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Saturday Training/Tantalus Trek

This Saturday (9/3/05) is the Tantalus Trek (10 miles) and Triple Trek (50K) race. Start time for the 50K racers is at 5:30 a.m. and the 10 mile Trek race starts at 7:00 a.m.

Racers, don't forget to pick up your packet at the Running Room (on Kapahulu) either 8/31, 9/1, or 9/2 between 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Please arrive early to check-in and receive your timing chip.

Parking will be extremely limited so arrive early and/or plan on parking down the street from the Nature Center.

Good luck to all the racers! The trails are in excellent shape thanks to Aaron (DLNR) and his crew plus the H.U.R.T. volunteers. We should see some fast times!

Aloha, Bob

Saturday Training 8-27-05

Aloha Athletes !

Last Sunday's Bob McAllaster's 47th Birthday Run, followed by a surprise birthday party at Cheryl's house was really fun ! Thanks to eeveryone who came and ran different portions of the run and special thanks to Rex for some great grinds and to John and PJ for bringing drinks. Also, special thanks to Barbi for putting on a great birthday party for Bob (and all of us) !

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Volunteers needed for Makiki Wai


This Saturday, 27 August, Na Ala Hele is seeking volunteers to come out and help on a project called the Makiki Watershed Awareness Initiative or commonly known as Makiki WAI ("WAI" is Hawaiian for water).

What to expect:  The new Makiki Aboretum Trail will be the focus of work.  It will connect the lower parking area and NC - plans are to eventually close the road to foot traffic.  Volunteers will install recycled plastic cribbing and help improve the trail.  Families are welcome, but young children must be well supervised.

When/Where:  Saturday, 27 August from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Meet at the Makiki Forestry Baseyard.  Volunteers may park in the small lot behind the restrooms.  Gate will be unlocked - please  be sure to put the chain back onto the post after passing through.

Bring:  Long shirt, pants, bug juice, water, lunch and shoes.

Hope some of you can come out to help!


Mike Garcia

Much Improved Manoa Cliffs Trail

Mahalo to all of you who took the time to come out and work this past Saturday!  As a result of your efforts, the armpit high trenches on Manoa Cliffs Trail are history.  Am certain that runners and hikers alike will enjoy the now gentle trail.

We have more work to do in the future and I will keep you posted.  Again, a heartfelt
Mahalo for giving back to the trail system!




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Birthday Run Thanks!

I just want to thank everyone who came out to support and run in Sunday's training run. It was a beautiful day on the trails and lots of runners (See below for the some of the names) took advantage to get out on the trails. First, thanks to Don Fallis and Cheryl Loomis (and their spouses) for letting them switch their training day to Sunday. They accompanied me on this entire journey and were real strong all the way to the finish.

Thanks to Rex and Kat and John and PJ for supply refreshingly cool drinks and food along the way!

A big mahalo goes to my wife Barbi and family for making the finish extra special with a great feast for the finish!!

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Mahalo to the Sat. 8/20 Trail Workers

Hopefully Mike Garcia will be posting some information and perhaps even some photos from this past Saturday's work day. (??)

However, I just want to say thank you for the work that was done!! I have heard around 12 people showed up to do some hard work on an eroded section of the Manoa Cliffs Trail and yesterday I was able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The trail was almost unrecognizable, it was improved so much. One runner was even heard saying "is this the same trail?" With all this new trail work, watch for record times at the upcoming Tantalus Trek and Triple Trek.

Thanks for coordinating this Mike!! Thanks to Arron and DLNR for their support as well.

Aloha, Bob

Maunawili Out & Back Results and Photos

My apologies for the late posting (I was on vacation), however I have posted the results from the August 13, Maunawili Out & Back, 22 mile race. Click here for the results.

Kat Tagaca has also posted the photos that Rex Vlcek was taking during the race. Click here or look under Photo Albums on the right side of the site. Each photo can be enlarged by clicking on it.

Don't forget to put the next trail series race on your calendar, the Hogsback 12 hour race is October 15th.

Aloha, Bob

Sunday Training 8-21-05

Aloha Athletes !

Last Saturday's "Maunawili Out & Back 22 Mile & Relay" trail race was too much fun !  Big John's "Dipsea" staggered start handicap method gave head-starts to runners based on age and gender, and made the race very competitive for all. Thanks to everyone, especially Vanessa and Jeff Huff, and PJ and John Salmonson.

*Sunday Training 8-21-05 Bob McAllaster's 47th B-Day 47 Mile Run

Meeting time: 5:50 am

Starting time: 6:00 am

Meeting place: Cheryl's house 1291 Aulepe St., Kailua (Enchanted Lake)

    for directions: call Cheryl @ 277-4960

Training: From Cheryl's we take the road to the Waimanalo end of Maunawili Trail, then up the trail to Pali Lookout, where Rex will be graciously providing aid. From there we go down Pali Hwy./Old Pali Rd. to Jackass Ginger and then we will take the trail over to the Nature Center, where we will re-stock with water before the return leg back to Cheryl's. Remember, you can do all or ANY part. We would love to have you join us. Cheryl will have cold beer on tap atthe finish !

Distance/Duration: approx. 47 miles/approx. 14 hours


Saturday 8/20 Work Day and Sunday 8/21 Bob's Birthday Run

This coming weekend you have two opportunities to get out on the trails.

First, on Saturday, August 20, Mike Garcia is coordinating a trail work day. Mike has posted previously on this (click here to read his original post), however the general plan is to meet at the Hawaii Nature Center at 8:00 a.m.

The work crew will be fixing part of the Manoa Cliffs Trail, a rocky and rutted section just in time for Triple Trek.

Please contact Mike ( mygarcia1@verizon.net ) so knows how many to expect and if you have any questions.

Second, my birthday run is Sunday, August 21 and you are invited to join in for a run from Waimanalo to the Hawaii Nature Center and back. We are looking to run 47 miles (one for each year), however, please feel free to join us at anytime along the way for any distance. This is part of our Plain 100 training.

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Maunawili Out and Back: Congratulations to all the runners

Congratulations to all the runners from today's Maunawili out and back race. The trail was in excellent shape, very runnable, and fast.  The weather was hot and humid and I know several runners finished the race a bit dehydrated while others ran with cramps. Don't forget to pack those electrolytes and drink plenty of water during these hot summer days.

Thanks to Jeff Huff who put on quite a race with help from John Salmonson on a fun starting format based upon age. It made for an overall great event! Special thanks goes out to all those who helped out as well, especially Vanessa Huff and PJ Salmonson.

Watch for race results and photos to be posted later this week.

Aloha, Bob