About Us


Alan Whitehead founded the race event in 2003 held annually in Northville, MI, Wicked Halloween Run in 2011, Kona St Patrick's Day Run in 2012, Kona Chocolate Run in 2013 all held in Plymouth, MI and the new Novi Half Marathon w/Nas Dastmalchi in 2014 & Kona Dexter Team Marathon in 2015. 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 St. Patrick's Day Run event with a 10K, 5K & Hard Rock Mile.  We donate funds to local charitable organizations.


Alan Whitehead, Executive Race Director Ron Smerigan, Course Director
Mark Koehl, Director of Registration Nas Dastmalchi, Course Coordinator
Peter Reinhard, Course Ops Captain Larry O'Sullivan, Finish Line, Community
Jill Whitehead, Director of Volunteers Roger Thayer, Director of Race Operations
Gary Haf, Mgr of NRR Course Marshals Bill Ewing, Course Ops, Finish-Line
Sandy Kaip, Food Buffet Director Mary Dorazio, Director of Sponsorships
Paul Zayan,  5K & Mile Pace Vehicle Liz Wright, Registration Manager/Awards
Julie Juno, RN & First Aid Coordinator Traci Sincock, Costume Contest Manager
Dave Armstrong, Event PA Announcer

Mark Delucia, Course Ops

Clint Verran, Director of Elite Athletes

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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