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Running scholarship deadline approaching – April 22

Attn: all high school running seniorsAs chairman of the Road Runners Club Scholarship Committee I’d like to inform all my blog readers that high school running seniors only have 48 hours to get their scholarship applications in the mail.

The Big Island Road Runners is proud to announce the 2011 “BIRR Scholarship”, which will now factor in a “needs based” component, is now open for all Big Island high school student applicants. 

 go to:  www.bigislandroadrunners.org to get an application

It is easy to apply.  Download the application below or see a college counselor, athletic director, or running coach at your local high school (public or private).  Write an essay of 200 -300 words covering “… how running has affected your life …” along with other pertinent factors like the physical and mental challenges and add in 100 words or less on “…. why BIRR should consider you for a need-based scholarship…”.  Neatly complete the application and then postmark it by Friday, April 22, 2011  to the BIRR. 

In just about the time it takes to run a marathon, a student could complete the entire process and just think –  $1,000 to use at a school of their choice – 4 year, 2 year, or a technical/trade school. 

P L E A S E   –  tell your fellow runners, relatives, and neighbors who may have a high school student in their family or know of a deserving student to apply for this scholarship. 

One male and one female high school student will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the annual “BIRR Scholarship Run” to be held at Coconut Island on Sunday, May 15th at 7:30 a.m.  Please attend this run to celebrate this occasion, have fun, and celebrate a healthy lifestyle.


April 20, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , | 1 Comment

Petitions circulating to help save UHH cross country programs

HPU men’s cross country team

Hawaii Sports Magazine and Hawaii Pacific University are circulating petitions to help save the University of Hawaii men’s and women’s cross country teams from being abolished.

Related links on the UHH cross country program:



Christian Friis, coach of HPU, is helping to keep the UHH program going and is encouraging people to sign a petition to show support for the Vulcan harriers.

Following are the petitions that are circulating:


April 20, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , | 4 Comments