The 31st annual Haena to Hanalei Fun Run/Walk was held June 2, 2012. This 8 mile trek has to be one of the most scenic runs in the world. Sponsored by the Hanalei Canoe Club, this well organized and well executed run/walk is fun for the whole family. There is the actual walk/run that is 8 miles from Haena to Hanalei and a 5K for the less motivated and a 1K for the kids.
The hills are a long grueling grade but you have the downs as well as the ups. The ocean scenery is so stunning the entire way you forget that “Hey , I am in a serious race and I want to win”. You cannot help but be distracted by the ocean waves on one side and the towering hills on the other. There are taro patches and serious beaches right there steps away from your path. Many of the participants were seen taking pictures instead of running or race walking. The weather was exhilarating and most of the runners/walkers finished by 9:00 AM.
The Canoe Club did a stellar job of directing traffic and keeping the hazards at a minimum but the County should have been there to block off traffic as they do with the Kauai Marathon. Toward the end of the race when the last of the runners were coming in it was dangerous with the traffic generated by the beach goers.
The pancakes were light and delicious. Thank you Hanalei Canoe Club for one of the most beautiful runs in all the islands. Please keep this tradition alive, see you next year.
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