Sawtooth Race Report by Bob Murphy
Saturday Training 10-03-09 "Peacock Barfs"

Matt Stevens wins Maui Half Marathon

I expected a post on this subject by Monday morning at the latest (that's Monday, Sep 21) but it now seems as if a landmark event is about to go unnoticed by the HURT community - which is why I feel the need to step in.

While some of us were having a field day (and a nice jog) up at Kualoa Ranch last Sunday, the serious runners under age 15 were racing their hearts out at the Niketown 5K, whereas the serious runners above that age were over on Maui for the Maui Marathon.

Matt apparently felt feeble that day and chickened out, as so often before (remember his many-year absence at Maunawili?). He had last-minute scruples though and made a doomed attempt to prop up his tarnished reputation by at least running the half.

I guess that kind of worked. He won in (you may want to sit down or hold on to something now...) 1:11:05. The runner up was over 6 minutes behind.

I couldn't find a finisher photo or any other evidence that this is actually the same Matt who went home early from the TTT two weeks prior. I suppose he was done before the photographers on Maui had powered up their digicams.

Matt will be running Chicago next - full distance, no excuses this time. If the trend continues, it's going to be the US Olympic Trials after that.

It's kind of sad, really.


(Harald and Mike- mahalos for the words of encouragement!  I will do my best to represent HURT in Chicago in two weeks.  Below are two pictures of the Maui 1/2.  The first was taken 20 meters before the finish line, the second was taken 15 meters before the finish.  I also managed to puke with 2 miles to go in Triple Trek, so I'm on a hot streak right now when it comes to losing my lunch late in the race!)

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I wonder what happens when you wear ladies running shoes AND barf? Just a thought. Go get 'em Matty!

 paul hopi

Looks like spagetti from the night before! :0 Nice to see the stevens familly over on Maui and great job Matt -extra credit of course for the barf.


Matt Stevens, Ryan Hall...hmmmm.

For sure style points alone = Matt
Sub 60 minute Haf = Ryan
Best teeth = Matt

Winner = Matt!!!

Good luck in Chicago

Matt Stevens

do rabbits really barf while being pursued by wolves? if so, that's COOL!


I looked at the last couple of Val Nolasco half marathons, and none of the first place finishing times were even close in those either! Amazing run Matt, omedeto gozaimasu!


Well, this explains why the Maui News didn't have a finish-line shot on the front page of the Monday paper!


maybe we could tie a barf bag around you neck?



You go fast.
You puke.
You go faster.
Kind of like what rabbits do when they are chased by hungry wolves. Interesting.
Good job.


Stunning. Not bad for a guy who, just months ago, couldn't even figure out how to follow the ribbons on a ten miler (Mango Madness). There can be no doubt that that particular event, the challenge and the embarrassment, have since sparked him into this outstanding achievement.

Matt, we are all behind you, figuratively and physically, and send you our ardent aloha. May Lonoikamakahiki, the diminutive wooden god of the makahi games watch over you as you meet the challenges of the coming months, may you defeat your competitors and vanquish your rivals, and may the mana of defeated flow into you and give you the power to commmand your enemies. May you lift your sword high and bring it down upon.......well...ahhh.....just cross the line first all the time. OK?

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