KAHULUI - An Honor Run will be held Sunday, beginning and ending at Kanaha Beach Park, in honor of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Senior Chief Kraig M.K. Vickers, killed in action Aug. 6, 2011, in Afghanistan.
Vickers, a 1992 Maui High School graduate and football and wrestling standout, was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit. He and 21 other U.S. service members died when their helicopter was shot down during "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan's Wardak province.
According to Vickers' family members, "the decision to hold an Honor Run was made as a way to remember Kraig and to pay tribute to him and other military personnel as well and to thank them for their service and sacrifice."
Kraig Vickers was killed when a military helicopter was downed Aug. 6, 2011.
Vickers Ohana photo
Runners can take part in either a 5K or a 3K run. The event will kick off at Kanaha Beach Park, continue on Amala Road and onto the north shore greenway path. The Vickers ohana is partnering with the Valley Isle Road Runners to sponsor the event.
Registration is open to the public. Running and walking are encouraged in the family-friendly event. Registration fees are $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 3K events. The registration fee includes an event T-shirt, post-race breakfast, snacks and entertainment. Medals will be awarded in various categories.
Proceeds will go to the Kraig Vickers Foundation, which aims to assist local military service members and their families in times of hardship as well as to promote a more active and healthy lifestyle in the community.