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September 2006

Trail Work Update

On 9-26, the first HURT 100 trail maintenance group (the MMs) met in the dark, and the rain, at Jackass Ginger. We carried tools and backpacks at 6:10 am, across the raging Nuuanu Stream, up to the top of the switchbacks on Nuuanu Trail.Before

Aftre2 With Aaron's hoes,rakes, and picks, we hacked out slide areas to widen the trail, raked and raked little rubbly areas, cut a few drains to let water flow off the trail, cleared a blocked waterfall on the trail to let the water run free, raked a BIG rubbly area that consisted of about a two foot deep layer of baseball sized rocks, cut in a few steps, and trimmed a few overhanging rubbish plants over the trail. After5

We finished about 11:30, feeling a little dirty and trashed, but very satisfied about our accomplishment. Wish we had had a few minutes to run back up and down the trail to enjoy our handy work, but that will have to wait until our next trip to the trail. Chances are we'll have to go back and re-rake right before the race, but at least the trail will be a little safer during training for the 100.

Trail workers included: Mike M., Bozo, Carl Wooten, McAllaster,Cheryl and PJ.

Alan Webb: Sleeper for the HURT 100?!?!

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If you were not worried about the fast approaching HURT 100, you should be!  This past Sunday, Alan Webb, a 3:48 miler and America's finest middle distance talent, was out on Maunawili Trail and hammering!  If you think your in shape, you'll think differently after he hands you your a** going back up the Old Pali after 12 miles! 

But seriously, Nike brought him out for the Iolani XC Invite at Kualoa and Todd convinced him to join us for a little trail work on Sunday.  Really nice guy, plus he has great stories about international competition!  But...alas, he declined my invite to the HURT 100 (:  Not enough prize money or glory or something.....ha ha

To the Weekday Morning Menahune HURT100-M Trail Workers: 9-27-06

I'll be heading up the MMs (Morning Menahune) for occasional workdays, and coordinating the weekday trail work plans with Aaron. (Mike will be coordinating the heavier weekend workdays already scheduled).

By the way, I met Aaron this Monday to discuss our intended Nuuanu trail work, and he gave us some very good suggestions, including engineering instructions for some minor grading around the slide areas. I'll pass that on to you on the trail, and we will include that with our main efforts of rubble raking .

We are NOW formally scheduled for work on Wednesday morning, Sept.27.- We will meet and park on Nuuanu Pali Hwy, just below the "Y" where it splits off into Old Pali Rd., for a 6 am departure to the Jackass Ginger trail head. (Maybe we will see the LOST crew filming one of these days).

We will head towards the top of the switchbacks to target a few work areas, and work down from there in small groups.

Please bring gloves, LOTS of water, and a snack to sustain you through the morning. We won't work past 11:30 am.

I need a headcount please, no later than Monday, so I can pick up the tools from Aaron on Tuesday. Cheryl, Mike M, Carl Wooten, have already indicated they can attend(please reconfirm), but we need a few more.

Aaron is very grateful for our interest in grooming the HURT100 trails this season. So, if any of us see a problem on the trails that we want to correct during the weekday, please send me a brief description of the work and location intended, so I get it into an email to Aaron. That way he will have the opportunity to add his input if he needs to, and he will also be informed if anyone calls him to ask what's going on in any given trail work area. I thought that was a fair request, and would benefit us of Aaron's trail expertise in certain work areas. (My contact info: hurtpals@aol.com / 235-0577)

Until Aaron is able to hire another "tech" for the one he lost, we need to take a more pro-active role in maintaining HURT100 trails. We understand that Aaron is working through the cumbersome process of hiring another employee....it is definitely in the works. After not finding a suitable employee "in house" (which the State requires they search first), they are interviewing additional applicants).

I should mention that there are a few areas that are being reforested on the Tantalus trails- the main one by an interested  botanical group, in the area just below the TTT high point on Manoa Cliff Trail, down towards what used to be "the map sign". They are cutting cinnamon trees, and weeding in order to make room for the Hawaiian trees and plants- already there have been more Koa seedlings sprouting, several Hawaiian ferns, etc, in the area, due to their hard efforts.

If we ever plan to do overgrowth clearings, we need to be aware of the native plants, and stay away from the areas where the botanical folks are working.

Please let me know if you can help out. Aloha, PJ



Aloha HURT Runners!

In preparation for HURT VII next January 13-14, 2007, listed below is a schedule of trail work we would like to accomplish.

Your kokua would be most appreciated!

1.  Middle of last week in September '06:  Rake down Nuuanu Trail.

2.  Saturday, 28 October '06:  Regrade badly eroded section of Manoa Cliffs (area just below the section HURT members regraded last year).  If we have enough volunteers, we can also groom trail from the start of Manoa Cliffs (just off Kalawahine) up to the trex sign on the same day!

3.  Saturday, 2 December '06:  Grade and swale Aihualama.  Primary focus will be relieving areas that are eroded and trapping water just before the bamboo forest.  Again, if we have enough volunteers, we can also groom Aihualama Trail (start at Leon's pie-stand) down to Manoa Falls.

4.  Middle of last week in December '06:  Rake down and groom Nuuanu Trail again as required.

5.  Saturday, 6 January '07:  Light grooming/touch-up as required.

Start times/meeting locations will be posted on the blog.  Reminders will be emailed to those interested in helping.

Since we must check-out work tools from the DLNR Baseyard, we will need an accurate head count.  So...

          *If you can make any of the mid-week work dates, please email PJ:  HURTPals@aol.com

          *If you can help on any of the Saturday work, please email Mike:  MYGarcia1@hawaiiantel.net

Look forward to working with you on the trails!



2007 HURT 100 Entrant List as of 9-14-06

Here's the updated list for this week. Several new names added. Lots of people showing their commitment to training and preparation early for the January race. Click here to see the updated list.

For previous HURT 100 runners, don't forget the opportunity for free entry into this years race. All you need to do is write up a really good endorsement or promo of the race. Click here for details. The deadline for this contest (October 1) is fast approaching.

Get out there and RUN!!

Just Plain Success!!

Imgp0479 A Big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Jeff Huff and Bob Murphy for finishing the Plain 100 in a time of 34:42. More details will be coming. This makes Jeff two-for-two at Plain as he was one of only two finishers last year. Tim Stroh won the race with a time of 26:59. This is a new course record and Tim's third Plain victory. Conditions were such that there were 7 finishers, also a record.

The photos (Thanks to Leon Draxler for these pictures) show Jeff and Bob before the race looking nice and fresh and after the race...well, looking like they ran a hundred miles! Click on each to enlarge it.

Bob came ever so close last year and this year Bob has accomplished something no other runner has done, he finished the HURT 100, the Hardrock 100, and the Plain 100 all in the same year. These three 100 mile runs are three of the toughest. Great Job Guys! We look forward to hearing more. Imgp0546

Triple Trek Photos

Jozef Gyurke sent in these photo's from Triple Trek (Click here to view). There are some great shots of the racers at the finish and the post-race potluck. Jozef also went back out on the course and took some pictures of the trails. There are some great shots of Hogsback and some of the other trails. This is a great way to show your friends where you ran. Thanks Jozef!!

Last Race in the 2006 HURT Trail Series: Hogsback 12-Hour, Oct. 14

The last race in the 2006 HURT Trail series is scheduled for October 14. The Hogsback 12-hour race is an excellent opportunity for trail runners to build their strength and endurance as training for the 2007 HURT 100 in January. It is also good for trail runners who want to see just how far they can run in 12 hours.

The race course is simple! It starts at the Nature Center and goes up Hogsback, over the crossover trail and back down Center Trail to the start/finish and the Nature Center. Runners just repeat this 2-1/2 mile loop as many times as they can in 12 hours. For those who just ran Triple Trek, going up Hogsback is way easier than running down it.

Runners should plan on bringing their own aid or nutritional needs for a 12-hour race as there will just be light snacks and water/Gatorade at the Start/Finish.

This is a fun race! Even if you know you can't stay all 12 hours, come out and see how many laps you can run. More details will be posted as we get closer to race day. The race starts at 6:00 a.m. and registration is 30 minutes before race start. Entry is just $10.

Good Luck to Jeff & Bob at the Plain 100

Jeff Huff and Bob Murphy will be running in the Plain 100 this weekend in Washington state. Jeff finished the race in second place last year (one of only two finishers) and Bob came ever so close. With a year of experience under their belts, we are all hoping for positive results. Only 11 individuals have ever finished this event.

Plain is not your typical 100 mile race. It is basically a 100-mile unsupported, adventure run. For this race, you carry all of your food and get your water out of streams. A drop bag is available at about the 50 mile mark. They will be making good use of their Ultimate Direction hydration packs at this race.

Click here to read more about Plain. If you are interested, there are also a couple of race reports from last year's Plain 100 you can read by scrolling down the left side of the HURT site.

Good luck guys! We look forward to hearing about your adventure!!