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Saturday September 28th: Peacock

Aloha Athletes,

Last week we had a HUGE turnout to welcome Gary and Linda back to the islands for their honeymoon run. I believe just about every stall in the parking lot was taken and we even had our own on-course paparazzi jumping out from behind various mountains and bushes...thanks Robert Smith for coming out and saying hello and taking a few photos while we ran.

Photo Credit: Robert Smith
This week will be more of the same. My guess is that many of you are looking to do at least one more long run, to get in some time on the feet to simulate what you will experience on race day.

This week we will be starting at 4am from the base of Long Road for anyone who would like to join me. We"ll  be doing a full loop (30-32 miles total). Bring your flashlights and extra snacks as we'll likely be out there for anywhere from 6-8 hours. View the map to get directions on how to find parking if you aren't sure where to meet. (Map point “A” is bottom of Long Road. Map point “B” is suggested parking)

Otherwise, I'm sure there will be another big group heading out at 6. There won't be an official lead but you can post here if you'd like to see what others are planning on doing.




George w paddle board

George Ramos

1952 - 2013


            As some of you may have heard over the coconut wireless, we’ve lost another member of our HURT Ohana.  It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that our dear friend, George Ramos. lost his battle with cancer on September 13. 


            He was an inspiration to so many people. He was loved by all who knew him. The world was a better place because of George. He will never be forgotten. He will be missed by many.


            George was the toughest man I have ever known.


            There will be a Memorial Celebration of the Life of George on Saturday, October 12th, at Sunset Beach.  9:00 AM.  We will paddle out and scatter his ashes.  I will post more details as the date gets closer.


            Please post your favorite George story in the comments below.

George peacock race
George 1

Saturday September 21st: Peacock (with special guests)

Aloha Athletes,

We are headed back to the North Shore this weekend. Be ready to go for a 6:00 a.m. start from the parking area behind the Control Tower at Dillingham Airfield. It's looking like we'll do between 12-15 miles. If anyone wants to run longer or is looking for company please post here. We're only one month out from Peacock so now is primo time to get your high mileage runs in.

image from http://featherfiles.aviary.com/2013-09-17/f77694d11/da9aecd972ab48e4b6b52b3c362431b8_hires.pngMost importantly, we are in for a special treat this weekend as two very special members of the H.U.R.T. ohana will be joining us for our training run. A hint...they were recently married in Canada, are supremely stellar athletes and two of the nicest people you will ever meet. Oh yeah, one of them holds the course record for H.U.R.T. 100 with a time of 19:35. Give up? It's Gary and Linda Robbins née Barton! Come on out and say hello during their special week in Hawaii.

Last week the temps were blazing hot, so as usual please make sure to bring plenty of water (60+oz) and electrolytes. See you then!




Sat Sept 14th: Kailua Pot 'O' Gold for George for Birthday Party for Cheryl

Aloha athletes,

Apologies for the late notice but there is an important event happening Saturday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m. that we would like to share. The event is to celebrate the birthday of a friend to all and the mother of many....Cheryl!

As a special part of this celebration, we will be asking for donations to a Pot-o-Gold for our dear friend, George Ramos. Bring a chair, a dish to share, and donation, if you are able. We will have a grill and good cheer available for all!

For those of you that don't know George, he was diagnosed with Thymic cancer in 2012 and he's been fighting a hard battle since. He has been in critical condition this week at Queens and he and his family need our support now more than ever.

If you'd like to donate but can't come in person, you can write a check payable to "George Ramos", and send it to:  George Ramos, c/o Villiger Construction, 59-036 Kahauola St., Haleiwa, 96712.

For the party, look for us to be in this area - on the Kailua side of the beach near the pavilion starting at 4pm. If you have any questions please post them here. We hope to see everyone there.


Saturday September 14th: Peacock Training

Aloha Athletes,

We'll be starting the Saturday run at 6am this weekend from the airfield. I'm planning on doing a Makai loop with a climb up Are's, which is roughly 15 miles.

If you have any questions about the route, please take a look at the race booklet for course maps or better yet come out and join us.

If any of you are looking to do longer miles on different days or times and would like some company, please post so here. Just remember to come prepared, bring your 60+oz of water and snacks and be ready for heat, hills and fun!


Saturday September 7th: Peacock Training

Aloha Athletes,

Yes, you guessed it...it's back to Peacock this Saturday! There will be quite a few options for start times this weekend (and if you haven't yet signed up for Peacock, there are still a few 100k slots left).

Option 1: Start from the base of long road at 4am with Cindy. I'm not quite sure which route she is taking but if you like to get lots of miles in before the sun comes up, this is the time for you.

Option 2: Start from the base of long road at 5am with Jeff Fong. They are planning on going up long road, over crossover, up Are's loop and back to long road.

Option 3: Start from the airfield at 6am (for those that like to get a little extra shut eye) and run with Kelly. She's planning on doing a Makai loop with a climb up Are's.

No matter where or when you start, don't forget your fluids, snacks and stay safe out there. Happy Trails.