I received the 2007 HURT 100 application and other files from Jeff Huff and have updated the links on the right hand column of this site under HURT 100 Race Links.
This year, the application form is a pdf document with data fields that can be filled out on your computer so we have a nice legible form. Clickherefor the application. Please note it requires a copy of Adobe Acrobat reader which almost everyone has. However, click here if you need to download Acrobat.
The only file not yet available is the Rules and Procedures. This will be available for download soon as it is still being reviewed for any changes that may need to be made for 2007.
I've heard from HURT runners who have returned from races on the mainland, that there is already talk among mainland runners about who might be coming out to race in 2007. After the performance last year of Karl Meltzer and Beverly Anderson-Abbs, the HURT 100 continues to grow in interest and popularity.
Get your application in early (limited to 100 runners) and commit to training for this tough race!
From this you should be able to get to the live update area. I don't think anyone from Hawaii is running the race or even crewing this year, however several past HURT participants were listed as starters. 2005 winner Scott Jurek is returning and hoping to break 24 hours. Hopefully the site will work later today. The main site is http://www.badwater.com/
So if you think it is HOT lately where you live, think about how HOT it is for these runners in Death Valley!!
Lets get the fundamentals out of the way first; this was my first attempt at 100, and I dropped out at 55 miles. However, aside from not finishing, it was a great event and well worth coming back for. The course is described as hilly, but I would call that an understatement - these are small mountains and you are constantly going up - or even worse on the quads - down. I don't believe there is any flat land in this part of Vermont !
The trail sections were very soggy & muddy due to extremely wet spring and heavy rain two days before the race. The mud was well churned by the couple of dozen horses that run the same course concurrently with the foot face. By miles 2 we were ankle deep in mud and it was a recurring theme as we ran up and down stream-beds, through ponded rainwater, etc. Weather was probably around 90, but the humidity was very high, making for a very muggy day..mitigated most of the afternoon by overcast, which turned into light rain showers by late afternoon. Aid stations (30 of them) were good and major ones had pretty much anything you could wish for in terms of food, drink, or first aid.
The course is stunningly scenic; beautiful farms & pastures, mountain vistas, countless streams and brooks, covered bridges, shady country lanes. The setting couldn't be more beautiful, and the nearby town of Woodstock Vt, where most folks stayed who weren't camping in the meadow where the race starts/finishes, is quintessential New England. Picture perfect,
Some highlights: The Dunkin Donuts coffee and pastry before the 4 AM start was a really nice and a much appreciated touch. The aid stations were great, especially notable was "Margarita Ville" - and yes, there were real margaritas to be had (and fresh grilled hamburgers). Winner was Dean Karnazes,who came in around 16:23 or so. As I had already gone back to the finish line by then, I saw him come in..looked like he had just finished a jog around Kapiolani Park ..incredible athlete. Second place was a woman runner, didn't catch her name - apparently the only time in memory that a woman finished second.
As for me, I had no problems with hydration or energy, simply ran the downs too fast in the first 30 miles and had completely blown my quads by mile 40, at which point I was struggling to get down the hills and didn't have much left for the flats either. By the time I got to 55, I had been on the course 14 hours (6 PM) and I didn't think trying to walk the last 45 miles thru the night , in the mud, and maybe still not making the 30 hour cut-off was worth the pain.
However, I learned the course and a lot that will help me on the next attempt.
Not many people are capable of accomplishing things that legends are made of. Yet, Stud Muffin Murphy (SMM), (Bob to most of us) is on the precipice of accomplishing such a feat. The details:
1.) SMM completed his 500th mile at HURT in 2006 with a 100 mile finish.
2.) SMM recently completed the Hardrock 100 shattering the long held record of Richard Sennelly, (arguably the fastest and most talented ultrarunner to be delivered from the loins of HURT) by nearly 2.5 hours. Can you say animal?
3.) SMM is contemplating Plain 100.
Folks, nobody has ever finished HURT, Hardrock, and Plain in the same calendar year (although Meltzer has a chance). Yet SMM is in a postion to do just that. Those three might just be the toughest 100 milers on the calendar (exception being Barkley).
If it happens he may lose the stud muffin moniker (not sure he will like that) in favor of simply "The Legend".
Bob, you are the man. My offer stands. You know what I mean.
WOW. Words cannot begin to explain the sheer beauty witnessed out on the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). Although I failed miserably in my personal quest at bagging my 10th 100 mile finish, I return to the islands fulfilled by the experience. Making the beauty of this course more special was seeing local girl Stephanie finishing her first 100. Talk about chicken skin, these are the moments we seek when doing these events. Steph, thanks for making this run a special and memorable event for me, you ROCK!!!
I will not go into the details of my run, suffice it to say if you want to run on great trails, with panoramics views TRT is for you. If interested I would encourage you to check their site in the next couple months as I think this event will quickly fill for next year (recently given named to be the RRCA 100 mile championship for 2007). While WS is the grand daddy, this event will make Ultrarunners take notice.
You can see some pictures at the following link. Included are our own Patricia and Mike on the Red House Loop (coincidentally where I heard a bear grunting in the woods at night).
The Tahoe Rim Trail races start on Saturday morning with the 100 mile race starting at 5:00 a.m. and the 50 mile and 50K races starting at 6:00 a.m. This is the first year for the 100 mile race. I am not sure this race will provide updates throughout the race. Click here to go to the TRT site.
Hawaii has several runners in the 100-mile race including Mike Garcia, Patricia Carroll, Filiesha LeRand, Stephanie Jenkins, and Jeff Huff.Joel Jenkins is running in the 50-mile race. Erol Ackdoe of Maui is also participating in the TRT 100.
There are lots of other past HURT 100 runners including Rod Bien, Jamie Gifford, Catra Corbett, Fred Davis, Davey Crockett.
The Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run starts Saturday morning at 4:00 a.m. EST. I am not sure if this race has a way to track runners while the race is going on. The weather is predicted to be very hot and humid for the race. Click here for a link to the race site. Vermont has a 30-hour time limit.
Hawaii is represented by at least one runner at this race, Bob Dewitz, who is attempting his first 100 mile race. Bob has trained hard for this race and I expect him to have a good race. For example, on one weekend Bob did a 50 mile run on Saturday and another 20 miles on Sunday. Good luck Bob! Sounds like the weather will perfect for someone who has trained in Hawaii.
The Hardrock 100 starts today in Silverton, Colorado. Former Hawaii resident and HURT runner, Bob Murphy will be giving the race his best shot. The race starts at 6:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time and there is a 48 hour time limit. Click this link for race updates: http://www.hardrock100.com/index.asp Click Hardrock for more general info on the race.
Bob's bib number is 156. He has Don and Cheryl with him to crew and pace him. This race has been won the last three years by 2006 HURT 100 winner Karl Meltzer. There are several other past HURT participants competing at Hardrock including Peter Bakwin who is reportedly attempting a double Hardrock, completing his first 100 miles at about the time the official race begins. Good luck to Bob and all the other runners!!