People chase bananas in the name of fitness

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A race Saturday morning had a lot of “a peel.”

More than 2,000 people spent their morning chasing a banana – actually a bunch of them.

Among those people were our very own Wake-Up-2-Day crew. They were all part of the 12th annual Banana Man Chase and Keiki Fun Run.

The annual Banana Man chase is a 5k or 3.1 mile chase around Ala Moana Park and Magic Island with age groups from 3 year-olds to seniors, getting to win free Jamba Juice for a year. The event keeps on growing.

“This year we have had the most entries ever in the 5k with 1400 people and the keiki race has another 500 kids,” said race spokesperson Sherri Rigg.

But not only do you have to win but you have to catch and pass a group of highly dedicated, highly trained athletes dressed as bananas.

“Obviously WakeUp2Day anchors Olena Heu, Ron Mizutani and weather forecaster Kanoe Gibson will have no problem catching me. But Jai Cunningam is quick, and John Veneri is on segway due to an old football injury from his days up at UH,” said Braden.

“Taizo he is just a top banana and John, he calls himself our rotten banana because he is on his segway.”

The bananas have a head start but those extra 60 seconds didn’t last long.

“Jai and I were soon passed by a lot of people young and old, but at least the KHON team finished together. And the fun didn’t end there.” said KHON2 reporter Taizo Braden. “The keiki race was 500 meters around Magic Island which was competitive and fun as parents cheered their kids on through the finish line including my son Connor and I in last place.”

Proceeds from the event go to Hawaii Speed and Quickness.


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