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Running a 100 Miler in Canada

Running a 100 Miler at 64 in Canada (long version)

It was interesting to see the looks of pity that I received as I limped thru the door of the Toronto airport. "Poor crippled old man" was written all over their faces. Little did they know that this "poor crippled old man" had just completed a 100 mile run less than 20 hours before. They couldn't see the pride that consumed me for the grimaced look on my face, from carrying 2 big bags and pulling a big suitcase. But, believe me, the pride was there in full force. It had been my best 100 miler to date, with a PR of 28:00:11. It all started with the joy of running the first 12.5 mile loop with runners totally out-of-my-league, including my wonderful friend, "the ultimate super chick", Monica Scholz.  It was so much fun, as I felt great and was running easy through the cool, early morning, crossing bridges over streams that seemed larger than two years ago when I did the race. Recent heavy rains were probably the cause. The conditions were perfect ! I commented to one of the guys that I was running with that "I shouldn't be up here with you guys and I'm going to pay for it later". But I didn't care...it was just too much fun ! As the day heated-up, many of the local Canadian runners were complaining about the heat, which I felt was not a problem. It was nothing like what we experience in Hawaii. Running shirtless, I never felt overheated. The heat must have been real for many, as I'd never seen so many runners vomiting in a 100 miler. Following Monica's advice, to stay on the cool side,I continued run shirtless through most of the night, amid many comments of "aren't you cold?" One thing for sure, you really keep moving when you're freezing ! Brrrrr ! I had planned to put on my long-sleeve Patagonia HURT shirt at one point in the early morning, but due to my brain-dead condition, accidentally ran off without it. It was a very chilly loop. The Sulphur Springs Trail Races are big deal for the folks in and around the beautiful, small town of Ancaster.  There are lots of other races of different distances going on, with many volunteers, including friends and families. It's a trip to come back after finishing a loop to people cheering you on and with loud music (sometimes a band) playing. This particular 100 mile race was very different for me, as it was my first experience without my loyal pacer, Vernon Char. During the night I spent almost all the time alone, which I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed.  The sights, sounds and smells of the night are really something special to experience. The area has quite a number of deer and I also spotted a cute fox (sorry...animal type) and a squirrel. True to my prediction, there was a time that I paid dearly for going out way too fast on the first loop. Strangely enough, it came early, on the 3rd loop. The only stupid mistake I made, other than going out too fast, (and not putting a shirt on) was not cleaning rocks out of my shoes. My feet paid dearly. The course is very different from what we are used to in Hawaii, (especially the HURT 100 course). The roots and rocks that we are used to are replaced primarily with smooth dirt  that you can actually stand upright and run on. Imagine that ! It was special race for me, as generally all 100 milers are. As I was leaving Monica's, we hugged, and she whispered in my ear "I'm proud of you". Her words will remain special to me forever !             Don Fallis                            

Murphy Farewell Begins

Murphy_farewell_runAs many of you know, Bob Murphy is moving to the mainland. This past Saturday, the first of many farewell runs for Bob was organized. Karen (aka: SoccerMom), Barbi, Jen, and Kim joined Bob for a loop around the Mango Madness route. As you can see by the photo, Bob was in heaven! Four beautiful women, two of which, were trail virgins! I was only allowed to join them as the official photographer. (click photo to enlarge it)

Volcano 10 mile


My name is Jakob. My dad is Steve. I am 8 years old. I have run the trail series this year and other

races too. I want to run the 10 mile at the volcano. My mom and brothers are running 5 but I want to go

farther. My dad says he will run with me but I want him to do the marathon like he always does.

If anybody wants to run with me let me know. I can run kinda quick.

Thank You,


Mango Madness June 3rd!!

Don't forget the Mango Madness Trail Series race is one week from Saturday on June 3rd. This race is billed as a 10+ mile run. It's really easier than that since the last 5 miles are all down hill!

The race starts at 7:00 a.m. Entry fee is just $10! Show up by 6:30 a.m. to register.

We're in a residential neighborhood and parking is limited, so please be quiet. The race starts and ends at the corner of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive in the park by the water pumping station. This is just down the road from the Nature Center. Click here for a map.

2005 Race Results can be seen here.

If you need more information, contact either Pete Martinez (538-7080) [email protected] or Kat Tagaca (956-3193) [email protected].

Bob Murphy Moving Away Potluck

Murphy As many of you know, multi H.U.R.T. 100 finisher, WS 100 Finisher, and trail runner raconteur, Bob Murphy, is moving to the mainland. We are planning a special moving away potluck for June 3 at 9:15 a.m..

This potluck will take place at the park on the corner of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive (Baker Park Click for map). This is the park by the water pumping station on the way up to the Nature Center.

Please bring something to share as it is a potluck. I know Bob is looking forward to seeing all his friends before he leaves.

Please contact either Cheryl Loomis ( [email protected] ) or Bob McAllaster ( [email protected] ) if you have any questions.

Just Off To Run a 100 Miles

Ss While many of us are getting ready for a nice three day weekend coming up with the Memorial Day Holiday, someone we all know is off  to run a 100 mile race!

I want to wish Don Fallis luck, success, strong legs, and best wishes as he heads out to Canada to run the Sulfur Springs 100 Mile Trail Race. Those of us who have talked with Don recently know he has been putting in some long miles in preparation for this race. What you may not know is that he decided to do this race just a few short weeks ago.

This race is in Monica Scholz's backyard so to speak and she talked Don into motivating himself to send in his application, make the travel plans, and get to the race. Don completed this race (with HURTpal Leon Draxler) back in 2004. We all look forward to hearing about the race.

Get Out and Run!, Aloha, Bob

Unreal ultra....PADDLING Pics!

Aloha everybody,

I know this ain't running, but this past weekend, my friend Ken, at the age of 60 years young, completed a life dream by paddling solo across the Ka'iwi Channel.  After six and a half hours, unending 15 foot seas and having a big tiger shark cruise his kayak, he pushed beyond his physical limits and finished at Hawaii kai into a 25 mph headwind.  Unreal inspiring, just like the stuff that goes on at HURT and other ultras.  John and PJ had a chance to meet this remarkable guy 3 hours after he finished.    You'll probably see him around, hopefully pacing me at HURT, as I was his water drop guy in the middle of the channel.  I figure him going for a few hours in a rainstorm in the middle of the night with me is commensurable with me jumping in 2000ft of water after seeing some big sharks on Sunday!  Everybody at HURT is super proud of what you did, Ken!

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Saturday Training 5-27-06

Aloha Athletes !

Thanks to the nice invitation by Gordon Lau to lead us around the area, we will be returning to the Kaahele/Waimano Home Rd. trails. Start your Memorial Day weekend off right, by joining us !

Saturday Training 5-27-06  "Kaahele/Waimano Home Rd."

Meeting time: 5:50 am

Starting time: 6:00 am

Meeting place: The very top (mauka) of Kaahele St.  Drive up the hill as far as you can go and park. Please be quiet as this is a nice, quiet, residential neighborhood.

Training: Out (to anywhere Gordon leads you) and back. Please pay close attention to Gordon's instructions, so you don't get lost.

Distance and duration: Up to you, but plan to be out 4-5 hours.

Bring: Plenty of water. However, Gordon will have stash on the Waimano side.

Have fun ! Don

Recovery Tips from Scott Dunlap

I found this information on post-race recovery at Scott Dunlap's blog to be pretty interesting. Scott recently completed Miwok and offered up some good tips on his blog that work for him. Check it out here! What do you do for recovery? Click on Comments to let us know!

Barbi and I were out on the trails late yesterday--did the route for the June 3rd "Mango Madness" H.U.R.T. Trail Series race. We found the trails to be in pretty good shape. There was mud where you expect it (Nahuhina) and dry trails in other places. Also a few trees across the trails. I had heard talk about how bad Center trail was after all the heavy rains. Personally I didn't think it was that bad. Looked like some efforts had been made to fill in some of the deeper ruts with large rocks.

Get out there and run! Aloha, Bob

American Disabilities Act - Trail Head Compliance

Aloha Runners,

Just a few quick notes...

A.  Beginning May 22, 2006 the Kanealole and Maunalaha trailhead access will be closed.  Construction work for ADA compliance will be ongoing for a minimum of 4-5 months (weather permitting). 

This means:

     1.  The small concrete bridge (HURT 100 Start) will be closed off for renovation.

     2.  Old restrooms will be closed for renovation and installation of a new leaching field.  Handicap parking will be constructed.  Some of the large trees near the restrooms will be removed.

     3.  Runners/hikers can access the trail through the bamboo thicket just below and to the right of the new Nature Center building.  Aaron has already cut a new trail and signs will be posted.  Be prepared to cross the stream.

     4.  Porta-potties will be available in the lower parking area.

If the bridge and restrooms are not reopened we may have to make some modifications to the Start/Finish for HURT VII.  The new Nature Center structure now has electrical power, but NC will not be able to get a C.O. (Certificate of Occupancy) from the City until the ADA work has been completed and accepted.  Their staff is requesting a temporary C.O.


B.  DLNR and the Manoa community will hold a meeting on 18 May to discuss increasing pig hunting days and NIGHTS on the Makiki trail system.  As a side note, total reported pig catch for April totaled 20 animals.  One hunter caught 9 pigs.  Biggest pigs trapped were in Foster Village and Manoa (135# each!).


C.  Aaron Lowe of DLNR has lost his assistant Jason Misaki to the Oahu Wildlife program.  At this time, only Aaron and a small prisoner workforce maintain the entire trail system for Oahu - quite a task!  When you see him out there, please stop and say "Mahalo."  Your volunteer assistance would be greatly appreciated.

A hui ho!


"Run with a View" Results and Photos

I've posted the results for this past Saturday's "Run with a View." As Don said in his previous post, we had some speedsters out there. Hey, who put all that water on the course?? It wasn't out there on Wednesday when I ran a couple of loops. Click here for the results.

Kat has also posted the photo's that Rex was taking. Click here to see them. All albums are also available by scrolling down the right side of this site under Photo Albums. Thanks Kat & Rex!!

Also, very late, (I apologize), click here for the results from the "Top of Tantalus" run in April.

Finally, the next trail series race is just three weeks away on June 3rd. It is Mango Madness. Put this on your calendar and watch for more details as we get closer.

Aloha and good training!, Bob