Hundreds ran, or walked, through Kakaako Saturday night for a good cause, starting at Kewalo Basin Park.
All participants in the 5K Kakaako “Nite Run” got a free head lamp and were invited to dress up and add all the lights they want.
But it wasn’t all about the run.
The family affair offered keiki activities and all proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
The JDRF Children’s Congress Hawaii Delegate of 2015, David Dikeman, was diagnosed in 2013. He is now 11 years old.
“Diabetes doesn’t hold me back from doing the fun things that I like, like running or playing sports or swimming, you know all that kind of stuff,” said Dikeman.
“It’s all about just having fun,” said John Henderson, the founder of Nite Run. “We don’t time the race, we just give away prizes for costumes. And if you noticed, there’s a lot of kids around, everybody’s having fun and it’s really what it’s about. Good fun, health and well-being.”
Henderson became a paraplegic after an accident on the North Shore.
The Kakaako Nite Run founder says even though he can’t run, he is satisfied to feel a part of it and to watch the fun, knowing it benefits children with diabetes.