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Giving back in Life the secret to success – BIRR Big Dog 5K run/walk

Winston Churchill said “you make a living by what you get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Truer words can never be spoken as we reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving.

I’ve been blessed over the years with many friends and supporters and have never found myself short of money to buy food but there are those not so lucky.

That is why I‘ve been so honored to be the first ever recipient of the Big Island Road Runners Club Thanksgiving Day 5K run/walk.

The BIRR was looking at a way to give back to the community by combining a joint effort to raise money or food for those less fortunate through the Salvation Army. Over 300 runners and walkers participated on Thanksgiving Day and were asked to bring a can good or to make a monetary donation.

Over $641 was raised and 6 large bins of canned goods went to the Salvation Army during this most critical time of the year.

Despite having Stage 4 terminal brain cancer I am regarded as fully functional and that in itself is indeed a blessing.

As I reflect on the many things I am thankful for I have to say I appreciate all the many people that care about me.

You see to be functional means I have my wits about me. It means I look forward to waking up every morning at 5 am.  I am still able to do my five to seven mile walk each day. I can prepare for what the future has in store for me.  For some people the end comes instantly, like an accident or a heart attack. For me, I know my time here is limited and I have started to plan for my final days.

I look forward to each day and prepare better for it.  I have a deeper enjoyment toward life.

Each day gives me hope and brings me a deeper appreciation for those things that I normally take for granted, like my loving wife and now care giver, Randee.

So I’m honored that the BIRR would make me a part of their Thanksgiving run/walk as well as making it a benefit for the Salvation Army as a means to raise money and food for those that have so little during this holiday season.

During the 3.1 mile race it was Hilo High’s Stephan Hunter coming in first overall for the men in 17 minutes 11 seconds with Waiakea’s Ian McQuate 1 second behind.

“The entire race we were exchanging the lead,” Hunter said.  “I had to put on a late kick with 100 meters to go to win the race.”

When asked what he was thankful for on this day Hunter said, I am thankful that my family is doing well and that my brother is coming home for the holiday.”

McQuate echoed Hunter’s sentiment and is thankful for his own family and friends.

Following in third place overall was Joe Barcia in a time of 17:55.

“I am thankful for family and friends and especially that my daughter got up early to come down and be a part of the wonderful event,” Barcia said.

In fourth overall was Sven Loeschengruber (17:58), fifth was St Joseph’s Andrew Langtry (18:06) according to Rick Otani timer for the BIRR event.

Dano Banks who was on hand to do the 2 mile walk with his wife Marti said “I am thankful for my friends, family and good health.”

For the women it was a pair of Hilo High girls taking first and second place. They also happen to be the best of friends, Carmen Garson Shumway in a time of 20:38 and Mehana Sabado-Halpern 10 seconds behind.

In third for the women was Heather Rosario (21:38) fourth Lory Hunter (21:52) fifth Eqberiela Benito (22:05).

Garson-Shumway noted that she came out to do this run in support of the Big Dog and so did Sabado-Halpern and for raising donations for a great cause the Salvation Army.

So on this typical liquid sunshine day in our hometown of Hilo many folks came out to enjoy a fun filled community event. They all shared the same sentiment of wanting to give back in record numbers to those less fortunate.

And someday should you see a very thankful walker/jogger come climbing up Shower Drive in the early morning hours remember to say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”


November 26, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BIRR & Big Dog’s Thanksgiving Day 5K – top 100 results

Stephen Hunter 17:11:00

Ian McQuate
Joe Barcia 17:48:00
Sven Loeschengruber 17:58:00
Andrew Langtry 18:06:00
Tony O’toole 18:08:00
Brian Hudguns 18:34:00
Zach Mermel 18:58:00
Johann Kuipers 19:14:00
Mike Daly 19:17:00
Jessie Ebesole 19:24:00
Dylon Koehn 19:55:00
Max Panoff 20:05:00
Adrian Charkowski 20:14:00
Luke Memmer 20:16:00
Alan Ryan 20:17:00
Bryn Witthans 20:22:00
Hua Uehara 20:29:00
Keith Marrack 20:33:00
Ryan Witthans 20:34:00
Patrick Baker 20:37:00
Carmen Garson-Shumway 20:38:00
Chris Bonelli 20:39:00
Bryce Harada 20:41:00
Jeff Gorges 20:44:00
Mehana Sabado-Halpern 20:48:00
Curtis Neck 20:51:00
John Hylas 20:57:00
Heather Rosario 21:00:00
Hyrum Kim 21:06:00
Kai Hendershot 21:20:00
Lukas Kuipers 21:21:00
Nick Ahyo 21:25:00
Ray Ibarra 21:26:00
Kyle Douglas 21:35:00
Kai Garson-Shumway 21:44:00
Todd Shumway 21:52:00
Chad Trujillo 22:04:00
Joshua Sharp 22:13
Lory Hunter 22:17
Lyle Balingit 22:19
Gabriela Benito 22:21
Dean Sakai 22:31
Adam Busek 22:33
Jan Yamashiro 22:50
Sally Marrack 23:02
Colby LaBrie 23:15
Derik Supnet 23:20
Cody Tehero 23:32
Kayle Rapoza 23:41
Vandey Okinaka 23:45
Roy Yamada 23:46
Dyson Sato 23:55
Christian Albano 24:07:00
Christopher Garnett 24:11:00
D J Blinn 24:16:00
Tim O’Connor 24:22:00
Catherine Spina 24:42:00
Harris Kaneshiro 24:45:00
Steve Pavao 24:49:00
Mike Jose 24:56:00
Elizabeth Brauher 24:57:00
Glen Ishii 25:00:00
Alexa Bader 25:03:00
Kapoula Thompson 25:05:00
KuMei Kerr 25:08:00
Ryan Arceo 25:10:00
Jayden Gebin 25:16:00
Jordan Kamimura 25:19:00
Lauren Hill 25:20:00
Iris Liberato 25:21:00
Robert Belcher 25:22:00
Christopher Hu 25:30:00
Phoebe Wyatt 25:42:00
Brandon Rimando 25:47:00
Harlon Galima 25:50:00
Adam Hill 25:54:00
Christopher Lovett 26:00:00
Zachary Anderson 26:01:00
Bodhi Anderson 26:01:00
Caleb Noordmans 26:06:00
Dennis Nagai 26:06:00
Dawn Patterson 26:07:00
Deylan Okinaka 26:12:00
Milton AhNee 26:14:00
Bryan Gorges 26:15:00
Chuck King 26:19:00
Firmin Pehero 26:21:00
Reggie AhNee 26:30:00
Tracy Bolos 26:31:00
Tomoaki Kurima 26:32:00
Irene Gebin 26:33:00
Robert Saludares 26:34:00
Jimmy Stevens 26:40:00
Anela Dekuning 26:41:00
Jack Brauher 26:43:00
Kathrin Loeschengruber 26:44:00
Lori Sharp 26:49:00
Raven Marethal 26:51:00
Jesse Swanson 26:54:00

related link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/random-photo-from-birr-big-dog-thanksgiving-day-5k/

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