Great Aloha Run to include military runners

Sailors participate in the Sounds of Freedom division during a previous annual Great Aloha Run. Ho’okele file photos

Don Robbins

Ho‘okele Editor

Celebrating its 34th year of existence, the Great Aloha Run (GAR) will take place starting at 7 a.m. on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19.

The GAR, an 8.15-mile foot race, begins at Aloha Tower and finishes in the Aloha Stadium. There are divisions for elites, age groups, wheelchair and hand-cycle competitors, Sounds of Freedom (military running in formation) and those who just want to walk the course and enjoy the event.

Besides the division runners, the event will feature activities for all ages, including a Keiki Great Aloha Run, a High School Challenge, and even a Miss GAR and Miss GAR Teen pageant competition this year.

In addition, a Great Aloha Sports, Health and Fitness Expo will be held Feb. 16-18 at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu, featuring health screenings, food, entertainment and more.

Although registration for Sounds of Freedom is nearly finished, if an individual wants to register as a military runner and compete independently they can continue to register online and/or sign up at the expo.

For complete information on GAR, visit

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