Runnin’ with Rani: 37th-annual Alii Challenge continues with tradition

  • Race director Jennifer Stabrylla. (RANI HENDERSON/HAWAII SPORTS EVENTS)

  • Two Hawaii County lifeguards Kekaulike Kealoha (left) and Kaulahoolai Pilago (right) won the relay division with their combined time of 2:43:26. (RANI HENDERSON/HAWAII SPORT EVENTS)

  • Overall male and female winners from Sunday's 37th Alii Challenge 6-Mile Open Water Swim event were Ryan Leong (2:34:52) and Ihilani Phillips (2:42:16). (RANI HENDERSON/HAWAII SPORT EVENTS)

KAILUA-KONA — Spanning six miles along Kona’s popular coastline — from the pristine waters of Keauhou bay to the protected shores of Kamakahonu Beach — boasts the Big Island’s longest running open-water swim event, the Alii Challenge.