Race to the Top: Kolekole 10K offers awe-inspiring views of central Oahu

| February 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Registration is underway for the March 3rd annual Kolekole 10k Run at any Army Physical Fitness Center or online at HiMWR.com.

Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The public will have a rare opportunity to take in sweeping views of central Oahu’s lush plains and verdant valleys, March 3, when U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii opens its gates to the larger community for its second annual Kolekole 10K Run.

While the Army has conducted runs and marches up the Kolekole Pass, the area is usually closed to the general public.

Last year’s 10K had runners pausing along the route to take photos.

Shawn Jenkinson heads back down Kolekole Pass during the 2017 Kolekole 10K. The race returns March 3, and it’s open to the public.

“The real prize … is not so much completing the 10K as much as getting to the (lookout) point and seeing the incredible view,” USAG-HI Commander Col. Stephen E. Dawson said during last year’s event.

Dawson, an avid runner who usually competes to win, said even he slowed down to take in his surroundings. He encouraged anyone still on the fence to go ahead and register for this year’s race.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see something that you might not otherwise get to see,” he said.

“And this is something we wanted to make sure we shared with the community,” he added. “We want to build that relationship with the surrounding community; the community is part of our family.”

He thanked the Navy, which also controls access of the road, for working with the Army to make the race possible.

The Kolekoke 10K is along a narrow paved road with some steep inclines and switchbacks, but nothing too strenuous.

“Last year, we had nearly 200 participants of all skill levels,” said Army sports specialist Kristen Osborn of the Schofield Health and Fitness Center. “The run is never too steep that you can’t keep jogging.”

Osborn described the race as peaceful and calm because of its location, away from urban sprawl and vehicle traffic, and because of the wide-open views of Waianae and the ocean.

It’s open to all ages, but those 12 years old and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Strollers are welcome, but pets are prohibited.

The race starts at Leader’s Field (at the intersection of Trimble and Beaver roads) at 7 a.m. The course takes runners up the Kolekole Pass to the Kolekole lookout point, where they will turn around and head back down to Leader’s Field for snacks and refreshments post-race.

The registration fee is $35 and the deadline to sign up is March 1. You may pick up your race packet noon-7 p.m., March 1, and 7 a.m.-2 p.m., March 2, at the Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness Center (1554 Trimble Road, Bldg. 582) or on the day of the race between 5:45-6:45 a.m.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners overall, and the top three male and female finishers in each age group. The awards will be presented after the race at Leader’s Field.

The Kolekole 10K is the first of more than half a dozen competitive Army races held in Hawaii throughout the year. The next is the Color Blast 5K Run, open to Department of Defense identification cardholders only, May 5, at Helemano Military Reservation.

The general public and non-DOD ID card holders must present their printed race confirmation page and a valid government-issued picture ID at Lyman Gate on the morning of the race to gain installation access. They should be prepared for random vehicle checks that will require proof of a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, safety check and insurance.

 

Register Online

For more information and to register, visit www.himwr.com/kolekole10k.

For a schedule of upcoming races and information on registering, visit www.himwr.com/race.

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