Great Aloha Runners hit the streets of Honolulu amidst the rain

By Ashley Moser
Published On: Feb 17 2014 08:18:31 PM HST

The 30th Great Aloha Run got off to a soggy start today, but that didn't stop runners from lacing up their shoes and hitting the streets. KITV 4's Ashley Moser caught up with some runners and also volunteers to find out what it takes to be part of the event.

HONOLULU -

The 30th Great Aloha Run got off to a soggy start Monday, but that did not stop runners from lacing up their shoes and hitting the streets.

Click here to watch Ashley Moser's report.

All 24 thousand runners participating in the Great Aloha Run hit the streets right at 7 a.m. Most did not mind the wet weather, saying it was ideal for running.

"I do run better when it's colder – when it's wet," said Ed Gayagas, GAR runner.

The 18.1 mile course started at Aloha Tower and finished at Aloha Stadium. An event this big needs more than four-thousand volunteers to keep on track.

"We're trying to make it a safe start for the participants and cheer them on, and make the area organized for the Great Aloha Run and make it a good experience," said Volunteer Neal Takemori.

An experience organizers say go far beyond the run itself.

"This race is put on by the people of Hawaii -- 4000 volunteers. For the people of Hawaii, we're going to give the money to 50 charities. That's really important," said Carole Kai Onouye, GAR Co-Founder.

After the run, finishers got to enjoy music and performances from the UH band and dancers; a celebration for a well-deserved achievement.

Organizers say despite the soggy weather, 2,000 more participants took part in the run this year than last year.

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