Run­ning To End Home­less­ness In Hawai‘i

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Lace up your run­ning shoes Thanks­giv­ing morn­ing for the Home­ward Bound 5K to help end home­less­ness Val­ley District Park (2721

The com­mu­nity event was cre­ated nine years ago by two Pu­na­hou cross-coun­try run­ners, Tama Fukuyama and Maya Gross­man, who no­ticed a lot of home­less­ness while on their runs. Im­pacted by what they saw, they de­cided to start a race to raise money for In­sti­tute for Hu­man Ser­vices.

Since t hen, Home­ward Bound 5K has raised more than $150,000 for IHS, and went from 132 fin­ish­ers the last year.

The pro­ject also has be­come a t ra­di­tion for t he Pu­na­hou girls cross-coun­try team, with two run­ners se­lected to or­ga­nize the event ev­ery two years.

“It’s a re­ally good way to give back to IHS on Thanks­giv­ing,” says Claire Cut­ler, co-or­ga­nizer of this year’s event with Mia Schiel. “We toured IHS re­cently and it was re­ally eye-open­ing. It made it very real and re­minded us on why we’re do­ing what we’re do­ing.”

Cut­ler and Schiel, both se­niors, were joined on the tour with sopho­mores Kaila Ron have in­her­ited co-or­ga­nizer du­ties for the 2018 and 2019 Home­ward Bound 5K runs.

“It re­mains a stu­dent-run ac­tiv­ity with min­i­mal adult help and isn’t di­rectly re­lated to their cross-coun­try t rain­ing,” notes Pu­na­hou cross- coun­try head coach Dun­can Macdon­ald. “It’s a pub­lic ser­vice as run­ners for the com­mu­nity, and I’m re­ally proud of them for do­ing it.”

“We tend to run early in the day or late in the evening — times when a lot of peo­ple might not nec­es­sar­ily be out, and we’ll see home­less in­di­vid­u­als, es­pe­cially when we run through the parks,” adds Cut­ler, who has been run­ning I live in Kailua, so I run through Kailua a lot, and by the beach park and Kawainui Marsh — ar­eas where home­less­ness is preva­lent.

“It’s not right for us to see that and not do any­thing.”

take place af­ter the run, with prizes for top fin­ish­ers and will be re­fresh­ments, and all par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a T-shirt.

Early regis­tra­tion is $35 ($20 for high school teams and ends Nov. 13. Gen­eral - or race day (regis­tra­tion and En­try is free for chil­dren age 5 and un­der. To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit home­ward­bound­hawaii.org.

Mia Schiel (left) and Claire Cut­ler at last year’s Home­ward Bound 5K.

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