Sept. 8 Races To Help Windward Clubhouse

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii's Windward Clubhouse welcomes all ages for its Sept. 8 annual benefit: a Half Marathon/5K and Keiki Race in Kailua. Three-year-olds in the 2012 keiki 100-yard dash (left) gave it their all. Photo from Maureen Purington.

The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii – Windward Clubhouse will conduct its annual “Holokiki O ‘Alele,” Sept. 8, beginning at its headquarters on the Kailua Intermediate School campus.

The fundraiser includes the Windward Half Marathon, a 5K race and the Keiki 100-yard Dash. The half marathon starts at 6 a.m. followed by the 5K at 6:20 and the Keiki Dash at 8:30 a.m.

Race director Carole Iacovelli anticipates their largest turnout yet as 600 to 700 runners are expected. Fee is $45 for the half marathon, $30 for the 5K, and $15 for the keiki dash, which is for children ages 3 to 5.

“We want to thank the community for sharing the roads with our runners between 6 and 9:30 a.m.,” Iacovelli added.

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Sponsors this year include Castle Medical Center, Monsanto, SoulTrex, Be Fit Kailua and Sunrise Construction. All proceeds will go to programming at the Windward Clubhouse, which offers its members (ages 7 to 17) a variety of sports, arts, tutoring, leadership opportunities – or just a welcome, safe place to hang out. About 500 area children now are members, paying $1 per year in dues.

The Windward Half Marathon began in 1980 as a way to build relations between Kailua residents and Marines at Kaneohe Marine base. This is the eighth year that proceeds will benefit the Windward Clubhouse.