Inaugural Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph Thanksgiving Day 5K Walk/Run
Big Island Road Runners the local affiliate of Road Runner Clubs of America announces if First Annual Wayne “Big Dog” Jospeh Thanksgiving Day 5K Walk/Run. The Walk/Run will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. The start and finish will be at the parking area of Moku Ola or Coconut Island off of Banyan Drive in Hilo. The walk run starts at 7:30 am with on-site registration happening just prior to the event start. The event is free and all are welcome. There is no cost for the event, however participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation for the Salvation Amry to help needy families during the upcoming holiday season. On a day set aside to give thanks, the Big Island Road Runners want to bring the community out for a healthy way to start the day while acknowledging the tremendous amount of extremely important service Wayne Joseph has gvien to the Big Island Comminuty. As Vietnam Army Veteran, a long time teacher, cross country coach, executive director of the Big Island International Marathon, former Race Director of the Volcano Marathon, former president of the Big Island Road Runners, a leader in the HSTA retirees organization, former member of the County of Hawaii’s Ethics Commission, a long time sports wirter and columnist for the Hawaii Tribune Herald.
Current President of the Big Island Road Runners Steve Pavao said, “Wayne has had such a tremendous impact on so many lives in our community, the thousands that have read his inspiring columns weekly, the hundreds of youth he has taught and coached, the thousands that have run in events he has coordinated. He was a major influence in my life. Reading his column inspired me to get active and make a lifestyle change. Wayne is a true hero and we honor him by giving thanks and giving back to our community.”
All walkers and runners are wlecome. This is a walker friendly event. People can bring strollers and pets as well. There is no time limit and all are welcome. Membership is not required for this event. There will be no time limit. There will be post run refreshments. for inquiries call Steve Pavao at 430-0267