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Veterans Day Run/Walk BIG Success

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Proud Vets Support Healthy Lifestyles

 More than 200 participants showed up on a beautiful morning for the Veterans Day 5K (3.1-miles) run/walk held this past Wednesday at the entrance to Moku Ola in Hilo.

 Big Dog Productions, host for the event, wasn’t expecting such a large crowd which included Veterans from the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

 This was the first time that a fun run/walk has been organized in Hilo in recognition to the men and women who serve in our nation’s armed forces.

 Prior to the start Army Lt. Colonel and Hilo’s own pediatric physician, Joseph D’Angelo, addressed the large crowd with these words:  “Veteran’s Day and this fun run bring out an important concept, that of not taking things for granted,” D’Angelo said.

D’Angelo went on to talk about the times of year that people take as routine, such as Veterans, Memorial Day and Sept. 11th.  “Treating a burned Afghan child or wounded Afghan soldier, or helping their medical personnel with the logistics and supply of building their medical system in both directions, are a no brainer when it comes to understanding the importance of a mission,” he said.

In his pre event speech D’Angelo reminded the crowd of the value of serving one’s country and of how fortunate and blessed we are as Americans.  “We wear the uniform and carry out the mission, so this run does not have to be for our lives, but truly just for fun,” he said.

Justin Pang
Justin Pang

The large field of runners and walkers thinned out early during the race to find two frontrunners leading the way in Joseph Damato and Justin Pang.  Pang, a former Christian Liberty harrier who is now on the University of Hawaii cross-country team, exchanged the lead with Damato throughout the event.

“We were running shoulder to shoulder for most of the race,” Pang said.  “We hit the first mile at around a 5:20 per minute pace and the race wasn’t decided until the final 200 yards.”

In the final leg of the race, with the finish line in sight, Damato put on an all out sprint to edge out Pang by two seconds, clocking in at 17 minutes and 34 seconds.

“I wanted to get a good run in today and to participate in the local community scene,” Pang said after his second place finish.  “This was a great way to support our vets who have done a lot for our country.”

In a very fast field of harriers six runners followed the lead duo and all six broke 19 minutes, they were Tyde Kaneshiro, 18:19; Jason Braswell, 18:23; Rick Michels, 18:36; Bryce Harada, 18:47; Jackson Halford, 18:54 and Shannon White, 18:54.

For the women it was all Kim Pierce who finish two minutes ahead of her closest female competitor in a time of 20 minutes and 25 seconds.  Hilo High standout, Shalila de Bourmont was next in 22:31 followed by her coach, Lory Hunter, 23:02.

Matt Lum
Matt Lum

Many Veterans also came out to support the event which included Matt Lum (finished 121, in a time of 34:55) who spent 21 years in the Army from 1964 until his retirement in 2005.

“I run three times a week and I need to do this to keep up with the younger guys because I am retired,” Lum said.  Lum served his country in Vietnam, Iraq and in Afghanistan.

Captain Albert Ne (#68, 26:45) just returned from a tour of duty to Kuwait and decided, along with several of his troops, to attend the Veterans Day run.

“We were socializing and me and my soldiers thought that this run would be a good thing to support the Vets.  I work out every day and I’ll do another 5K run later today,” Ne said.

DJ Blinn
DJ Blinn

House Rep Jerry Chang (#115, 34:09) was also on hand to take part in the fitness event.  Chang served in the Army between 1967 and 1970.  “I wanted to support our veterans, the Hawaii Food Basket and Big Dog Productions,” he said. 

DJ Blinn (#37, 24:02), a common face on the running scene in Hilo for many years, is a former Marine who served during the Vietnam Era.  “I served forty-two years ago in Quang Tri Province in Vietnam and I’m thankful that I can remember the sacrifices our troops made and give thanks that I am still alive and still running,” he said.

Also of note was sixty-nine year old Ken Rosene who brought and ran with an American Flag during the event, finishing in 185th place with a time of 58 minutes and 39 seconds.  Rosene is a proud supporter of our troops and wanted to show his pride in being an American.

Big Dog, celebrating his 62nd birthday on Veterans Day surprised everyone including himself, when he finished in 62nd place with a time of 25:51.

The event raised non perishable food for the Hawaii Island Food Basket as all the participants brought items that were donated.  According to the Food Basket the Veterans Day 5K raised 353 pounds worth of food items.

Big Dog Productions appreciates the assistance of the many volunteers that helped make the Veterans Day run/walk a huge success.  A special mahalo goes out to Dano Banks, Paul Okubo and Randee Arkin.

For complete results and additional photo’s go to: https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/veterans-day-5k-runwalk-photos-and-results/

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk Photo’s and Results

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Proud Vets take a prerace photo prior to 5K event

Joseph Damato 17:34
Justin Pang 17:36
Tyde  Kaneshiro 18:19
Jason Braswell 18:23
Rick Michels 18:36
Bryce Harada 18:47
Jackson Halford 18:54
Shannon White 18:54
Mike Daly 19:09
John Fratinardo 20:03
Nick  Muragin 20:04
Kyle Pellatier 20:07
Andrew Langgry 20:12
Stewart Miyashiro 20:20
Kim Pierce 20:25
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More than 200 people signed up to do the Vet 5K

Jeremy Buttz 20:38
Sai Weiss 20:56
Gabe Derrego 21:17
Isaac Derrego 21:36
Williamson Marshall 21:38
Steve Pavao 21:49
Dylan Alip 22:18
Justin Hirae 22:22
Clint Anderson 22:26
Shalila  de Beurmount 22:31
Greg Lum Ho 22:36
Ryan Thomas 22:44
Jeffery Ferrell 22:55
Randy Sakoda 23:00
Lory Hunter 23:02
Adam Busek 23:30
Ian Bowman 23:33
Ikaika Vivas 23:47
Christian Hiro 23:48
Francis Blas 23:55
Keanu Douglas 24:01:00
DJ Blinn 24:02:00
Choy Pascual 24:10:00
Dayson Alip 24:10:00
Dean Alip 24:13:00
Joe Wedemann 24:19:00
Bronte Kaneakua 24:24:00
Bill Golisch 24:27:00
Arjun Clarry 24:28:00
Raycee Cooke 24:31:00
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Stephen Hunter 24:43:00
Zandrix Acob 24:45:00
Kathy Keller 24:47:00
Rose Subiono 24:50:00
Mikiko Takato 24:54:00
Joe Tessier 24:58:00
Ted Hiro 25:07:00
Lauren Kerr 25:14:00
Joel Trusdell 25:16:00
David Hammes 25:22:00
Kimo Like 25:27:00
Kim Rojo 25:33:00
Shaun Parker 25:37:00
Keoni Bailado 25:40:00
Maverick Kang 25:41:00
Ahi Tkeda 25:46:00
Big Dog 25:51:00
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Hoolaea Anorade 26:01:00
Edith Nonner 26:04
Justin Okuyama 26:13:00
Marti Banks 26:28:00
Mason Waugh 26:42:00
Albert Ne 26:45:00
Thomas Fratinardo 26:49:00
Rae Mori 26:49:00
Amaral Dustin 26:52:00
Kadey Chambless 27:04:00
Kryss Gretchen 27:17:00
Sarah Kekauoha 27:45:00
Kalena Shiroma 27:46:00
Kainoe Lee 27:57:00
Brithany Ariga 27:59:00
Christine Makaweo 28:06:00
Bob Douglas 28:17:00
David Ige 28:39:00
Dominic  Hiro 28:46:00
Tiffany Pacheco 28:53:00
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Kelly Freites 28:56:00
Esther Kekauoha 29:14:00
Kaiao Nahalea 29:20:00
Chance Batacam 29:25:00
Ana  Debstrico 29:43:00
Tihani Sewell 29:51:00
Ann Marie Larussa 29:57:00
Kau Eggers 29:59:00
Rachel Robertson 30:15:00
Briette Corpuz 30:15:00
Olivia Azevedo 30:16:00
Tiana Lancaster 30:21:00
Tiari Carreira 30:25:00
Warren Marumoto 30:25:00
Michelle Fratinardo 30:39:00
Charlie Heaukulani 30:56:00
Tracey Inocencio 31:09:00
Malcolm Makua 31:09:00
Richard Alderson 31:16:00
Aarti Patel 31:27:00
Cullen Andrade 31:42:00
Dennis Shigeoka 31:47:00
Marie Bricker 32:16:00
Gilbert Bailado 32:20:00
Emma Petner 32:34:00
William  Farr 33:14:00
Manta Dircks 33:15:00
Natsha AhChong 33:15:00
Io Heaukulani 33:16:00
Kaili Brenneman 33:18:00
Kae Lynne Manoha 33:43:00
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Support our vets

Janell Cameros 33:44:00
Jerry Chang 34:09:00
Melissa Keenan 34:29:00
Michelle Lawrence 34:25:00
Brittani Taka  34:25:00
Cecily Unoki 34:39:00
Allison Yano 34:51:00
Matt Lum   34:55:00
Cyrence Andaya 35:26:00
Tawanaka Kaupu 35:30:00
Kayla Andrade 35:30:00
Jenna Aina 35:33:00
Tamra Villanueva 35:39:00
Kiley Kelson 35:39:00
Shae Kanakoaole 35:39:00
Kera Akiyama 35:40:00
Mary Andaya 35:40:00
Keltey Kealoha 36:06:00
Tiah Cortez 26:08:00
Alyssa Manoha 26:19:00
Kiana Matsumoto 36:20:00
Alyssa McGuire 36:44:00
Jack  Roney 37:23:00
Mykelah Djano 37:31:00
Bethany Ariga 37:44:00
Kalei Hodson 37:45:00
Jadelyn Kekoa-Jara 37:46:00
Dillon AhChong 37:55:00
Darren AhChong 37:56:00
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Kara  Robert 38:20:00
Michele Macanao 39:29:00
Iceley Andaya 39:29:00
Grayson Andaya 39:30:00
Vanessa Unoki 39:41:00
Jaci Macida 40:03:00
Sharayah Ah Chong 40:04:00
Hayden Morgen 40:13:00
Zeny Eakins 40:25:00
Keoni Subiono 40:37:00
Eligha Subiono 40:37:00
Rhonda Carreira 40:52:00
Emma Kato 42:45:00
Patti Andrade-Spencer 42:46:00
Kana Silva 44:55:00
Iosefo Pavao 45:17:00
Puna Barros 45:18:00
Layla Hanohano-Tripp 45:35:00
Bree Kaneakua 45:36:00
Kylie Taketa 47:45:00
Kama Paulino 47:46:00
Haunani Tomas 47:48:00
Nalani Subiono 47:49:00
Kewehi Kaikaina 49:28:00
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Hundreds of cans of food was collected

Mikaila Hayashida 49:34:00
Dana Hayashida 49:36:00
Kawelo Hayashida 50:14:00
Mikella Wong 50:16:00
Natalie Poy 50:21:00
Hulali Trask 50:24:00
Shariyah Cambell 50:37:00
Issac Queja 50:38:00
Keriyah Cambell 50:39:00
Kaimana Dutro 50:40:00
William Hobson 50:40:00
John Subiono 50:50:00
Amanda Kekahuma 52:55:00
Jaymee Mansanas 56:36:00
Violet Kauhia 56:37:00
Kaui Kauhia 57:55:00
Don Carpenter 57:58:00
Ken Rosene 58:39:00
Tracy Kaneakua 58:40:00
Kahalani Naole-Wong 59:41:00
Cavone Kuhia 59:45:00
Kiokain Woo 1:00:04:00
Jenna Pang-Ching 1:00:05:00
Kekoa Kalahiki `1:06:00:00

For more photo’s visit:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/more-photos-from-vet-day-5k-in-hilo/

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments