Cheerleaders volunteer at Great Aloha Run

Brannagan Mukaisu, reporter

Get ready to run with Aloha! On Monday, February 20, at 7:00 a.m. runners, joggers, and walkers will be participating in the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run. In addition, there will be people to lend an encouraging hand. The McKinley High School cheerleading squad will be a part of those people who will encourage the runners.

Tina Dinh (12) said the cheerleaders will be at the starting line at 3:00 a.m to greet runners getting off the shuttle.

Dinh said, “This is our way of giving back to the athletic community.”

The race course is a 8.15 mile run starting at the Aloha Tower in Downtown Honolulu, then continues along the Honolulu Harbor, passing Nimitz Highway, down Kamehameha Highway and reaching the finish line at Aloha Stadium. The finish line is the back goal line of the north end zone in Aloha Stadium. Elite and military runners are able to win $3,500 from Alaska Airlines, and cash prizes will be given to the top three male and female winners, ranging from $250 to $1,000. Medals will also be given to the top three winners of each age division.

After the run, participants and volunteers are welcome to join the 2012 So Ono Great Aloha Run Stadium Party. Party attendees will be able to hear Sistah Sherry of Krater 96 and Lina Girl of KCCN FM100 introducing various entertainers, such as Marine Forces Show Band, Tahitian with Tali’i Lagi Polynesian Productions, Rolando Sanchez and the Latin Jazz Combo. If you happen to be driving around on Monday, you just may see those Aloha runners.