A picture doesn't lie but there are two sides to this story. The characters, Big John, Vernon, and Barbi.
Barbi's version: "I am not a swimmer but yet I find myself at Ala Moana swimming meter after meter in training for the Mountain Man and Xterra off road triathlon. I am minding my own business when I come across these two men wearing funny hats seemingly standing up out in the water where I know it's pretty deep."
John's version: ”Buy one of Bob’s Safari Hats (from Planet Sun) and it guarantees that you’ll meet a beautiful bikini clad girl”.
He is running the Mt. Hood Pacific Crest Trail Ultra on Saturday. The Mt.
Hood 50 miler follows the Pacific Crest Trail from Timothy Lake Area to
Mt Hood Timberline Lodge. It is 99% on the PCT, very shaded, a few road
crossings and about half the distance has roots and rocks. The other half is
fast with good footing. 5200 ft climb for 50 mile.
Here are a couple of maps from this site: www.pctultras.com Click either of them to make it larger. Looks like a nice little uphill run!!!
Sports Authority is selling Dri Duck raingear. He used this on the KST backpack. They are light at 5 ozs for the hooded jacket and also comes with a rain pant. It can roll up to the size of a fist and easily fit in a camelbak or vest for cold night runs. They go for about $20.00. They are waterproof and breathable too.
For the few of us who will not be making it over to the Big Island for this Saturday's Volcano Marathon, we will have a close second choice, Peacock Flats. Although you will have several route options at Peacock, a few of us plan to do a recent route popular with Huffer and Larry, which goes up Kealia Trail and the climb up the long jeep road, but takes a left to the intersection and then follows clockwise along the beautiful Kuaokala (ridge) Trail, returning down Kealia. Depending on the exact route, this is about 14 miles. However, you have other options and mileages, and you can always do repeats.
Start time will be promptly at 6:00 am at the parking lot behind Dillingham airfield. Since it will likely be hot, humid and stash limited, please plan to carry "more" fluids than you think you will need to cover the duration of the route you plan. Also, please carry plenty of electrolytes. It should be a small but fun group. See ya there ! Don
We had a good turnout for this past Saturday's training run on the Maunawili Trail. It seems some of the
runners thought this was actually the race and after a nice, slow walking start (and nice drenching rain), the rabbits took off. The trail is in great shape and there are lots of mountain apples and strawberry guava along the way.
We did our best to send the faster runners on a bit of a detour but they still managed to smoke the course.
Don't forget to get your legs (and the legs of your relay partner if you are doing it as a relay) in shape for this fun race on August 2nd. All the race details can be found here.
H.U.R.T. runners participating in the Volcano runs next weekend are invited to a post race party hosted by Neal and Marian Yasuda.
HURT folks who are in Volcano for the Wilderness Runs to join us Saturday night (July 26th) at 6:30 for some cocktails and pa'ina. We will be at the same house as last year. It is Hale Mauna Loa and the address is 11-3910 3rd Street, Volcano, Hawaii which is in Mauna Loa Estates (across the highway from Volcano Village). Click here for a map.
If you have any questions you can contact Marian at 808) 221-5171
For those who have been watching and paying attention or maybe
for those who have not, we have added a countdown timer in the upper left corner. This timer is counting down the time until the 2009 H.U.R.T. 100 application becomes available. The 2008 race sold out in 2 weeks! Races have been selling out extremely fast all over the country.
You still have lots of time (I am talking to myself here) to get in shape for the 2009 race. The race roster will be filled on a first come, first serve basis and postmarks will be used to sort this out.
What to bring: Water, gels, electrolytes, what ever you might need.
Stash: Cheryl will be dropping stash at 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.
I just received a second e-mail from Leon, on site at Badwater. Race director Chris Kostman has received permission to use the section of road that has been recently closed going into Lone Pine, so THE RACE IS ON to Mount Whitney ! I'll keep you posted if I get any further news. Aloha ! Don