Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard employees run for charity

Shirley Zukeran (left) and Kathy Maranan (right), Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard employees, stop for a photo at the finish line after completing the Great Aloha Run on Feb. 21. Approximately 100 shipyard employees ran and walked their way down the 8.15-mile charity fun run course to the finish line at Aloha Stadium.

Shirley Zukeran (left) and Kathy Maranan (right), Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard employees, stop for a photo at the finish line after completing the Great Aloha Run on Feb. 21. Approximately 100 shipyard employees ran and walked their way down the 8.15-mile charity fun run course to the finish line at Aloha Stadium.

Story and photo by Liane Nakahara

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

Approximately 100 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard employees ran and walked their way down an 8.15-mile course at the 27th Annual Great Aloha Run on Feb. 21.

“This is no ordinary race. It’s a fun run,” said Capt. Larry Hill, deputy shipyard commander. “Over 20,000 people ran this race, some even in costumes, all to help raise more than $9.2 million for charity.”

For many shipyard employees, it was either their first time participat-

ing in the run or the first time they participated in several years. Sean Irei, general engineer, said it was the first time he ran in the Great Aloha Run since high school.

“I wasn’t as tired as I remembered being after I ran it in high school,” Irei said. “I signed up with a bunch of other engineers, and it turned out to be a fun thing for all of us to do together outside of work.”

Shirley Zukeran, manager for the drug-free workplace program, decided to sign up in January and began rounding-up other workers to run with her as a shipyard team. “I knew other shipyarders would run this race and with approval, we were able to order shipyard T-shirts to wear as we ran,” she said.

Hill said he was proud to see all of the shipyard T-shirts as he ran down Nimitz and Kamehameha Highways toward the finish line at Aloha Stadium. “This is the best run to run. You can see the military running in formation as well as our family, friends and various high school bands cheering us on,” Hill said. “I had a great time running with the other shipyard runners this year.”

“Getting up at 4 a.m. simply to run over eight miles from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium may sound crazy,” said Dara Watanabe, an accountant at the shipyard. “But it’s actually really fun and it’s for a good cause.” This is the fourth time that Watanabe and her husband have participated in the race.

With 27,233 people who registered for the run this year, it was the largest number of participants the Great Aloha Run has seen in the past 10 years. Zukeran said she wants to start coordinating earlier so the shipyard team will be even larger next year.

“As shipyard employees, we don’t only keep the ships and submarines ‘fit to fight,” Zukeran said. “We stay active to keep our bodies and spirits ‘fit to fight,’ too.”

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