Wayne Joseph’s Blog

Running with the Big Dog

Leaving an impression on others to stay Healthy and Fit

Aloha Mr. Joseph!Over the years, my husband and I have enjoyed reading your articles in the Tribune Herald.  Upon reading yesterday’s paper (11/26/12), it was put upon my heart to tell you how you have impacted my family.Back in high school (1986), I ran cross-country.  I wasn’t very good, and actually came in dead last in a meet once!  But, I enjoyed the camaraderie, being outside, and taking in the fresh air.  The years have flown by since then, and running fell by the wayside.Within the past couple of years, I have made a semi-regular effort to exercise, including jogging.  Last year, my 17 year old daughter suggested that we run the Veteran’s Day 5k.  Since mother/daughter time is rare, I bared the cold and rain and headed to Coconut Island with her.  It was our very first 5k, and we created some great memories!  She has since gone off to Colorado for college.This year I decided to do it again, and to my surprise, my husband decided to join me!  He is 55 years old and has always stated that he hates to run, but he actually ran most of the way!  He ran in honor of his father, George Inouye, veteran of the 100th Battalion.  It was a very touching tribute. 

In addition, we also ran the 5k on Thanksgiving!  We appear to be adjusting to our empty nest a lot better than I had imagined.

I wanted to share this with you because if it weren’t for your passion for running and your compassion for others, my family would have never become involved with these events – we would have been too intimidated!  Your name is synonymous with running on the Big Island, but it is your smile and heart that inspires us most.  We came out not only to run, but also to show our support for the Big Dog.

Mahalo nui loa,      Lisa & Eric

November 28, 2012 Posted by | Health and Fitness, Running on the Big Island | | 4 Comments

Former Cross-Country Runner, Peter Sur, Loves Sports

Former WHS cross-country runner, Peter Sur, with coach Big Dog

Former Waiakea Cross-Country Runner – Peter Sur

A former Waiakea High School cross-country runner and now journalist for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald was inducted into Na Mea Kupaianaha O Waiakea – “All that is extraordinary and wonderful about Waiakea High School.”

    Under the guidance of WHS librarian and project coordinator, Gloria Kobayashi, Peter Sur, was inducted into the wall of honor in 2006.

   Sur ran cross-country all four years for his former teacher and coach, Big Dog, and he can still recall some of his most challenging races.

   Sur was most fondly remembered for throwing up in the final 150 yards of his 3-mile races as he would usually over hydrate.

   Maybe not the most talented of runners, Sur always gave 100 percent in everything he did.  Fortunately for the Big Island that he turned out to be one exceptionally gifted writer. 

   Sur actually got his journalistic start writing in the sports department under the guidance of Bill O’Rear.  Today Mr. Sur’s stories can be found on the front page as he does many feature stories.

   I believe that when his younger brother, Gary, beat him in a 3-mile race a couple of years ago the elder Sur decided to hang up his harrier shoes.


August 20, 2010 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , | 2 Comments