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Best wishes for a great 2007!!!

Lot's of HURT runners out today getting in one more 20 mile run. It was a beautiful day out on the trails.
Putting in their miles were Gordon, Jeff, Mauricio, Steve, Artur, Dave, Rex, Kat, Barbi, Bozo, Richard and Bill.
Aloha, Bob

2007 HURT 100 Entrants List with Bib Numbers (Updated)

A minor update (One slot changed) to the previously announced bib number list of entrants. Click here to see the latest entrant list with bib numbers.

A small trails update for our mainland friends. I did repeats on the lower loop yesterday and the trail was nice and dry. I had good running conditions, not too humid and a nice breeze going up Hogsback.

It rained pretty steady last night and has been raining off and on today with lots of wind. Overall, the trails are in pretty good shape though this can change quickly depending on the weather.

For those interested in large waves, the N. shore is getting hit by large stormy swells that are projected to continue into the New Year. The swell projected to hit Jan. 1 and 2 is supposed to be huge, the largest this winter so far, maybe in the 25 - 30 foot range.

Aloha, Bob

Happy Holidays and Some Christmas Questions

ChristmastreeMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays

We wish you a peaceful, safe, and restful time.

Here is something I found off another site. Jessica Deline has a blog here and is also the Race Director for a new race is S. California, the Twin Peaks Ultra 50/50. You can see her answers here.

Egg nog or hot chocolate? Egg nog (light with a little rum or brandy)
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? A little of both.
Colored lights on tree/house or white? I prefer colored but have some white lights outside.
Do you hang mistletoe? No, don't know where to buy any.
When do you put your decorations up? This year they were late-outside ones 9:00 at night.
What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Almost everything. Training for HURT, I am always hungry.
Favorite holiday memory as a child? Waking up early to see what Santa brought.
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What do you mean, the truth?
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?  We're a blended family and two different traditions, Christmas eve and Christmas morning. So, yes at least one on Christmas eve.
How do you decorate your Christmas tree?  Lights, and special ornaments we've gotten over the years. Some homemade.
Snow! Love it or dread it?  I like the snow for playing in, not for living/driving in everyday--obviously, that's one reason I live in Hawaii.
Can you ice skate? Yes, I grew up in Michigan. Skated on frozen ponds and lakes building strong ankles for trail running!
Do you remember your favorite gift? Can't think of any one particular.
What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? I try to take time out to remember why we celebrate Christmas and to have good quality family time.
What is your favorite holiday dessert? Cookies and homemade pie
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Baking cookies, making chex mix for friends, going to look at decorations around town.
What tops your tree? A star
Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Giving
What is your favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night by Willie K. (Heard it live by him last Sunday evening.)
Candy canes? Yes
Favorite Christmas movie? White Christmas
What do you leave for Santa? Cookies and milk

Your turn! Thanks Jessica!

Aloha, Bob

Important H.U.R.T. 100 Update

Important H.U.R.T. VII 100 Update

We have had several informational inquiries about this year’s race. Below are some of the answers that we have been sharing with runners about this year’s event.

Runners have asked whether or not there were going to be any impromptu aid stations at H.U.R.T. this year. For those who ran last year there were two such places on the course; Pauoa Flats and the Grassy Knoll at Nuuanu. After considerable deliberation it has been decided that there will continue to be only three official aid stations for runners to get aid from. The aid stations are the same as those listed in the runners handbook and they are; Nature Center, Paradise Park, and Jackass Ginger (Nuuanu). Race management, in an effort to assure that all competitors have equal access to the same aid station supplies and to promote an evenly contested event, thereby prohibits accepting aid at any point on the course that is not designated as an aid station. Such places include but are not limited to Pauoa Flats, Nuuanu Grassy Knoll and any road crossing. As stated in the handbook, runners found to be accepting aid at non designated aid station will be disqualified from the event. Also please remember that stashing of supplies along the course is prohibited.

Course maps and driving maps are available in the handbook. It is advisable that each contestant print out the maps for their use. A limited amount of maps will be made available at the pre race brief. Despite race management’s efforts to provide you with a well marked course, course maps are highly recommended as marking tape has been known to disappear during events. Competitors would also be wise to only seek directions from those associated with the race.

Drop bags will not be accepted at the pre race brief. Please bring them with you on the morning of the event.

The final entrant log is being compiled. Once complete race bib numbers will be assigned and posted to the H.U.R.T. blog.

An after run banquet is being planned for the Willows Restaurant on January 15, 2007. This is a non hosted optional event which is not included in your entry fee. More details will be forthcoming on the Blog as a head count is needed.

Post 50 Mile Report

I counted 21 people out training for HURT yesterday and I might even be forgetting one or two. It was a great day on the trails with cooler temps, lower humidity (I was still soaked), strong breezes on the ridges, and relatively dry trails. We had a few passing showers and it wasn't till I had cleaned up and was sitting in my truck that it really dumped some rain.

Here's the list: Kevin and Don from the mainland, plus HURT runners, Cheryl, Rex, Gil, Steve, Birthday boy Paul, Ernest, Fish, Bozo, Richard, Bill, Mike, Harald, Dave, Steph, Joel,. Gordon, Jeff, and Maurice (sp?) plus myself. Thanks to Kat for providing some great aide at three different times and to everyone else who had brought water and other aide.

For many of us, this was a final big tune-up for the HURT 100 just 27 days away. The key thing between now and race day is to stay healthy. A couple of people I know were still feeling the aftermath of the marathon last week. As I was telling people yesterday, these long runs are really just opportunities to stress our immune systems, or our endocrine system to prepare it for the stress on race day. Of course some folks probably had some stress on other parts of their bodies after 50 miles as well. I know of at least two of us who woke up with big appetites and were off early to breakfast.

Stay healthy, keep fit, and focus on your goal. Race day will be here soon.

Aloha, Bob

2007 HURT 100--Latest Update


Thank you all. Over the last couple weeks we have received an incredible amount of applications for the 2007 edition of the H.U.R.T. 100. It has been 7 years in the making, but we are proud to announce that this year's event has filled to capacity. As such, we are no longer accepting applications since all 100 bib numbers have been accounted for. It appears that the
H.U.R.T. 100 has finally come of age in the eyes of the ultrarunning community. On behalf of the H.U.R.T. 100 we thank you all for the continued interest and belief in our event. For those of you who have missed out on the opportunity to run with arguably one of H.U.R.T.'s deepest fields we encourage you to enter the 2008 edition of the event (application available in June 07). Remember we have no lottery, nor do we have any rigid entry guidelines. The only requirement for you the runner is to "give a little Aloha, and to get a little Aloha."

Mahalo for the continued support. We will be posting an updated list in a few days.

Much Aloha


HURT 100 Trail Marking

Aloha Athletes !

Thanks for the response thus far. However, like the Marines, we still need a few good men (and women) for trail marking on Friday morning January 12 and un-marking on Monday January 15, 2007. No experience necessay, and it will give you a new perspective of the HURT 100 course, not to mention the fact that it's fun. Since I will be off island until January 1, 2007, please contact PJ Salmonson at 235-0577 or e-mail her at hurtpals@aol.com or you can contact me after January 1 at 247-4144 or expo@hawaii.rr.com . Mahalo, Don

2007 HURT 100 Entrants as of 12-12-06

Anyone notice that the countdown timer says 30 days until the HURT 100 (as of 12/14)? Yikes!! I am beginning to think maybe seeing that every day is not such a good thing. What do you think? Certainly motivates me to keep focused on the race.

The latest update to race entrants can be seen here. There are only a couple of more spots left. If you haven't got your application in yet, don't delay. In fact, you had better contact John and PJ ASAP!

HURT 100 Saturday Training

Aloha HURT 100 Athletes !

In case you missed the nice, detailed post by Bob McAllaster last week (click here to review it), describing the 50 mile training run this Saturday, the following is a repeat of the plan.

This Saturday is the big day for 50 miles of HURT 100 training ! The day starts at 5:00 am at the mauka end of Manoa Rd. (before it narrows heading back into Paradise Park) where you will first go to Nuuanu/Jackass Ginger and then via the race route to the Nature Center. At this point you will interrupt your initial HURT loop by doing a 10 mile reverse Trek loop, restock your water and food, and head back to Paradise Park to complete the first HURT loop. At this point you will have completed 30 miles. All that's left at this point is another measly 20 mile HURT loop to finish off the day. Estimated completion times will depend entirely on the individual runner. A back-of--the-pack runner (36 hour HURT 100 finish) can expect to finish this 50 miles in around 16 hours, while a Karl Meltzer-type will be in the car driving home in 9 hours, or so. There will be limited water stashed at a couple of locations, so if you plan to do the training (or if you have any questions), please call Cheryl Loomis at 277-4960 to let her know you will be there and would like water stashed for you.

Please plan on bringing (or stashing) everything you will need, as this training run will primarily be unsupported. Don't forget flashlights/headlights.

Have fun !