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Attempting a run

January 7, 2014 - Leah Sherman

A few months ago, I set a goal for myself to run the 2014 Maui Tacos 5K. Being, well, we'll just call me “not in shape,” and a horrible runner, that's a pretty big goal.

I stuck with my training for a few weeks but then Thanksgiving came. Then I caught a cold. The training was officially sidetracked.

But during my early, enthusiast weeks of training, I'd come across a notice for the Maui New Year's Resolution Run, Walk or Crawl (sponsored by Paradise Grill and Hawaii Elite Track). Finally something to do on New Year's Eve beside cower beneath my bed while my neighborhood was under attack by fireworks. It was only 2 miles. I could walk if I wanted (or crawl, for that matter). The entry fee ($35) included a pupu buffet, two drinks, a T-shirt, a glow necklace and New Year's paraphernalia. And everyone would get a medal. Sign me up.

Well, my training did not get back on track before New Year's Eve, but there I was anyway at Paradise Grill in Kaanapali around 10 p.m., enjoying a cocktail, gnawing on some chicken wings and dancing in my seat while attempting to psych myself up and sizing up the other participants to make sure I wasn't going to embarrass myself. There was a nice mix of runners, New Year's revelers, families and nonrunners.

Around 11:30 p.m., all of the participants (there were officially 202) were called outside, a few fireworks were set off, directions for the course (from Paradise Grill to the roundabout in front of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and back) were given and then we were off.

I jogged maybe 1/10th of a mile before the lingering side effects of my cold forced me to walk. I tried to walk at a brisk rate and did manage to jog again the last 100 yards or so. The event was untimed, but a quick check of my phone at the beginning and a few minutes after I finished suggests I managed 1.7 miles in 25 minutes. Not anything to write home about but, remember, I'm a beginner.

Once runners/walkers/crawlers crossed the finish line, the party continued inside Paradise Grill with a performance by Elvis (Darren Lee) from the new Maui Theatre show “Burn'n Love.” (He was awesome and now I need to go see that show.)

Overall, it was a really fun night. If there's a New Year's Resolution Run next year, I will be there (and hopefully I'll be able to run more of it). Plus it was a good way to get me back on track.

After all, the Maui Tacos 5K is only 8 months away.

But if you don't want to wait until September to try your feet at a 5K, there are tons of opportunities — that's one of the advantages to having sunny, warm weather all year long. Here are just a few suggestions:

• The Lahaina Experience

Date and time: Jan. 25, 7 a.m.

Location: Starts and ends at the intersection of Lahainaluna Road and Kelawea Street

Description: An untimed 2-mile race serving as a fundraiser for the Lahainaluna High School cross country and track and field teams.

Entry fee: $25; includes a T-shirt

Contact: Sue King, 446-2629

• 2014 Run and Walk for the Whales

Sponsor: Pacific Whale Foundation

Date and time: Feb. 1; times vary depending on race

Races: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 2.5-mile Fun Walk

Location: Maalaea Harbor

Entry fee: Varies

Register: Online entries being accepted through Jan. 29.

Included in entry fee: Professional chip timing for runners in the 5K, 10K and half marathon, plus clock timing for all walking events; quick dry t-shirt; and a post-race continental breakfast for runners.

• For the Love of Maui 5K Fun Run

Benefits: Hospice Maui and the Valley Isle Road Runner youth program

Date and Time: Feb. 14, 5:15 p.m.

Location: Starts and ends at Maluaka Beach Park, Makena


Entry fee: The entry fee through Jan. 31 is $25 for Valley Isle Road Runners members, and $30 for nonmembers, and the fee from Feb. 1 until race day is $35 for all entrants. Race-day registration is $40. Runners registering before race day are guaranteed a T-shirt. Valentine's Day dress is encouraged.

Contact: Cathy Fitzpatrick,, 280-4643.

• The Color Run — Maui

Description from website: Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, untimed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

Date and time: March 30, 8 a.m.

Location: Keopuolani Park

Entry fee: $35 (4-plus person team runner); $40 solo runner. Includes a T-shirt.



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My bib and my medal from the 2013/2014 Maui New Year's Resolution Run, Walk or Crawl.