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Hawaii State Teachers Association help with Aid Station for Big Island Marathon

Click any photo to enlarge.   members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association man an aid station outside the Hilo Airport Nat’l Guard

HSTA was one of many service groups to help with the 2012 Big Island International marathon.    HSTA-Retired also were the ones that handed out your finisher tee shirts.

It took more than 300 volunteers to put on this race.    Read more about our many volunteers:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/volunteers-make-2912-big-island-marathon-a-huge-success/



March 25, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , | Leave a comment

Slight Marathon course change – stay out of Army National Guard Post

Hawaii State Teachers will be doing the aid station Just outside of the Natioanl Guard

For returning runners to the Big Island International Marathon, we’d like you especially to be aware of a slight change in the course in the area of the Hilo Airport.  The course route will no longer take you through the Kilauea Military Reservation (Army National Guard post) property to get to Leilani Street.  This year you will continue east along the Airport Road on the makai (north) shoulder, and go past the U.S. Post Office heading towards the terminal area.  A turnaround will be indicated just beyond Ailolo Street, where you will cross from the makai side to the mauka side of the Airport Road (cross north-to-south) under the guidance of a police officer.  You will then proceed along the mauka (south) shoulder back to Leilani Street, where you will turn left and proceed around a short S-curve and past the rear gate of the National Guard post where you will re-join the existing route down Leilani Street back towards Kanoelehua Avenue intersection.  Course marshals will be present to direct you.

Also, a general note about staying “on course”.  Please resist the temptation to “cut corners” at turns and intersections, or to otherwise avoid your obligation to run the full length of the marathon.  The entire course is on paved surfaces: roadway, shoulder, or sidewalk.  If you leave the pavement at any time, the chances are that you taking a short-cut of some kind.  This may improve your personal best time by a few seconds, but in doing so you are being dishonest with yourself and unfair to the other runners. So, stay “on course” and enjoy your marathon!

The marathon has been recertified and is still a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Related links:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/shuttle-bus-information-for-marathon-and-half-marathon-runners/




March 10, 2012 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Group Photos from Big Dog’s Veterans Day 5K

HSTA won the Big Dog award for largest group participating in the Vet Day 5K

Nikki Nottingham & Jessica Julian represent Pahoa x-country

Jerry Chang & group won the Big Dog award for best group volunteers

Marlene Hapai & group will supply the refreshments at the Big Dog Sweetheart run/walk, Feb 6

SHOPO represented at Vet Day 5K

November 11, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Veteran’s Day 5K run/walk set for Thursday, Nov 11

Veterans pose from last years Vet Day 5K

  • Big Dog Productions Presents:

Big Dog will be hosting the Veterans Day 5K run/walk on Thursday Nov. 11 at 7:30am. (rain or shine so bring your umbrellas just in case). The event starts and finishes at the entrance to the Coconut Island Parking Area in Hilo. All welcomed! Come celebrate Veterans Day – entry fee is a canned good for the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

Post race snacks provided by Veteran and House Rep. Jerry Chang along with Vidration Sports Drinks provided by Anheuser-Busch’s Keith Aoki.

Photos will be taken with the Big Dog with all the Veterans who are participating.  Also group photo’s of those wearing union tee shirts, so come out and where you’re HSTA, ILWU, UPW, HGEA, etc shirts and support our Veterans.

Volunteers are also need and for more information contact the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com or 969-7400.

October 16, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment