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November 2006

HURT 100 Trail Marking

Aloha Athletes !

PJ and I will be putting together a HURT 100 trail marking team. Organizing will begin in earnest the week of December 8-15, 2006, so if you are interested, please plan on contacting either one of us that week. Trail marking is planned to be done the morning of Friday, January 12, 2007, with marking removal planned for Monday, January 15, 2007. Contact info, specific times and meeting places to follow on the blog.

Please make your plans now. Your help is much appreciated.  Mahalo, Don

2007 HURT 100 Entrants as of 11-19-07

The list keeps getting longer, seven more applicants this update. In addition to our Canadian friends, we also have entrants from both Japan and the UK.

Time to get those app's in. Remember the price goes up after December 5--if there is any more room. The race has a cap of 100 runners.

The pigs have been out in force. I heard stories over the weekend of a couple of different runners coming face to face with pigs who think the trails belong to them. Also saw some pig hunters, who unfortunately seemed to be spending more time looking for their lost dog, then hunting.

Click here to see the latest entrants. Good training!

Interested in Pacing at the HURT 100??

Ultra running is unique in that many races allow the use of pacers or someone to run with a race participant after a certain designated distance or time. For the HURT 100, pacers are allowed anytime after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday or after 60 miles.

The HURT 100 is scheduled for January 13 & 14, 2007 and is run on some very challenging trails in the Makiki-Tantalus trail system. Most runners will be spending 12 hours or so running in the dark and for many runners, close to 36 hours on the trails. A pacer can be a great help to runners both at night and on Sunday.

If you are at all interested in pacing a runner at the HURT 100, Don Fallis is going to be keeping a list of people interested in pacing. The purpose of this list is to just make it available to runners interested in having a pacer for the race.

Please contact Don if you are interested in pacing. You can e-mail him by clicking here.

To the Weekday Morning Menahune HURT 100 Trail Workers: 11-22-06

PJ is leading another work group into the woods. The workday will be 11-22, the day before Thanksgiving. We will meet at the back of Manoa and head up the trail at daybreak- 6:30 ish? I'll pin the time down when we get nearer to the day.

If that is an awful day for everyone, the only other day I have is Monday 11-20. Anyone planning on joining me, please let me know if Wednesday is ok. I need to know soon so I can plan on picking up our tools.

We will hike to nearly the top, and work down- similarly to what we did in Nuuanu. We'll work till about 11:00 or 11:30, if we hold up that long.

Please call me at 235-0577.  Thanks everybody!


HURT Training and General Trail Safety

Training for HURT takes time, lots of time. We all have busy schedules and try to fit the training in as best we can. This year I have noticed people are training both day and night, whenever they can. I know it is not always possible to train with a group or even with another person, however please use some common sense while training.

Being out on the trails is inherently dangerous. One miss-step or slip could have you taking a tumble. Often times these slips end as bruises, bumps, or scratches. Fortunately, we have not had anything serious. Many of the trails are in bad shape with overgrown foliage making it tough to always see the next step. Think about some basic safety items if you are out training. Carry your phone if alone during the day and especially at night. What about an emergency whistle and small back-up flashlight (even during the day)? How about some minimal first aid supplies? Do you have something that could stop some serious bleeding from a big gash?

If you are out there alone, let someone know when and where you are starting at, your route, and when you expect to be finished. Better yet, find someone to train with. It's more fun and makes the time go faster. You can also help pick each other up during the low times of those 10-12 + hour training runs!

I don't want to sound alarmist and I am certainly not wanting any of this to happen, it just makes common sense. I've been out on the trails with other people out there and it still can be hours before you see another person. I remember a couple of years ago when a well known, very tough, and experienced local runner, took a bad fall going down into Paradise and limped out using bamboo as crutches.

Training supplies. We found out this past Saturday that not everyone knows where supplies are located. We don't mind others using the water and Gatorade however I know it is often the same people purchasing and dropping supplies. Don't be afraid to offer up some cash ($5 or $10) to Cheryl (or Rex) or to volunteer to drop supplies yourself. Also please note, the water and Gatorade are usually for everyone, however some people drop special drinks--Redbull, Amp, etc. These are not for everyone. If you want this, either make arrangements to purchase for yourself or drop on your own. If you are out training and you notice the supplies are low or gone, please contact someone off list. It's no fun to go into Nuuanu expecting to find water and instead find empty containers. Finally, let's make sure we do our part to keep the trails clean. If you see empty containers or other rubbish on the trails, let's try to pack it out. I am amazed at how inconsiderate some people are when they leave junk on the trails. Who do they think is going to pick it up?

I think we have a very unique training group here in Hawaii and all of you are what make it special. Let's keep supporting each other as we train for HURT.

Good training and be safe out there! Aloha, Bob

2007 HURT Participant List as of 11-5-06

This week's list has seven more HURT 100 participants added to it. Click here to see the full list. New runners added this week include Monica Scholz & Fred Davis. Monica and Fred have participated in every HURT 100 race. Also added, Krissy Moehl. Krissy has been to HURT in the past however I believe this will be her first year to run the race.

The list shows lots of good runners signing up for the HURT 100. Hawaii runners were out training again Friday night and Saturday. Given the heavy rain on Oahu last week, the trails were in pretty good shape. 

Click here for the HURT 100 application.