(Wily Woo Photo) RD Gordon kicked off the 2010 Peacock 54 with the announcement that it was the last and final Peacock 54. At first there were some stunned (maybe even disappointed) looks on people's faces. Gordon quickly changed all of that by continuing with the announcement that going forward, the Peacock would be lengthened to full 100k distance. Wow, and that is how the day started. It only got better from there.
With a full moon setting over the ocean, runners were off at 6:00 a.m. up Kealia trail. The morning was actually cool in the pre-dawn hours but that quickly changed as runners headed up the hill.
There can be many things said about the Peacock 54 but easy isn't one of them. This race keeps up the HURT tradition of tough races.
Fifty-one runners started the race, however far fewer finished the full 54 miles.
Some notes from John Salmonson:
About a 50% finishing rate, but about 90% among the women.
Scott chased Hannah and Julie all day and finally passed Hannah with a couple of miles to go.
Don’t remember ever having two women in the top three and so close to winning!
Many thanks to Gordon and all the volunteers, this race is hard on everyone!
Mahalo to Don and Gordon as Race Directors. Special thanks to Rob Lahoe for the up top aid station. Also thanks to Ernest, Fish, Cheryl, Kat, Freddie, Vernon, Doug and all the other volunteers.
There are a lot of stories that will be told about this race and hopefully a lot of lessons learned. Hannah Roberts and Julie Doheney were racing and leading for much of the day. Apparently it wasn't until the last few miles that Scott was able to take the lead into the finish.
For those racers entered into the 2011 HURT 100, lick your wounds, rest your legs, take the lessons from this race and apply that to your training as you prepare for the HURT 100.
Get out there and run!
Click here to see some photos from the finish that Doug Baker took. Thanks Doug!
Congratulations to all the finishers. Here are the results.
Mahalo to Ernest and Fish for putting on a great race. They did an excellent job of getting the course nice, wet and muddy for all the runners. They had some fun prizes and TTT visors as well plus great snacks. Thanks to everyone else who made the race a success. Cheryl and Katrina up at the road crossing. John and PJ for making this all possible. Marian for dropping off some goodies and everyone else who contributed. There were some amazing performances and stories out there.
Please park below the entrance to the Hawaii Nature Center, as parking is extremely limited.
When you walk up to the start early in the morning, please observe the “QUIET ZONE” along the Nature Center driveway. We want to be considerate to the residents along the drive.
Check-in race morning is mandatory. We need to know who is on the trail during the race. Likewise, runners are required to notify aid station personnel if they drop out of the race, before they leave the course.
Since the Triple Trek starts at 5:30 am, participants may wish to carry a small flashlight till after daylight.
Slower runners please be courteous and step aside for faster runners.
Please Yield to Hikers
Absolutely NO LITTERING! You will be disqualified. Our Tantalus rainforests are fragile, & too special and beautiful to trash. Please observe this rule.
The course will be marked- listen for instructions at your start.
It is advisable that you carry one or two water bottles on the course.
There will be an aid station with water on Tantalus Drive (about 7 miles from the start), and at the Start/Finish line.
The two road crossings at the Roundtop Drive and Tantalus Road require your extreme caution while crossing the road- runners will be responsible for their own safety.
Number one priority is to HAVE FUN, smell the ginger flowers, and enjoy the scenery.
The deadline for leaving the Start-Finish line on the 3rd loop is 11:30 AM.
Wow!! How time flies, especially when you are enjoying
yourselves in our HURT Trail Series. OK, here’s where we get a
little serious on the mileage (50km or 30 miles), after all, this
race marks the official beginning of H.U.R.T. training. As usual,
there is no pre-registration, so just come early on race day, bring
your $10 and sign-in.
Each runner will
complete three of the Trek 10 mile loops, coming back to the Nature
Center aid station each loop. For those of you not familiar with the
race course, we suggest you study the attached
(perhaps you may want to print this out & carry a copy ). There
will probably be a couple of training runs prior to race day, so
please look out for these on the HURT blog.
We will have the
usual race munchies which will cater to most palates with iced water
& gatorate at both aid stations. Usually everyone bring their
own concoctions/special needs for the race & you are highly
encouraged to do so. Please also feel free to bring a potluck to
share, but it is not required.
We will be there to
open the main gate at 4:30am, so we can set-up by the bathrooms &
take care of race registration. There is no parking above the second
gate, so please park on Makiki Heights Road below the Nature Center
entrance. We would appreciate if we didn’t fill-up the lower
parking lot, so you can park out on the road or even down the water
tank and walk up. Only race officials and volunteers can park up at
the top. Please arrive early enough to park & bring your stuff
up to the start & sign-in.
It will be dark on
the trail for the first hour or so – strongly suggest you bring a
Aid stations will be
at the Start & at the 7 mile Tantalus Road crossing. The
Tantalus aid station will stay open until 1:30 pm, so plan
accordingly. “Please take enough fluids with you especially during
the later part of the afternoon”. (Most runners bring their own
Cutoff is 11:30, to
leave the Start-Finish station for the third loop. Dropouts need to
inform either race directors (Fish/Ernest), so we won’t be looking
for you in the woods after the race.
The course will be
marked with Orange ribbons, for the uphill section to the top of
Tantalus and Green ribbons to bring you back down to the Nature
Center. This is a figure eight course, so orange & green ribbons
will overlap in some areas of the course. As always, BLUE is BAD! So
do not go that direction. Bad section & hazards will be clearly
marked with Blue ribbons.
We promise this to
be another exciting race & look forward to seeing you all soon!
First a huge Mahalo to Marian and Neal for putting on an awesome race today. Neal's aid station had nice cold water and lots of support. It was fun to hear the cheers running into the aid station and the people there helping were awesome in getting us back out on the trail quickly.
Marian just puts out an incredible spread of food and we even had a few tourists asking if they could buy food. Clearly this post-race banquet is the best!
A special thanks to Harald for being the water savior for many runners out on the trail. He was a complete surprise and welcome relief to many on the return leg.
The results speak for themselves. Matt S. set another record time but since we don't record times for this race, you'll have to ask him just what his time was. Let's just say it was under 3 hours.
Click here to see the results. I am sure there will be more photos available later.
Hey sleepyhead - get your hairy backside out of bed on Saturday, August 14 for the Maunawili Out and Back 22-Mile and Relay starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Nuuanu/Pali Lookout. Parking Details: Parking at the start/finish is monitored by parking attendants. A Hawaii I.D. is required to waive the $3 parking fee. All runners should park below the marked stalls area, lining the roadway leading up to the parking lot. Carpooling is highly encouraged.
Put your running shoes on, grab your $10 and your water bottle, and get to the Pali lookout by 6:30 a.m. Be ready to have some fun!
In my absence, email Bob McAllaster with any questions. If you are looking for a relay partner, post a comment to the blog.