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Random photo from BIRR & Big Dog Thanksgiving Day 5K

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November 22, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , | 1 Comment

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

November 16, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , | 1 Comment

Big Dog Awarded Big Isle Road Runners Lifetime Membership

Big Dog Awarded Lifetime Membership

On Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012 the Big Island Road Runners Club, under President Steve Pavao, gave me a plaque for Outstanding Service.

The plaque reads:   The Big Island Road Runners Club hereby presents this Outstanding Service and Lifetime Membership Award to Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph

For his lifelong dedication to the promotion of running through media, running events and by serving as a personal example and inspiration to others and

“Should you see him jogging along Bayfront Park, remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from

Running with the Big Dog                               May 13, 2012

President Pavao and Big Dog

Mahalo Nui to the Big Island Road Runners for bestowing upon me a great honor.   I appreciate the award and hope that lifetime membership last a long time!  

May 27, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , | 3 Comments

Waikaumalo 7 mile Challenge scheduled for Feb 26


The BIRR will be having our 7 mile Waikaumalo Challenge on Sunday, February 26, 2012.  The run starts and ends at the Waikaumalo Park on the old Mamalahoa Highway in Ninole 19 miles north of Hilo.  The run is an out and back on the old road and goes past the Umauma Falls and the zipline and returns to Waikaumalo Park.  There will be post run refreshments and luck number prizes.  The run is free to all but donations are encouraged.  The run starts at 7:30am with on site registration starting at 7:00am  Any questions please call Steve Pavao at 430-0267

February 23, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hilo to Volcano Ultra and Relay event scheduled for Jan 21, 2012

2012 Hilo To Volcano 50k Ultra Marathon and Relay.  Most items are the same as 2011 except for the following:

  • Ultra runners REQUIRED to wear a REFLECTIVE VEST and RED LED LIGHT..
  • FIXED NUMBER of Relay categories instead of the many combinations that were available before.
  • Entry fee REDUCED for High School Relay teams to encourage more participation.

ENTER EARLY – BIRR will have the same Brooks Long Sleeved Podium technical shirts this year.  The color for this year will be bright green.  They are special ordered and race orginizers have 100 in the sizes listed on the entry form.  First Come / First Served.  When they are out……we are OUT, said a BIRR spokesperson.   

Go to:  www.bigislandroadrunners.org


January 7, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , | Leave a comment