Since next Saturday (June 9th) is the Mango Madness, what better route to run this week than a preview of the course. Co-Race Director Mike Muench did such a fine job describing the trails in his post announcing the race, a preview run is hardly needed. However, I know some of you will want to see just how easy a route this is. Essentially it's as described, half the race is uphill and the second half is downhill.
Saturday Training: Mango Madness Preview Run
Meeting time: 6:20 am
Starting time: 6:30 am
Meeting place: By the water pumping station, corner of Makiki Heights Drive and Makiki Street
Training: One (or two for Larry) trips around the Mango Madness course
Where: At the Upper Makiki Triangle Park (Water Tank Park) below the Nature Center Entrance. (Makiki Heights Drive and Round Top Drive intersection)
Entry Fee: $10 per entry
An Easy Ten in the Sun
The Mango Madness run is approximately a 10 Miler, primarily trails, along the Honolulu Trail System trails above the Makiki Nature Center, chunks of trails most of us have seen, but in kind of a mad mix. The race starts at the Triangle Park (where the water tank is) at the upper reaches of Makiki Street, and just above where Roundtop and Makiki Heights Drives form.
In deference to the rabbits the route begins with a delightful romp up Makiki Heights Drive to the Nature Center access road, and up the access road to the trail head. It then goes across the stream, wandering along the stream bank past the Nature Center, and takes a left at the Korean Sign, then across the Moleka foot bridge, around the ‘Signs’ bend, across the other foot bridge, to Center Trail.
The course then makes a pleasant sojourn along Center Trail to the ‘Three Way’ at the 'Top' of Center Trail, turns left, and gently makes it way along the slopes of Makiki Valley Trail (Mango’s) to the Nahuina Trail. Right at Nahuina where it wanders back along the valley to Tantalus Road. At Tantalus road the route ambles right along the road for about 100 yards, and then finds ‘Concrete’ Road at the Kalawhahine Trailhead.
An easy jog along Concretes to the summit, then down the small dip, and to the mauka Microwave Station. At the left of the fence around the Station and to the Pu’uohia Trail which winds down the back side of Pu’uohia. Then Makai along Manoa Cliffs and it's all a pleasant down hill jaunt from the hill top to the finish along the old familiar scenes of a 'reverse trek' loop; crossing Tantalus Road and down the Moleka Trial. Moleka through the bamboo, along the cliff side, through the high trees, and down onto the Diamondhead side of Makiki Valley Trail. Takes a right onto Makiki Valley Trail, down toward the bench at the top of Hog Back’s, right along the ‘Cross-over’ portion of Makiki Valley Trail, and back to the ‘Three Way’. Left at the Three way and returns down Center Trail back toward the Nature Center, right at the Korean Sign, and back down across the stream. Finally we give the Roadies a chance to compete with a quarter mile downhill jog to the finish.
Everyone gets a finishers award, even the winners! (If they arrive from the mainland on time) Lots of food, drinks, and great runner's conversations about the best kind of lubricants to use for chaffing and how to stop yer shorts from bunchin.
This is always a fun run and great time. It is a wonderful way to see the trails if you don't normally run them. Everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing new faces and we will try our best to make you feel right at home.
H.U.R.T. runners have been known to have an affinity for our local pigs.
Maybe some of you saw the recent news reports. A HUGE pig was recently killed by hunters in Alabama. The pig weighed in at 1051 lbs. I hope I never run into a pig this big or even half that size. Though I am sure Gordon will be dreaming of a big pig like this.
Oh, by the way, the hunter was an 11-year old boy who shot the pig eight times with a .50 cal.-revolver while hunting with his dad. Click here if you want to read the full story.
This week we have an exciting route planned. This route allows the long distance folks to put in those 40 miles and everyone else to choose a favorite distance and trail to join for part of the fun. This is a great route to tell your worker friends about back in the office next Monday.
Runner: "So what did you do this weekend?" Office friend: "Oh not much, Costco and the beach. How about you?" Runner: "Well on Saturday I ran from Waimanalo to the Nature Center and back to Waimanalo." Office friend: "Huh??? Hell, I didn't even drive that far!"
Saturday Training: Waimanalo to the Nature Center and Back To Waimanalo You can also choose any portion of this.
Meeting Time: 5:20 a.m. at Cheryl's house (post a Comment if you need directions and she will respond to your e-mail) You can also drive right to the trailhead and meet the group there at 5:50 a.m.
Ride to trailhead via Steve's Work Van: 5:30 a.m.
Start Time at Waimanalo Trailhead: 5:50 a.m.
Meeting place: Cheryl's house or Waimanalo Trailhead
Training: Long or short, your choice. 40 miles or any portion of that.
Bring: Everything you need for a long day on the trail, plan on limited water and aid drops. Don't forget electrolytes as it has been very hot and humid lately.
One shorter option is to meet the runners at the Pali Lookout and run to the Nature Center and back. This is approximately 10 miles. You can plan on the runners arriving up at the Pali Lookout between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Remember, it's all good training! Get out there and run!
There was quite a crowd gathered at the Pali Lookout early this morning for the run to Waimanalo (and back for some) on the Maunawili trail. We probably had 12 to 15 runners, a good mix of veteran and newer trail runners. Cheryl kept everyone reigned in early on until the stairs just about the hairpin turn. At that point, the rabbits took off while some of us choose to go at a more relaxed pace.
It was very evident that Aaron and/or his crew from Na Ala Hele have been out on the trails. At least that is who I am giving credit to. There were downed trees that had been down for years, cleared--gone, chain-sawed out. They also cleared some of the more recent trees too. Thanks guys!
I sometimes refer to obstacles such as trees on the trail as speed bumps. Well, based on what I saw today, all the speed bumps have been removed.
Don't forget, you can go train on Sunday up at Peacock too!
What to bring: Water, gels, electrolytes, what ever you might need.
Stash: There maybe just water dropped at the Waimanalo end so plan accordingly.
Please note that if you are planning to run just one-way, that you will need to arrange your own way back to the Pali Lookout. Since several people may be interested in this, post a Comment and connect with other runners if you are only going one-way.
Sunday Training: Peacock Flats
Meeting Time: 6:20 a.m.
Start Time: 6:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Dillingham airfield. Drive around back of the control tower and park in the parking lot.
Training: Short or long, your choice. However, if you are not
familiar with the route, you will need to follow others, so be prepared
to carry a minimum of 70 oz. of water, along with some snacks and
This is training for Western States, so plan on seeing Steve, Cheryl, and maybe the Huffer as well as other long-distance runners. Contact one of them if you need more info.
This new site will be used to communicate information about the race. This existing HURT Hawaii site, will still be the place for weekly training information and other training and race information. Click here to go check out the new site and be sure to subscribe for updates.
We had a great turnout and excellent running conditions for today's Run with a View race. Click here to view photo's of the race. Remember to click the first photo to enlarge it and then you can view the whole album this way. I'll get the final results posted as soon as I receive them. Thanks to Race Directors, Don and Cheryl for putting on a fun race, providing great post race food and cool awards. I'm glad my wife won one! :-) Aloha, Bob