Benson Peralta of the Philippine Island Hawaiian Island bicycle club said the eight miles, the longest stretch, was still short compared to the rides PIHI riders do.
But he, Rufo Pablo and Lem Soria came out to the Mayor-a-Thon to support Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and his vision of a healthy, active island, stopping their pre-ride maintenance check to exchange greetings with Kauai County Council member JoAnn Yukimura on Saturday at the Kapaa Beach Park.
The biggest crowd of more than 1,000 people, according to Kenny Ishii, collected at the park to bike, walk, or run several distances on Ke Ala Hele Makalae, the multi-use path, to welcome the morning. Participants received free GEICO water bottles being filled by the Department of Water using the improvised Freddy Levinthol pump.
Get Fit Kauai, in partnership with the County of Kauai, Department of Parks and Recreation, and a host of other community organizations and sponsors spearheaded the event.