The 34th annual O‘ahu “Around
the Island” Perimeter Relay is a 24-hour, 134 mile, 35-leg
run with six-man teams making 25 exchanges.
HPU senior David Bell fielded a team this
year. It finished the race in 19 hours, 4 minutes, and 42 seconds. “We
ran the race to see if we could do it. And yes we finished.
I ran roughly
21 miles myself,” said Bell at the finish line. “And
I feel like I ran 21 miles,” he added.
The run started at Richardson Field on Kamehameha Highway across
from Aloha Stadium and proceeded down the southern coast toward
Diamond Head, around to Makapu‘u Beack Park, and continued
up the windward coast to the North Shore, around Kaena Point,
and back to Honolulu via Farrington Highway.
Predetermined legs (segments of the run) of 2.5 to 7.9 miles
were assigned to runners, with each runner taking three to four
legs total. Set up around the island manned by relay officials
and volunteers were twenty-five exchange zones. At the exchange
zones, runners would hand off a baton to another runner in their
group who would then run until the next exchange zone.
Runners were ferried to next exchange zone point by van. And
this continued for 134 miles. At all times someone from the team
was running. Start times ranged from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
night, depending on how much time the team needed to finish the
MBC/COM student Aujla Pritpal was also on the team. “I
ran 20 miles with an average of 6:55 per mile,” he said. “I
ran Leg Two, from the airport to Aloha Towers, which was four
miles, and then Leg Eight from Kailua Elementary to the YMCA
in Kane‘ohe, which was seven miles,” Pritpal added.
He also ran a five-mile leg in Haleiwa and a leg around Kaena
Point. “The Kaena Point leg was muddy and wet; I kept sinking
into the mud and had extra mud weight on my shoes,” said
Pritpal. “I did pass one guy though and took an even greater
lead on a pack of runners behind me.”
Bell’s team placed 32 overall and 26 in the division out
of 87 teams.