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DISTANCE: 30 Miles (3 Trek 10 Mile Loops)


RACE FEE: $10.00


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 is 11:30 AM.
  • The upper aid station will close at 1:30 PM.



 Revised 8/29/2011

Ultra trail de Mont Blanc report

On Friday I did the UTMB-CCC the 98k 5500m little sister to the 160k UTMB proper. This runs from Courmeyeur in Italy via Champex in Switzerland to Chamonix in France After changing forecasts race morning the forecast was for thunderstorms so they decided to reroute us so that instead of a few high passes from Champex we descended deep into the Rhone valley at Martigny and took a lower route for the last 40km or so. As usual, the views are spectacular (recommend you look at the great video on their web site) and pretty well organized with the trail very well marked despite the late change in course. I got off to a very strong start but may have overdone it on the 20km descent (yeah, really!) down from the big pass of Col Grand Ferret as I had low energy on next uphill. However, I bounced back (after the greulling 1000m climb to col de la Forclaz from Martigny - straight up!) and finished incredibly strong, passing many people in the last few hours (despite the pretty heavy rain that materialized as predicted). While I felt I'd done good, my placing in my division was a bit weaker than last few years, but still an excellent experience and made some new friends on the adventure. Back to Honolulu today and looking forward to a nice "recovery jog" with you all next Saturday ;). Nick K.

Triple Trek Repeats for Saturday

Race Day is soon upon us.  This weekend offers a great time to get out on the loop and see how you fare running with others.  Remember, this race is a toughy, and even with an aid station out on the course (@ 7 miles)  you are going to be facing one of the longest and most grueling ups that can be devised on these trails. 

Cheryl will lead from the Water Tanks around 6:00am.  See last week's post for directions and parking. 

Where ever you choose, when ever you like, just get out and run!

Aloha,  Mikem 

Brecon Beacons fell race

Off to South Wales (land of nervous sheep) last weekend for the Brecon Beacons 19 mile, 4500' fell race. Shades of "Feet in the Clouds" on the high bits chasing people who I assumed knew where they were going across open bogs/moorland in wind, rain and zero visibility. Spectacular descent where many scooted down on their bums - recipe for serious chafing - but my new Walsh shoes served me well. Weather forecast is looking up for UTMB - thunderstorms on Thursday and Saturday but a little window of fine weather for Friday. Fingers crossed... Nick K.

Explanation of 2012 HURT Lottery Procedure


The past few days have seen a lively debate on the HURT blog about the outcome of the lottery for the 2012 HURT 100. It seems to me that much of it is caused by misinformation and misunderstandings regarding the lottery procedure. We will update the respective section for The Book of HURT - 2013. For now, let me briefly explain the process for all applicants and participants in the 2012 race:

A total of 125 runners were admitted. Among these are up to nine runners with guaranteed entries, namely:

• The first three finishers of each gender of the prior year’s HURT 100 (assuming they have completed an application, submitted payment, and met the deadlines applicable to all runners).
• Up to three entrants (regardless of gender) with no 100-mile race finishes.
• Up to three entrants (regardless of gender) with no prior HURT 100 starts.

The remaining entrants were chosen via a weighted lottery. Kukui nuts (i.e., points) were awarded to each entrant based upon:

• Responses to questions posed on the electronic application form.
• Top-three finishes in prior HURT 100 events.
• HURT community service.

The latter (HURT community service) is a way for locals to get ahead of competition from the mainland, and for the HURT race directors to reward runners who graciously offer time and resources to make events like the HURT 100 happen. All of us are volunteers with busy lives outside of trail running. The kukui nuts awarded to those who help us prepare and stage these events are our way to show appreciation of the support we receive from the HURT ohana.

In addition, negative kukui nuts were assigned to applicants who exhibited unsportsmanlike conduct at prior HURT 100 events, the worst offense being failure of an admitted runner to show up on race day without notifying the race directors.

Note that kukui nuts only affect (and usually increase) the odds of being selected because they act as weights in the lottery; they do not guarantee entry and do not allow applicants to bypass the random drawing.

After 125 entrants were selected as described, the random drawing from the pool of weighted applications was continued in order to add fifty wait-listed runners, ranked by the order in which their names were drawn. Based on our experience from prior years, wait listed candidates have a very good chance of being invited to join the race - even those near the end of the list.

I hope this makes the process clearer. We will continue to look into ways to improve the selection procedure and make changes where necessary.



Saturday Tantalus Triple Trek Training Session

Trek Training along the Cliff Trail.


Who:  All runners are welcome to join in on the training sessions.  Trail conditons are roots,rocks, mud, steep ups and down, lots of mud, bad footing, plenty of great views and fresh air. 

Time: Saturday August 20. @ 6:00 AM

Place:  Meet at the Picnic table above the Hawaii Nature Center.(before the bend on Makiki Heights Drive.)

Parking:  Best to park on Makiki Heights Drive, or down near the water tank.  Trail head parking lot is often target of smash and grab gangs. 

Goal:  The Plan is to do TWO Trek Loops (10 Miles each).  One is OK.  Come early or come late (8:15 or so for second loop.)   Two to Three hours for each loop depending on speed.

There is water at the bathrooms. Bring a gallon if uncertain.  You need to have 40 to 80 ounces for each loop. Bring nutrition.

Jeff Fong and Keoua Huddy will lead this weeks training session.   

Have fun, and Aloha!  Mikem



Race Day: (Saturday) September 3, 2011 - 5:30 am Start.

Aloha Kakou,

Welcome to our 20th Annual TTT.

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 map, (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 race participants bring their own concoctions/special needs & you are highly encouraged to do so.

Race Directors will be there to open the main gate at 4:30 am, and set-up by the Nature Center 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 please kokua and try to 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 half hour- suggest you bring a small flashlight.

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 electrolytes)

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.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.


Click here for course map.

Peacock 100k info and call for volunteers

Hi all: We plan on having one extra aid station at the Peacock 100 Km this year, probably at the entrance to Gordon's loop, where I was the first year we had the race.  We are asking for a volunteer or two to take on this aid station.  You will not need 4 wheel drive since you won't be on the fire roads.  I will apply for all the permits needed, but need volunteer info asap.  Please e-mail me, cetacean6 at hotmail.com for more information.

I have also updated the ultrasignup webpage for the race.  These are first-draft, living documents that will get better with age. Any input such as GPS maps and elevation information will be greatly appreciated.  Again, please feel free to e-mail any of that to me, and I will incorporate that into those documents.

Here is the unfinished Peacock runners manual

Here are a couple maps will get better as we receive more GPS information.  I can e-mail these maps in a much larger format if you'd like.
Loop 1 (Follow Red, then Blue)
Loop 2 (Follow Brown, Red, Blue)

Aloha, Rob

Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 50k report

Continuing in my series of training runs for the UTMB, last weekend saw a change of venue as I headed down south ("dan saf" as they say here) via riot torn London to visit in-laws in Portsmouth and take part in the local Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 trail run.  The name derives from the fact that this takes in 5 river crossings; 4 hills; 3 stately homes; 2 castles and one cathedral.  All very pretty, and weather cooperated quite nicely for a change.  The 50k is part of a number of races and walks, all on the same day, that are in aid of the local fire brigade, and there were about 90 starters.  Compared to my recent forays in Lake and Peak districts this was pretty flat going and was in fact 100% runnable and, again unlike the other races, the course was well marked for the most part.  As with most races here, the aid stations were mostly just water stops and (like many of the other runners) I went out with virtually no fuel which was a mistake. After a few hours we were mostly running on empty, but thankfully came across one aid station that had delicious bread and butter pudding, so a few miles later got a second wind and flew for the last 5 or so miles.  Winning time was a M50 runner from Portsmouth Jogging club who came in at 4:04 and I came in 29th (3rd M55) at 4:43, which I was quite pleased with considering the recent level of effort.  Next stop Chamonix!  Nick K. 

2012 HURT Entrant List and Wait List

Aloha Runners,

Confirmed Entrants:

Congratulations to the 2012 HURT 100 Entrants we hope that you are excited about being selected for the event. We had over 230 applicant for the 125 slots, and the kukui nut lottery went without a hitch (despite some dissapointments). As time goes on the entrant list will be updated, however, for those who want to see who they will be running against we advise you to go to Ultrasignup and check out the performances of your competitors in past races.

If you are in the event and failed to order dinner tickets, you can still do so be contacting John at john@j-bmarketing.com, the earlier the better as we had a sizeable pre order already. There will be no refunds on dinner tickets after 12/31/2011.

The main race information source will be found at HURT and via direct e mail, so please make sure we have an updated e mail at all times. It is imperative that you also read the Book of HURT 2012.

Wait-Listed Runners:

Thank you for your patience with the  Waitlist, we needed to assure all selected entrant's credit cards were processed properly.

As can be seen when viewing the wait list, the wait list lottery was discontinued after 50 runners were selected.The wait list is an ordered wait list, meaning runners will be selected in the order they appear on the waitlist.

For those on the wait list, you will be sent a registration link when a slot opens up. The e mail will be sent to the e mail address utilized when you originally regsitered. Please review the   Wait List Procedure.

The registration will be done in exactly the same manner as when your registered for the event as a lottery hopeful. You will also have the option at checkout to purchase dinner tickets, once again it is highly advised to do so since there will be very limited number for sale at the pre race brief. There will be no refunds on dinner tickets after 12/31/2011.

The wait list will be updated periodically at HURT. If for whatever reason you would like your name removed from the wait list please send an e mail to Jeff at jhuff@hawaii.rr.com.

All Runners:

Please note that all future updates will only be posted to the hurt100trailrace blog, and not to the hurthawaii blog.

The post race dinner will be on January 16, for those making travel plans you might want to consider leaving Hawaii on January 17.

The race directors and volunteers are eagerly awaiting your arrival in January. We are confident that we will be able to deliver a top notch experience (but the running is up to you) for you all. We will do our part, now you do yours. Get out there and run.

Warmest Aloha,

Jeff Huff