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Scholarship 5K run/walk on Sunday, May 13, 7:30 am, Coconut Island

The Big Island Road Runners in partnership with Wayne Joseph and Big Dog Productions will be holding its 2012 Scholarship 5K run on Sunday, May 13, 2012.  The run starts and ends at the Moku Ola or Coconut Island Parking Lot.  The run starts at 7:30 am with on-site registration starting at 7:00am 

The run is free and open to the public, however donations to the scholarship fund are greatly appreciated.  This event is a run/walk and all are welcome. 

Each year the Big Island Road Runners awards two promising high school seniors a $1,000.00 scholarship.  This year’s recipients are Keaau’s Deann Nishimura-Thornton and Honokaa’s Robert Connors, full $1000 each and a half scholarship to Waiakea’s Kelsie Kobayashi.

L to R, Big Dog, Connors, Nishimura-Thornton, Kobayashi

The scholarship fund was created through the generous donation from Richard and Virginia Alderson and is sustained through donations from participants and members of the Big Island Road Runners.  There will be post run refreshments.   Any questions can be directed to Steve Pavao at 430-0267

Come out and support our young runners and in the process do a 3.1 mile run/walk and keep yourself healthy.

Congratulations to the Road Runners for once again supporting the youth in our community.


May 10, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , | 1 Comment

Big Dog’s Lovers Day 5K on tap for Feb 19, 2012


   Coming up Sunday, Feb. 19, is the Big Dog Lover’s Day 5K (3.1-mile) run or walk hosted by Big Dog Productions.

   The event will start from a new location at Hilo’s BAYFRONT PARK near the canoe hale at 7 a.m. and is FREE.  All are welcomed, regardless of fitness level and ability.

   Signup will begin at 6:30 a.m. and this course is a dress rehearsal for the Big Island Marathon’s 5K run/walk.  Post race refreshments will be provided.  Keith Aoki of Anheuser/Busch will be providing Vidration Sports Drinks to all finishers while supplies last.

  For more information call 969-7400 or email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

February 3, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , | 2 Comments

Big Dog’s Resolution Run or Walk, on New Year’s Day, Jan 1st, 2012 and it’s FREE


Big Dog’s New Years Day (Jan 1, 2012) 5K Run/Walk

Start 2012 out right by resolving to improve your health and fitness needs. The 5K (3.1 mile) run or walk will start at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day, from the parking area of Coconut Island.

The event is FREE – just show up prior to 9 am and sign in.  Groups wearing team shirts will have their photos taken and put on the Big Dog’s web site with the largest group receiving special recognition.

Post race refreshments by Big Dog Productions and complimentary Vidration Sports Drinks by Keith Aoki of Anheuser-Busch Hawaii, while supplies last.

For more information call 969-7400

December 8, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Scholarship 5K Run/Walk honors Barroga and Scully

The Big Island Road Runners and Big Dog Productions proudly presents the Scholarship 5k to be held in Hilo on Sunday, May 15th at 7:30am.  This fun run/walk is free to members and non-members.  We will be accepting donations to the Big Island Road Runner Scholarship Fund.

 Participants are asked to arrive early at the parking lot for Coconut Island (Moku Ola) to sign up and receive final instructions.  The course winds through Lili’uokalani Park and along the Bayfront towards downtown Hilo.  Post run refreshments will be offered.

Following the run we will recognize the male and female winners of the 2011 BIRR Scholarship Award. The male awardee is Keaau’s Rogelio Barroga and the female awardee is Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Hana Scully.

 Keith Aoki from Anheuser-Busch will provide Vidration Sports Drinks to the finishers, while supplies last.

For more information, pleasecall Dan Banks at (808) 989 – 5036 or visit www.bigislandroadrunners.org

Related Link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/hpas-scully-keaaus-barroga-winners-of-running-scholarship/

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Big Dog’s New Years Day 5K BIG Success

Race Start 1-1-11

Happy New Year!

Hoping this New Year brings the belief that all things are possible in achieving our health and fitness goals.

New Year’s Day saw a large group of eager and excited people assembled at the Coconut Island parking area to start 2011 by doing a 3.1 mile run or walk.

People of varying ages and abilities were making a commitment to themselves to make the New Year a new beginning in their quest to be physically fit.

Many people brought their entire family to start off the New Year for the purpose of having a head start on becoming healthy and fit and to take better care of themselves.

Leona, Nai’a, Kalen & Harlen Fragas

The Fragas family, Leona, Nai’a, Kalen and Harlen were on hand wanting to join like minded people on this first day of the New Year.

“We always are walking around as a family,” patriarch Harlan Fragas said.  “We saw the article about this event in the newspaper and wanted to try something different and to do it together, as a family.”

The Heaukulani family and friends were also among the many folks that joined in for the 3.1 mile event.

“This is a great way to make the start of the New Year even better,” Hilo attorney and soccer coach Charles Heaukulani said.  “I’m hoping I can run a couple more marathons and expand what I do to cross train and get the awesome Hilo Soccer Girls committed to year round fitness.”

Heaukulani family and friends

During the race it was it was the owners of the Big Island Running Company in Kona, Jason and Melissa Braswell, showing the 200 participants why they are experts in the running shoe business.

Jason Braswell ran away from the entire field, leading from start to finish, to win in 17 minutes and 18 seconds, while wife Melissa finished 11th overall and second amongst the women.

“We will find any excuse to come over to Hilo,” Melissa Braswell said.  “This is a great way to start the New Year and it was great that the race started at 9 am which gave us time to drive over this morning.”

Melissa’s goal for 2011 is to run her first marathon in Honolulu in December and Jason’s is to be able to just keep doing what he’s doing and help his wife in accomplishing her marathon dream.

The first place woman, Kim Pierce, separated herself from Braswell in the first half mile and never looked back clocking in at 21:30 and finishing eighth overall.

“Some girlfriends told me about this race and I thought this would be a great way to kick off the New Year,” Pierce said.  “I’m hoping I can run more and surf more in 2011.”

The main reason for the Big Dog in organizing this event wasn’t to showcase those in the lead but to provide a fun venue for all, novice and speedsters alike, in kicking off the New Year in a healthy and fit way.

Gary Kaku, registrar for Hilo Intermediate School, was on hand to do the 3.1 mile walk and his reason for coming was to improve on his health.

“My resolution is to take better care and treatment for my diabetes by walking more and watching my weight,” Kaku said.

Many people were on hand just like Gary Kaku who do not consider themselves athletes, but wanted to participate to get a jump start on making 2011 the best for their own personal fitness levels.

J. Kamelamela

County Corporation Deputy Counsel, Joseph Kamelamela and his wife, were also on hand to enjoy the fitness event.

“I encouraged a bunch of our friends to come out and start the New Year as we wanted to enjoy 1-1-11,” he said.  “It is such a beautiful morning and a great way to start any day.”

Kamelamela makes the same resolution each year, “Work hard and play hard,” he said.

For the Big Dog it was a great way to celebrate any occasion with a large group of friends and acquaintances doing what are important in our lives, exercising for health and fitness.

For those that are wondering, the Big Dog did not succeed in running the entire 3.1 mile distance as I needed to walk a little upon reaching the 2 mile mark.  On Feb. 6 the Big Dog will host the Lover’s 5K run/walk and will attempt once again to jog the entire distance.

State House Representative, Jerry Chang, read a Certificate of Appreciation to all the volunteers and participants in the Big Dog New Year’s Day 5K run/walk that Mayor Billy Kenoi provided.  The mayor wrote, “…There is no better time than the start of the New Year to rededicate ourselves to being more fit for the rigors of our daily lives. Best wishes to all for a good, safe run today and may it be the first of many that will lead to a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2011.”

Mahalo to the loyal and dedicated group of volunteers and sponsors that continue to support Big Dog Productions and help with promoting health and fitness on Hawaii Island.

Related Links:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/photos-from-big-dogs-new-years-day-resolution-5k/


January 3, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment