Click here for a race report from Beverly Anderson-Abbs. Beverly was first woman and third overall finisher in the 2006 H.U.R.T. 100 Mile Endurance run setting a new record for women with a time of 27:28.
If the size of the group that turned out for last Saturday's Run to the Sun training is any indication, this years race may have a large field. Don't delay...get your application in and make your reservations NOW !!
Saturday Training "Run to the Sun Training #2"
Meeting time: 6:05 am
Starting time: 6:15 am "SHARP" (since many do not know the route)
Meeting place: Hawaii Nature Center lower parking lot
Training: An 8.6 mile Manoa back-road loop followed by 2 - 8 mile (each) Tantalus Road/top of Concrete Hill road loops.
Duration: approx. 5 1/2 hours (ave.)
Bring: a flashlight, just in case you need one at the start.
The 2006 H.U.R.T. Trail Series schedule has been announced. These are fun, low key runs with a variety of distances. They make a great way for new trail runners to experience the trails and for experienced trail runners to judge their fitness and speed against others.
The first race is in April and they continue monthly through October. Just show up the morning of the race (at least 30 minutes before the start) as there are no applications or early sign-ups.
Click here or look at the right side under Upcoming Races for the complete schedule.
To use a "huffism", the HURT 100 VI was phenomenal. I cannot give enough gratitude to the race directorate, the multitude of volunteers, and the HURT gang that helped me accomplish such a monumental goal. It just doesn't get any better than that! My race report follows, for those who might be intersted. Huge Mahalo to all!
Hawaiian Tales of Courage Hawaiian History is filled with a multitude of tales of courage. These are stories that make you proud to be Hawaiian, touch you deeply, and do so even if you are only Hawaiian at heart. At all 6 of the HURT 100 Mile Trail Endurance Runs, there to have been stories of courage. A few of the local runners deserve mention for exceptional courage this year.
Anyone that has finished the HURT 100 has my sincere admiration. For some of our courageous local 2006 finishers like 5 timer Ben Cavazos and multi-finishers Bob Murphy, Steve Dewald and Ed Bugarin, the course may need to be toughened-up for 2007 to make it more challenging. These guys made something very difficult, look very easy. But for Hawaii's first overall finisher Marian Yasuda, things haven't been easy. We'll leave it to say that Marian has had a very challenging year or so, with health issues, and her performance at this year's HURT 100 totally amazed me. Seeing Marian's face turn to tears, immediately after crossing the finish line, is something I will always remember and cherish.
My close friend and training partner, 58 year-old Cheryl Loomis, the other courageous female Hawaii finisher in 2006, was a woman possessed, on the way to being only the 3rd local woman finisher in 6 years. Cheryl admitted that her feet weren't touching the ground as she blazed the last few miles to the finish. She made all of us so proud !
Two local men who moved up from 100k finishes last year to finish the 100 mile were Ricky DeShaw and Brian Wilson. You will be seeing a lot of these two young ultrarunners in the future. In March 2005, Gordon Lau joined the Saturday Training group. Up to that time, the longest run that Gordon had done was 15 miles or so. Granted, Gordon was in good shape from hiking and pig hunting, but was a long way from doing the tough HURT 100. He came out for every training run, did everything that was thrown at him (and more), listened and learned from more experienced runners and finished his first 100 miler. Friends, that takes courage !
Congratulations to all the courageous 2006 HURT 100 Mile finishers ! Don Fallis
With just over 2 months before the 2006 Haleakala Run to the Sun, and with reports that this may in fact be the last year (gasp) for this great event, I'd suggest getting your application in now and start making your travel arrangements. If you feel that you won't be ready to do the race solo, a 3 person relay is a lot of fun, and if you need help putting a team together, please let me know an we'll try to help.
Saturday Training 1-28-06 "Manoa/Tantalus Road"
Meeting time: 6:20 am
Starting time: 6:30 am
Meeting place: Hawaii Nature Center Lower Parking lot
Training: a 10 mile Manoa road loop, followed by 1 or more trips up Tantalus Rd. to the top of Concrete Rd. Return via road or trail.
RUN TO THE SUN SNOWSHOES REQUIRED
For those of you getting ready for the 26th Run To The Sun better prepare for snow! We woke up this morning seeing the summit all covered in snow. It will be gone in a few hours but never the less be prepared for ALL types of conditions. Looking forward seeing you all on Maui. Let me know if any are coming over to train. Also new this year Maui police are requiring us to have reflective vests till daylight hours. Just mark your vests and leave them at an aidstation and we will get them back to you.
Aloha Bram ( Race director RTTS)
Congrats to everybody on a great HURT 100 race, both to runners, vol's, etc.
Jeff Huff and I were discussing a possible training weekend on Maui after the Run to the Sun. Because Jeff is looking into Hardrock, we were thinking of trying to get some altitude training in near the summit. I'm going to write the Nat'l Park and see about the availabiltiy of one of the crater cabins for Saturday night. If not available, were talking about just camping out in tents. Basically, the idea is to take it easy on the actual race, and then spend the next day doing repeats of some sorts up sliding sands or running inside the crater. We'd probably catch the last flight out on Sunday evening.
If interestested in being in a cabin if we get one, just post a comment on on this post. If you've never stayed in one of the cabins, well, they are pretty sweet. They even stock them with wood to make a fire.
Little known is the efforts of a few very very tired friends, who stuck around right after the race, and then came to the Nature Center the morning after, to deal with the aftermath of the mess we created there. I'm talking about Mike and Patricia, Joel and Stephanie, and the Huffer, who swept, mopped and cleaned the NC, helped load our U-haul to send home the NC aid station gear. If that was not enough, the next morning they hosed down the rest of the area, and dealt with the enormous task of handling U-haul contents from Nuuanu that we inherited. Trish single handily washed and scrubbed about 9 coolers, while, the rest sorted through the gear to toss and inventory, then drove the U-haul to a storage facility to pack it all for the time being, into a storage locker (to be dealt with later this month). I hear Joel was the master mind for systematically organizing the contents into the locker, leaving not even a square inch of space afterwards.
There are so many stories of unselfish contribution of time and effort to this race- thanks a million to everybody!!!!
As we sit licking our wounds from HURT VI, just want to let interested HURT runners know that there will be early registration for the 34th Honolulu Marathon in December.
Hawaii residents and active-duty military stationed in Hawaii can get a $15.00 entry fee between this Saturday, 21 January and Sunday 29 January, 2006. Entry forms were mailed to last year's finishers, but new runners may also take advantage of this offer. This is truly a great deal!
Walk-in registration can be done at Niketown in Waikiki (applications are available there) , starting this Saturday from 10AM to 6PM.
I have some video clips that were taken during the race. Some show parts of the trail and aid stations and others are interviews with either runners or pacers. These were shot with a Treo--basically a phone, so the quality is not professional but they are still fun to view.
Click here for the link. You will need Quicktime to view them.