FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2008 Marked Final Running of Kilauea Volcano Runs within the Park
Volcano, HI - Friday, September 26, 2008 - The Volcano Art Center and
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park today announced that 2008 marked the final
running of the annual Kilauea Volcano Runs within the park.
The necessity and appropriateness of the three races—a 26.2 mile marathon,
10 mile rim run, and 5 mile caldera run—being held within the national park
have been under discussion between the two agencies for the past several
years. The event, conducted under a federal special use permit, requires
strict compliance to ensure protection of the park’s natural and cultural
resources and adherence to national park policy and law, and wilderness
The summit eruption of Halema'uma'u Crater that began in March 2008 nearly
forced the cancellation of the race this year, but park officials and race
organizers worked together to reroute the marathon and 10-mile course to
avoid the volcanic fumes and fallout. Sulfur dioxide gas and ash from the
ongoing eruption continues to inundate several miles of the former race
Phyllis Segawa, Volcano Art Center Director, was the race director for the
first Kilauea Wilderness Run. Said Segawa, "We have time to explore
alternative routes in Volcano and Ka'u."
The Kilauea Volcano Runs celebrated its 26th year in 2008. The races often
would attract 1000 runners and proceeds from the event would benefit the
Volcano Art Center.