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2007 …an Outstanding Year!

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."

               

      

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Saturday Training 2-2-08

Aloha Athletes !

For those of you who have set your sights on one of the most enjoyable and demanding road runs on the planet, Run to the Sun, we have the perfect training for you. This Saturday we start short and slow and will be gradually ramping-up over the next 6 weeks or so, to where you will be ready for Run to the Sun.

The route we will be taking this Saturday will be our most common R2S training route. We will meet at the Triangle Park pumping station, at the corner of Makiki St. and Makiki Heights Drive promptly at 6:00 am. Please don't be late, unless you know the route through Manoa, and want to play catch-up. We will do a 10 mile Manoa loop. followed by a run up Tantalus road/concrete hill. If you have questions, please e-mail me at expo@hawaii.rr.com .  Don


Personal Reflections on Hurt 2008

Minch just won't stop whinning........

I got to do a lot of whining if I am going to tell you my side of the HURT 100 for 2008. For those who know me it’s the same old problem over again, the same thing that may seem so obvious to others that keeps eluding me in most of my major home races. Once again I was torn up with gut cramping and the associated problems. Once again it brought me to a halt before I really should have been counted out. Whine, whine, whine, and excuse me, out of my way as I head off the trail. That’s my story in a paragraph.

In a few more I have to say that it was going well for me right up to the beginning of the third lap. Farther than last year, and I was right on schedule with a 6:20, and a 7:00 over the first two laps. I was feeling very strong and was looking good until I hit the bottom of Auwaiolimu, where the cramping started. In spite of that I was keeping ahead of a number of my fellow runners and actually pulling out in front of others. But I could see the time flying by as I attended to urgent matters and it had me a bit depressed.

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Great article on 410 lb. guy who walks across the U.S.

Aloha HURT ohana,

I thought I'd pass on an interesting article I found the other day about a 40 year old 410 lb. guy who is depressed about his weight and decides to walk across the whole country.  He really had no idea what he was in for, and the article does a good job of showing his emotions through the various trials he faces, many of which are quite unexpected (like the surge of publicity he got, which was just as often a curse as much as a blessing).  There were many parallels to ultrarunning; this guy had "demons" he was facing in his life and in his physical trials, just as we all have our "demons," whether it be in a race or a life circumstance.  Enjoy.

Here are the links to the article, as well as the website the guy set up.

aloha, Matt

http://www.backpacker.com/article/10987?page=1

http://www.thefatmanwalking.com


Ben Cavazos: Kuwait H.U.R.T. 100 Time 18:59:49, Raises more than $10,000

Army Sgt. Maj. Ruben Cavazos received special permission from both race organizers and military command to run his own 100 mile race in Kuwait. Ben raised over $10,000 dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Here are some photos and descriptions from DIVDS:

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U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ruben Cavazos from Honolulu, sergeant major of the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center, shares a light moment with Brig. Gen. Luis Visot, deputy commander of operations for the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), before the beginning of the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team 100 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 19.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ruben "Ben" Cavazos, center left, from Honolulu, sergeant major for the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center, and U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Allen, a dietician for Medical Task Force - Kuwait, begin the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team 100 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 19.

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U.S. Army Maj. Jason "Jay" Edwards, left, from Coldwater, Mich., hands Sgt. Maj. Ruben "Ben" Cavazos from Honolulu, a cup of water after Cavazos finished the 65th mile of the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team 100 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 19.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ruben "Ben" Cavazos from Honolulu, sergeant major of the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center, runs the last leg of the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team 100 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 20.

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U.S. Army Master Sgt. Marvin Bonner of the 595th Transportation Terminal Group, presents Sgt. Maj. Ruben "Ben" Cavazos with a check for $1,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization designed to aid severely wounded service men and women, after Cavazos completed the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team 100 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 20. Bonner said that he and his family were so inspired by Cavazos's feat that they felt compelled to make the donation.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ruben "Ben" Cavazos from Honolulu, sergeant major for the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center, holds a sign in Hawaiian and English at the end of the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team 100 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 20.


2008 H.U.R.T. 100 Photos

Aloha Runners, Pacers, and Crew,

I hope most of you have had time to get rested up if not recovered from this past weekend's event.

While there are some great photos out there on the web (See Akabill's that he posted on the Ultra list) I am wondering if others out there have photos they would like to share from this past weekend's race?

I took over 150 photo's at our aid station however I have somehow deleted or lost about 100 of them. Ugh!!!

So, if you have any photo's (digital), please contact me. The easiest way for me to get them from you is on a CD. E-mailing photos (at least very many) does not work very well.

Aloha, Bob


Saturday Training 1-26-08

Aloha Athletes !

The 2008 HURT 100 is now in the history books ! Congratulations to all the runners that competed. Obviously it was a tough race, as only half the number of finishers of 2007 finished in 2008. A big mahalo to Big John, Jeff and PJ, and to all the many volunteers.

Since we will be starting Run to the Sun training next week saturday, we thought it would be good to have a nice, leisurely run somewhere we hadn't been in a while. Our old "Run With A View" race location at the top of Kaahele in Pearl City filled the bill. The course is a nice 8.5 miles and you can do more or less if you like. Just take Kaahele Street mauka, until the road ends and park there, We will start at 7:00 am.  Don