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Weekend Training?

Lots of people training all over the island this weekend. Paul did a great job filling us in on the Friday evening session.

Mike, How was Maunawili? Any newbie introductions like what happened Friday evening?

I know Jeff, Larry and Huddy were up above Dillingham on Sunday early and Steve was out there on some of the same trails a bit later in the day. It was a hot one--more later on why I know this.

Successful Night HURT Loop

Just as planned: a few newbies and a few oldies makes for a great time. We met at 6pm below Nature Center with some new faces to give it a whirl. One new face was Meagan, in town for a while and new to ultra running although, you would never know it. Maricio trash talked a co-worker into coming. Another new face was some stud runner named Kyle - watch out for him! And we got lucky with a awesome showing by REX!!

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These Kids All Look Sad About Something??

PoutingRecognize any of these kids?? (Click on the photo to enlarge it) If so, you might think they are a bit sad about something. Maybe they got something taken away from them or they didn't get what they wanted??

Only some of you might be able to identify the two characters on each end.

On the other hand, maybe this group is just trying to imitate Angelina Jolie lips for some tough Ultra runner we all know here in Hawaii.

Hmm? Maybe this is posted on the wrong blog??

Each person on the Official Final Start List will be given an automatic entry to the 2009 event

The above title comes directly from the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run web site.
That's some good news.

I received this photo from Marian's sister. You can see it's pretty smoky. Cheryl said they will bring back other photos with them. Kinda looks like our recent bad Vog days here in Hawaii.

If you want to read about how Ultra runners deal with something like this, go over to Don's site and read this post.

Cheryl is returning Saturday. Neal and Marian are going to stay and visit with friends. I am not sure about Ernest and Fish. Safe travels and try to find some clean air to breath!

Kaena Point Firecracker 10 Mile Trail Race: July 5, 2008 7:00 a.m.


The next race in the H.U.R.T. Trail Series is the Kaena Point Firecracker 10 mile race. This race is a fast, flat, out and back course that parallels the ocean along jeep trails and an old sugar cane rail line.

The race starts at 7:00 a.m. on July 5.

The course is typically hot on the way out, shady along the Waianae side and there is usually a very nice in-your-face breeze along the return. The route is so simple that we will not even be marking the course. Keep the ocean on your right side on the way out and keep the ocean on your left side on your return. (Richard Senelly gets the prize for reading the details!)

As with all of our trail races, there is no pre-registration, just show up at least 30 minutes prior to the race start, pay the $10 entry fee and you are all set.

We plan to have a little potluck after the race, so bring a dish to share, a beach chair, and sunscreen.

The route goes from the end of the pavement past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman, to where the pavement begins again on the Waianae coast side of Kaena Point. We will have an aid station set up at the turnaround, however we encourage all runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20 ounce bottle) during the run. It is hot out there and there is not much shade. Don't forget a hat and sunscreen.

Click here to see 2007 results. Click here to see photos from the start finish in 2007. Nick Kaiser's wife Pel took these awesome photos in 2007 out on the course.

If you need driving instructions, click here for general instructions from the Honolulu Airport area. Drive to the end of the paved road. There are no bathrooms at the start/finish. Plan accordingly.

Aloha, Bob and Barbi

Sad, so sad! 2008 Western States Officially Canceled Due to Fires

Shock and sadness. Very tough decision by race organizers. Something us runners all have to consider when preparing for a race.

"35th Western States Endurance Run has been Canceled.
Dear Western States Runners,

It is with deep regret that we announce today that the 35th running of the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run has been canceled, due to the unprecedented amount of wildfires that have struck northern California in recent days and the health risks that have been associated with these wildfires. The Board of Trustees of the Western States Endurance Run has consulted with many of our local and state race partners, including the U.S. Forest Service and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, in coming to this decision. We apologize to our runners for any inconvenience this decision has created."

You can read the rest of the story here.

I first heard about it here and here. I have had no contact from anyone from Hawaii who left for the race.

Haiku Valley Cultural Preserve in Jeopardy

FYI...This is not normal running or trail info however some of us have been involved in the Haiku Stairs group for sometime.

This is from a supporter of the Haiku Valley Cultural Preserve:

"We just learned this evening H.B. 2704, the Ha`iku Valley Cultural Preserve Bill, is on a list of potential vetoes by the Governor.  We are stunned!  The Lingle administration's various departments, DLNR, DHHL, and DOT, as well as OHA, all testified in support of the bill. All of the administration's requests for amendments to make the measure more acceptable were accommodated.  It is extremely puzzling as to why the Governor would put so much effort into the North Shore effort and consider vetoing this small, community-based initiative.  We fought so long and hard to preserve the historic sites in Ha`iku Valley and restore community access to the area - and it is troubling to think that we may be facing a setback like this.


"We are asking everyone to call, email and especially, write the governor and urge her to sign H.B. 2704, Relating to Haiku Valley, into law. If you belong to an organization, letters from organizations on letterheads would also be very helpful.  Let's show the Governor that many many people think Haiku Valley is worth saving. Here is the contact info:

Phone:  586-0034
Email:  governor.lingle@hawaii.gov

Mailing address:
The Hon. Linda Lingle
Governor, State of Hawaii
Executive Chambers
State Capitol
Honolulu, HI 96813

Mahalo for any kokua you folks can give us."


Saturday Training 6-28-08 Maunawili Out and Back

Aloha Athletes:

This week Mike Muench will lead the group from the Pali Lookout.

Saturday Training: Maunawili Out and Back

Meeting time: 5:50 am

Starting time: 6:00 am

Meeting place: Pali Lookout Parking Area 

Training: One way or both directions

Distance: Approximately 11 miles one-way, 22 miles round trip.

Time: 2 - 3 hours, one-way and 4.5 - 6 hours round trip

What to bring: Water, gels, electrolytes, what ever you might need.

Stash: ?? I hope to get some water and Gatorade out there on the Waimanalo end.

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.

Best of Luck to Marian and Ernest!

They will be running for one of these:

Marian Yasuda and Ernest Tay have trained hard and put in the miles to prepare themselves for the Western States 100 Mile Mile Endurance Run. The race starts Saturday, June 28th at 5:00 a.m. California time.

You can read more about the race here and follow along the race webcast here.

A few of us got together the other night to give them a big send off.


We had great food and drink. Cheryl and Marian sure can cook. There were more photos taken but unfortunately (according to some sources), the kegerator was impacting the photographers ability to hold the camera steady so many photos were blurry.


June 27: HURT Night Loop – Intro

For the newbies and the oldies, this is just a fun night loop.  Stash will be dropped at both locations, but bring enough food.  Also, it is dark at night so maybe a light would be useful.  Please email me so I can get an idea of how many people are planning to join the fun! outdoorsmile@yahoo.com

When: Friday 6/27 at 6:00 pm start

Where: Depart from Nature Center, so meet near Hanahau`oli School by the Pumping Station

Distance: 20 miles

Pace: Fun so expect 6:00+ hours of laughter