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Eating the right foods will allow you to train harder, recover better, run faster… and go further.
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Half Marathon Training
12 week training program
March 1 – May 24
Kick-off will take place Sunday, March 1st, 7 am, at the Kapiolani Park bandstand.
Free parking at the Kapiolani Park/ Waikiki Shell parking lot.
Orientation begins at 7 am, followed by a short walk or run.
Then we continue with our group long run training every Sunday until May 24th.
During each week, there are five other training opportunities – on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You can join us for any of them.

We will focus on the Half Marathon distance (13.1 miles)
– however, we have people in our group who are just training to get in shape – or stay in shape!
Everyone welcome! Walkers, runners, keiki, kupuna, baby joggers, run with your dog. We are a very diverse group.
This year we will be developing an elite racing team – so please send us a message if you are interested in applying.

Hapalua Half Marathon is April 5th. Hibiscus Half Marathon is May 24th, they also have a 15K (9.3 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) distance.
Please register for these events directly with the host.
There are many, many other race opportunities during this 3 month time period…
Pick one out and start training!

Ready to start training? Join us for the Orientation session on March 1st!
Questions? Text or call Coach Kawika 808-462-1313


Group long run training every Sunday for 12 weeks
XTreme Summer Run Clinic
June to July, 2020
8 weeks/ 3 sessions per week
Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm and Sunday at 7 am.
Kapiolani Park and other locations.
XTreme Summer Run Clinic is a boot camp style training designed to get you in shape FAST!
This INTENSE nine week session will help get you there. Recommened for the intermediate or advanced runner, this will INSPIRE you to greater heights.
We will seek out HILLS, TRAILS, STEPS, SAND, MUD, GRASS, and run LONG. Really LONG. To distances that you never though you were capable of running. Support and motivation will come from within our group.
(Note: Even though this particular training session was designed at a higher level, we welcome anyone. Our runs are all designed primarily as out and backs, so you can turn around earlier and finish at the same time. We also accommodate walkers, keiki, and strollers – so if you want to train with your family and friends in a group environment, this is the place to do it.)
Marathon Training
(ps. you don’t have to be signed up for the marathon to train with us. We help beginners, walkers, losing weight, and just trying to get better health!)

August to December
19 weeks/ 3 sessions per week
Tuesday and Thursdays 6 pm
and Sundays 6:30 am
Kapiolani Park and various locations

Open to all levels, different groups will be formed to best meet the needs of runners and walkers. Beginners, walkers, keiki, and baby strollers are welcome.

Orientation TBA. Come prepared for a short run/walk.

We will continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 pm and Sunday morning at 6:30 am.
Tuesday we do shorter interval/repeat type runs which is our speedwork. Thursday is a medium distance steady paced run – our stamina training. Sunday will be our long runs building endurance and strength. They are out and back – so, no one will be left behind. Adventure and bonus runs will be scheduled throughout the clinic to help keep things interesting.

The Marathon Training is designed to help you get ready for the Honolulu Marathon, the Hawaii Kai Ultra Run, or another fall/winter running event such as the Tantalus 10 Miler, Kauai Marathon, Maui Marathon, Val Nolasco Half Marathon, or the XTerra Trail World Championships. 

We will utilize the Marathon Readiness Series of races (15K, 20K, 25K, 30K) as a tool to prepare you for racing strategies. 
We will also teach proper running form, drills, nutrition, stretching, recovery, and injury prevention. 

For more information contact Coach Kawika at 808-462-1313 or


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Our Coaches:

Gerry Lindgren is the Head Coach for the Hawaii Running Project and its new and unique running program. Lindgren was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2002 for his amazing running career. He had record setting performances while at Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington that were so amazing – he is considered the best high school runner of all time. He was so far ahead of his time that many of his records have lasted 40 years or more. Lindgren went on to win 11 National Championships and hold numerous national records while at the Washington State University in Pullman, making him one of the most dominant collegiate athletes in history.  A former World Record holder, and Olympian at the 1964 Games in Tokyo.  Gerry is probably best remembered for being the first runner to defeat the Russians in 10,000 meters at the annual USA – USSR dual meet at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and for handing Steve Prefontaine his only loss at the collegiate championship level.

Lindgren continued his running legacy by coaching runners in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. He could be found every Wednesday night at the Niketown Run Club in Waikiki leading the 4 mile run, until the store closed down after 11 years of serving the community. Throughout the 2000′s he coached runners in his own Coconut Road Runners Club, both on the track and road. Many of his runners did not even know of his fame. From 2005 – 2007, he was the University of Hawaii assistant women’s track and field and cross country coach. Now, he has become an integral part of a new concept in running at the Hawaii Running Project and it’s philosophy of serving the community.

Lindgren has often said that he does not run for himself, but for the well being of others. “Ask not what you can get from running, ask what you can give.” This is the same foundation that the Hawaii Running Project is built on.  Together, Coach Lindgren and the Hawaii Running Project will inspire people to get out and run, leading Hawaii into a New Running Revolution.


Kawika Carlson
Focus: Fun Runs
Age: 54
DOB: October 29, 1964
Height: 5’7″                                                       Weight: 128 lbs.
Years Running: 22                                            Hometown: Schaumburg, Illinois              Email:            Running Goal: Run a marathon when I’m 100.
Personal Best: 5K – 17:20, 10K – 36:06, Half Marathon – 1:21:02, Marathon – 2:53:09                        
Career Highlights:  
1st Place – 2013 New Year’s Resolution 12 Hour Ultra Run, 2013 Tantalus 10 Miler, 2012 H.U.R.T. Triple Trek 50K, 2010 Hibiscus Half Marathon. 2 X winner of the TriLanai 3 Hills 50 Miler (2013, 2014), 3 X winner Hilo to Volcano 50K Ultramarathon (2007, 2008, 2012), 5 X winner of the Kailua Beach Run (2007-2011). 2nd place – 2007 Hogsback 12 Hour Race. 2007 Hawaii Male Athlete of the Year- Athlete’s HI magazine. 2013 Outstanding Male Runner: Mid-Pacific Road Runners Club. 26 Marathons in 26 Days to Feed the Hungry (December 2012, Ala Moana Beach Park).