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Vet Day 5K Reaps Benefit for the Hawaii Island Food Basket

Staff & Family of the Hawaii Island Food Basket

Big Dog’s Veterans Day 5K produces Big results for the Hawaii Island Food Basket

The Big Dog’s Veterans Day 5K, held at Coconut Island on Nov. 11 attracted 198 participants and 30 volunteers in what was one of the most successful running/walking events on the island in 2010.

The event raised 356 pounds of food and $293 in cash and checks for the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

Some of the Food Basket Helpers

Many thanks goes to the Hawaii Island Labor Alliance, who supported the event, which saw the Hawaii State Teachers Association win the “most participant award”.

To Jerry Chang and his large group of volunteer staff who supplied all the refreshments, bananas, papayas, cookies and the like.

To Keith Aoki from Anheuser-Busch who made the banners and supplied the sports drinks for the event.

To Mrs. Big Dog for her tireless energy in helping in the days leading up to the event.

And to the Veterans who came and participated.

Mahalo to all as the Big Dog looks forward to making 11-11-11 even bigger and better, with all of your help.

 see video of the eventhttp://www.hawaii247.com/2010/11/11/big-dog-5k-race-honors-veterans-and-helps-the-hungry/

November 13, 2010 Posted by | Events, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jerry Chang supporting our Vets on Thursday at 5K run/walk

Jerry Chang

In just a few days we’ll be celebrating my favorite holiday, Veteran’s Day, as the Big Dog will be hosting a 5K run/walk starting in the parking area of Coconut Island in Hilo.

Veteran’s Day is a chance for the community to say thank you to the many men and women who have served their country.

One such patriot is Jerry Chang who joined the Army in November 1967 and was a Special Forces Medic with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) before being honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1970.

“I got out of the Army on a Friday and the very next Monday started civilian work as a Surgeon’s Assistant at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill,” Chang said.  “Chapel Hill is a pure college town and the home of the Tar Heels.  The entire community and economy is dependent on the College.”

Chang was born and raised in Hilo, growing up in Pahala for the first six years of his life where he was temporarily ‘hanaied’ by his Aunt and Uncle Quitoriano.

“My first organized sport was biddy boxing at the age of 10 under Coach Jack Matsui, who also was my baseball and basketball coach,” Chang said.

Through his involvement in youth sports Chang traveled to Los Angeles with an all-star baseball team at age 12 and his interest in sports blossomed as a result.

“While at Hilo Intermediate School I was on the long distance track team where I held the record for the 440 yards and at Hilo High I was on the track team as a hurdler and ran the 440,” Chang said.

Chang continued with his boxing under his uncle, John Chang, who ran the Wanderers Athletic Club.

“I also played football for Hilo High as a quarterback.  I tried boxing and football at the same time, but had to decide on one or the other because it was during the same season.  I chose football, but still loved the sport of boxing,” he said.

After high school Chang attended Mauna Olu Junior College on Maui and became the co-captain on the basketball team that played in the local senior league.

Following his military service Chang made his way back home and attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he became involved with student government and lobbied at the Legislature for student housing and funding for programs and facilities.

“My active involvement in student affairs was what got me interested in politics.  I felt then and still do now that Hilo is a perfect College town, just like Chapel Hill,” he said.

Shortly thereafter Chang found himself working a session at the State Legislature for then Representative Andy Levin.

“I decided to run for Andy’s seat when he decided to run for the State Senate.  Andy was a good role model and I admired his work ethics, communication skills, his healthy eating habits as well as his long distance running prowess,” Chang said.

The inspiration that Chang got from Levin led him to become a long distance runner and accomplish the mighty task of completing seven marathons (distances of 26.2 miles) with a personal best time of 3 hours and 15 minutes.

“After a motorcycle accident that left me with two less toes and a skiing accident that has caused problems with my knees, I now run just because I love it,” he said.

Chang will continue to run for fitness and to keep his weight down regardless of how slow he might be. 

“During the legislative session I run in the mornings, when I don’t have to chair a hearing, and when at home in Hilo I take my dog ‘Kimo’ for a run around my neighborhood several times a week,” he said.

Chang will make time for regular physical exercise either before the day starts or in the evenings when the sun starts going down.

Being recently diagnosed with Gall stones, Chang has begun watching his intake of oily foods and eats lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Having served 22 years in the State House, Chang is currently the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee which provides him the opportunity to support the growth of UH Hilo.

“I find legislative work exciting and quite demanding during the session because of the many deadlines, constituent concerns, and the controversial issues.  Like life itself the legislature is all about relationships, communication and persistence,” he said.

Chang has continued to give back to the community through his volunteer involvement in Toys for Tots Motorcycle campaigning, the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame, and the Big Island amateur Boxing Association which is currently being revived.

“One of the philosophies that helped me in my career is to be the best that I can be and to surround myself with people who believe in me, more than I do.  It is because of people who believed in me that got me where I am today and I appreciate that much needed support that is required to do what we do,” he said.

Coming up on Thursday, November 11, Chang will be out to support the Big Dog’s Veteran’s Day 5K run or walk starting at 7:30 am from the entrance of Coconut Island.  The entry fee is a canned good to be donated to the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

Post race refreshments will be provided by Jerry Chang and his friends.

“As a veteran I know the sacrifices and service of our servicemen and women and my participating in the 5K run is the least I can do to show my appreciation,” Chang said.

For more information on the Veteran’s Day 5K run/walk call 969-7400. And someday should you see a proud Vietnam Vet come strolling through Bayfront remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at wiakeabigdog@aol.com

November 8, 2010 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Vet Day 5K run/walk on Thursday, Nov 11

Coming up on Thursday, Nov 11, is Big Dog’s Veterans Day 5K run/walk starting at 7:30 am from the parking area of Coconut Island in Hilo.

Big Dog Productions will commemorate Veteran’s Day and honor those that served our country with a fitness walk or run with the price of admission being a canned good to be donated to the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

According to Hawaii Island Food Basket Director, Alton Nosaka, the Food Basket is in need of fruit and vegetable canned goods.

Post race refreshments will be provided by Jerry Chang and Vidration sports drinks provided by Keith Aoki of Anheuser-Busch, while supplies last.

Bananas donated by Richard Ha
Papayas donated by Danny Molina
Bottled water donated by Paradise Beverage

For more information on the Vet Day event call 969-7400 or go email the big dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com

November 2, 2010 Posted by | Events, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment