Begin the new year on foot

  • Bill Buley / The Garden Island file photo

    Runners wind their way through the course of the Resolution Run Kauai in Lihue.

LIHUE — The Puuwai Canoe Club is hoping to help 300 people start 2019 on the run.

“We really encourage people to come out,” said John Teschner, an organizer.

The 5k Resolution Run is set for 8 a.m. Saturday. It primarily follows the trails opened by Hokuala — a Timbers Resort development through an old course golf not far from the Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club in Lihue.

The scenic course winds its way along the golf cart path and passes palm trees, green fields, lagoons and a few nene, too.

The run benefits the Puuwai Canoe Club. It costs $35 for adults and is free for keiki under 12. A shirt and refreshments are included. There is race-day registration at the same price. Walkers and leashed dogs are welcome.

Puuwai Outrigger Canoe Club was founded in 1992 and meets at the mouth of the Wailua River. It teaches paddling skills, perpetuates the cultural significance of canoe paddling, and preserves the traditions of the past. It is committed to enhancing the well-being of its members and the community.

“By participating in this race, you are helping us keep our club accessible and affordable for families on Kauai,” according to a press release. “Each year, club volunteers donate thousands of hours to coaching and mentoring our paddlers.”

The race is timed and there will be refreshments.

About 150 adults and keiki participated in the run last year on a cool, cloudy morning. Already this year, more than 100 have registered to run on the scenic course.

“People seemed to have a great time last year,” Teschner said.

Proceeds go toward equipment that support adult and youth programs.

The second Resolution Run will remain much like the first.

“We are trying to emphasize that this is a family friendly race, meant to encourage everyone to kick off the new year in a healthy way, at whatever level of fitness they are at,” Teschner said.

Packet pickup is 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the race start/finish.

Directions: Drive into the Marriott off Nawiliwili and past the Hokuala golf club. Before the bridge take a left, and another left immediately. Drive to the end of the road; the run starts in the cul-de-sac.

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