Medical Tips for a Safe & Successful Great Aloha Run

by Great Aloha Run Medical Director


  • Consult with your doctor if you have any condition that may affect your ability to participate safely in the Great Aloha Run (heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc.).
  • Allow yourself adequate time to train for race day (8-12 weeks depending on your level of experience).
  • Avoid dehydration and heat-related illnesses by increasing your fluid intake 1-2 days prior to the race. Drink a combination of water and “sports drinks.” Colorless or light-yellow urine is an indicator of adequate hydration.
  • Completely fill out the back of your race number to include your emergency medical information.


Morning Preparation & Medical Assistance

  • Eat a light meal about 2 hours before the race begins. Avoid foods high in fat or fiber. Eat between 300-500 calories consisting mostly of carbohydrates.
  • Drink about 16 ounces of water or a “sports drink” an hour before the race begins.
  • Stage yourself at the start line in accordance with your estimated finish time. Runners who stage themselves with a faster group risk injury to themselves and fellow runners should a fall occur.
  • Drink adequate liquids throughout the run at each of the four aid stations along the racecourse.
  • Hawaii Pacific Health will be managing the medical care. A fully-staffed medical tent will operate at each of the four aid stations.  In addition, equipped ambulances, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, police officers, and spotters will be positioned along the racecourse to offer assistance when needed.  We will even have a medic patrol team running in the race ready to stop and assist those in need.
  • If you need medical assistance or emergency care during the race look for medical personnel along the racecourse.  Medical-tent staff, spotters and the medic-patrol running team can easily be identified by the red cross on their t-shirts.  Other personnel will be wearing their respective uniforms.
  • Look out for fellow runners. Help when you can or direct any runner in need to the medical personnel throughout the race course.  To assist an unresponsive or seriously ill runner you may also call 911 from the nearest available telephone.

Finish Line

  • Continue to drink fluids after you finish. Drink a combination of water and “sports drinks.”
  • If you need medical assistance ask one of the many medical personnel located throughout the Aloha Stadium. Hawai‘i Pacific Health has a large, fully-equipped medical station at the stadium.