Thousands of runners took to the streets and braved the wet weather in Honolulu Monday for the 30th annual Great Aloha Run.
75-year-old Ed Gayagas is one of only 69 runners who have hit the pavement every single year for the GAR since 1985 and revealed why he keeps coming back.
"I feel like a million dollars. I wish I could do another mile, but that's it until next year," said Ed.
Ed is no stranger to this course and says this year's race is a bit different.
"Today is my biggest day because I got the family behind me – the whole 'ohana participating," added Ed.
Three generations of Gayagas hit the streets this President's Day along with 24,000 other runners. Runners took off from the start line near Aloha Tower right at 7 a.m., but some say it's not all about finishing first.
"I can spend time with my grandpa," said Noah Gayagas, Ed's granddaughter. "It's my second time running with him and my family."
But the family says with runs like these, it is hard to keep everybody together.
"I think we'll all end up taking a separate pace. I'll run with my dad – be with him in case he needs anything," said Crissy Gayagas, Ed's daughter.
And with a time of 1 hour and 45 minutes Ed celebrated another accomplished run along with a special gift from his family.
"I provided my daughter with the t-shirts that we had over the years," said Ed. "She made the selection as to where each shirt should be and she did a marvelous job. It represents all thirty – all thirty years."
As for runs in the future, Ed says his grandson Noah will continue the legacy.
The event had 2,000 more participants than last year, all running just over 18 miles from Aloha Tower and to the Aloha Stadium.