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Rain Forest Runs (Aug. 20)


Saturday, Aug. 20 marks the 2nd Annual Rain Forest Runs, a half marathon, 10K run and 5K run/walk. This event takes place at 4,000 feet eleveation and traverses the majestic native rain forest in quaint Volcano Village and the ranches near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

All distances will be open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, participating for health, enjoyment and to raise funds for Volcano Art Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Event Location & Times

The Start/Finish is at Cooper Center on Wright Road.
Start Times: Half Marathon – 7 a.m. 10K Run – 7:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk – 7:45 a.m.

Course Descriptions

The 5K and 10K participants weave through the lush native rain forest on the mostly flat, tranquil streets of Volcano Village, while the Half Marathon will continue into the more hilly surrounding upper ranch lands with views of two stunning volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, in the distance (elevation change is 650 feet).

Early Check-in, Late Registration & Carbo-Load Dinner

Friday, Aug. 19: Check-in or register 2-6 p.m.; dinner 5-8 p.m.

You can check-in or register for the race the night before at the Ohia Room of the Kiliauea Military Camp in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, plus indulge in a “carbo-load” dinner at the KMC Crater Rim Cafe. This all-you-can-eat-buffet of the island’s favorite foods is open to all runners, family, friends and the public.

Cost is $17 for ages 12 & up; $8.50 for ages 6-11 and free for ages 5 & under. Pick up pre-purchased carboload tickets at the Ohia Room between 2 and 6pm. Park entrance fees may apply.

There is NO race day registration for the Half Marathon. Registration closes at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. 5K & 10K registration closes at 7 a.m. on race day.

Race Finish & Awards

You must cross the Finish Line with your race number pinned to the front of your shirt to receive an official time card. Volcano Art Center presents unique art awards to the top three male and female winners of the Half Marathon, to the overall winners for the 10K and 5K and to the top two male and female winners in each ten-year age division for all four race events.

In addition, medals will be presented to all Half Marathon finishers and the Kilauea Military Camp will present awards to the top male and female winners of the Military Division for each race.


T-shirts are given to all registered runners. Souvenir race merchandise will be available for purchase at registration and on race day. Late Entrants will not be guaranteed a shirt, and will receive whatever shirts are left over, if any, after the race.

This is an alcohol and drug-free event.

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