Runners gather for Trucker 5K
Hundreds of “positive people” participated in the second Trucker Dukes Memorial 5K on Saturday at Old Maui High School in Hamakuapoko. Anthony Bianucci (right) keeps a steady pace behind son Kaiden, 5, during the race. The event, which sold out at close to 300 on-site runners, is a fundraiser for Hawaii nonprofit U Versus Cancer (uvsc.org) that helps support local cancer patients. About 200 virtual runners, comprising large groups of firefighters in California and New York, also donated and participated at their own locations Saturday.
The family-friendly off-road 5K run and 1-mile walk is held in honor of Trucker Dukes, a 3-year-old Maui boy who inspired people around the world during his battle with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. He died in 2017. The race is organized by UVSC President Jamil Newirth, Trucker’s parents Joshua and Shauna Dukes, and about 20 volunteers.
“Today one of our volunteers said, ‘This is so amazing; I love being around so many positive people!’ “ volunteer Theresa Gerry said Saturday. “I’m involved in lots of volunteering and community events, and this one is special.” Last year, UVSC donated a portion of race proceeds to Kahalau Au Hoon, a Wailuku girl battling neuroblastoma.
SECOND PHOTO: A group of runners stretches before beginning the race Saturday.
THIRD PHOTO: Nikki Wong is congratulated as she stays the course Saturday by Trucker’s father, firefighter Joshua Dukes.
LYLE KRANNICHFELD photos