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PATH Run Kicks Off Ironman Week

October 3, 2013, 3:02 PM HST
* Updated October 3, 4:35 PM
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The 28th Annual PATH Run jump starts “Ironman Week” in Kailua-Kona this Saturday.

The event, which benefits Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai`i and its bike and pedestrian education programs, features a 5k run/walk and a 10k run that kicks off at Hale Halawai at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a free Keiki Dash, which doesn’t require registration.

Race director Joe Loschiazo says that over 300 people have already registered for the event. He says that “about 30-to-40” of those registered are competing in the following week’s Ironman, something he says makes the PATH Run unique.

“You show up, and there’s a swirl of activity with a lot of the athletes who are actually participating in the Ironman race,” said Loschiazo, who has spent 20 years as a runner in the event. “There’s a sense of awe sometimes looking up when you point to somebody and notice that he won the Ironman last year.”

The run along Alii Drive is also a draw for those who love scenic backdrops. “Because it’s such a beautiful run, you essentially get to watch the ocean the entire time as you’re running along,” said Loschiazo.

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The 5k run/walk features people between the ages of seven to 70. To maintain a safe course for the competitors and accommodate the increased popularity of the run, Loschiazo said that the southbound lane of Ali`i Drive from Hualalai Road to Casa de Endeko between 7:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. The northbound lane will remain open.

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Registration fees are $30 for adults and $20 for children if forms are completed and sent in by Friday. On race day, entry fees increase to $40 for adults and $30 for keiki. Registration forms are available at PathHawaii.org.

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