Mayor-a-thon registration opens Monday

KAPAA — This year’s Mayor-a-thon pays tribute to dads with the theme “Hats Off to Dads!” Fittingly, the first 600 people to register online for the event at www.getfitkauai.com will receive a hat.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to sign up early to walk, run or bike one, two, four, six or eight miles in the seventh annual Mayor-a-thon. The event will be held on June 20 at the Kapaa Beach Park with check-in set for 6:30 a.m.

The deadline to register for this free event is midnight on June 18.

Online registrants will have a chance to win prizes, including a two-night stay at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club and one of four bicycles. Winners must be present to win.

There will also be games and live music, and a healthy continental breakfast will be served. In addition, police officers will be distributing free reusable shopping bags and blinking safety lights from Walk Wise Hawaii.

As the Mayor-a-thon is a Zero Waste event, participants should bring their own water bottles or pick up a free bottle provided by GEICO at the event.

Participants can also contribute toward a Healthy Food Drive with proceeds going to the Kauai Independent Food Bank and The Hawaii Food Bank – Kauai Branch. Suggested donations include: canned or dried fruits; 100 percent fruit or fruit/vegetable juice; canned vegetables; canned soups; 100 percent vegetable juice; brown or hapa rice; whole-grain cereals; dried beans or lentils; canned beans; canned tuna; canned meat; and shelf-stable milk.

A free shuttle will be available to Westside residents. Locations and pick-up times are as follows:

– Kekaha Neighborhood Center – 5:30 a.m.

– Waimea Athletic Field – 5:35 a.m.

– Hanapepe Multi-Purpose Building – 5:45 a.m.

– Kalaheo Post Office – 5:55 a.m.

– Kukui Grove Center – 6:10 a.m.

– Return trip from the Kapaa Public Library — 10:45 a.m.

Dogs will be allowed at the event, but must be leashed.

The Mayor-a-thon is sponsored by Get Fit Kauai, the County of Kauai and HMSA.

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