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Saturday Training 11-5-05

Aloha Athletes !

Yikes, November is here. No more foolin' around...no more excuses...no more slackin'...it's time to start some serious HURT 100 training !

Saturday Training 11-5-05 "Paradise to Jackass Repeats"

Meeting time: 5:50 am

Starting time: 6:00 am

Meeting place: Mauka end of Manoa Rd., just before it narrows as it goes back to Paradise Park. Please be quiet, as this is a residential neighborhood.

Training: Paradise to Jackass repeats (3)

Distance: 11+ miles per loop./approx. 34+ miles total

Duration: 3 1/3 to 4 hours per loop ave./11-12 hours total

Bring: Water, sports drink, trail food, electrolytes, flashlight/headlight, rainbreaker, etc.

Stash: there will be a stash at Jackass at the usual spot, consisting of water, Gatorade, chips and cookies. Thanks to Dr. Bill Osheroff and Bob McAllaster for providing the stash for last Friday nights training run.

Aloha !


Night Training Report

This past Friday evening several of us met for a night training run on the H.U.R.T. 100 course. I should have known it was going to be one of those nights when I called Cheryl as I was leaving Kailua and she told me it was already raining pretty hard in Manoa.

It was a good sized group that included, Joel and Steph, Bill, Paul, Don, Cheryl, Bozo, Gordon B., Bob Murphy, Gordon L., Mike, and speedy Matt S. on his road bike. Ben and a buddy were also out for a night training run.

The trails were definitely wet and muddy. Mike said it had rained several inches over the past week up in Manoa. The roots at Pahoa Flats were full of water like small lakes.

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LED Lights

Don asked me to post this e-mail to the blog about LED lights.

The latest Lowe's Home Improvement advertisement has a couple of interesting looking LED lights. One is a 1-watt handheld for $19.97 and they also have a 1-watt headlamp if anyone is interested for the same cost. These might be a good choice for budget-minded runners, though they'll need to go out to the Lowe's at Waikele to get them.

This next part was a joke.

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Friday Night Training 10-28-05

Aloha Athletes !

This Friday night is the perfect opportunity for you to practice your night trail running and/or to try out that new LED light that you bought for the HURT 100. If you haven't bought your light yet, you can see various LED lights in action, to better make your selection.

Friday Night Training 10-28-05 "HURT LOOP+ (*starting from Paradise)"

Meeting time: 5:20 PM

Starting time: 5:30 PM

Meeting place:*the mauka end of Manoa Rd. (before the road narrows as you head back to Paradise Park). Park on the street and please be sure to be quiet, when you return, as this is a residential neighborhood.

Training: One HURT loop plus a second HURT loop (or any variation, such as a Paradise to Jackass and return, etc.) "as much as you feel like".

Duration: 5-7 hours (ave.) for the one HURT loop + any additional trail time.

Bring: Everything that you need for the duration (unless you let us know you are coming so we can drop water and Gatorade for you) including flashlight (or headlight), rainbreaker, trail food, water, sports drink, electrolytes, etc.

See ya there...it should be fun !!


Xterra Results and Wet Trails!

Steve Dewald and Hurtpal Wendy Minor completed their double (Ironman + Xterra) this past weekend by participating in the Xterra World Championships on Maui. This race consists of a 1500 meter swim, a 30K mountain bike and a 10K trail run.

Steve had a time of 4:05. Wendy got special mention in the race report:

"Wendy Minor became the "oldest" woman to do the Hawaiian Airlines Double, finishing Ironman in 13:50:17 and XTERRA today in 5:06:43 for a combined 18:57:00." Wow, way to go Wendy!!

H.U.R.T. 100 participant, Willie Stewart also completed the race with a time of 3:57.

There were several other Hawaii participants. Check out the results at this link. Congratulations to all the competitors!!!

This past Saturday, several H.U.R.T. runners were out on the loop. We were all surprised to see Nick Kaiser out doing a "recovery" run after competing in the Ironman just the week before. This guy is amazing!!

It was muddy and sloppy on the trails. This didn't slow down the speedsters much. I heard from Paul Sibley that he and Ed Bugarin ran the loop in about 4:35. With all the rain over the last day or so, conditions will not be drying out anytime soon.

Happy training! Aloha, Bob

Na Ala Hele Trail Advisory Council Report


Here is some interesting info from this month's Trail Advisory Council meeting:

     1.  Completion of the new Hawaii Nature Center building will be delayed until sometime next year.  The contractor has yet to solve a drainage problem with the building.

     2.  Sierra club volunteers will continue to work until October 23rd on Manoa Falls trail improvements. Their work consists primarily of spreading gravel on the existing trail.  To date, it is estimated that almost 100 tons of gravel have been distributed.

     3.  Work continues on the new Makiki Aboretum trail linking the lower parking area with Nature Center.  Remember, that when complete, we will be asked to use this new section in lieu of the road.  This is a safety issue, so please kokua and give trail runners a good image.

     4.  DLNR will issue a 6 month permit on a trial basis for licensed tour operators to use Puu Ohia and part of Manoa Cliffs trail.  Tours will enter the trails at Kalawahine near Concrete road, and turn around at Paoa Flats lookout.  The group will then return via Paoa Flats trail to the trex sign, follow Manoa Cliffs to Puu Ohia, and exit to the paved parking area near the top of Tantalus.

     Group size is limited to 12 including the tour operator. Permitees are allowed on this section no more than twice daily Monday through Friday only.

     Manoa Falls is the only other authorized area for tour operations.  If you see what appears to be an organized tour group on the trails in other areas or on weekends, please note as much info as possible (lic.#, name of tour, # hikers in group, etc.) and let Aaron Lowe @ DLNR know.

     5.  Again, a hearfelt "Mahalo" to all of you who took the time  to come out and work on the Manoa Cliffs trail in August!

     Aaron Lowe had only great things to say to the Council about HURT's efforts.  He looks forward to working with HURT runners again very soon.  Currently, am in the process of becoming certified to take our volunteers out for repair work without DLNR's supervision.

     We will try for one more work session this year or early January '06 in preparation for HURT VI - stay tuned!

Mike Garcia


Are You Interested in the H.U.R.T. Mystery Run?

We are trying to gauge the interest for the 2005 H.U.R.T. Mystery Run scheduled for November 25, 2005.

This race was held for the first time in 2004 and for most participants, was a blast. The race started about 7:00 p.m. on a dark night at the Hawaii Nature Center. Mike Muench outwitted and out sprinted approximately 25 other participants with a winning time of about three and a half hours. I know some of us were out past 2:00 a.m.

Last years race required an essay by each participant describing their worthiness to participate. I've been told a decision has not been made regarding entrance requirements for this year...however, if the race takes place--worthiness probably will be an entrance requirement.

If you are seriously interested, and think you might possess what it takes to participate, please send an e-mail to hurtpals@aol.com or call John at 566-6543 to let him know you are interested in the race.

Again, this is not the time to plead your case, he just wants to know how many people are interested in the race. Entrance requirements and other information will be made available later.

Aloha, Bob

Saturday Training 10-22-05

Aloha Athletes !

Although most everyone who plans to enter the HURT Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run on January 14-15, 2006 has already begun training in earnest, this Saturday's Training run will start training specifically for next January's race. We will be doing a lot of HURT loops and variations of the HURT 100 race course. Even if your plans only involve pacing, it would be an excellent idea to come out and join us, from time to time, and especially for the limited night training runs.

Saturday Training "HURT Loop"

Meeting time: 5:50 am

Starting time: 6:00 am

Meeting place: Hawaii Nature Center lower parking lot

Training: 1 HURT loop

Distance: 20 miles

Duration: 5-7 hours

Bring:*Enough water bottles or Camelbak to get you thru each of the 3 water stashes (approx. 7 miles apart) and bring trail food for the duration. *PLEASE e-mail me at expo@hawaii.rr.com to let us know you will be there so we can stash water and Gatorade for you.


More Ironman Results

Aloha Athletes !

Great athlete and Hurtpal Darin Mingo almost was able to sneak by all the fanfare and complete the Kona Ironman unnoticed by all his friends at HURT. This may have been because Darin was slightly ahead of all the other HURT runners and posted the great finishing time of 11:21:08 !! Congratulations on an outstanding performance, Darin ! After a quick trip to the NYC Marathon in early November, Darin will be re-joining us on the trails and may available as a pacer for the upcoming HURT 100.


H.U.R.T. 12-Hour Results

This past weekend saw 19 participants toe-the-line for the annual H.U.R.T. 12-hour run. Conditions seemed ideal with a nice sunny day and good breeze, however the trail was really wet and muddy in spots. Some of us begged off with other commitments, while others persevered the full 12 hours. Click here for the results.

Congratulations to the winner's! Thanks to all the runners who participated!

Men's Top Three

1 Arturs Privdanovs 42.5
2 Gordon Lau 40.0
3 Ben Cavasos


Women's Top Three

1 Reina Jenkins 30.0
1 Cat Moore 30.0
3 Jerri Rouse


Aloha, Bob

Ironman Results!

H.U.R.T. runners did great at Saturday's Ironman. Congratulations to each of them!!!

Nick Kaiser:

Swim 1:19 Bike 5:53:34 Run: 3:58.43 Overall 11:27:23 Finsih Position 1097

Steve Dewald

Swim 1:12:09 Bike: 5:57:34 Run 4:36:07 Overall 11:57 Finish Position 1254

Gil Loomis

Swim 1:19:46 Bike: 6:42:25 Run: 4:36:32 Overall 13:01 Finish Position 1427

Wendy Minor

Swim: 1:20:52 Bike 6:46:23 Run 5:31:24 Overall 13:50:17 Finish Position 1521