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Scholarship 5K Run/Walk honors Barroga and Scully

The Big Island Road Runners and Big Dog Productions proudly presents the Scholarship 5k to be held in Hilo on Sunday, May 15th at 7:30am.  This fun run/walk is free to members and non-members.  We will be accepting donations to the Big Island Road Runner Scholarship Fund.

 Participants are asked to arrive early at the parking lot for Coconut Island (Moku Ola) to sign up and receive final instructions.  The course winds through Lili’uokalani Park and along the Bayfront towards downtown Hilo.  Post run refreshments will be offered.

Following the run we will recognize the male and female winners of the 2011 BIRR Scholarship Award. The male awardee is Keaau’s Rogelio Barroga and the female awardee is Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Hana Scully.

 Keith Aoki from Anheuser-Busch will provide Vidration Sports Drinks to the finishers, while supplies last.

For more information, pleasecall Dan Banks at (808) 989 – 5036 or visit www.bigislandroadrunners.org

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May 12, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , | 3 Comments

HPA’s Scully & Keaau’s Barroga winners of Running Scholarship

Scully and Barroga

Nothing gives me greater pleaser than to see young people enjoying life through sports participation.

Over the years I’ve seen Big Island high school sports enjoy an explosion in participation, especially in cross country and track & field.

Six years ago Richard and Virginia Alderson of Hakalau provided the Big Island Road Runners with a large monetary donation with the expectation that each year the club would award $1,000 to one male and one female senior that was headed to college.

The main stipulation for receiving the scholarship award was that each applicant needed to be a runner and through writing a 300 word essay convey their love and passion for the sport.

The Alderson’s, along with BIRR treasurer Dano Banks, and the County’s Deputy Corporation Counsel Joseph Kamelamela join with scholarship chair Big Dog to look through the dozens of applications.

Prior to looking over the essays the scholarship chairman will remove the names and schools from the paperwork so that none of the member knows the identity of those who apply.  The chair does not vote except in instances of a tie.

The 2011 selections are Keaau’s Rogelio Barroga and Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Hana Scully.

Barroga will be attending Northern Arizona University while Scully is heading to the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus.

Barroga’s running life started when he was in the sixth grade at Keaau Middle School and he credits his physical education teacher with introducing him to the sport.

“Running was very foreign to me when I entered middle school,” Barroga said.  “I was just another average, anti-social student before I joined the P&R track and field team and I credit that as the dramatic turning point in my life.”

Barroga credits the positive role model P.E. teacher for turning him into the positive and uplifting individual that he has now become.

“I used to be a follower, not a leader,” he said.  “I had low self esteem, but that all changed when I became part of a team as my PE teacher encouraged me to take my middle school running to a whole new level by continuing the sport into high school.”

Barroga took her advice and walked on to the cross country team in his freshman year at Keaau, then joined track & field and even went on to participate in volleyball.

Scully has also been a part of the Ka Makani championship cross country and track & field teams as she also participates in cheerleading and paddling at the high school level.

“All I could hear was the crowd cheering ‘Go Hana’!” Unfortunately, everything I could see was spinning.  I knew it was happening again; my telling me to slow down.  I didn’t listen.  My competitiveness and determination took over and I won the race.  Even though it was the end of my 400-meter dash, it was the beginning of an unexpected journey,” wrote Hana Scully in her essay.

Scully was describing her irregular and slow heart rate that caused her to be connected to a heart monitor in the hospital with a cardiologist giving her the news shortly after that 400 meter race in 2009.

“My biggest fear that day was that I might not be able to participate in school sports,” Scully said.  “I wasn’t going to let this challenge slow me down, but instead make me stronger.”

Scully, of course, is up and running and doing her best in helping to lead the Ka Makani to a team title in track & field last week.

“A heart can do many things,” she said.  “Mine radiates love, health, strength, compassion, and happiness.  I can most clearly feel mine with each beat as I sprint down the track or weave through the trails.  Of all my many blessing I am so thankful I can still relish the joy of running.

Both Barroga and Scully have been supporters of the BIRR over the years and have participated in many of its events.

Barroga is often found doing most of the 5K (3.1 mile) community races hosted on the East side of the island.

Recently, Barroga, participated in the Big Island International Marathon’s 5K race, and then stayed for several hours after the race to help volunteers with a variety of tasks.

“We should all help as much as we can in making for a nice community,” Barroga said.  “It is all part of what we learn in school in helping to make this a better place.”

“I have been a strong supporter of the Big Island Road Runner’s Program, always trying my best to participate in every fun run they put on for the community,” Scully said.  “By receiving this scholarship, I will be one step closer in turning my dreams into reality.  College isn’t getting any cheaper and with this added money I will be a thousand dollars less from taking out a loan.”

Both Barroga and Scully will be honored by the BIRR on Sunday, May 15, with a 5K run/walk starting at Coconut Island at 7:30 am.  There is no entry fee and the public is encouraged to come out and participate.

Post race snack will be provided and a formal awards ceremony will be presented by BIRR president, Alan Ryan.  For more information go to www.bigislandroadrunners.org or call 969-7400.

And someday should you happen to see a happy, healthy runner come jogging through the side roads of East Hawai’i remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

May 9, 2011 Posted by | Profiles, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ucker wins Cougar 5K with Waiakea’s Halford a strong fifth

Jackson Halford

The following are the results from our 2nd Annual Cougar 3-Mile Fun Run/Walk held this past Friday.
top 25:

1) Keoni Ucker                15:43      2)    Nick Hagemann                16:26
3) Justin Pang                16:53        4)  Zach Johnson                17:07
5) Jackson Halford        17:30           6)   Kevin Olsen                18:18
Paul Mauser                18:33       James Clubbs                18:36
Rogelio Barroga        18:56          Akil Marshall                19:17
Arman Navarro                19:21    Kirsta Andrew                19:29
Greg Matias                19:44        Jhun Delle Ventura        20:00
Isiah Segobia                20:55      Wayne Pavao                21:16
Hiram Temple                21:17      Davin Alviento                21:17
Aynes Ines                21:26          Jeffery Ferrell                21:29
Makaala Lum Ho        21:35        Charlie Belmes                21:40
Trystan Padasdao        22:00    Deann Nishimura- Thornton       22:31
25) Elysonne Quila                23:19

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment