Lavaman Sunset 5K Run / Walk
The Lavaman Sunset 5K Run/Walk presented by Bike Works Beach & Sports took place at Waikoloa Beach Resort in March, with 205 entrants crossing the finish line. Ziggy Bartholomy of Hawi, Hawai`i was the overall and men’s division winner with a time of 19 minutes, 40 seconds. Gabe Dennison from Somerset, United Kingdom was the runner-up at 19 minutes, 53 seconds. In the women’s division, Robyn Noel from Victoria, British Columbia finished first with a time of 23 minutes, 21 seconds; followed by Renee Mevs of Waikoloa, Hawai‘i at 23 minutes 24 seconds.
It was an international field with runners/walkers from Brazil, British Columbia, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom participating, as well as 15 U.S. states, ranging from California and Oregon to New York and Alaska. A number of Big Island residents also participated. Of the finishers, 12 participants were under the age of 9, and four were over the age of 70.
The 2013 event raised donations for several Big Island nonprofit groups, including PATH—Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii; Multiple Sclerosis Society of Hawaii; Hawaii Cycling Club; Francis MS Charity Ride Team; and the Helgi Olafson AS Foundation.