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Emily Wedeman Memorial 5 miler results

Joe & Veronica Wedemann

Joe and Veronica Wedemann were on hand for the Emily Wedeman Memorial race.  The 5 mile run/walk was established after the death of Joe’s mother five years ago.

Emily was a super volunteer at the Big Island Road Runners Club events and the club holds the race in her honor.

This year the BIRR raised $372 for the American Cancer Society in Emily’s memory.

Following are the results of the race in which 41 people participated by either running or walking the 5 miles:

 1 Zach Johnson 29:32
2 Alan Ryan 29:42
3 Todd Marohnic 31:22
4 Louie Perry 31:30
5 Stewart Miyashiro 34:06
6 Alex Vu 34:49
7 Ferdinand Babas 34:59
8 Joe Wedemann 36:28
9 Nick Ah Yo 36:51
10 Dan Brodhag 37:11
11 DJ Blinn 38:28
12 Lyle Balingit 38:32
13 Krita Andrew 38:55
14 Milton Crutchfield 39:30
15 Wendy Yamada 41:35
16 James Hank 41:35
17 Andrew Langtry 42:48
18 Esther Kanehailua 42:57
19 Donna Wong Yuen 43:00
20 Daria Cunningham 43:22
21 Charlie Bostwick 45:12
22 Bob Erickson 45:14
23 Lynne Brauher 45:45
24 Veronica Wedemann 46:33
25 Eva Naniole 46:44
26 Ashley Hahm 49:00
27 Kim Furumo 49:13
28 Leroy Ridgeway 49:58
29 Rick Otani 51:32
30 Aaron Morita 53:22
31 Big Dog 53:22
32 Marie Kurimoto 53:22
33 Lee Otani 53:54
34 Kym Tagawa 54:12
35 Michael Gordon 56:06
36 Richard Alderson 58:26
37 Zeny Eakins 1:00:00
38 Jyson Breitbarth 1:01:23
39 Lori Breitbarth 1:01:27
40 Kelly Heaukulani 1:03:39
41 Charlie Heaukulani 1:03:39
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April 11, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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/

https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/big-dogs-new-years-day-5k-attracts-200-participants/

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

Scholarship 5K Race Results

BIRR president, Steve Pavao, presented $1000 checks to Waiakea's Kaitlyn Chock and Hilo's Sai Weiss following the 5K event

Big Island Road Runners Scholarship 5k Run     May 23, 2010       Coconut Island, 7:30am

Place Name Division Female Time
1 Alan Ryan 30-39     : 18 : 07
     2 Jackson Halford 1-19     : 18 : 08
3 Justin Pang 1-19     : 18 : 15
4 Rick Michels 1-19     : 18 : 57
5 Steve Pavao 50-59     : 20 : 07
6 Tchad Henderson 30-39     : 20 : 24
7 Stuart Miyashiro 50-59     : 20 : 30
8 Sai Weiss 1-19     : 20 : 35
9 Linden Villena 30-39     : 21 : 29
10 Choy Bacor 30-39     : 21 : 30
11 Caleb J. Westfall 30-39     : 22 : 04
12 Lory Hunter 40-49 1   : 22 : 29
13 Zandrix Acob 1-19     : 22 : 41
14 DJ Blinn 60 & over     : 22 : 49
15 Daniel Okubo 1-19     : 23 : 27
16 Rob Van Geen 40-49     : 23 : 54
17 Thomas Fratinardo 40-49     : 23 : 54
18 James Tuscany 50-59     : 24 : 28
19 Eric Young 1-19     : 24 : 37
20 Kim Rojo 30-39 2   : 24 : 40
21 Daysen Masuda 1-19     : 24 : 50
22 Kelly Freitas 50-59     : 25 : 06
23 Robert Belcher 50-59     : 25   08
24 Shell Hamilton 20-24 3   : 25 : 23
25 Charles Keane 50-59     : 25 : 40
26 Big Dog 60 & over     : 25 : 40
27 Harvey Nakasone 50-59     : 26 : 13
28 Joanne Pocsidio 40-45 4   : 27 : 01
29 Firmin Tehero 50-59     : 27 : 38
30 Terran Kaleiwahea 1-19     : 28 : 30
31 Kevin Iwasaki 20-29     : 28 : 38
32 Kimo Like 1-19     : 29 : 02
33 Anthony Ganancial 30-39     : 29 : 09
34 Kekoa Kalahiki 1-19     : 29 : 13
35 Kristen Spees 20-29 5   : 29 : 51
36 Kim Furumo 50-51 6   : 29 : 54
37 Michelle Vieira 20-29 7   : 30 : 30
38 Dennis Shigioka 60 & over     : 30 : 52
39 Caleb R. Westfall 1-19     : 31 : 21
40 Pearl Acob 30-39 8   : 31 : 29
41 Bill Sakovich 60 & over     : 31 : 30
42 Cedrick Roberts-Perry 1-19     : 31 : 44
43 Adrel Vicente 30-39     : 32 : 10
44 Kyle Wana 1-19     : 32 : 42
45 Tyler Gerken 1-19     : 32 : 58
46 Kahea Kanuha 1-19 9   : 33 : 12
47 Sam Marrack 1-19 10   : 34 : 16
48 Christin DeCoito 1-19 11   : 34 : 34
49 Melia Taganas 1-19 12   : 34 : 46
50 Rick Otani 50-59     : 34 : 46
51 Lee Collins 50-59 13   : 34 : 47
52 Kainoa Crum 1-19     : 35 : 05
53 Nainoa Calip 1-19     : 35 : 35
54 Collen Fratinardo 50-54 14   : 37 : 19
55 Makoa Carreira 1-19     : 39   07
56 Boyd Ramos 1-19     : 39 : 07
57 Leah Pukahi 30-39 15   : 39 : 24
58 Micah Keawe 1-19     : 39 : 25
59 Michele Macanas 40-44 16   : 40 : 18
60 Piikea Miller 1-19 17   : 40 : 18
61 Kawehi Pua Kaikaina 1-19 18   : 40 : 59
62 Kiani Matsumoto 1-19 19   : 41 : 00
63 Kawika Kekaualua 1-19     : 41 : 50
64 Carle-Ann Mata 1-19 20   : 41 : 54
65 Ashley Deguzman-H. 1-19 21   : 41 : 58
66 NO NAME NO AGE     : 44 : 19
67 Kiley Kelson 1-19 22   : 44 : 38
68 Iwalani Kaili NO AGE     : 44 : 38
69 Gene Madriaga 1-19     : 46 : 33
70 Maka Branco 1-19     : 46 : 33
71 Casey Chai 1-19     : 47 : 02
72 John Fratinardo 1-19     : 47 : 02
73 Elijah Pung 1-19     : 47 : 02
74 John Marrack 1-19     : 47 : 18
75 Sally Marrack 30-39 23   : 47 : 19

For the story on the Scholarship Run event go to:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/chock-weiss-honored-at-road-runners-scholarship-5k/

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kaemehameha’s Charles Heaukulani Sharing Life Lessons

Kelley and Charles Heaukulani

Vince Lombardi once said, “A man can be as great as he wants to be.  If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

  The great Green Bay Packer coach from the 1950’s and 60’s was right for his time and today a new generation of coaches are taking those words a step further to include both genders.

   Kamehameha girl’s soccer coach, Charles Heaukulani, believes that women should be afforded the same opportunities in sports life lessons that men have always had.

   “With only a limited number of contact sports for girls, I think competitive soccer is a great opportunity to experiment with these life skills,” Heaukulani said.  “To be successful in soccer, our girls need to be exceptionally fit and have technical skills, but what ultimately makes them successful is that they possess toughness, hardness and physical courage.”

  Heaukulani, who grew up playing football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, team handball, weight training, paddling, surfing, golf, tennis, racquetball and more, believes in offering his players every advantage possible in learning a variety of life skills.

   “I believe that the skill set that gives a young lady some success on the soccer field translates easily to the classroom, boardroom, courtroom or whatever else she decides to make her mark,” he said.  “As a coach, there is hardly anything more satisfying to me than to coach up a girl from elementary school and watch her develop and use skills she acquired in soccer as a springboard to a college degree and a happy, productive, successful life and career.”

  Heaukulani grew up in a military family and traveled extensively as a youth, but always consider Hawaii his home.

   “My father was born and raised on the Hamakua Coast,” he said.  “My mother and her family are originally from Germany.  We traveled a lot when I was growing up, but we always kept Hawaii as our home base.”

   Heaukulani graduated from Punahou where he played football and basketball.  Later attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he obtain a Bachelor and Masters Degree and obtained a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law.

   “My entire family was actively involved in sports when I was growing up,” Heaukulani said.  “My father was a coach and my Mom, three brothers and I were active sports nuts.”

   As a result of his involvement in youth sports Heaukulani continued to stay active as a young adult by playing in softball and volleyball leagues, practiced Aikido and other martial arts, and spent time in the ocean, surfing and diving.

Heaukulani

   “I am a second-generation coach,” he said.  “My Dad was actively involved coaching football, basketball, and baseball, and it never occurred to me that I would not follow in his footsteps.  I started taking coaching courses and getting opportunities to coach elementary age kids when I was still at Punahou.”

  Now coaching girl’s soccer at Kamehameha, Heaukulani believes in the words of Coach Vince Lombardi, that athletes can achieve anything if they want it bad enough.

   “I really enjoy working with young people and using soccer, competition and team-building to help them develop life skills that will help them be productive and successful long after they have left high school,” Heaukulani said. 

   “I tell my players that if they want it bad enough, are willing to sacrifice to obtain it, there is absolutely nothing that is beyond them,” he said.

  Heaukulani is also a believer in the benefits of health and fitness and continues to be a role model for his players and for the community.

   “I enjoy the health benefits of staying in shape, but working out really helps me control the stress of a busy litigation practice and coaching schedule,” he said.

   Heaukulani runs regularly, to relieve stress and stay in shape, and he will also do weight training to compliment his fitness routine.

   “I think Hilo Bayfront and the Hamakua Coast are the most beautiful running routes on the planet, and running is important to me and it is also something that Kelley (his wife) and I can do together,” he said.

   “I do something every day and cross-train with strength and core workouts and now play on my new stand-up paddle board, thanks to a Christmas gift from Kelley” Heaukulani said.

   As for diet Heaukulani does not eat any animal-based products, other than fish, and will avoid refined foods.  “I try to eat whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes,” he said.

   Heaukulani serves as an excellent role model for our youth as he continues to promote the virtues of good health through physical fitness and a balance diet as he constantly strives to teach life skills through sports.

   “My Dad left a letter for me to read after he was gone,” Heaukulani said.  “He said that at the end, nobody ever regretted not spending more time at the office.  I have a busy schedule, but I try not to forget that what is really important is your walk with Akua (God) and the family and friends you have around you.”

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Profiles, Running on the Big Island, Soccer | , , , , | 1 Comment