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History of the Hawaii Pacific Health Women’s 10K & 5K Fun Run

In 1977, a group of female runners decided that it was due time for an all-women’s run in Hawaii. With lots of enthusiasm and a love of running, the group launched the inaugural Hawaii Women’s 10K.

They settled on a scenic route that started at Kapiolani Park and traveled around Diamond Head and through Kahala before returning to the iconic park. More than 1,500 women participated in that first event, signaling the start of something greater than the original group could ever imagine.

Though the name of the race has changed throughout the years, the enthusiasm of its participants and support of women’s health in the islands has never wavered. As co-founder Mimi Beams put it, the race is all in the name of “women empowering women.”

Since 2011, the race has been called the Hawaii Pacific Health Women’s 10K. Known as Hawaii’s premier all-women’s running event, this 6.2-mile race brings together mothers and daughters, friends and sisters, students, military and visitors in celebration of fitness and good health. It was founded as, and continues to be, the only all-female sanctioned race in Hawaii.

In 2018, a 5K Fun Run and virtual race option were added, providing more opportunities for women of all ages and athletic abilities to participate in this island tradition. Hawaii Pacific Health proudly offers the event each year with the support of hundreds of volunteers and community partners as part of its mission to create a healthier Hawaii.