By Sue Forbes
The Kualapuu Running Team turned in a solid performance in its first off-island race, the Honolulu 5K for Kids, on Sunday.
All team members performed well in their first competition at this level, with top results coming from the Ringor twins — Mary Rose and Mary Grace. The twins came in second and third in the girls 9-10 age group with times of 30 minutes, 7 seconds and 30:20, respectively.
Other top 10 age group performers were: Nainoa Kahale, fourth in the boy’s 9-10 age group with a time of 24:09; Noelani Helm, sixth in the girls 9-10 age group in 32:46; Raphael Adolpho, seventh in the boys 9-10 age group with a personal record of 25:34; and Genevieve Kikukawa, eighth in the girls 11-12 division with a personal record of 30:20.
Just missing top 10 recognition was Kekama Naeole-Starkey who finished in 27:13, good for 12th place in boys 9-10 division. Noah Donnelly, ran 27:40, earning 14th place in boys 11-12 age group.
With close to 1,000 racers competing in the Honolulu 5K for Kids, the Kuualpuu kids did a terrific job of representing Molokai this year. After getting a taste of some real competition, they are looking forward to returning to compete on Oahu again next year. As Genevieve Kikukawa said to her mom after the race: “That was fun, I want to do this again.”
And so the practices and the on-island fundraising races will continue with track practices scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. The next two Saturday running races on the calendar are set for May 14 and 21.
The next races for the team will be June 14 and 21. On June 14 will be a two-person relay in Coffees Of Hawaii’s field — each person runs the one-mile course two times in tag team style with the total distance traveled by the team of four miles.
June 21 will be a five-mile race, a full loop of the Coffees of Hawaii’s fields in Kualapuu.