This past Saturday was an especially beautiful day for a run. The 3rd annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs on August 18, 2012 was blessed with sunshine and smiles for all the miles of the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races held in Volcano Village on Hawaii’s Big Island.
A generous display of aloha from the crowds of spectators and volunteers helped propel the record-setting 590 racers across the finish line, especially Pahoa’s own Billy Barnett who finished first in the Half Marathon with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 21 seconds.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the turnout or more thankful for everyone’s incredible support,” says Volcano Art Center CEO Tanya Aynessazian. Registration increased nearly 20% over the 495 total finishers in the 2011 Rain Forest Runs.
“I am filled with gratitude,” Aynessazian says, and extends special appreciation and sincere thanks to Race Director Sharron Faff, the board members and staff of VAC, the Volcano community, The Cooper Center, the Volcano Community Association, GU, Kona Marathon, Eddie O. and Lava 105.3, Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah, the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kilauea Lodge, Barefoot Wine, Rotarians of Hilo Bay, Pahoa Sunset and Volcano, the Keaau High School Cross Country Team and the many, many volunteers who helped make this event possible, positive and fun for everyone.
Race results and photos are posted at www.rainforestruns.com with special cheers for these top finishers:
- Half Marathon: Billy Barnett (1:19:21, M 20–29, Pahoa) and Amy Gordon (1:38:25, F 30–39, Waialua)
- 10K: Chris Gregory (:36:25, M 20–29, Hilo) and Keri Ogden (:42:56, F 20–29, Honolulu)
- 5K: Todd Marohnic (:19:30, M 50–59, Volcano) and Shayli Nakamoto (:22:31, F 14–19, Kealakekua)
The next Volcano Rain Forest Runs is already set for August 17, 2013. Volcano Art Center – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education – invites you to learn more about how you can support the arts and your community at www.volcanoartcenter.org.
- 3rd Annual Rain Forest Run (damontucker.com)