1 – First question – remind everyone how long Wilcox has been a partner of the marathon?
Wilcox Health, which comprises Wilcox Medical Center and Kaua‘i Medical Clinic, has partnered with the Kaua‘i Marathon from the beginning, donating medical supplies every year.
2 – Amazing. We really appreciate the partnership. One of our favorite parts of the sponsorship is your support of the Keiki run. Why do you think it’s important to support youth health and wellness?
Our mission is to create a healthier Hawai‘i and that starts with our keiki. The younger you start being active and living a healthy lifestyle, the easier it will be to maintain throughout your life.
3 – Do you think any of the kids will beat the chicken this year?
Some of those kids are pretty fast, you never know!
4 – On top of the keiki Race, Wilcox is also a supporter of the wonderful sport and fitness expo. What can participants expect there?
Wilcox Health is proud to sponsor the Sports & Fitness Expo. This year we will have physical therapists available demonstrating stretching and strengthening techniques. We will also have an “Ask the Dietitian” area available for any nutritional questions people may have. On Saturday morning after the Keiki Run, our Kaua‘i Medical Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Carl Yu and his wife Anna will once again offer healthy snack samples. Of course, we also will have our crowd-favorite blender bikes on hand for both children and adults to blend some refreshing smoothies.
5 – Aside from the keiki and the expo, what are your other favorite highlights at the marathon?
It’s wonderful to see the community come together the way it does for this amazing event, and we are so proud to be a part of it. What’s also great about this event is that there are a variety of activities, like the Keiki Run and the Fun Run, that allow people of all ages and all fitness levels to participate, inspiring thousands of people to lead healthy, active lifestyles.
6 – Health and safety are paramount on race day. How does the hospital support from a medical perspective?
Wilcox donates medical supplies every year so that the Marathon has the tools it needs to keep the participants healthy and safe. We also have several physicians who donate their time before, during and after the event.
That’s awesome. We certainly couldn’t keep our runners so safe without Wilcox and your staff’s support.
Ok, lightning round. Favorite hike in Kauai?
The Pihea Trail, it has beautiful views of Kalalau Valley and once you get to the junction you can choose where to go next: the Alakai Swamp Trail for views of the North Shore or down to Kawaikoi Camp near Sugi Grove.
Favorite south side restaurant?
That’s a tough one. There are so many good places to eat, but I’m going to go with La Spezia in Koloa.