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Maunawili Out and Back

Maunawili Out & Back


Aka - Run With the Pigs

Pig-in-slippersHey 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.


Final H.U.R.T. 100 Application Notice-Important

Dear Runner,

The clock is ticking down. The registration for the 2011 version of the H.U.R.T. 100 will soon be upon us. As you all know registration will be done at Ultrasignup . We would like to ask each of you to upload a picture at the site when you register. Who knows, maybe the picture will be worth another kukui nut in the lottery. For those of you who wish to keep your picture off the internet we suggest you upload a picture of your favorite animal, food dish or anything else that tickles your fancy.

Wishing you all the best. Good luck.

John, PJ, and Jeff

Saturday July 31, 2010: Maunawili out and back

Aloha Athletes,

It is that time of year when you see lots of runners (and hikers) out on the Maunawili trail. On Saturday we are planning a run from the Pali Lookout to Waimanalo and back. This is in preparation for the upcoming HURT Trail Series race on August 14th. We will start from the Pali Lookout at 6:00 a.m. Bring plenty of water and electrolytes as it can be a long hot run if you get dehydrated.

Don and some others are planning a power walk/adventure run starting at the entrance to Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden and going where only Don knows! This will start at 7:30 a.m. unless Cheryl can convince him otherwise.

Finally, on Sunday starting at 5;30 a.m. you can meet Cheryl and others by the water tank below the Nature Center and run some trek loops.

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

Maui Moonlight Madness


38916_415656071974_711961974_5100463_4601609_n   Mike and Heather far past Ulupalakua, along the back side of Haleakala. 



Maui Moonlight Madness  (Round Maui @ approximately 170 Miles)

In Brief:  Three teams: The Girls: Julie T, Julie D, Jan, Heather;  The Guys: Paul and Jeff ; The Solo:  Mike

All completed the run safely and with few problems and there was plenty of Moonlight along the coasts of Maui.   Julie Takashima did a great job taking care of logistics and planning. 

Paul Hopwood was a great host and opened up his home to me when I passed through.   Zadoc a local Maui runner, came out twice to provide me with aid, and on the second took me to his home to shower, rest, and suck down a few beers.  Zadoc was the ultimate ultra runner host who took a lot of time to help a fellow runner out. 

The Solo statistic: 170 Miles or so in approximately 69 hours.

The Girls time was approximately in the low 60’s

Hopwood and Jeff did something in the 50’s.


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Lakeland50, UK

This weekend saw the 3rd "Ultra-Trail de Lake District", the UK's answer to the UTMB.  Up from 75 entrants the first year there were 500 runners with 350 in the 50 mile event and 150 doing the 100 miler.  The latter start at 6pm Friday and the 50 milers start at noon on Saturday at a point 1/2 way round the 100 mile loop. Both races finish in Coniston with a cut off at noon on Sunday. The location is perhaps the most beautiful rural area in England and features a series of ~1500 ft ascents for a cumulative elevation gain of about 10,000 ft for the 50 miler. 

I took part in the 50.  The weather started grey, though luckily the cloud was above the summits, but quickly deteriorated as a front swept in from the west.  Even after donning the protective gear that is mandatory I was bloody freezing in the wind.  Then my back seized up on the 3rd leg rendering me unable to run even the downhills. I hit the 3rd checkpoint in a total funk but after a massage and some manipulation and pain killers I managed to get moving again and the weather improved considerably as the wind dropped and the rain turned to drizzle and then mist.  The best bits were the last couple of legs which were run in the dark.  Runners were bunching up at that point to try to avoid getting lost in the mist and much fun was had trying to avoid peat bogs and getting scared by the sheep! 

Saturday Training July 24, 2010: Maunawili and other weekend adventures

Aloha Athletes,

Lot's of opportunities to get out and train this weekend and enjoy Oahu trails.

First, some furlough Friday shenanigan's up Peacock way with Marian and Cheryl. Since Marian is basically in taper mode now, I am not sure what the distance will be but you can always do more or less. Remember lots of fluids for this. Starting at 7:00 a.m. (gosh, they're sleeping in. Maybe that is the taper part???) in the parking lot behind the control tower at Dillingham airfield. 

Second, on Saturday, meet up at the Pali Lookout at 5:45 a.m. for a 6:00 a.m. start and run of Maunawili out and back. If you are only going one way, arrange your own carpool. This trail is in pretty good shape though there are a few places that could use some trimming. Anyone up for that? There is a little run with the pigs coming up on August 14!

Finally on Sunday, you can also run the Maunawili trail starting from the Waimanalo end at 5:30.

So no excuses, get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

Reminder: H.U.R.T. 100 Mile Application


The open application period for the H.U.R.T. 100 will soon be here. Please be sure to mark your calendar  for the event. Registration will be done at Ultrasignup. The open date for registration will begin on July 31, 2010 at 0800 (HST) and end at 2359 on August 5, 2010. The application and credit card payment will all be done electronically.

Good luck to you all.

John, PJ, & Jeff

Saturday Training July 17, 2010. Peacock Flats

Aloha Athletes,

Just one option you can choose, more Peacock Flats.

You can meet behind the Control Tower at Dillingham Airfield at either 7:00 a.m or around 11:30 a.m and put in as few or as many miles as you want. Come prepared with many ounces of hydration, your own trail snacks and electrolytes. 

Cheryl has also been taking some runners out early on Sunday's on the Maunawili trail. Contact her or leave a comment if you want more info.

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

It's Monday and Runners Starting Their Jaunt Thru Death Valley: Badwater Ultramarathon

Aloha Athletes,

Badwater  Looking for something to do this morning or for the next 48 hours or so?

You can follow along as runners hit the hot pavement in Death Valley. For those of you new to this, runners start in three waves: 6:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. CA time. Again, I don't think there are any Hawaii runners there this year however quite a few friends. Luis Escobar is taking photos. 

At this point all runners should be out on the course though it will look like some are possibly further ahead than others due to their start time. The faster, more experienced runners start at the 10:00 a.m. time. 

In any case, if you are complaining about the heat today, think about these runners. 

You can follow along here.

Photos, web casts and more here

Aloha, Bob

Hardrock 100 is Live Right Now!

Aloha Athletes,

You can follow along with the Hardrock 100 here.

It started this morning and while there are no Hawaii runners in the race this year, there are certainly people we know running. Karl Meltzer has had a tough year and has had several injuries leading up to the race. He has also posted his pre-race odds on his site. 

So far Scott Jaime is tearing up the course and Diana Finkel is first woman, 5th overall. Those of you on Twitter, updates are also available @hardrock100.