Gun­stock Ranch’s Race Fea­tures Tur­tle Bay Stay

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Sports - By SARAH PACHECO

Gun­stock Ranch will take run­ners off the beaten path and through 13.1 miles of Jeep trails, cow paths and open pas­ture at the first-ever Gun­stock Half Marathon, set for 7 a.m. Satur­day in Laie.

The race is the prod­uct of An­gel Naivalu, an avid run­ner who vis­ited the ranch last March and be­gan en­vi­sion­ing a run through its hills.

“For me, run­ning has lit­tle to do with run­ning and more to do with con­nect­ed­ness to self, earth and an­ces­try,” said Naivalu, a for­mer Laie res­i­dent who now lives in Aspen, Colo. “I wanted to de­velop a run in a sa­cred space that nur­tured those deep con­nec­tions for other run­ners as well. This lo­ca­tion pro­vides ex­actly that.”

There’s also a 5K trail run at 7:15 a.m. Por­tions of the pro­ceeds go to Pan­iola O Koolauloa 4-H Club, whose mem­bers will as­sist on race day.

First-place fin­ish­ers win a two-night stay at Tur­tle Bay Re­sort. Pony rides and a pet- ting zoo are also planned.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion closes Oct. 28, but peo­ple may sign up be­fore 6 a.m. at the race site. For more de­tails, go to ac­tive.com and gun­stock­half­marathon.blogspot.com.

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