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5K run/walk slated in conjunction with Hyundai Tournament of Champions

By Staff | Jan 2, 2014


KAANAPALI – The Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 8 a.m.

After its inaugural 5K on Maui in 2013, Hope On Wheels will kickoff its 2014 5K series at Whalers Village in Kaanapali.

The race will benefit children battling cancer in Hawaii.

“We are excited to bring our signature 5K back to the beautiful island of Maui and raise money for pediatric cancer programs in Hawaii,” said Zafar Brooks, director of corporate social responsibility for Hyundai Motor America.

“Through Hope On Wheels and our partnership with Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Oahu, families on Maui and across the entire State of Hawaii will have greater access to critical pediatric cancer breakthroughs.”

Runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in this family event.

Participants can register online at www.HopeOnWheels.org/Maui for $35; onsite registration will be available for $40.

Children 6-12 years of age can participate in the 5K for a discounted rate of $20. Kids ages 3-6 are free.

All participants will receive a race running shirt and bib, commemorative medal, chip timing and two tickets to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua.

The 5K will also feature a sponsors’ expo and the family fun celebration, where awards will be given to the top finishers.

“We are one of the only comprehensive care facilities for children in the State of Hawaii and the Pacific, and it is critical that we receive community support,” said Martha Smith, chief operating officer at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children.

“Because of the efforts of our local Hyundai dealers and Hope On Wheels, we can continue to implement lifesaving research to improve the lives of the many children that walk through our doors.”

“As part of this 5K event, Hope On Wheels will award a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to Kapi’olani Medical Center,” said Mickey Pong, chairman of the Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors.