Jeff Huff sent me the results from yesterday's Maunawili race. Click here to view them.
This race had a fun starting format and all in all was a lot of fun for those of us who got to participate. It was a beautiful day with the occasional gusty trade winds to keep us cool, clear trail conditions, and the usual back and forth chatter among running friends. Thanks to all the people who put on the race and offered aid and support.
Remember the next race in the HURT Trail Series is the Tantalus Triple Trek on September 2. This year, there is only the Triple Trek, a three loop route in the Makiki/Tantalus trail system for a total of 50K. Because of the longer format this race will start at the Hawaii Nature Center at 5:30 a.m. More details will be posted soon!
Just wanted to quickly post a note thanking you all for your good humor and sportsmanship. It is not often that the weekend warriors that we attempt to be is willing to give up a training day to participate in such child's play.
The concept behind this run (and I hope it continues that way) is to try to get the runners grouped more together and give runners who may be mid of the pack a chance to run up front. Our hope is to also make the faster runners work a bit harder (and hopefully blow up) trying to chase down the pack. We began with the formula that big John devised last year, which we implemented again this year soley based upon age and sex. This year we thought it might be fun to add a new wrinkle in terms of adding time penalties by making the runners do a mental or physical challenge while out on the course. Hence many of you came across Mother Hen (thanks Filiesha), who had you doing all kinds of things. From spinning around 15 times, to push up, jumping jacks, naming the seven dwarfs, and even bribing for mercy. While some of you may not have liked it at the time I'm sure you all by now have gotten a chuckle out of it. The bottom line is that you folks actually were able to laugh a bit and have some fun out there today in a beautiful environment. Heck, with Mother Hen out there it kind of reminds me of the Fartlek days from the early 80's. I was really happy and excited to see all the enthusiasm and good sportsmanship. It's days like these that puts the fun in running.
Just one last reminder that the Maunawili Out & Back 22 mile race and Relayis this Saturday, August 12. The race starts at the Pali Lookout. Click here for all the details.
It's a fun race based on the starting format. Remember to plan on carrying enough water as it will be hot and aid is limited to just the turn-around in Waimanalo.
If you are wanting to do it as a relay where each member goes one direction (11 miles), please arrange your own transportation. Looking for a relay partner?? Use the Comments section to hook up with a partner. Remember, all trail series races are $10 and registration is 30 minutes prior to race start time.
Finally, don't forget a sweatshirt as it can be cool at the Pali Lookout if it is windy.See you on Saturday!
Here are the results from the Kaena Point Firecracker 10 Mile Race. Sorry for the delay in getting these out. Congratulations to the winners and thanks again to all the participants and those who helped out. Click here to see the results, it's two pages long.
The August 12th running of the Maunawilli out and back is fast approaching. I wanted to use this forum to make you all aware of the finer details of this event.
1. The event is 22 miles long, on pretty easy trails. There will be only one aid station at 11 miles. I ask you all to carry a two bottle minimum (I carry three) as the valley can get very hot and humid. You can refill at the far end. There are no trail sweeps or safety crews. You are on your own. You got yourself into this event, you will have to get yourself out. My wife runs the far side aid station so please be nice to her.
2. The event starts at 7:00 a.m (we may start some runners before this time). Once again we will be utilizing a staggered start ( 5 minute increments up to 40 minutes out). The stagger could be based upon age, sex, looks, nicest running clothes, or perceived speed. It is up to us to decide when we want you to start. The idea, since this is supposed to be fun, is to get everyone back to the start line at the same time. Therefore, there will be no time adjustments (the clock for all starts at 7 a.m.). If you are interested in your time keep it yourself. Your finishing place is the place you are in when you cross the line. If you are the fastest 10k runner in Hawaii, you might finding yourself finishing 30th here. Apologies.
3. There is a 3 hour, 10 minute cutoff at the far end. If you do not leave the far end by he 10:10 your race is done. I recommend you carry a cell phone to have a friend pick you up, or to call a cab.
4. Parking is limited at the Pali lookout. We do not want to play "hog cheese" with all the stalls. We ask runners to park along the grass before the parking lots. Those disobeying this request will start last in the stagger. Please tell your fellow competitors.
5. Relays will have to provide their own transportation to the far side. Since this is a show up sign up run, I don't know who needs a relay partner. If you need one, please seek one out on your own or use the blog here to find one.
6. The trail will not be marked. If you don't know the course you better run with someone who does. On the way out stay right, on the way back stay left.
7. Unlike the other runs in the trail series, "grinds" will be limited at the finish line. Most of my budget will be used for the turnaround aid and hopefully for finishers awards.
Now that I have talked you into doing the event, I will eagerly await you all on August 12th. Need more info e-mail me at email@example.com.
Happy 4th of July!! Thanks to all the runners who came out to run the Kaena Firecracker 10 mile race this past Saturday. We had a record number of runners for the HURT Trail Series (82) and record times. We hope to get the results posted soon!
Thanks to Joel and Steph Jenkins for putting on a great aid station at the turn-around. I heard they were in grass skirts. Now that's a photo we need!
I have linked and posted two photo albums from the race. The first one are photo's I took and a special thanks for the second album taken by Tania Merrill. She took some great shots out on the course.
Click here for album 1. Click here for album 2. They are a bit out of order. Click the photo's to make them larger.
Don't forget to put the next trail series races on your calendar. August 12th, Maunawili Out & Back 22 Mile and Relay. Also the Tantalus Triple Trek (50K) is scheduled for September 2.Click here for more info.