Roots n Shoots Fun Run. Photo courtesy of NTBG

National Tropical Botanical Garden and The Kaua‘i Marathon have just announced they are proud to present the 5th Annual Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run on Saturday, April 20 at McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden.

All ages are invited to run, jog or walk the 5k course through the gardens while learning about the diverse surrounding scenery.

Check-in will be at the NTBG South Shore Visitors Center parking lot at 4425 Lāwa‘i Road (across from Spouting Horn) beginning at 6 a.m. Participants will then be shuttled to the start of the race.

The Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run will begin promptly at 8 a.m. near McBryde Garden’s Biodiversity Trail — a winding 800-foot path that showcases the evolution of Kaua‘i plant life over the last 450 million years. Along the trail, runners and walkers will enjoy an array of scenery including a rainforest, golden bamboo grove, tropical fruit trees, the Lāwa‘i Stream and magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.

All participants will receive a free gift and access to the silent auction and drawing. Plus, they can enjoy a post-race continental breakfast catered by Living Foods Gourmet Market and Café with coffee provided by Kaua‘i Coffee Company.

Participants are encouraged to register early. Entry fees for registrations received by April 8, 2019 are $40 for adults and $30 for students (16 and under). After April 8, 2019, entry fees are $50 for adults and $40 for students (16 and under). Proceeds from the Fun Run will benefit The Kaua‘i Marathon’s associated charities. For more information or to register, visit

National Tropical Botanical Garden ( is a not-for-profit, non-governmental institution with nearly 2,000 acres of gardens and preserves in Hawai‘i and Florida. The institution’s mission is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. NTBG is supported primarily through donations and grants.