Mango Madness Photos and Unclaimed T-Shirts
A Couple more Photos of Pete out on the Trails

A Sad Farewell: "Pizza" Pete Martinez, You will be Missed

Aloha Athletes,

Pete, John, Ernest Mango Madness 2006I got an early call from Cheryl this morning that we had lost another HURT runner. Not lost on the trails, lost as in no longer with us. 

Pete Martinez is much of why this site even exists. Pete's business was creating web sites. He started creating sites in 1994 for companies large and small. Back in late 2004 blogs were the newest form of web communication tools and he and I started discussing the idea of creating one for HURT. He told me to just do it! Pete was like that; outspoken, direct and very good at what he did.

With HURT, I don't think Pete cared much for the races, that isn't what he was in to. He enjoyed time out on the trails. He enjoyed being fit however he also recognized and believed that continuous and longterm running was not necessarily the best thing--at least for him. 

For those of us who remember Pete, one of our greatest memories and why the nickname; "Pizza" Pete, is he had the uncanny ability to show up at the least likely time with wonderful warm cheezy, pizza. Often times in the middle of the night, on a wet and cool night, it was always a welcome sight to see "Pizza" Pete!

The other role Pete played many times was parking czar. There he would be at 0-dark hundred, not allowing any cars past him. 

Pete had another passion and it was probably one of his strongest interests: windsurfing. He had been involved with windsurfing for years--back when Kailua bay was the epicenter and continued to search the island for the best wind. Click here to see him in action. 

Pete was very involved in local business networking including HEA and SMEI.

At this point I don't know any more. This is a Facebook site: Memories of Pete

Pete, you influenced and impacted a lot of people and you will be sadly missed.

If you have photos or other stories about Pete, please either post in comments below or send me photos and I will get them posted. 

With much aloha,

Bob

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Nina haskett

Thank you all for sharing your memories of my brother, Pete. He often regaled me with stories about his H.U.R.T. friends. You all meant a lot to him.

We will be having his services Thursday at Kailua beach. Gathering at 3:00, with services at 5:30 p.m. Would love to have the opportunity to meet you.

Aloha,
Nina

Brian

I loved his "just do it" attitude. If only more people had that. I know it's been told to me a few times and with good results. One day, I hope people will remember me as a man with a pizza for anyone in a time of need.

May Pizza Pete rest in peace.

John

I saw Pete a couple of weeks ago about 300 yards out in Kailua Bay on his paddle board with his always big smile.
Pete has given us great memories.

I'm sure he's in a beautiful and warm ocean somewhere.

Aloha Pete,

Benita

Pizza Pete was one of my early mentors into the ultra community. I would have never thought about eating pizza in the middle of a long run, but wow! It was his sense of giving that tought me to just show up, and assist whereevrr I am needed, without complaint. My thoughts and prays out to our o'hana for his loss.

Paul S

I would see Pete on Kailua Beach from time to time. He would have some tech gadget and loved to explain all its details. He was patient and nice with my son, and we would just sit & chat looking at the stars. Just shocked.

Pj

Nicely said Bob. You highlighted our best memories. How many times Pete said "yes" to my requests to the thankless job of parking Czar for HURT 100, and for Triple Trek. Down at the gate with his reflector vest, diplomatically turning cars around for proper parking. No one would challenge him. He had the presence.

Marian

I have very fond memories of Pete. He was a very generous and kind soul. I am so sad that he is gone, and I pray for solace for his family.

mikem

Pete and I ran the trails together, in particular Maunawili, for quite a while. One of our favorite 'trail maintenance' duties was ridding the trail of all the spikes, roots, and stumps that were famous for breaking toes. We spent a few days working on the old chain-link fence just before the old Pali highway section. We'd do things like that and just consider it a done deal. He wasn't much for talking about how much he cared about HURT and the trails.

He, Marv, and I did the Mango Madness for years. We'd sit around and drink a few beers and talk about how to make the race more insane. I can honestly say that I knew him better than most anyone else in HURT. We were great friends for quite a while.

I'm deeply saddened and disturbed by his passing.

cheryl

I received this message from Pete's sister, as I have more details, I will post for all:


we will be having services on 6/28 on the beach. I believe Kailua. will definitely make sure it is posted on the Memories of Pete FB page,

The comments to this entry are closed.