Coming Up – Fourth Annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs

There’s still time to lace up, stretch out and start training for one of Hawaii’s most anticipated high-altitude endurance events of the year. Volcano Art Center’s fourth annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs is set for Saturday, August 17, 2013 with leadership once again provided by Kona Marathon’s Director Sharron Faff. Joining VAC’s aloha-filled leadership team this year is David Ranck, Kona Marathon’s Event Operations Race Director.

Rain Forest Run

Featuring a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K events, the Volcano Rain Forest Runs take place at 4,000 feet above sea level just minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island. Runners and walkers of all ability levels come back year after year for the cool temperatures and cooler views while traversing through the Hawaiian rain forest in Volcano Village. This year’s event is co-sponsored by The Cooper Center, the Kona Marathon, Lava 105 FM, Ultima Replenisher and BioAstin.

The 5K and 10K participants weave through the lush native forest on the mostly flat, tranquil roads of Volcano Village while the Half Marathon course continues into the hills of the surrounding ranch lands, treating racers to breathtaking panoramic views of the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

Entry fees through July 31: Half Marathon–$75, 10K–$45, 5K–$30. Pricing starting August 1: Half Marathon–$85, 10K–$50, 5K–$35. Registration and complete race information is available at rainforestruns.com.

Online registration closes Wednesday, August 14 at 11:59pm HST. Packet pickup and late registration will be held on Friday, August 16 from 10:00am–6:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, or on August 17 from 5:30–7:00am at the neighboring Cooper Center located at 19-4030 Wright Road. There is no race day registration for the Half Marathon, and registration for all races closes at 7:00am.

Race day action begins with an Opening Ceremony at 6:30am near the Start/Finish line located at the Cooper Center. There you’ll also find live music, entertainment by the Hiccup Circus, plenty of activity and food booths, a silent auction and much, much more. Free races for keiki (children) include a 100 yard dash for ages 1-4 and a 200 yard dash for ages 5-7. Prizes are awarded for all keiki participants.

Runners and their guests are invited to a Welcome Luncheon sponsored by Homes and Land Magazine on Friday, August 16 from 11am–1:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Enjoy complimentary pupus and wine, along with hourly guided tours of the Niaulani Rain Forest. Engage with local artists as they demonstrate their work in conjunction with a special art exhibition, “Footprints in the Forest.”

The traditional pre-race carbo-loading dinner will be held on Friday from 5:00–7:00pm at the Cooper Center. An all-inclusive pasta and salad buffet will feature meat, vegetarian and vegan options, and includes beverages and dessert. Cost is $15 per person, $8.50 for children under 10, credit cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit Volcano Friends Feeding Friends. Call Donna Stickel for tickets and details at (808) 967-7800.

Botanical World Adventures has generously donated two Zip Line Canopy Adventure Tours for the top male and female overall Half Marathon winners. The Zip Isle tour is an unforgettable thrill: safe, accredited, 7 stage zip line tour located at Mile Marker 16 north of Hilo.

Alaska Airlines is offering discounted rates to Hawaii Island in honor of the Volcano Rain Forest Runs. Use Promo Code ECMU612 for travel to Hawaii Island valid August 10 through August 24, 2013.

All registered race participants receive 10% off at VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Rainforest Gallery at VAC’s Niaulani Campus from August 16 through August 19, 2013. Explore vacgallery.com/shop for online window shopping in advance.

Registration forms are available online at www.rainforestruns.com and at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Event Team Volunteers are still needed for set up, clean up, poster distribution, safety, course direction, parking assistance on event day, staffing booths and more. For more information, contact Sharron Faff at (808) 967-8240 or race@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education. VAC hosts this event annually, creating a community event that everyone can participate in. Everyone is invited to join as a runner, walker, volunteer or spectator.

 

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