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Update from Afghanistan and Ed B.

Aloha Everyone,

I'm missing running in Hawaii with the HURT group.  I'm currently in Herat, Afghanistan doing security work.  One of the guys on my team, Dave Alvarez is a runner.  He started running with me shortly after he moved from his compound to my compound.  He just recently joined my Security team and we've been running together 5 days a week since.  He's kept track of the miles we've run together and it's over 100 miles.  Not bad for less than four weeks.

Being in a war zone we just can't walk out of the gate and go running.  Well maybe we can but it would not be a good idea.  Fortunately we live in a rectangular shaped compound.  If we hug the walls we for one lap we get .26 miles of unobstructed running.  Such a short distance basically means we're running in circles, clockwise one day then counterclockwise the following day.  The furthest we've run at one time inside our compound has been 10 miles.  Do you how many laps that is clockwise?  How about the number of laps counterclockwise?  Answer= A lot, no matter which direction we run.  Good thing I have my Garmin GPS to keep track on the total distance we run each day.  I tried counting laps but usually lose count after 10 laps.  As boring as it may seem running laps, it does have some advantages.  The first is that we don't worry about the environment around us.  Not only are there people running around with guns, there are also some pretty big doggies.  Can you say rabies?  We also can run without carrying our weapons.

Now I've told Dave all about HURT.  He's inspired by all the stories, of the steep hills, rocks, roots, rain, lots of pain and all that other good stuff.  He's told me that one day, he would like to participate in the HURT 100 miler.  Yes, he wants a HURT shirt and he wants it bad.  I've showed him a couple that I brought with me and it's a good thing I carry a gun.  If not, he would have taken one from me at gun point. Being armed is the only way of keeping Dave away from my HURT shirts.

One thing I didn't mention about Dave.  He's very smart.  He must always thinking about HURT because during one of our runs he told me that he came up with a great name for our two man running group.  He calls us HURT, Afghanistan.  Does the name HURT sound familiar?  Now don't be alarmed.  He's not copying the original HURT.  He's honoring the name.  If you haven't figured out what HURT for Dave means, it's Herat Ultra Running Team.  And you know what?  It is a great name.

As you can see by the photo, we're not running in our secure compound.  When ever we leave the confines of our compound we must be ready for anything.  After all, it is a war zone.  Ummmm.... what's that I see on Ed's feet?  Looks like Crocs.  I didn't bring any running shoes, but I did bring 4 pairs of Crocs.  And that's all I've been wearing during my runs.
Time has been marching on for me.  I'm now on month 4 of this contract.  It shouldn't be long till I'm back home since I should be flying out of Herat on 30 September.  I hope to see everyone soon HURTing along.



John and PJ,

Does Dave deserve a real HURT shirt?  Just look at his face.  If you think he does and would like to send him one, please contact him at  He wears a size Large.  He would really appreciate it.   Mahalo and Aloha.


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What a GO Dave. Safe training!!

Kalapu Ulavale

I went and sent him a cotton hurt shirt. Got's to give him a reason to train PJ. He understands.


Heh heh Mr Mango. Sounds like the grateful ones think this boy might be WORTHY.
Ed , we are glad you are headed home! We look forward to seeing you.

Marv Mango

A side arm and an assault rifle, and he is saying please! Ed trains 'em to be polite. Well maybe a HURT Series Trail Shirt. But Dude you gots to EARN the other ones. You wouldn't want it any other way!

cheryl loomis

thanks to you both for all you do for your country....I know a shirt is a given.


I have no no idea where the HURT shirts come from......but think there's a pretty good chance one is headed for Afghanistan.
Aloha Ed.


Your protege seems to have a pretty determined look. I'm putting my money on him for a HURT shirt someday soon! Stay safe Ed (do you know that word?)!

Carol Jaxon

I'm willing to donate $5 toward the shirt and postage to send it to him. I think PJ and John donate so much of their own time and money that I hate to ask them for anything more!

Richard Senelly

Awesome piece, Ed. If we're voting, here's mine: Dave deserves a shirt. Where I am in TX, Ranger Rick (Perry) claims to have run armed, shooting a skinny-straggly coyote without breaking stride. Please invite him to run with you. Meantime, be careful and don't get dizzy. It's likely that 20-mile loops will be a relief when you get back to Tantalus...

Doug Baker

Hi Ed:

Glad to hear you are doing well and still training hard. Thanks for the interesting post!


Hey Ed, I see you signed up for the Peacock!One of my best HURT memories is running in with you to finish the first Peacock. Be safe my friend.....


Wow Ed, those camouflage Crocs really work, I could barely see you in that one photo... :)


Maybe someone has that cool black t-shirt we got in our gift bag last year?

Steve Villiger

Great to hear from you Ed! Was wondering where you were. We were just commenting last week that we hadn't seen you for a while. Look forward to running with you upon your return, and hearing more of your entertaining stories.
--Steve V.


great write-up, Ed! I say give him a shirt, John. Anyone who can run a 10 miler on a 0.26 mile loop in Afghanistan seems like a shoe-in for a sub 30 hour HURT finish to me!

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