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11th Annual Milk Carton Regatta

Ahoy, Mates!

Meadow Gold Milk Carton Regatta and
First Annual Meadow Gold Kids Triathlon splash into history!

The 11th Annual Meadow Gold Milk Carton Regatta and First Annual Meadow Gold Kids Triathlon, held Saturday, May 5, at Ala Moana Beach Park, were a resounding success.

The day began early—very early—with the 4:30 a.m. registration for the Meadow Gold Kids Triathlon, which attracted 202 participants despite the pre-dawn hour. The race itself began at 6:30 and consisted of a “swim, bike and run,” instilling the importance of physical activity, nutrition and health in our keiki and their families— an effort by Meadow Gold to help tackle the rising rate of obesity among Hawaii’s children. All 202 participants completed the triathlon, and finishers got a finisher medal awarded by Rachel Ross, a noted triathlete, along with goodie bag and a “Finishers” T-shirt.

The Milk Carton Regatta, which got under way at 7:30, saw 28 boats from 21 Oahu schools competing. Kapolei Middle School team #2 and Campbell High School took home first-place honors—a $500 CompUSA gift certificate and other prizes.

The Regatta is designed to give students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in science and industrial arts classes in a real-world project by designing, building, testing and racing a boat made almost entirely of milk cartons. Students built and raced in two-person boats made of Meadow Gold and/or VIVA half-gallon milk cartons, glue, small amounts of wood, and lots of tape.  The Regatta also provides an enjoyable way for students to learn about teamwork and develop school spirit, while learning about the health and nutritional value of Meadow Gold’s dairy products.  The entire day-long event—Triathlon and Regatta—was designed to inspire physical activity among Hawaii’s young people.

Middle School Regatta Winners:

1.   First Place:   Kapolei Middle School Team #2
2.   Second Place:    Kapolei Middle School Team #1
3.   Third Place:    Kailua Intermediate School
4.   Fourth Place:   Dole Middle School Team #2
5.   Fifth Place:   Stevenson Middle School
6.   “Most Creative Boat” award:   Waipahu Intermediate School
7.   “Most School Spirit” award:   Kaimuki Christian School


High School Division:


1.   First Place:   Campbell High School
2.   Second Place:    Mililani High School Team #1
3.   Third Place:    Roosevelt High School Team #2
4.   Fourth Place:   Kaiser High School Team #1
5.   Fifth Place:   Roosevelt High School Team #1
6.   “Most Creative Boat” award:   Mililani High School Team #1
7.   “Most School Spirit” award:   St. Louis High School

   

All participating teams received prizes from American Box Car Racing, Blockbuster, Consolidated Theatres, Dave & Buster’s, Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park, Ice Palace, Pizza Hut, Planet Fun, 7-Eleven and Zippy's.

The Regatta came to a splashing conclusion with the Celebrity Race and the Teachers’ Race. Six newscasters from three local TV stations and a team from MidWeek competed for bragging rights in the Celebrity Race.

Celebrity Race Winners:

  1. MidWeek’s Rasa Fournier and Steve Murray were the first celebrity team to cross the finish line.
  2. KITV’s Justin Fujioka and Ben Gutierrez took second place.
  3. KHNL’s Marvin Buenconsejo and Leland Kim captured third place.
  4. KGMB’s Steve Uyehara and Chris Bednarek came in fourth.

Teachers’ Race Winner:

Finally, teachers from each participating school got their feet (and sometimes much more) wet racing their students’ boats.  The fastest-paddling teachers—Scott Hoel from Kapolei Middle School and Tanya Ashimine from Kaiser High School—each won a Meadow Gold ice cream party for their class.

Moo-halo to the event committee and the many hard-working volunteers who made the day a success!

Joni So pick up your paddles, put on sunscreen, and join us for the 11th Annual Meadow Gold Milk Carton Regatta. We hope to see you there!

Moohalo,

Joni

Joni Marcello
Strategic Marketing Director