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Experienced Runner Visiting from CA. Looking to Run HURT Loop

Aloha! 

I am an ultrarunner from California who will be visiting Oahu from August 9 to August 17 on business.  I would very much like to run one loop of the HURT course with another runner who knows the course and is willing to accompany me.  I would like to run early in the morning on either August 13th, 14th, 15th or 16th.  I promise to provide morning coffee and a nice lunch to whomever volunteers for the job!  I have completed many 50 mile races (best time 7:46 this year; usually between 8 and 9 hours), the Miwok 100K, the Angeles Crest 100 miler (last year) and the San Diego 100 miler (this year).  I will run Angeles Crest again this fall and Western States in the spring.  I don’t want to go particularly fast, but do want an experienced trail runner.  If there is anyone you know who doesn’t mind going for a vigorous 20 mile morning run and showing me the course, please contact me at harris.goodman@chw.edu 

Mahalo!

Harris Goodman


John Muir Trail Fastpack

On August 1st, Erik Herman and I are taking our love of the outdoors and putting them to the test to fastpack the 222-mile John Muir Trail in 6 days.  While this is our goal, we are doing this to bring a little more hope to those affected by cancer.  We setup a website and will 'Tweet' as possible about our progress.  And along the way, we are raising money for Trevor, who completed his cancer treatments!

Read more at the website, and follow along as we endure 18-20+ hour days in some of the most beautiful landscape on Earth!  Our detailed plan is here.

Trevor

Paul


Saturday Training: 8-1-09 Maunawili Out and Back

For All of the Brave Souls Who Dare to Face Off With the Bad Ass Pigs:
This Saturday is the fifth race in the HURT Trail Series 09.  The Maunawili Out and Back is a 22-mile trail run that starts and ends at the Pali Lookout.  The race can be done solo or as a 2-person relay.  The hand-off point for the relay is at the Waimanalo turn-around.  All runners must register at the Pali Lookout prior to the start of the race.  This trail is hot and humid - carrying water is mandatory.  At least 40 ounces is recommended.

Race Details:

·        Show-up and Sign-up - entry fee is $10 each

·        Starts at the Pali Lookout at 7:00 a.m.

·        Arrive at the start no later than 6:30 (our supreme parking tsar will direct you to park on the road leading up to the parking lot - no bathrooms are available)

·        22-mile trail (out and back) through beautiful forest in and out of valleys

·        Can be done as a 2-person relay (both team members need to check in at the lookout)

·        Relay hand-off point is the Waimanalo end of the trail (recommend handing off car keys at that point)

·        Carrying fluids is mandatory - 40 ounces minimum

·        Please be diligent about leaving no trace out there - absolutely no littering!

·        The race start is staggered, based on gender and age

·        For additional information, call Marian at 221-5171 or email mnyasuda@hawaii.rr.com


This News Bulletin Just Off of the Press:

Wanted

BEWARE!!!  Use extreme caution when approaching this mama.  She is considered armed and dangerous.  Remember to keep your eyes peeled and your spidey senses full force. 


Saturday Training: 7-25-09 Maunawili Trail Repeats!

This Saturday is one week before the Maunawili Out and Back Trail Race of the H.U.R.T. Trail Series.

Some people were complaining the trails were too dry so it has rained pretty good over the last 12 hours or so. Enough to keep the dust down anyway.

Other people were complaining about the distance being too short so that is why this post is entitled Maunawili Trail Repeats.

The start time for training on Saturday will be 6:00 a.m. at the Pali Lookout. Don't be late! There will be some water and aid stashed at the far end of the trail as long as some of you gave Cheryl $5 or $10 as Don suggested last week.

Be nice to hikers on the trail. Some of them are lost. They like to take the long way to Maunawili Falls.

The finish time will be determined by how many repeats you want to do.

Watch for Pigs. Oink-Oink!!

Remember, one way is 11 miles. Round trip is 22 miles. You can always just do a portion--and out and back of what is comfortable for you. 22-mile repeats are optional. Don't forget your electrolytes.


Super Pig Does it Again

Boy, just when you thought it was safe to go outside.........

 As you may remember, Super Pig did an incredible job of foiling the evil plot of Leatherface and Scar.  It seemed as though the Maunawili Out and Back would go off without a hitch.  Well, I guess HURT counted their eggs before they hatched.

 The latest buzz that came from the hood was that the auntie of the cousin of the faddah’s braddah of Leatherface and Scar, Cruella da Pig, was on the warpath. 

Retarded-pig 

Cruella da Pig (Yikes!!!)

 

Cruella is a grouchy, smelly, and not-particularly-attractive relative of the devious duo who had plans of her own for the innocent runners on the Maunawili trail.  Word on the streets is that her plot included something devious with H1N1 (Cruella’s sister’s cousin says that Cruella is still mad about the name Swine Flu). 

Cruella just about lost it when she saw this sign:

Stop sign_pig 

She became infuriated that pigs have become the scapegoat (or pig, in this case) for a little influenza virus.  She wanted to take out her fury on anyone and everyone, particularly anybody that messed with her family.   So, when Super Pig (aka mild-mannered Don) told me that he wanted to mediate this dispute, I was worried.   

Nonetheless, my faith in Super Pig is strong, and I gave him my blessing and some antibacterial hand sanitizer before he left to search out Cruella da Pig.  Into the Super Pig garage he ran, and next thing I knew, he emerged in the Super Pig mobile, embarking on his mission of peace.

Swine_Flu_Car 

I don’t know the details, nor do I really want to know, but the outcome of their meeting was nothing less than miraculous.  Now there is love and harmony in the hills and valleys of Maunawili.  Once again, Super Pig saved the day and the Maunawili Out and Back will be enjoyed by many.  In honor of this historic treaty, kiss a pig today!

Baby-kiss-pig 

Race Details:

·        Show-up and Sign-up - entry fee is $10 each

·        Starts at the Pali Lookout at 7:00 a.m.

·        Arrive at the start no later than 6:30 (our supreme parking tsar will direct you to park on the road leading up to the parking lot - no bathrooms are available)

·        22-mile trail (out and back) through beautiful forest in and out of valleys

·        Can be done as a 2-person relay (both team members need to check in at the lookout)

·        Relay hand-off point is the Waimanalo end of the trail (recommend handing off car keys at that point)

·        Carrying fluids is mandatory - 40 ounces minimum

·        Please be diligent about leaving no trace out there - absolutely no littering!

·        The race start is staggered, based on gender and age

·        For additional information, call Marian at 221-5171 or email mnyasuda@hawaii.rr.com


Maunawili Hiking - Sunday

This is my last hike before taking time to rest. 

When - Sunday at 6:30AM
Where - Maunawili Falls Trailhead to Nuuanu Trail ridge bench and back
Distance - About 18 miles and about 8ish hours

I'll stash a few liters of water at the Pali Lookout to resupply each way.  This is a hike at about 2-3 mph.

Join me if you can!

Paul


Saturday Training 7-18-09 "Maunawili Again"

Aloha Athletes !

In case you missed last Saturday's Maunawili Trail run, don't fret...you can join us this Saturday and enjoy some great trail running, including some muddy sections and maybe even a lil' cat's claw just for variety. Be at Pali Lookout at 6:00 am sharp and bring plenty of water, as it's a long 11 miles to the Waimanalo end of the trail where Cheryl plans to leave a stash for the trip back uphill. If you feel guilty about drinking the water and Gatorade that she buys with her own money and stashes for us, just hand her a $5 or a $10, every so often. Trust me, it will make her happy.  See ya there !  Don


Saturday Training 7-11-09 "Maunawili"

Aloha Athletes !

The fact that I'm still laughing from reading Marian's clever post about those dangerous pigs on Maunawili Trail, makes it difficult to type this. However, in spite of those mean pigs, we still plan to bravely venture over to Pali Lookout at 6:00 am this Saturday and with wary eyes, do all or most of the 22 mile roundtrip on the Maunawili Out and Back race course, to get into shape for the race to be held on Aug. 1, 2009. Come join us ! It will be a snortin' good time !  Don (aka Super Pig) Thanks Marian for the cool post !


Maunawili Out and Back - August 1, 2009

How Super Pig Saved the Maunawili Out and Back

 

Rumors were flying....the Maunawili Out and Back was in jeopardy. Talk on the street was that there were these two badass pigs, Leatherface and Scar, plotting to take out innocent runners as they attempted to make their way along the Maunawili Trail on August 1.

Leatherface and Scar
Leatherface and Scar

Their evil plan was to hide in the overgrown cat’s claw waiting for an unsuspecting runner to come flying down the trail.  Scar, being the smaller and less intimidating of the pair, would jump out onto the trail in front of the runner, startling the runner and forcing him or her to stumble and become unstable.  Leatherface would then attack from behind, and push the poor runner off the edge of the trail.  They would delight in their deft skill and ingenious plan.  One by one, they could stop the entire field of runners.  

 

Somehow, mild-mannered Don Fallis caught wind of this devious plot.  He could not stand by and allow this favorite race of the HURT Trail Series become victim to these badass pigs.  This was a job for Super Pig.  Don stepped into his office in Kaneohe wearing sweat pants and a HURT Trail Series Patagonia shirt, and stepped out in this:

Super Pig
Super Pig

Super Pig made his way to the hangout for the thug pigs, Leatherface and Scar, and opened up a can of whoop-ass.  They were overpowered by Super Pig’s tenacity and bravery (just like that silly old cancer was), that they put their tails between their legs and ran for the hills like the panties that they really were.  Once again, Super Pig saved the day!!!!

 

Now everyone can enjoy the beautiful Maunawili trail on August 1 starting at 7 a.m. and run with the nice pigs, like Steve and Matt:

 Racing-pigs

Matt is leading by a snout.....

Race Details:

·        Show-up and Sign-up - entry fee is $10 each

·        Starts at the Pali Lookout at 7:00 a.m.

·        Arrive at the start no later than 6:30 (our supreme parking tsar will direct you to park on the road leading up to the parking lot - no bathrooms are available)

·        22-mile trail (out and back) through beautiful forest in and out of valleys

·        Can be done as a 2-person relay (both team members need to check in at the lookout)

·        Relay hand-off point is the Waimanalo end of the trail (recommend handing off car keys at that point)

·        Carrying fluids is mandatory - 40 ounces minimum

·        Please be diligent about leaving no trace out there - absolutely no littering!

·        The race start is staggered, based on gender and age

·        For additional information, call Marian at 221-5171 or email mnyasuda@hawaii.rr.com


postcard from Mt. Blanc

Just got back from my recce of the UTMB.  Finally made it round (after 2 attempts frustrated by weather) and looking forward to the race in August.  It's a marvelous run/crawl with brilliant views of the massif from all aspects + great huts and food etc along the way.  Highly recommended.


Nick

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Additional Firecracker Photos

I received an e-mail from Jim Murray saying that his wife Margie and daughter Janine had taken some great photos of runners this past Saturday. Jim said he wanted to know the best way to get me the photos. I told him to mail me the CD's and I would get them posted up here on the site.

Jim, not wanting to delay, asked his wife Margie if they would drop off the CD's to my house. She agreed so I am sure this is going to cost Jim dearly. Thanks for the sacrifice Jim. I pray for you! :-)

Thanks Jim and especially thanks to Margie and Janine.

Click here to see the photos.