About Us


Alan Whitehead founded the Kona Run race event in 2003 held annually in Northville, MI, Wicked Halloween Run in 2011, Kona Shamrock Run in 2012, and the Kona Chocolate Run in 2013 all held in Plymouth, MI.  Also the Novi Half Marathon w/Nas Dastmalchi in 2014, the Kona Strawberry Run in 2015 & the Kona Cheesecake Run in 2016. Alan derived the name Kona Running Co. from his frequent visits to Hawaii & drinking Kona Coffee.  Alan was on the Race Staff at the Detroit Free Press Marathon for three years and Race Director of the Parade Company's annual Detroit Turkey Trot for two years. The Kona Running Company is organizing the Kona Shamrock Run event with a 10K, 5K & Hard Rock Mile.  We donate funds to local charitable organizations.


Alan Whitehead: Executive Race Director
Mark Koehl: Director of Registration
Jill Whitehead: Director of Volunteers
Roger Thayer: Operations Director
Larry O'Sullivan: Finish Line Ops/Pacers/Community
Ron Smerigan: Course Director
Nas Dastmalchi: Course Manager
Ed King: Course Marshals Coordinator
John Dennis: Aid Stations Ops
Bill Ewing: Course Ops
Alex Ford: Course Ops
Doug Scheel: Course Ops
Jake Weiss: Course Ops
Morgan & Andrew La Pan: Pre Sweep
Paul Zayan: Pace Vehicle
Liz Wright: Information Desk Manager
Suzi Stock: Finish Line Ops Coordinator
Julie Juno: RN & First Aid Manager
Sandy Kaip: Food Buffet Director
Chris Ford: Event PA Announcer
Susan Koehl: Packet Pickup Coordinator

Race Schedule

6:30 am: Registration Opens

7:30 am: 10K - Waves Start

8:00 am: Hard Rock Mile

9:00 am: 5K - Waves Start

9:30 to 10:00 am: Age Group Awards in Tent

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