View proves to be real prize at Kolekole 10K

| March 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
Col. Stephen E. Dawson, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, takes in the view from the Kolekole lookout with his 9-year-old daughter, Naia.

Col. Stephen E. Dawson, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, takes in the view from the Kolekole lookout with his 9-year-old daughter, Naia.

 

1st Sgt. Kevin Cook and Capt. Suzanna Endsley, both of the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, pose for selfies at the Kolekole lookout, March 3, during the Kolekole 10K. (U.S. Army photo by Karen A. Iwamoto, Oahu Publications)

1st Sgt. Kevin Cook and Capt. Suzanna Endsley, both of the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, pose for selfies at the Kolekole lookout, March 3, during the Kolekole 10K.

 

Story and photos by
Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In James Jones’ classic World War II novel From Here to Eternity, protagonist Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is ordered to run up the Kolekole Pass, here, as punishment for talking back to an officer.

On Saturday, March 3, a crowd of nearly 300 showed up voluntarily to make what was, in essence, the same run.

Runners make their way back to Leader's Field from the Kolekole lookout. Others, in the background, linger to take pictures of the view.

Runners make their way back to Leader’s Field from the Kolekole lookout. Others, in the background, linger to take pictures of the view.

The lure of access to an area that is usually restricted proved irresistible for those who signed up for the Kolekole 10K Run. They began gathering at Leader’s Field before daybreak, prepared to make the dash to the Kolekole lookout and back.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii opened its gates to the public for the event, welcoming participants all ages and walks of life, from competitive runners to parents with strollers and baby carriers. The only yelling along the way came not from irate officers, but from fellow runners cheering each other to the top.

A handful left with medals and prizes for their speed, but all had an opportunity to take in the view from the Kolekole lookout, an area that is usually closed to the public. The Army and the Navy share control of access to the Kolekole Pass, which connects Schofield Barracks to Navy property. The Navy oversees the portion of the pass that includes the lookout.

USAG-HI commander, Col. Stephen E. Dawson, who participated in the Kolekole 10K with his family, thanked Navy officials for working with the Army to make the run possible.

Female open winners of the Kolekole 10K are Annie Wang, first place with a time of 44.55; Danielle Johnston, second place with a time of 45.10; and Holly Hepfi, third place with a time of 46.05.

Female open winners of the Kolekole 10K are Annie Wang, first place with a time of 44.55; Danielle Johnston, second place with a time of 45.10; and Holly Hepfi, third place with a time of 46.05.

For avid runners like Sergio Florian of Honolulu, who placed third in the males open category of the race, the route was a breeze. His family came along for a chance to see the view of the Waianae Valley stretching out to the ocean – or at least that may have been the original intent.

“The part I enjoyed the most was finishing,” said his wife, Dayane Florian, who had pushed their 5-year-old son, Kai, in a stroller and carried their 2-year-old daughter, Keila, in a baby carrier, during the run. “But the view was really nice out there, too.”

Latosha Collins, an Army spouse, also completed the race with her two children, Gabriel, 4, and Micah, 1.

“It was tough, but it was worth it. I’m so glad I made it to the top,” she said.

“And now my feet hurt,” Gabriel said.

“You think your feet hurt,” Latosha replied, with a laugh. “Next time I do something like this, I think I’m going to get a doggie stroller.”

She had pushed both Gabriel and Micah in a single baby stroller by herself for much of the route, although Gabriel did walk for some portions. Her husband couldn’t join them because he was at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Their family had been stationed in Hawaii for three years, but this was the first time she got to see the Kolekole lookout, and she said she was glad to have had the chance before they made a permanent change of station move.

Donald Hopper, Jenifer Kanechika and Evan Nishimura of Pearl City also came out for the chance to see the Waianae valley from the lookout. Kanechika is a civilian employee for the Navy. She found out about the race through a Navy email, and urged Hopper and Nishimura to come along.

Male open winners of the Kolekole 10K are Andrew Burness, first place with a time of 37:52.; Wesley Schiller, second place with a time of 38.02; and Sergio Florian, third place with a time of 39.11.

Male open winners of the Kolekole 10K are Andrew Burness, first place with a time of 37:52.; Wesley Schiller, second place with a time of 38.02; and Sergio Florian, third place with a time of 39.11.

“Having lived on Oahu my whole life, I had heard about (the Kolekole Pass), but I had never had a chance to see it,” Nishimura said. “When (Jenifer and Donald) told me about this, I decided to come out and see for myself.”

On top of taking in the view, Nishimura placed second in the race category for males aged 35 to 39.

Dawson said he was glad USAG-HI was able to open the race to the public so that participants like Nishimura, Hopper and Kanechika were able to experience it along with the Army community.

“This is something we wanted to make sure we shared with the community,” he said. “We want to build that relationship with the surrounding community. The community is a part of our family.”

 

Upcoming Races

For more information and to register for the following upcoming Army races, visit HiMWR.com/races.

  • May 5

Color Blast 5K Run (DOD ID cardholders only)

Helemano Military Reservation

Enjoy running through 4 miles of color powder during this family friendly event. The course is flat and fast, with an enjoyable north shore breeze.

  • June 6

National Run Day Virtual Run

Location and distance up to you.

Promote health and fitness with U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and express your love for running.

  • July 14

Army Ten-Miler

Schofield Barracks

The 10th Annual Hawaii Army Ten-Miler Qualifier. The race is a qualifier for active duty Army, as well as a competitive run for all other participants.

  • August 2018

Hawaii’s Hardest Half

Schofield Barracks

This out and back half marathon will take participants up and through the Kolekole Pass. Runners will enjoy a beautiful ocean view after climbing to the mountain peak.

  • September 2018

The Wurst 5K Run

Schofield Barracks

This Oktoberfest-inspired run will include German food stations where participants must devour the specified foods before continuing along the course.

  • October 2018

Zombie Run 5K

Schofield Barracks

This evening event is full of zombie survivors and zombie slayers. Attempt to finish, with at least one lifeline remaining to be rewarded for your survival skills.

  • December 2018

Pearl Harbor Commemoration Run/Walk

Wheeler Army Airfield

Wheeler Army Air Field has a historical connection to the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Learn more during this 4K run/walk.

 

Kolekole Walking Path

While the Kolekole lookout is generally closed to the public, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii grants access to the Kolekole walking-hiking path on designated weekends when live-fire training is not being conducted. To find out when the walking path is open, connect with the garrison at facebook.com/usaghawaii.

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