The list just keeps growing. Apparently a lot of people want to spend a weekend in January out on the trails here in Hawaii. This latest update includes past H.U.R.T. 100 winner, Mike Sweeney. Click here to see the list.
I hope you were lucky enough to get out on the trails over the last couple of days. I got in 60 miles over two days on the driest trails we have had in a long time.
Saturday the H.U.R.T. course was in awesome shape. Had the race been run over the last two days, I think we would have had some records set. I am not sure if the dry weather held all day for Sunday as I had some sprinkles driving over the Pali Highway in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday??
We had a very cool start (in fact I swear it was chilly enough to see my breath up on the Manoa Cliff Trail before sunrise.) and a good turnout as people realize this is the last big weekend for getting in miles before starting our taper. Cheryl, Gordon, Ed, plus rare appearances by Mike M. and Nick started off in the darkness. We had the light of an almost full moon give way to a brilliant orange sunrise. It was cool and dry all day. The pigs and pig hunters were also out in force.
It was fun passing so many people out enjoying their training day. People were doing all kinds of loops and additions trying to get in extra miles. I think it ranged from people doing 20 on up to 50 miles. I know another big group was training Sunday--Jeff, Murphy, Steve, Ben and Paul were all supposed to be out today.
The best laugh for me--someone--might have been his son?? said to me, "Greg has just left the Nature Center and is heading up Nahuina over to Paradise and if you hurry, you could probably catch him since he doesn't move that fast." First, I have never known Greg to be slow--in fact I have heard he only has one speed--fast. Second, this kid didn't know my legs had already run about 53 miles (over two days).. by that point in the weekend, there was no way I could catch him.
Finally, I also told someone this, if it stays this dry, we might have to get the fire department to drop water on the course in certain areas just to make it muddy. As we have heard someone say---We wouldn't want it to be easy!!
Thanks to PJ and Don for bringing out goodies and stashing drops for us.
If information about the trail I'm about to describe s supposed to be secretive, any of the Tantalus veterans out there should feel free to pull this off the blog. I don't want to spill any inadvertently spill any beans. If not, read on....
Yesterday, I went out on the trails with the intention of travelling a ways up the Pu'u Konahuanui trail from the Pauoa Flats Lookout. From my childhood days of hiking, I remember roughly two sections of this rugged trail that would get you to the summit. The first follows the ridge immediately behind the lookout, thus taking you up and down huge stairsteps. Like most Ko'olau summit trails, its either steep ups or steep downs, very muddy, and heavily overgrown staghorn ferns that shred your shins. The second section is a steep, overgrown scramble to the summit that really isn't that long. To my great surprise, however, I found that a new trail had been cut across the face of the ridge that overlooks Nu'uanu valley. The trail (marked by ribbons) is highly runnable at times and generally very flat. Within 15 minutes or so, you have been deposited directly at the base of the final steep section of Pu'us, leaving you with only a 30 min. scramble to the summit. I couldn't believe how easy it was!!!
I left Nature Center at 4:30, and summitted just around 5:45PM to see the sun slip over the horizon. I was back at Lookout by 6:30, not having to even use my flashlight yet, and got back to the Nature Center around 7:20. Did all you guys know about this?!?! This new trail instantly drops you within spitting distance of the summit of the Ko'olaus! It truly amazed me, after slogging up and down the ridge I previously described in my childhood hiking days. If you have never been up there, it truly is amazing to look down all the fingers of ridge from the summit, with views of the Windward side, Hawaii Kai and across the other Koolau ridges of Central Oahu. If you have never been up there to watch the sunset, I found out that its pretty amazing. I know that the Pu'u Kona trails is technically off limits, but the thing is marked with ribbon (and pigs footprints) If your ever out on Tantalus and can see the summit of Pu'us, I highly recommend this side trip.
This morning, Judge Kevin Chang presided over citizenship ceremonies for 64 people from many different countries.
Filiesha LeRand, one of our local trail divas, has officially become an American citizen. It was certainly a long process for her but well worth the effort. All went well until we tried to enter the courtroom... each candidate had to state their official name for the record- first, middle, and last.
For all of you who know Fileisha, she doesn't do things the easy way. It took quite a bit of explaining for her to convince the clerk that she had no middle name, simply a middle initial!
When you see her out there on the trails, please congratulate Filiesha on her accomplishment!
Here's the latest entrant list for the H.U.R.T. 100. Click here to see the list. Early entry deadline is 12/5/05. After that the price goes up. Get your entry in quick if you want to save some money. Applications are available to download on the right side under H.U.R.T. 100 Race Links.
This latest update shows five-time finishers Monica Scholz and Catra Corbertt are returning. Also Karl Metzler is on the list.
The trails are drying out--could be a very competitive and fast race in 2006!
Multi-Hardrock winner Karl Meltzer has entered the HURT 100. Karl has won several other 100 mile races and is especially known at Hardrock, where he holds the course record in both directions. With no one being able to break the 24 hour barrier at HURT to this point, it will be interesting to see if Karl can be the first to accomplish it.