Great Aloha Run offers Soldiers ‘Sounds of Freedom’ challenge

| February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy 25th Infantry Division Army units enter Aloha Stadium to finish the Great Aloha Run course, Feb. 20, 2012. The 8.15-mile run starts in front of Aloha Tower and ends on the stadium field.

Photo courtesy 25th Infantry Division
Army units enter Aloha Stadium to finish the Great Aloha Run course, Feb. 20, 2012. The 8.15-mile run starts in front of Aloha Tower and ends on the stadium field.

Carol Jaxon
Great Aloha Run

HONOLULU — Hawaii runners, including those in the armed services, are lacing up for the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run, Feb. 18.

The race, 8.5 miles long, starts from the Aloha Tower and ends at Aloha Stadium; participants of all ages are invited to attend.

As of Feb. 1, 18,000 participants have signed up to do their part in raising funds for Carole Kai Charities, with monies going to more than 150 nonprofit local organizations, including various military Morale, Welfare and Recreation offices, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, and the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

Since its inception in 1985, the Great Aloha Run has raised more than $8.1 million. Kaiser Permanente is this year’s title sponsor.

“More than 4,000 military members participated last year, said Claire Nakamura, administrator and event coordinator for the charity. “But it’s not all about running in formation. It’s a great time to get together with family, support the community and even for employers to give employees time off to participate,” she added.

Though the mail deadline has passed, participants can register at the Great Aloha Run’s Sports, Health and Fitness Expo at the Neal Blaisdell Center, Feb. 15-18.

“Wounded warriors, walkers, families, children can all participate,” Nakamura said. “It’s the Sounds of Freedom formation runs that get the most attention though,” she added.

In 1974, Maj. Gen. Harry Brooks Jr., a former commander of the 25th Infantry Division, regularly led his Soldiers chanting cadence through the quiet Wahiawa town as part of their PT training. To inspire its residents when concerns from the peaceful little town stirred, Brooks coined the phrase “Sounds of Freedom.”

“When you hear the chanting of our Soldiers, they are in training,” Brooks explained, at the time. “When you do not hear them, it means they are off to defend and protect our great country. They are the Sounds of Freedom.”

(Editor’s note: Jaxon is the military liaison officer for the 2013 GAR.)

 

Great Aloha Run Registration

A discounted entry fee for active duty participants

includes a “finisher T-shirt,” entrance fee, refreshments and entertainment at the stadium and along the route. For more information, go to www.greataloharun.com or contact the Great Aloha Run at 528-7388.

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