Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run set for April 4

Registration is still be accepted for the Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run and Walk on April 4, but the race is filling quickly.

The Kauai Marathon and the National Tropical Botanical Garden are partnering on the garden 5k, a fundraising event and the first run to be held on the lush tropical grounds of Allerton and McBryde Gardens.

“Runners and walkers will experience one of the most beautiful 5k courses in the world,” said Andy Jasper, Director of the South Shore Gardens. “The NTBG team has always wanted to host more activities for local residents and people who don’t regularly visit botanical 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 at the beginning of the recently opened Biodiversity Trail. The 3.1-mile course meanders through towering rainforest trees, a grove of swaying golden bamboo, tropical fruit trees, and alongside the Lawai Stream.

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

Cost is $35 per adult and $25 for students 16 years and under. There will be limited entries, about 300.

Register at www.thekauaimarathon.com.

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