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If you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer for the event, send us an email

Volunteers and sponsors help to make this event a success.

Run For Fitness is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation with the following objectives:

  • To help provide additional funds for the physical education, fitness, play and athletic programs in our Maui County schools and youth clubs
  • To increase participation in youth sports and recreation programs
  • To help fight childhood obesity
  • To help our children live a happier, more active and healthy lifestyle

Background Story

Nike 5K for Kids:  The ongoing Nike 5K For Kids run in Hawaii came to an end with the closing of Nike Town’s store in Honolulu in 2009.  Their last event drew over 8,000 runners and walkers which provided approximately $125,000.00 in extra revenue for Hawaii’s public and private schools physical fitness, play and athletic programs.

Formation of Honolulu 5K:  In June 2010, the non profit organization called Honolulu 5K was formed with the sole purpose of continuing the 5K For Kids event to help provide additional funds that will enable our schools to purchase needed equipment and/or supplies to be used to enhance or improve their physical fitness, play and athletic programs.

Maui 5K:  In April 2011, the Maui 5K was created to help the schools within Maui County to also benefit from this event, the inaugural event was held on April 22, 2012 at the Ma’alaea Triangle.  The proceeds and donations from the Maui 5K were distributed back to the schools participating in the event. The top 5 participating schools for 2012 were:

Maui Waena Intermediate School                   $955.00
Iao Intermediate School                                  $570.00
Maui High School                                             $510.00
Carden Academy of Maui                                  $330.00
Makawao Elementary School                           $220.00

Run For Fitness:  In January 2015, the organization was renamed to Run For Fitness and it remains a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  The current Board Directors are:
Jon Emerson – President
Jim Lynch – Vice President
Arlene Emerson – Sec / Treas

Maui Ocean Center:  In September 2019, the Maui Ocean Center became the official title sponsor for the Maui 5K.

Please join us to help promote a healthy and fun atmosphere which will be enjoyed by parents and students, athletes and non-athletes alike.  Help us to raise funds for our Maui County’s schools!