2017 Big Island Road Runners Race Schedule
Hilo to Volcano ultra-marathon and relay is a challenging 50 K (31 mile) route which begins at Coconut Island parking area in Hilo (sea level) and ends at Cooper Center in Volcano (almost 4,000 ft.) Runners choosing to run the event solo will need to provide their own support vehicles and return ride. There are a few stores, bathrooms, and water sources available along the highway if needed. The run is entirely on paved roads, primarily Highway 11. There is a 7 hour and 30 minute cut-off time to finish the run. Runners who cannot run in that time may choose to start early. They will be official finishers, but not eligible for place awards if they start early
Official relay teams consist of 3 members. The first runner goes to the 2 mile marker in front of Pu'ainako Center KTA, for a total of 2.7 miles. All subsequent changes occur at the even mile markers all the way up to Volcano. Each runner runs 5 legs of the race. The final runner will run from a marked point on Wright Road to the finish for 2.3 miles. Relay teams of more than 3 members are welcome to participate, but are not eligible for awards.
All solo runners receive a long-sleeve tech shirt and finishers medal, provided they finish. Relay teams receive the event T-shirt for each member and division medals if placing 1st or 2nd. Relay teams are divided into these groups: high school, open, and masters (all over 40).
February 12, 2017
7:30 AM, Reed’s Bay
Free—run tied together with a friend or loved one
February 26, 2017
7:30 AM, Waikaumalo Park
$10 non-members, $5 for members
April 14 , 2017
5:00 PM Coconut Island parking lot
$10 non members, $5 for members
Also collecting donations to American Cancer Society
May 21, 2017
7:30 AM Reed's Bay Park
$10 /non-members, $50 for members
August 13, 2016
7:30 AM, Mana Rd. (near Waimea)
$5 Members, $10 non-members
September 10, 2017
Start 7:30 a.m. @ Reeds Bay Park
Registration Info TBA
This is BIRR’s longest running event. Originally held at Coconut Island, the race was moved to Reed’s Bay a few years ago after completion of the park because of better parking and facilities at the start. The route for both races includes Liliuokalani Park and Hilo Bayfront, on a basically flat course. This is only one of 2 BIRR races which has pre registration. Funds raised go towards operation of the race as well as continuing expenses of the club. Money raised beyond need is contributed to the scholarship fund.
Participants in both races will get tank tops, race refreshments, and a chance at random prize drawings. Both races also have age group awards. The race is open to all, but BIRR members get a $5 discount
November 23, 2017
7:30 AM : Moku Ola (Coconut Island) Parking Lot
$10 for non-members
$5 for Members
Food and charity donations encouraged and accepted
The annual Thanksgiving Day 5K starts at Coconut Island parking area and goes along Hilo Bayfront to a turnaround point and back. The route is essentially flat with one bridge rising.
There is no pre-registration for this race. It is always free to members. Non-members may run for a $5 donation. Money and canned goods are collected for the Salvation Army holiday food program. This is a day to give thanks for all, especially our ability to run and to help others. There are no shirts or awards for this event.
December 16, 2017
Start 7:30 AM : Prince Kuhio Plaza
Free to all
The jingle bell run is a non-competitive fun run which takes place in the Christmas season. Some runners choose to wear Santa attire or other seasonal attire. The race begins behind Prince Kuhio Plaza, near the Hele On bus stop. One lap around the block is about 1 mile. Runners and walkers can choose to go as many laps as they want. Membership meeting and election of officers for the next year usually takes place at the end of the event. No fee for the event, but we encourage donation of toys and food for the Salvation Army.