Annual Roots ‘n Shoots run slated

POIPU — The Kauai Marathon and National Tropical Botanical Garden are excited to be partnering again on the third annual Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run and Walk on April 8.

This garden 5k is a fundraiser held on the tropical grounds of McBryde and Allerton Gardens.

Runners and walkers 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 in McBryde Garden. The 3.1-mile run begins in the Breadfruit grove and meanders through McBryde Garden exhibits, towering rainforest trees, swaying golden bamboo, tropical fruit trees, and alongside the Lawai Stream.

“We are so excited to partner with The Kauai Marathon and welcome runners back to NTBG’s McBryde and Allerton Gardens for the third annual Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run,” said Tobias Koehler, director of the South Shore Gardens. “Sharing the gardens and the critical conservation efforts of NTBG through this fun community event is always a delight.”

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

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 where the funds received will support The Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program, as well as other local nonprofit groups.

The cost is $40 per adult and $30 for students 16 years and under until March 31, which includes post race food and beverage. Race entries increase on April 1 to $50 and $40 respectively.

Registration: www.thekauaimarathon.com/register/roots-n-shoots/

New to the 2017 event, a bottomless champagne brunch is being offered in the “Food for Thought” area of the McBryde Garden after the run/walk. Guests will dine on a fruits, pastries, tasty eggs and meats while sipping champagne post run/walk. The cost is an additional $50 and can be purchased online at registration.

The 9th annual Kauai Marathon is scheduled for Sept. 3 in Poipu.

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