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20,000 participate in the 34th annual Great Aloha Run

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It was a dry, but chilly start to the 34th Annual Great Aloha Run.

An estimated 20,000 people took part in the 8.1 mile journey from Downtown Honolulu to Aloha Stadium. Sabrina Lopez was the first woman to finish. "It was amazing," Lopez said of finishing first. "I was a little nervous at the start line because it's my first race of the season. Then I just went out there, competed, had fun."

Casey Emmons wasn't competing against a clock. His run was much more personal. Emmons collapsed and had a heart attack after crossing the finish line in 2016. "I just never thought I'd see this moment again, especially after my heart attack," said Emmons. "I thought I'd never be running again and it's just a lot of emotions, I feel really great. Being able to cross that line one more time, there's nothing like it."

On a holiday when a lot of people sleep in, others chose to push themselves. "What goes through your mind running those 8.1 miles? How many miles are left and how am I feeling? And I was feeling pretty good today," said runner Lori McCarney, who says she's lost track of how many times shes participated in the Great Aloha Run.

The overall feel for the event is right in the title: aloha.

"I run a lot of 5Ks, 10Ks and I've never seen so many people in the community outside and enjoying the environment," Carlos Techera said of his first time running the race. "That was probably the best part of the whole atmosphere. I had to take my headphones off just to enjoy it all."

This year's run will raise an estimated $350,000 for local charities and the military.