32nd Great Aloha Run kicks off with health, fitness expo

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Kaiser Permanente kicked off the 32nd Annual Great Aloha Run Friday with a three-day sport, health and fitness expo.

The event runs Friday through Sunday at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, and features fitness challenges and demonstrations, children’s activities, prize giveaways, retail and exhibit booths, and meet-and-greet sessions.

Great Aloha Run participants are able to pick up their packets at the expo, but you don’t have to be a runner to enjoy the event.

“The event is all about the community, so we’ve tried to get people to come on down here whether they’re participants or want to go to the expo only,” said race director Brent Imonen.

“It’s really exciting because you get to see the best of health fitness and sports, and you get to try out all the different techniques of getting fit,” said founder Carole Kai, “and you get to buy and eat, oh lots of grinds we have today.”

The expo’s hours are Friday, 4-9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Great Aloha Run takes place on Monday, Feb. 15, with the expected participation of over 24,000 runners and walkers. The 8.15-mile course starts at Aloha Tower and ends at Aloha Stadium.

Since 1985, the run has served as a fundraiser for Carole Kai Charities, raising more than $10.9 million, which has been awarded to more than 150 non-profit organizations in Hawaii including Hawaii High School Athletic Association, Boys and Girls Club, BSA Aloha Council, and Girl Scouts Hawaii.

Because of the run, access in and out of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and Ford Island will be altered from 7-11 a.m. Monday. Please plan for lane closures and other delays along Kamehameha Highway that may increase travel time.

Call 528-7388 or click here for more information about the race and registration.

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