Minch mulls over the past year and gets even by giving people titles.....
HURT 2008 was the culmination of a year’s worth of training and racing for Hawaii Ultra Runners. I was looking back over the year and am very impressed with what our small group of runners has accomplished.
Though HURT is the finale of our season it is not the entire season and does not fully reflect the accomplishments of so many of our runners during the full course of the year. So in the midst of this brief rest I thought it would be a nice moment to sit back and reflect on some HURT runner achievements and note them. I’m going to ramble here, so if you are not mentioned for you achievement or are down the list a bit please do not take offense. We all did so well it is going to be hard to recognize all the stellar achievements, not to mention that I am terrible at remembering names. Finally the Hawaiian phrases I use are of my own making. If you don’t like them I don’t want to hear your comments, its just tough.
I would give the Hawaii Ultra Runner of the year award, our Po’okela, our Champion, to Paul Hopwood, the man we all love to hate. Paul does not race a lot with us but when he does he never fails to trounce the competition. This year’s Twelve Hour was a fine example of his growing strength. There was just no catching him, or avoiding being passed multiple times—I still think he hid in the bushes a few times so he could make fun of me that much more! Paul’s performance at this year’s HURT was stunning given the conditions we faced. He didn’t lap me on my second loop but it was close. To Paul I can only say...."Please Stay Maui Brah, seeing you a few times a year is already a real pain in the ass."