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Good Things Happen to Nice People – Congratulations Melissa Braswell

Jason & Melissa

They say that good things happen to nice people and that is very true when it comes to the Braswell’s, Melissa and Jason, who are owners of the Big Island Running Company.

Since arriving on the Big Island the Braswell’s have donated much of their time and resources to promoting the great sport of running.

Melissa Braswell of Kailua-Kona won lifetime entry into the annual Honolulu Marathon as well as their half-marathon, which will debut March 11, by entering the marathon’s Facebook trivia contest.

“I have to come back now,” the 33-year-old Braswell said.

Marathon officials conducted a daily race-related trivia contest during the past week, with the winners receiving a marathon tee-shirt. The prize was upgraded on the Friday before the race with a more difficult question.

That question was to guess the race winner’s finish time. Braswell came within one second of the two hour, 14 minutes and 55 seconds time of winner Nicholas Chelimo of Kenya. Race officials used their own Website to track Braswell on the course and give her the good news when she crossed the finish line.

Braswell said she has trained for previous Honolulu Marathons but didn’t run because of injuries. This was the first year she was injury free, she said, and ran the race in just under four hours.

The final challenge in the contest is to guess the finish time of the slowest participant. That winner also will receive lifetime marathon entry, but the marathon has yet to announce the winner.

Congratulations to Melissa Braswell for winning the Honolulu Marathon contest and here’s wishing the entire Braswell ohana the happiest of Holidays from the Big Dog and his ohana.

December 17, 2011 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , , | 1 Comment

Big Island Running Company offering free training program

BIRC owners, Jason & Melissa Braswell

Big Island Running Company is starting a Couch to 5k Training Program to get you from the couch to completing the Jingle Bell Run 5k on Sunday, December 19! No prior running experience is necessary and the program is FREE!

 The first meeting will be next Tuesday, October 19 at 5 p.m. at Big Island Running Company in the Coconut Grove Marketplace. At that meeting, we’ll outline the basics of the program and some beginner running tips in general.  After that meeting, we’ll start our first “run”, so come prepared to workout.  The first run will be 20 minutes of run/walk intervals.

 The program will consist of three days of running/walking per week, which will be scheduled to coincide with our group runs at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and 6:30 a.m. on Saturday (current running group participants – please note the time change on Tuesday/Thursday from 6 p.m.).  If you can’t make these times, don’t worry, you can still complete the program on your own.  The Jingle Bell Run will take place on Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 a.m. starting at Kailua Pier and going south down Alii Drive.  The race is also free.

 If you are interested in this program, please complete the attached registration form and either email it to melissa@bigislandrunningcompany.com or bring it to the meeting next week. If you have any questions, you can email melissa@bigislandrunningcompany.com or call 327-9333.  Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone else who may be interested.

October 13, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , | Leave a comment