Since its inauguration in 2013, the Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN has become a popular fun run/ team building event hosted by JTB Inc. With its brand slogan of “Perfect moments, always,” the event was originally founded with a mindset to cross pollinate the deep culture of Japan and Hawaii through a fun sporting event, while invigorating the local communities, creating layers and layers of friendship, looking past ethnicity, which in hope will become a big rainbow for generations to come. The 4th annual Ekiden event ended in a big success with 702 different smiles, casting yet another rainbow.
On your mark… Get set…
Even the event staff was having a fun time…
and while people are getting settle down the first team finishers ran across the finish line in record time!
The winning team was 93’s ALL STARS!!
The 93’s ALL STARS turned out to be an all-star members of this year’s Hakone Ekiden in Japan. Hakone Ekiden is one of the most prominent university ekiden races of the year held in Japan on January. The 93’s ALL STARS consisted of the top runners from 4 universities!! No wonder they were so fast.
The team ran the 25K course (15.5 miles) in a record breaking time of 1 hour 23 min and 58 sec., finishing 12 minutes before the 2nd place team. According to official records, one of the team members, Daichi Kamino’s best 5K time is approx. 14min. They were truly a super human team.
But, what place you come in doesn’t really matter in this event. The event was created to bring people and laughter together, so whoever had a good time wins!
We hope everyone had fun and hope to see your smile again next March!
A hui hou!