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Kaua‘i Marathon youth running scholarship deadline looming

PO‘IPU — The running world may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the scholarship component of The Kaua‘i Marathon and Half Marathon presented by Kaua‘i Coffee has the green light.

The Kaua‘i Marathon leadership team announced that Sept. 23 is the scholarship application deadline for the Kaua‘i Marathon and Half Marathon Youth Running Program. The program was established by multi-year champion, course record holder and overall winner of the rececently completed 2020 virtual Half Marathon, Tyler McCandless.

“It has been amazing to work with Kaua‘i Coffee and The Kaua‘i Marathon ‘ohana to make a positive impact on the youth community of Kaua‘i,” McCandless said. “As a new father, it’s only more impactful to see kids have fun while running and exercising and continuing the healthy activity of running through high school and beyond.”

Under the Youth Running Program a $500 scholarship is given to one male and one female graduating senior from Kaua‘i to be used for college expenses. Application forms and information are found on the Kaua‘i Marathon website at thekauaimarathon.com, or email info@thekauaimarathon.com. Completed applications can be emailed to tcm5026@gmail.com by Sept. 23.

Scholarship recipients are judged based on their performance in the classroom as well as on the field.

The Youth Running Program added the scholarship component to The Kaua‘i Marathon in 2015. To date, the program has awarded more than $7,000 to Kaua‘i athletes.

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