaii Pacific Health, raises more than $250,000 for charities.

“All the money is staying in Hawaii and it will be going to 50 different charities in Hawaii, throughout the state of Hawaii,” said Carole Kai, co-founder of the race. “Hawaii is the most generous and grateful and wonderful and thoughtful and kind people.”

Meanwhile, several major roads were closed for the event but will reopen after the race.

For more race and parking information, click here.

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