As we posted earlier, runners must now pre-enter all Trail Series races, through Ultra Sign Up (www.ultrasignup.com). Entries are limited, so get your entry in early! Deadline for this race is April 4, midnight. Sorry to have to escalate the process, but it is necessary in order to keep the Trail Series going.
Vi's Top of Tantalus run will start and finish at the Puu Ualakaa Park, about two miles up Tantalus Mountain on Roundtop Drive. This race is conducted in memory of our dear HURT friend, Vi Medusky-Jones, who passed away from ALS two years ago. You might remember the fun 3 mile event we put on at Kualoa Ranch for several years, to bring awareness to ALS. That was at Vi's request, and I know she'd be tickled to see that we've named our race for her.
According to our permit from the Division of State Parks, we have to leave parking spaces open to other park users. Please park out on Roundtop Drive, outside the entrance to the park, making sure your car is completely off the roadway. Carpooling to the race is encouraged. Otherwise, if you can get 4-5 people into your car at the gate, we'll let you through to park inside.
The race will start at the covered lookout, past the bathrooms. and finish in the upper parking lot. The route will be marked with our ribbons, which will be explained race morning when you check in. There will be one aid station mid-course, and light refreshments at the finish. The course is rugged and hot, and we urge you to carry a water bottle...our aid stations are only to supplement your water needs. This is a State Park, so alcohol is not permitted. If you have to drop out, it is mandatory for you to inform the race director at the start-finish, before the race is over.
We all look forward to seeing you, and spending another raucous morning on the trails!
I thought some of you might be interested in this so I am posting for all of you to check out.
Hello! To help keep you abreast of research related to ultramarathon running, I call your attention to some recent publications from our group which I’ve listed below. Links to the abstracts (when available) are provided, or can be found at the research page of the Western States Endurance Run (www.wser.org/research) where the entire list of WSER-related scientific publications can also be found.
We are most appreciative of the many of you who have participated in these various studies!
If you would like to receive the full paper for any of these publications, please let me know and I will be happy to send to you.
It is back to Peacock Flats this Saturday. There are two start times and locations; 4:00 am at the bottom of long road and 6:00 am at the Dillingham Airfield. Distance and time out on the trail can be whatever you would like. Routes can be customized to meet your needs. Be sure to bring sufficient fluids and snacks. Based on my experience last weekend, a jacket might be helpful :-/
Reminder: The deadline to register for Vi's Top of Tantalus here is Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 pm.
From very small and humble beginnings, our Trail Series has grown up. With unbelievable Race Directors and very supportive runners, we’ve found that we’re fast approaching some self-imposed limits that we want to set so that the races can continue.
Therefore some changes to the Trail Series are being implemented effective immediately. We are going to start using Ultra Signup for the trail series races starting with the upcoming race. Race fees will now be $15.
We have all had conversations the last year or so on the growing number of runners at the trail series. Registering, timing and impact on the trail system are all concerns. We want to keep having the ability to use the trails and we want this to be easy for all involved, including runners.
So starting with Vi's Top of Tantalus run on April 6th, registration will take place atultrasignup.com and the race fee will be $15. Registration will close on 4/4/13 or two days before the race. For other Trail Series races, registration will close a week before the race.
You can register for all of the HURT Trail Series races starting now at ultrasignup.com. If you are new to this site, you will find an incredible listing of other races around the country and we use Ultra Signup for the HURT 100 race registration.
It will still be a fun and “family” experience and yes, we will still write your number on your leg.
Please go to ultrasignup.com to sign-up for any and all trail series runs effective immediately.
Feel free to call me personally with any concerns. (eight oh eight two 3 five zero 5 sevin 7).
For anyone unable to join the beautiful trail run at Peacocks. We will be doing a Triple Trek loop this Sat for anybody who wants to join. This is a good newbie session, especially for those who want to get accustomed to Tantalus. 8AM at the Makiki Nature Center. 10mi
Aloha Athletes! Saturday training will once again be at Peacock Flats. There will be two options for start time and place: 4 a.m. at the bottom of long road, or 6 a.m. at the Dillingham airfield parking lot. There are many possible variations for run length and duration possible. The weather is looking promising for the morning - cooler temps and northerly winds. As always, bring plenty of fluids, snacks and sunscreen.
Spaces available have been limited to 100, which is why I wanted to share a brief intro to the event with you all.
I do realize it is the week before the Peacock 50k/100k and so might not be an ideal race for many people, but if you feel like a trip to the breath taking, wild and open spaces of Northern Arizona maybe it could be a new race to add to your diary. And Hawaiian fly directly from Honolulu to either Phoenix or Las Vegas!
Personally, I can't wait to run again in Northern Arizona. I met Shaun at NAU, where we were team mates for two years, and it was Shaun who introduced me to the Navajo tradition of running towards the rising sun at dawn, to greet the new day.
The course will wind through the trails that traverse the canyon, and apparently the Bat Canyon Trail is pretty 'rough', along with the elevation, but the beauty of the landscape and the ultra running community outweigh any lung busting issues. It all sounds like good HURT 100 training to me!
There has been a major landslide on Aihualama trail. Up near the top on the switchbacks. It appears that some people have crossed it, but it looks very sketchy. Best avoided. Trail is marked as closed, so Aaron and crew are clearly aware of the situation. Nick.
Last weekend saw the transgrancanaria trail run. They offer 24k; 42k, 83k and 113k options. I plumped for the 83k. Gran Canaria - one of the Canary Islands off the coast of North Africa in the Atlantic - is quite similar to Oahu in size and general morphology (Canaries are a volcanic chain like Hawaii), but a good deal spikier. We kicked off at 6am from Puerto las Nieves (= snow!) with a brass band in attendance. Excellent climb of 1200m in the dark and then nice bit of flat, fast running through pine forest. Lots of up and down followed. The net ascent is 4,500m (so its like 1.5* run to the sun, but on trails and you get to come down too). Forecast was for strong winds and rain. Winds were strong, but rain at altitude was only drizzle, so actually conditions were very pleasant. It is a North Face production, so was well organised, and the trail marking was excellent. Marvellous way to see the island, and perfect time of year with spring flowers in abundance. Seven aid stations of european style (lots of sausage and cheese etc, and no fruit or PBJs) but the half-way point was superb with penne and clam sauce! After than was mostly down-hill. Almost 30k pretty much continuous downhill. Last bit was murder in a dried up ravine with 4km of loose rocks and hot and dusty. But overall a great experience and hopefully good WS training experience. Nick