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Hoku Relay Race Runs NIOC Hawaii Wardroom Members Around Oahu
By CTN3 Kaleigh Gray
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii wardroom members participated in the Hoku Relay Race Feb. 15, a 134-mile relay race around the perimeter of Oahu, raising over $3,000 for the Hoku Scholars of Hawaii.
CDR Christopher Eng, CDR Craig Wightman, LCDR Neil Myers, LTCDR Carter Knoop, LT Juliann Gonzales, LT Stephen Warner, LT Shelly Baldwin, ENS Justin Asuncion, and ENS David Sessamen completed the race in 22.5 hours.
“This averaged out to be just over a 10 minute per mile pace,” said, Gonzales, the team captain. “We trained to run 10-18 miles each.”
The original idea to participate stemmed from Eng, who had a goal of raising $2,250 for the Hoku Scholars as well as increasing awareness for the program itself. After 25 legs of the relay, each leg totaling four to seven miles, the wardroom team was able to raise $3,209 for the Hoku Scholars.
The Hoku Relay raises funds in an effort to help support multiple non-profit organizations in order to provide more opportunities for the children of Hawaii. Leading the event, Hoku Scholars, provide scholarships for K-12 students in economic need. The annual relay has raised over $150,000 in support of local charities in order to give back to the community and helping the next generation succeed.
NIOC Hawaii wardroom members experienced a sunset run down the coast of Wai’anae, midnight running up the coast to Makapu’u Light House, and a sunrise at their backs as they came to Turtle Bay, a personal incentive well rewarded to the participating runners.