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August 2006

Tantalus Triple Trek Runners

The race is this Saturday.

We will be running a slightly different course this year for the 50K. We can no longer start at the bridge by the bathrooms. The Start is right across the street from where we had the picnic in prior years. Once you pass the bathrooms, the course is the same.

The Nature Center is allowing us to use the bathrooms in their new building!
Parking is limited to the lower parking lot near the first gate. You will need to schlep your race things up to the Start. Most runners will bring supplemental drinks and race food to meet their own requirements. We will provide cold drinks, pretzels and cookies.

The race will start PROMPTLY at 5:30 am. Please allow enough time to park, walk to the Start, and register. We will be at the Nature Center at 4:30 am to greet you.

Please be advised that there have been a couple of break-ins in the lower parking lot. We suggest that everyone take precautions- do not leave any valuables in your car.

You must start the third loop by noon, which is the cutoff time. There will be aid stations at the Start, at the Roundtop Road  crossing, and at the bottom of the Concrete Road. Please take your own water bottle/bottles, as we expect hot temperatures.

We are requesting a volunteer to be a gopher at the Start-Finish aid station, not to keep John and me company, but to be available with a car to perform a run up to the aid stations,or make a run for supplies, if necessary.

We would enjoy the runners hanging around after their race to share battle stories, and watch the rest of the runners come in. And, if you want to bring a little potluck to share ( we won't have a big crowd), and maybe a drink of choice, we will have a nice little party.

See you all Saturday!

If anyone has questions, please contact PJ at 235-0577, but not after 7:45 pm.(zzzzzz.......)

Runners Thoughts on the HURT 100-Mile Endurance Run

There have been a couple of really good write-ups this year by past runners of the HURT 100-Mile Endurance Run posted to the Ultra list. We got permission from the authors to post them on our site because these are so well written that they really read like advertisements or promos for the race. (Click here to read them) Thanks Peter and Jimmy!

Because of this, we have decided to offer a contest that will be open from now until October 1st. The best written (under 200 words) promo or endorsement of the HURT 100 race will receive a free entry into the 2007 race. The winning entry will be chosen by three HURT members. By the way, Peter and Jimmy's entrys will be considered for this contest! The winner will be notified by October 15th.

Winning entries may not be transferred. If the runner can't participate in the 2007 race, the entry can be used at the race in 2008 (However, no extensions beyond 2008). All entries may be posted on the HURT site. E-mail all entries to kailuamac@yahoo.com

Triple Trek Volunteers

TTT volunteers' run will be held Saturday morning at 6 am. Everyone is responsible for their own aid. Cheryl and Don and whoever else is participating will be leaving the NC lower parking lot at 6 am.

I haven't heard yet how runners will handle getting their drinks and food up to the course, but stay tuned.

The course has changed due to the construction at the Nature Center. The start-finish line, will be at the picnic tables where we had the trophy presentation in past years, and the new course will go along the new little trail just across the street. Runners need to touch the rock wall at the start-finish after each loop.

Please let PJ know (hurtpals@aol.com) if you will be doing the volunteer run, and what your finish time is after you complete the course.

2007 HURT 100 Entrants List and Other Updates

I was just thinking that now would be a good time to let people know that now is the time to commit to training for the HURT 100 in January 2007. Today, after receiving the first list of participants, I am even more motivated to write this. This list (click here to view) shows that these 15 people are motivated, committed and serious about completing the HURT 100 in January.

It's five months away and if you have ever considered doing something like this, now is the time to start building those base miles, strengthening those legs, and getting yourself physically and mentally ready for this race. If you live here on Oahu, feel free to join us on our weekly training runs. We will get you in shape for the race and share our knowledge with you. If you live on the mainland, get training and we'll see you in January! Here's a link to the application.

Photos from Maunawili Out & Back

Mike Garcia has posted pictures he took on Saturday at the Muanawili Out and Back. You can find them by scrolling down the right side of this site and looking under Photo Albums or clicking here.

Remember to click the photo's to make them larger.

Maybe next year we should give Mother Hen a camera as it sounds like she would have gotten some great shots of people doing all kinds of things out on the course.

Thanks Mike!

Unauthorized Trail work


I received a report that some unauthorized trail work was performed on part of the Maunawili Out 'n Back course sometime last week.

Am not sure who did the work. I sincerely apologize in advance if this does not apply to any of our runners.

Please be aware that any such activity must be approved in advance by DLNR, proper training held, safety gear issued, waivers signed, etc.

Besides inadvertent cutting of native plants, there is a tremendous liability issue to the State if anyone on the work party or perhaps a bystander gets injured.  Such unauthorized activity may jeopardize HURT's relationship w/DLNR and could result in cancellation or restriction of our trail races.


Mike G.

Maunawili Results

Jeff Huff sent me the results from yesterday's Maunawili race. Click here to view them.

This race had a fun starting format and all in all was a lot of fun for those of us who got to participate. It was a beautiful day with the occasional gusty trade winds to keep us cool, clear trail conditions, and the usual back and forth chatter among running friends. Thanks to all the people who put on the race and offered aid and support.

Remember the next race in the HURT Trail Series is the Tantalus Triple Trek on September 2. This year, there is only the Triple Trek, a three loop route in the Makiki/Tantalus trail system for a total of 50K. Because of the longer format this race will start at the Hawaii Nature Center at 5:30 a.m. More details will be posted soon!

Maunawili 22 Miler-The Mother Hen Was Mean


Just wanted to quickly post a note thanking you all for your good humor and sportsmanship. It is not often that the weekend warriors that we attempt to be is willing to give up a training day to participate in such child's play.

The concept behind this run (and I hope it continues that way) is to try to get the runners grouped more together and give runners who may be mid of the pack a chance to run up front. Our hope is to also make the faster runners work a bit harder (and hopefully blow up) trying to chase down the pack. We began with the formula that big John devised last year, which we implemented again this year soley based upon age and sex. This year we thought it might be fun to add a new wrinkle in terms of adding time penalties by making the runners do a mental or physical challenge while out on the course. Hence many of you came across Mother Hen (thanks Filiesha), who had you doing all kinds of things. From spinning around 15 times, to push up, jumping jacks, naming the seven dwarfs, and even bribing for mercy. While some of you may not have liked it at the time I'm sure you all by now have gotten a chuckle out of it. The bottom line is that you folks actually were able to laugh a bit and have some fun out there today in a beautiful environment. Heck, with Mother Hen out there it kind of reminds me of the Fartlek days from the early 80's. I was really happy and excited to see all the enthusiasm and good sportsmanship. It's days like these that puts the fun in running.

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Reminder: HURT Trail Series Maunawili Out & Back 22 mile and Relay is Saturday 8/12/06

Just one last reminder that the Maunawili Out & Back 22 mile race and Relay is this Saturday, August 12. The race starts at the Pali Lookout. Click here for all the details.

It's a fun race based on the starting format. Remember to plan on carrying enough water as it will be hot and aid is limited to just the turn-around in Waimanalo.

If you are wanting to do it as a relay where each member goes one direction (11 miles), please arrange your own transportation. Looking for a relay partner?? Use the Comments section to hook up with a partner. Remember, all trail series races are $10 and registration is 30 minutes prior to race start time.

Finally, don't forget a sweatshirt as it can be cool at the Pali Lookout if it is windy. See you on Saturday!