‘Roots ‘n Shoot’ set for April

POIPU — The Kauai Marathon and the National Tropical Botanical Garden announce the second Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run and Walk will be held April 2 at NTBG.

The garden 5K is a fundraising event held on the tropical grounds of McBryde and Allerton Gardens. Runners and walkers will check in at the NTBG South Shore Visitors Center parking lot starting at 6 a.m. and will be shuttled to the 8 a.m. start of the 5K.

The start is located in McBryde Garden 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 rainforest trees, a grove of swaying golden bamboo, tropical fruit trees and alongside the Lawai Stream.

“We are so excited to welcome runners back to McBryde and Allerton Gardens for the second annual Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run,” said Scott Sloan, interim director of the South Shore Gardens. “Last year’s event brought many runners from all over our island and across the country to the gardens for the first time, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share the gardens and tropical plants we study and conserve with new and returning runners.”

A continental breakfast from Living Foods Gourmet Market and Cafe and Kauai Coffee Company is offered after the run.

“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 and Half Marathon.

The event also includes a silent auction to support The Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program and other local non-profit groups.

Participants are encouraged to explore the gardens after the 5K is finished as shuttle buses back to the parking lot continue throughout the morning. The cost is $40 for adults and $30 for students, 16 years and under, which includes an event T-shirt and post-race food and beverage.

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