Not a garden variety fun run

The Kauai Marathon and the National Tropical Botanical Garden are excited to partner in the first “Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run and Walk” at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 4.

The garden 5k is a fundraiser and the first run to be held on the lush, tropical grounds of Allerton and McBryde Gardens.

Runners and walkers check-in at the NTBG South Shore Visitor Center parking lot starting at 6 a.m. and will be shuttled to the start of the race, which is located at the beginning of the recently opened Biodiversity Trail, a winding 800-foot path designed to tell the story of plant evolution over the last 450 million years. 

The 3.1-mile course meanders through towering rainforest trees, a grove of swaying golden bamboo, tropical fruit trees, and alongside the Lawai Stream.

“Runners and walkers will experience one of the most beautiful 5k courses in the world. The NTBG team has always wanted to host more activities for local residents and people who don’t regularly visit botanical gardens, said Andy Jasper, director of the South Shore Gardens in a release. “We are so excited to partner with The Kauai Marathon to offer this event.”

After the run, participants will enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast sponsored by Living Foods Gourmet Market and Cafe along with coffee provided by Kauai Coffee Company. 

“We are so excited to join forces with NTBG on this extraordinary community event. Not only will participants be treated to a gorgeous course, but a fabulous after-race celebration with family and friends,” said Jeff Sacchini, founder of The Kauai Marathon.

The event also includes a silent action and a drawing where the funds received will support The Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program, as well as other local nonprofit groups that annually benefit from The Kauai Marathon.

Participants are encouraged to explore the gardens after the 5k is finished as shuttles back to the parking lot will continue throughout the morning.

The cost is $35 per adult and $25 for students 16 years and under. There will be limited entries available and is expected to sell out.

Register: www.thekauaimarathon.com

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