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2005 Trail Series--Start/Finish Partial Listing

I have posted Start/Finish information for the first couple of races under the Upcoming Races section on this blog.

With the first Trail Series race exactly one month away, on April 16th, I wanted to get this up for everyone.

Off to British Columbia, Canada in a few hours, visiting family, also skiing and snowboarding. Please post any questions or comments here.

Illegal Tour Operator Fined...

Aloha Trail Runners,

Thought you might be interested in this post from Aaron Lowe:

"As you may have heard or seen in the news, Magnum Tours has been fined by the DLNR $2,500.00 for illegal tour operations on the Manoa Falls Trail.  While the Department sees this as a great success, we are still concerned that Magnum Tours and other tours may be out there conducting business.  Again, we ask your support in reporting such illegal activities to our Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement, Ph.# 587-0300."

Per my earlier post, the Trail Advisory Council will be meeting next month to discuss requests from commercial tour companies to conduct tours on weekends in addition to weekdays, increase the size of their tour groups, and add more trails (currently only Manoa Falls and Aihualama are allowed).

Mahalo to those who took the time to email me!  However, a larger sampling is needed, so please let me know how you feel about these requests at garciahi@pixi.com.

Happy Trails!

Mike G.

Saturday Training 03-19-05

Aloha Athletes !
Last Saturday's training was wet...very wet ! Thanks to Todd &
Cheryl for providing some great food, and to the large, fun group
for braving the elements.
PJ's training schedule has us down for our final taper before Run
to the Sun, so here's the plan:
Saturday March 19, 2005  "Tantalus Loop with a twist" (plus a fun
run on the Top of Tantalus race course, for any of you who would
like to preview the first HURT Trail Series race of the year).
Meeting time: 6:50* am
Starting time: 7:00* am
*not a typo...these times are correct
Meeting place: Hawaii Nature Center lower parking lot
Training: Up Tantalus Rd. to the top of Concrete Hill, then the
    "twist", returning on road to Makiki Valley Trail and Center
    Trail to the cars.
Distance: approx. 11 miles (plus the Top of Tantalus 7 miles)
Duration: 2 1/2 to 3 hours (plus the Top of Tantalus approx 2. hrs.)
Bring: The usual + some trail shoes (for the "twist" and for the
    Top of Tantalus 7 mile run).

Saturday Training 03-12-05

Aloha Athletes !     (Posted by Bob as we're having some author posting typepad technical issues)
Sorry to get this to you so late. Computer problems.
Last Saturday's Run to the Sun training was tough, but thanks to Rex it was made easier by his driving us down from the top on 3 Tantalus loops. Thanks Rex! Also thanks to Todd and Cheryl for providing food.
PJ's training schedule has us down for tapering, so here's the plan:
Saturday March 12, 2005 "Tantalus Double Loop"
Meeting time: 5:50 am
Starting time: 6:00 am
Meeting place: Hawaii Nature Center lower parking lot
Training: Up Tantalus Rd. to the top of Concrete Hill, returning on road to Makiki Valley Trail and Center Trail to cars. X2

Distance: approx. 19-20 miles
Duration: 4-5 hours

Notes from the Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Contributed by Jeffery Rogers

I had the pleasure of running the Kalalau Trail on Friday, March 4.  For those who aren't familiar with the trail, it provides the only land access to the rugged Na Pali coast on the Hawaii island of Kauai.  Its 11 miles traverse five tropical valleys each with an exquisite waterfall, cross over towering sea cliffs with 1,000-plus foot drop-offs, all before ending up at Kalalau Beach, one of Hawaii's most beautiful beaches.  And since it was still winter, the rocky, rooty, steep and stumbly trail was covered with the axle-grease-like mud the guys and gals of HURT are so proud of.

The trails starts just west of Hanalei Bay at the Ke'e Beach.  Essentially the small paved road crosses increasingly smaller one-lane bridges until the road just ends at the beach.  Arriving at 7:30 am to catch the early morning light, I laced up my Montrail Leona Divides, strapped on my Camelbak Rogue, and set out.  Within 50 feet I was slipping and sliding around in the mud, dancing over roots, dodging rocks, desperately trying to stay on my feet.  When I fell within the first half mile, I wondered what I was really getting into.  As luck would have it, I wouldn't fall again until I was almost back to the car.  The muddiest part of the trail is the first two miles on the way to Hanakapi'ai.  On the way you get the first views of the rugged coastline.

The next 4 miles, on the way to Hanakoa Valley, begins with a steep (it's all steep really) 800 foot climb on a switchback trail.  It's still muddy, but now there are palm fronds all over the trail, making hard to see the rocks and roots.  On this section you pass through the small hanging valleys of Ho'olulu and Waiahuakua.  Throughout the whole run you are serenaded by the crashing of large waves on the rocks 1,000-plus feet below and the waterfalls that cascade down the valley walls.

When I finally began the climb out of Hanakoa Valley, the trail was literally swallowed up by orange and yellow lantana flowers and a purple flower I didn't recognize.  I had to walk otherwise runnable sections because I couldn't see the trail, what with the flowers, face-high, blocking my view.  It was quite a treat.  There is also a very narrow section of trail that precipitously skirts the volcanic rock-face.  I met two hikers here, one not wearing shoes.  Oh, well.

After a long descent down the red-clay slopes, I entered the Kalalau Beach area.  Towering over me were the majestic fluted cliffs of the Kalalau Valley, where King Kong and Jurassic Park were filmed.  I ran over to the far end of the beach to take a shower in the waterfall, an idea I got from akabill and Stan Jensen's photos. 

It had taken three and a half hours to go 11 miles.  It would take four more hours to retrace 11 more miles back to the car.  It was worth it all.  The Kalalau Trail is very strenuous.  Most of the hikers I saw were amazed that someone would run in and out on it. (I was amazed anyone would carry 40 pounds on it.)  Most of the day hikers struggled painfully (in inappropriate footwear) on just the first two miles to Hanakapi'ai.  At the end of my run, my Montrails had split in four different areas of the uppers.  It was just time to toss them.  They worked well, but this was their last trail run.

Mahalo to akabill, Stan, Greg, and Bob for their advice and thoughts. 

My pictures can be found at:  http://tinyurl.com/3m9re

Other links--

Stan's and akabill's photos -- http://www.run100s.com/hiphotos/index.htm

2005 H.U.R.T. Trail Series Schedule

The 2005 H.U.R.T. Trail Series schedule has been announced and is available here. Get out your calendar and save these dates! The schedule is also listed under Upcoming Races.

This is a fun series of shorter races that is open to any runner. Races are scheduled about once a month from April through November. Runners can show-up on race morning and register for the race. Each race is $10 per person/race or $50 for the series (6 races).

Please contact the individual race directors if you have any questions. More information will be posted on the individual races later.

Dean Karnazes Transcript from Endurance Radio

Dean K. has been getting lots of press. Those of you who subcribe to the Ultra list have probably read about his upcoming book tour. It seems not all ultra runners are in favor of the press Dean is bringing to the sport or they are just jealous of how he has been able to capitalize on it.

Personally I don't have a problem with it. Here is a link (http://www.enduranceradio.com/transcripts/03-04-05_Dean_Karnazes.htm) to the transcript of an interview Dean did today on Endurance Radio.

Saturday Training 3-05-05

Aloha Athletes !

With Run to the Sun only 3 weeks from Saturday, this will be the last big training week before starting to taper.

Saturday Training 3-05-05 "Manoa+Tantalus x 3"

Meeting time: 5:50 am  Starting time: 6:00 am

Meeting place: Hawaii Nature Center lower parking lot

Training: 10 mile road run, plus 3 Tantalus Rd. loops up to the top of Concrete Rd. and return. Rex and Kat's sister Cheryl have volunteered to drive us down the hill on 2 of the loops, which may give us incentive to do a 4th Tantalus loop? Duration approx. 8 hrs