Proceeds will benefit the restoration, education and outreach programs for Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond.
The course will begin at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary parking lot at 726 South Kīhei Road. Runners will head toward Mā‘alaea along South Kīhei Road. The course will turn around close to the new Lahaina/Kahului intersection and head back to the sanctuary’s parking lot with a beautiful 1.5-mile beach run.
“The race reminds me of Makoa, a great runner in ancient Hawaiian myths who could run great distances with a bundle of live fish gathered from a fishpond such as ours, and deliver them alive to a king who was miles away,” said Joylynn Paman, executive director of ‘Ao‘ao O Nā Loko I‘a O Maui. “Legend says that he ran so swiftly that the back of his malo [loincloth] flew straight out. I look forward to seeing some swift runners on Jan. 30.”
‘Ao ‘ao O Nā Loko I‘a O Maui President Kimokeo Kapahulehua keeps a watchful eye on Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond. Proceeds from a 5K Fun Run on Jan. 30 will benefit the site’s restoration, education and outreach programs.
Race winners will earn awards and all participants will receive a fishpond association T-shirt.
To register for the event go to Valley Isle Road Runner’s Website at www.VIRR.com. For more information about the race, contact race coordinator Rudy Huber at 280-5801.