Runners excited for big race, despite chance of rain

Great Aloha Run
Great Aloha Run

Even with a chance for some heavy rain in the forecast, the runners we spoke to at the Great Aloha Run Expo say they’re not intimidated.

“Runners run whether it’s rain or shine. So actually, it should improve a lot of people’s running. They won’t want to lollygag. They’ll wanna get out of the weather,” said Aaron Hunger, a Great Aloha Run participant.

“I’ve ran in the rain many times here, so I’m used to it,” said Jessie Orrino, a Great Aloha Run participant.

So far, more than 22,000 people have signed up for the race, which begins at 7 a.m. Monday.

Runners and walkers will take their mark at Aloha Tower and cross the finish line at Aloha Stadium.

With such a large crowd, experienced runners say it’s important to be aware of others.

“Remember that some people are racing, so try to get out of their way and you’ll have a great time out there,” Hunger said.

If it’s your first time, “I would suggest Vaseline. It helps the water bead off the skin. And wear a garbage bag early in the morning, so you can keep warm and keep the rain off. And then it’s disposable right before run time,” Hunger said.

Race officials are hoping for the best. They’ve never had a rain out, but say they’re always prepared.

“We just want people to come out and celebrate 30 years because this race is for the people, by the people of Hawaii,” said Carole Kai of Carol Kai Charities, Inc.

They also hope to give away half-a-million dollars to 50 local charities.

Overall, participants are excited for the event, no matter what Mother Nature may throw their way.

“It’s rained before, but there’s been far worse rain storms. And so this is gonna be fun, even if it does rain,” Hunger said.

For more information on the Great Aloha Run, visit this website.

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