Record Turnout for Parker Fun Fun & Color Stampede

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Parker School’s 17th Annual George Heneghan Fun Run and Color Stampede. Courtesy photo.

Parker School first graders Ka’iulani Honda, Fiona Hamilton and Lucy Peterson got splashed in color during the school’s 17th annual George Heneghan Fun Run and Color Stampede. Courtesy photo.

A crowd of more than 200 got splashed in color at Parker School’s 17th Annual George Heneghan Fun Run and Color Stampede on Oct. 30, the largest turnout in history.

“We had a total of 207 runners in our 1K and 5K races, which makes this our biggest and best year yet,” said Nicole Vedelli, Parker School athletic director. Thirty kids

Thirty kids 11 and under competed in a one-kilometer race at the school’s lower campus, followed by a five-kilometer race with more than 170 participants ages 12 and older.


Runners and walkers were splashed in powdered color at four different color stations throughout the race.

Established in 1999, this event is in memory of Hawai‘i architect George Heneghan, an accomplished athlete, Parker teacher and coach of cross country and track from 1992 to 1998.

Parker School Athletics thanks everyone who participated and supported this event including: Five Mountain Fitness, Big Island Running Company, Ironman, Kawaihae Crossfit, Starbucks, and Mamane Bakery. All proceeds support Parker School’s athletics program.



1K Females (by age group)
5 and under: Sadie Gaff 6:57
6-8: Chloe Willman 4:53
9-11: Olivia Bethen 4:28

1K Males (by age group)
5 and under: Henry Gaff 8:24
6-8: Kauila Kapuniai 4:13
9-11: Julius Bowers 4:20


5K Females (by age group)
9–11: Logan Walter 27:27
12–14: Anuhea Elliot 30:06
15–19: Zoe Ganley 21:22
20-29: Ku‘ulei Kahalelio 35:11
30-39 Amanda Smith 25:15
40-49: (tie) Maki Abe and Paola Santesson 22:55
50-59: Ululani Centeio 32:15
60+: Carol Landry 1:01:00

5K Male (by age group)
9-11: Kaiden Aguilar 23:15
12-14: Kanoa Blake 19:35
15-19: Ben Smith 20:46
30-39: Derek Park 21:09
40-49: Jacob Head 20:31
50-59: Joseph Bollinger 22:37
60+: Rick Black 33:59

Established in Waimea in 1976 by community leaders, Parker School is an important community resource for education, dedicated to serving a diverse student body for four decades. Educating more than 330 kindergarten through twelfth grade students annually, Parker School’s mission is every student is known, valued and nurtured. A small-school setting and dynamic program fosters confident, compassionate individuals who are thoroughly prepared for college, who enthusiastically engage in life and who positively contribute to an ever-changing global community. Parker’s Schools guiding values include excellence, integrity and compassion.

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