Medical Tips for a Safe & Successful Hawai'i Pacific Health Great Aloha Run

by Great Aloha Run Medical Director

Congratulations on your commitment to participate in the 34th running of the Hawai‘i Pacific Health Great Aloha Run.  You are making a personal commitment to create a healthier you.  Here are some tips to support your success in achieving your participation goals!


  • Talk to your doctor if you have any conditions (diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, etc.) that may affect your ability to safely participate in the Hawai‘i Pacific Health Great Aloha Run and pre-run training.
  • Allow yourself time for proper pre-run training. The Hawai‘i Pacific Health Great Aloha Run IN Training Workshop is a free 8-week training program designed to get you ready for race day.  You can sign up for the workshop on the Great Aloha Run website.
  • Drink lots of fluids (water and sport drinks) during your pre-run training. Staying hydrated helps avoid the development of dehydration and heat-related conditions.
  • Fill out your medical and emergency contact information on the back of your race number bib.


Morning Preparation & Medical Assistance

  • Eat a light meal and drink fluids (water and sport drinks) at least one hour before the start of the race. Choose foods that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat, fiber, and protein.
  • Dress appropriately. A good rule of thumb is to dress as if the weather is 15 degrees warmer than it actually is.
  • Position yourself at the start line according to your anticipated finish time. Competitive runners will be positioned closer to the start line.  Recreational runners will be positioned further back from the start line.
  • Hawai‘i Pacific Health will be providing medical support for the run. Medical staff will be available at each of the 4 hydration/aid stations along the course.  Ambulances, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, police officers, and medical staff spotters will be positioned along the race course to offer assistance if needed.
  • If you need medical assistance or emergency care during the race, look for medical staff along the race course. They can be identified by the red cross on their t-shirts.
  • Run with Aloha and look out for your fellow runners. Direct any runner or alert medical personnel of any runner in need of medical support to the nearest medical staff or emergency personnel.
  • Call 911 or alert medical staff to report any seriously distressed or unresponsive runner.

Finish Line

  • Congratulations! You made it.  You have achieved your goal of completing the Hawai‘i Pacific Health Great Aloha Run!
  • Continue to drink fluids after you cross the finish line. Snacks and fluids will be provided at the Aloha Stadium.
  • Stay cool. Seek a shaded area to rest and recover.
  • If you need medical assistance, ask one of medical staff located throughout the Aloha Stadium. Hawai‘i Pacific Health will have a fully-equipped medical station at the Aloha Stadium.
  • Wear your finisher’s shirt proudly as you continue to work toward your personal healthy goals.