Participate in the Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run from Your Hometown this Weekend

September 25, 2020 by
Photo Credit: Keala Foundation (instagram.com/kealafoundation)

Like everything these days, the 7th annual Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run (UHTR) has gone remote.

  • Typically, the event takes place on the island of Kauai. Participants choose either the 5 km or 10 km trail run option and they traverse challenging muddy, rocky and root-laden trails as they zig-zag up Mount Kahili.

The goal: To raise money for the Kauai-based Keala Foundation, a non-profit providing CrossFit, food, and transportation free of charge to the children of the island.

  •  In the first six years of its existence, the event has attracted big named athletes, coaches and companies in the CrossFit community, like Mat Fraser, Kara Webb, Noah Ohlsen, Jason Khalipa, Chris Hinshaw and ROM WOD, to name a few. Together, they have helped raise well over a million dollars for the foundation.

The 2020 details: On Saturday, September 26 “we can race from the homes of our global communities,” states the Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run website.

  • If you can’t run, you can also walk, row, or bike 5 km or 10 km, “or any distance you want.”
  • Registration offers three donation options — $150, $120 or $60 — all of which give you various gifts, such as a race shirt, a swag bag, an assigned bib number that makes you eligible for various other prizes, discounts from various sponsors, as well as access to Strava.

One big thing: UHTR and Keala Foundation founder Aaron Hoff has set a personal $100,000 fundraising goal this year. When he hits that goal, he has pledged to walk around the island of Kauai, a 120 km journey from Hanalei to CrossFit Kekaha.

The big picture: The UHTR and the Keala Foundation were both founded as a way to combat drug and alcohol use that plague the island of Kauai, especially among youth.

  • Last year, we reported that Hawaii has the highest methamphetamine use in the United States, and that cocaine use among high school-aged males in Hawaii is 50 percent above the national average.

Hoff’s solution: To use fitness and a “free and safe place where kids could remain accountable, belong, and know they are loved.” This became his mission, a mission that has led to three CrossFit locations on the island that now serve hundreds of kids, as well as various other sports and activities, including surfing and jiu jitsu.

Register now.

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