Saturday September 6th @6am: P...P...P...Peacock! - Updated

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As you know, last weekend Triple Trek marked the official end of the H.U.R.T. trail series for 2014. We look forward to seeing you all next year and thank each and every one of you for coming out and making it a success! Now is the time where runners start to get quite a bit more serious about their mileage, whether training for the Peacock 50k/100k (affectionately known as Peacock) or of course the H.U.R.T. 100. Peacock is put on by Rob at Stamina Race Event Management and as of now, 18 slots are open in the 100k and the 50k is sold out (with a waitlist in effect). Make sure to sign up if you haven't yet at: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=27421. Full details can be found at: http://staminarace.com/peacock-ultramarathons/

All saturday runs from now through Peacock will all take place on the North Shore in preparation for the race October on 11th.

For those of you new to the terrain, the main starting/staging area for Peacock is the Dillingham Airport Control Tower parking lot. Bathrooms and water are available and this is a relatively safe place to park as there is 24/7 security roaming the grounds. For directions, visit:   http://bit.ly/1qYR9cj

This Saturday, meet at 6am at the airfield where Augusto will be leading the group. The basic plan will be to go up to 3-way via Are's loop, do Gordons loop, head over to rock piles (skipping long road) then back down to Dillingham airfield. Total distance will likely be around 24 miles but routes are always susceptible to change so come prepared with snacks, 60+ oz of water, and electrolytes for a long morning on the trails. If you want to check out the maps of the course, visit the links for the race above. It's always a good idea to print and bring them with you if you think you may get separated from the group. Post here if you have any questions.

Aloha,

Rosie


Corrected Race Results - Tantalus Triple Trek

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Just wanted to post a quick correction to the results from yesterday, they can be seen here. There was a minor mixup in the top 3 male finishers. Congrats to all of the top finishers on their victories and a special congrats to all the ladies who dominated this race. Way to go ladies!

Most importantly, a very heartfelt thank you to the most hardworking lady around, Cheryl Loomis. This was her final race with us as leader of the trail series (and pretty much everything else H.U.R.T. related) before she is off to new adventures in Oregon. Sniff sniff, words can't express enough appreciation for everything you do Cheryl! We love you!!

Rosie


2014 Tantalus Triple Trek Results--UPDATED

Aloha Athletes,

The 2014 Tantalus Triple Trek was held today. Here is a shot of Rosie and Cheryl all ready for runners at their aid station. I stole all of these photos off Cheryl's FB page!Cheryl & Rosie

A combination of things kept me from the race today--disappointing to say the least.

2014 Tantatus Triple Trek Results

From what I can see by these results, the women runners had an outstanding day. Women took overall slots 3, 4, and 8 as well as 5 of the top 15 finishers. Nice work women!

John tells me that Race Directors Sue, Fish, and Heather all did an amazing job.

 

Mike & GirlsMike Muench was over from the Big Isle.

I have seen other photos on Facebook. This photo of Keith at the bottom is Keithclassic. Getting the last of water melon juices. It was a hot day out there I am sure. 

I am sure there are some great stories from today's run. I know there are a lot of people to thank for today's race and none of this would be possible without John, PJ and the race volunteers. 

For many this race marks the end of the 2014 Trail Series. For others, it marks the beginning of HURT 100 training. Before HURT, many runners will be heading up to Peacock to train for the Peacock races in October. 

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob




Tantalus Triple Trek: Minor Trail Damage Warning - Race to Continue As Planned!

Aloha TTT runners!
 
It has been brought to the attention of the race staff that a portion of the course near the top of center trail has suffered some damage near the bridge. The trail is passable but runners will need to take extra care when passing. Full details will be provided at the mandatory morning race briefing prior to the start and there will also be someone posted at the aforementioned part of the course to warn runners on the first loop.
 
Thank you and see everyone bright and early tomorrow morning!
 
Rosie

Tantalus Triple Trek, Saturday, August 30th @ 5:30 a.m at the Nature Center

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Who will be the lucky winner this year?

Welcome to our 23rd annual running of the Tantalus Triple Trek!

We are officially in to the ULTRA distance portion of the H.U.R.T. trail series so I hope you are all as excited as I am! Combined with the surprise of the hurricanes resulting in a date change for our Run with the Pigs, this promises to be a month of serious mileage for those completing both of the races. In typical H.U.R.T. style, the more miles the better.

TTT is an approximately 30 mile course with each runner completing three 10 mile loops, with a return tothe Nature Center aid station each loop.  A link to the course map is provided below for those not familiar with the course.

A friendly reminder that the race is officially sold out and there will be NO same day sign-ups. If you would like to volunteer, please email the race directors and they can assign you placement somewhere along the course.

We will have the usual race munchies which will cater to most tastes with iced water & gatorate at both aid stations.  Usually race participants bring their own concoctions/electrolytes/special needs & you are highly encouraged to do so. Water and bathrooms are also available at the start/finish.

Race Directors will be there early to open the main gate at 4:30 am, and set-up by the Nature Center bathrooms.  Although already signed up you still need to check in with John and PJ to get your number inked on your leg.  There is no parking above the second gate, so please park on Makiki Heights Road below the Nature Center entrance.  We would appreciate it if our HURT runners didn’t fill-up the lower parking lot, so please kokua and try to park out on the road or even down the hill near the water tank and walk up.  Only race officials and volunteers can park up at the top. Please make sure to leave plenty of time to arrive and check in prior to the race start.

Regarding safety, remember that this is a high theft area, as this is a popular hiking area. Numerous break-ins have been reported in the lower parking lot. Suggested parking is on Makiki Heights Drive or down by the Pumping Station at the junction of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive.

It will be dark on the trail for the first half hour-  make sure you bring a small flashlight (or eat a lot of carrots between now and race day to help you see in the dark!)

Aid Stations & Cutoffs

Aid stations will be at the Start/Finish & Tantalus Road crossing @ the 7 mile point. The Tantalus aid station will only stay open until 1:30 pm (8 hours into the race), so plan accordingly.  Please carry enough fluids, especially for the later & hotter part of the afternoon.

Cutoff to leave the Start/Finish station for the third loop is 11:30 am, race time limit is 9 hours.  If you decide to drop, please inform a race director (Fish/Sue/Heather), so we won’t spend our evening out looking for you in the woods after the race.

Regarding course markings, we'll announce the color of the ribbons race morning during our quick briefing. As always, BLUE is BAD! If you see blue, don't go in that direction. Bad sections & hazards will be clearly marked with blue ribbons.

Additional Info:

Happy trails,

Rosie


2014 Maunawili Run with the Pigs Results

Aloha Athletes,

Marian and Neal pulled off another fantastic race as you all know rescheduled due to a hurricane. Though the new date caused a smaller turnout, it was still a great race. The trail was in awesome condition and the post race grinds devine! 

Photos and more will be coming. Just wanted to get the results posted up quick for now.

Thanks again Neal, Marian, and all of the other volunteers. Next weekend: Tantalus Triple Trek!! 

2014 Maunawili Results.

Aloha, Bob


Run With the Pigs, Part Deux! August 23rd, 7am

Neither hurricanes, earthquakes nor locusts can stop this re-do of the Run With the Pigs!  We are on for August 23rd; same time, same place. 6a00d83451d2fd69e201a511dfd4a4970c-800wi

7:00 a.m. Nuuanu-Pali Lookout (unless you opted for the 6 a.m. start)

If a 22-mile run does not fit into your plans for the 23rd, there is another option:

  • Run With the Piglets instead.  We will offer a turn-around point near mid-way, making the course about 11-miles total.  There will be no aid mid-way if you choose this option and Piglets will not be eligible for Pig awards.  All registrants changing to the Run with the Piglets must communicate that to Marian no later than Thursday, August 21 by 5:00 p.m.

No refunds will be given.  Period.

Thank you all for understanding the difficult situation and for knowing that we are doing our best to make lemonade from the lemons.  Neal and I are grateful that you want to come out to play, whether as a pig or a piglet!  Bring on the mud!  Oink!

Marian


Weather/Storm Update 8-8-14 Maunawili Out and Back - August 9, 2014

UPDATE 8/6/14:

It is with a heavy heart and a very full refrigerator that I need to announce the cancellation of Run with the Pigs.  The State has informed us that the level of danger with Iselle is too high and they will not permit the Maunawili Out and Back.  We are looking at alternatives and will be trying to develop options.  We realize how very disappointed you all are, as are we.  

Please be patient; we hope to provide a solution that may help to take the edge off of the sting.  Most importantly, keep yourselves and your families safe. 

So very sorry,

Neal, Marian, and the HURT ohana

 

First of all, congratulations to all that were chosen for a coveted spot in the January 2015 HURT 100!  Enjoy the training and preparation for an epic experience!  Good luck to those lucky wait-listers!  The lottery drawing party at the Huff's home was awesome - thank you so much to the wonderful hosts, Jeff and Vanessa!

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Maunawili to Waimanalo and Back

aka - Run With the Pigs

Saturday, August 9, 2014***

The run will start at 7:00 from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout.  All runners, including both relay team members, need to be at the lookout between 6 and 6:30 to get your bib numbers and check in.  Parking at the lookout is limited and we cannot use the parking lot for runner’s vehicles. Carpool if possible. You may ONLY park on the roadway leading to the lookout.  The parking tsar will direct you at the main gate when approaching from Honolulu-side.  Please cooperate and do not park your car in the lot.  This requirement is one of the terms with which we must abide in order to utilize the State park.

The run utilizes a handicapped start.  “More experienced” (aka older) folks start first; women start before men.  Your bib number will determine your start time.  Groups should take off every three minutes until all runners are on their way.

The course will be marked – ORANGE is the correct route; BLUE is bad. The start area and turn-around areas will be marked.  For the 8.5 miles in between the ends, simply follow the trail and make no turns at intersections.  See the description below:        

From the Pali Highway Lookout, follow the abandoned Pali roadbed on the right down towards Kailua. About 1/4 mile down where the hairpin turn is cut off by the Highway, continue on between the rock wall and the chain-link fence. Turn right at the intersection with the Maunawili Trail.  Stay on the trail for 11 miles to Waikupanaha Road trailhead in Waimanalo where you will receive aid.  Return by retracing your steps.

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Each runner MUST carry adequate water for the entire 11-mile stretch of hot and humid trail.  We recommend 60+ ounces of fluids.  If you require calories during those 11 miles, it is your responsibility to have those with you.  The turn-around aid station needs to track all runners that pass through.  Make sure your bib number has been recorded. This is a low-key and fun event with few rules.  However there are some behaviors that are absolutely disallowed and will get you disqualified:

  • Littering on the trail is not tolerated
  • Conducting yourself in an aggressive or unsafe manner toward other runners, hikers, bikers, or equestrians is not tolerated.
  • Short-cutting the trail is not tolerated.
  • Leaving the course without notifying a race director is not tolerated.
  • Whining, pouting, and being grouchy are not tolerated.  Have fun!

NOTE: There is an early-start option for 6:00 am. Those choosing the early start will be ineligible for awards.

Get your inner pig on and enjoy a great run!

 ***Please check this blog prior to race day for up-to-date race information regarding the expected storms heading our way. 


2014 Kaena Point Firecracker Results

Aloha Athletes,

Unfortunately I had a work commitment this morning so I was very disappointed not to make it out to the race. I saw some beautiful sunrise photos posted to Facebook. I borrowed this one from Cheryl:  10460179_10203574447875929_5830652871538028786_nI also saw Rex posted up a couple hundred photos in albums on FB. As usual, I am reading glowing comments about the Race Directors, Juli and Jeff, as well as all the volunteers. I am sure a great time was had by all. 

The race results can be seen here

The next HURT Trail Series will be coming up on August 9th. Get ready to run with the pigs!

Aloha, Bob 


FINAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR ALL RACERS: H.U.R.T. Trail Series Kaena Point Firecracker 10-Mile Trail Race

Saturday July 5, 2014 @ 7:00a.m.

Kaena-pointWe will require ALL runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20 ounce bottle) during the run.

Please arrive no later than 6:30am to check-in and get your race number. IMPORTANT: THERE WILL BE NO LATE REGISTRATIONS FOR THIS RACE! We have very strict permit limitations on the number of runners we can have out on the course for this race, to protect the sensitive land surrounding the sanctuary and to maintain sustainability of the future of this race. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT: This course no longer goes through the sanctuary, but around it, along the outside of the sanctuary fence. We will not allow any runners through the gate into the sanctuary. Do not touch the fence as you run along it. Do not run on the concrete at the foot of the fence as it is very fragile - it will be very tempting for some of you to run on the concrete, especially where the trail narrows or to pass other runners, so our Fence Patrol Race Course Marshals will be keeping a close eye on this! If you do not comply with their instructions, your number will be noted and you will be disqualified from the race, so please kokua.

Reminder: GROUP PHOTO FOR HEATHER H. @ RACE START!! Prior to the race start (about 6:50), we will gather as many people as possible for a group photo.  This photo is for our trail friend, Heather Howells, who has covered roughly 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo, with about 1900 miles to go.  The photo will be included in a re-supply box which she will retrieve in Bend, OR. around the end of August.  She will be thrilled knowing that her Hawaii family is sending her love and aloha as she undertakes this tremendous feat.  Marian Y. is coordinating this thoughtful gift for Heather. Thank you for contributing to this!

 

* Finisher Awards will be given to the top ten males & females that come through this finish.

* Free goodies from Honey Stinger for all finishers!

Make sure to stay on for our Potluck BBQ festivities after the race! Please bring a dish to share, a beach chair, swimsuit – whatever you need to relax and enjoy the post-race festivities!  Hotdogs, burgers, condiments, drinks, and fruit will be provided.

 

BIG MAHALOS to all our volunteers, without whom this race would not be possible (so remember to thank them when you see them or pass them out on the course!), and Ray at Runner's HI and Will from Honey Stinger for their generous donations.

 

Firecracker Race Fine Print (one last time): Kaena Point is a fast, flat, out-and-back course that parallels the ocean along jeep trails and an old sugar cane rail line. The course runs from the end of the pavement at Mokuleia past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman, to where the pavement begins again on the Waianae coast side at Yokohama Bay. We will have an aid station with water, Gatorade, and light snacks set up at the turnaround, however, we will require ALL runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20 ounce bottle) during the run. It is hot out there and there is not much shade. Don't forget sun protection! There will be Race Course Marshals out on the course, follows their instructions or you will be disqualified from the race. They are there for your safety and to ensure course compliance so that we can continue to offer this race in the future!

Directions To Race StartFrom the North Shore, follow the signs to Waialua/Mokuleia. Follow Farrington Highway past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman. At the end of the paved road, you will come to Kaena Point State Park dirt parking lot on your right. There will be parking attendants directing you where to park.

 

See you all very soon!

Julie T & Jeff F

Julie: julieDOTtakishimaATyahooDOTcom

Jeff: jwkfongAThawaiiDOTrrDOTcom

 

 


End Your 4th of July Holiday Week with a BANG!!

H.U.R.T. Trail Series Kaena Point Firecracker 10-Mile Trail Race

Saturday July 5, 2014 @ 7:00a.m.

On July 5th the H.U.R.T. Trail Series heads to end of the road and Kaena Point on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu.

Please sign up for this race at UltraSignUp here. Registration fee is only $15. The final day to register will be on Wed July 2, 2013 at midnight or when all 150 race slots have been filled (whichever comes first). UPDATE: THERE ARE LESS THAN 30 ENTRIES LEFT SO REGISTER SOON!!!!!

COURSE TRAILMARKING & PREVIEW TRAINING RUN: SUNDAY JUNE 29th @ 6A.M.

(email race directors to RSVP & meet at the race start)

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Finisher Awards & a BBQ Potluck after the race, so please bring a dish to share, a beach chair, swimsuit – whatever you need to relax and enjoy the post-race festivities!  Hotdogs, burgers (including veggie), condiments, drinks, and fruit will be provided.

 

Firecracker Race Fine Print:

Kaena Point is a fast, flat, out-and-back course that parallels the ocean along jeep trails and an old sugar cane rail line. The course runs from the end of the pavement at Mokuleia past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman, to where the pavement begins again on the Waianae coast side at Yokohama Bay. We will have an aid station with water, Gatorade, and light snacks set up at the turnaround, however, we will require ALL runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20 ounce bottle) during the run. It is hot out there and there is not much shade. Don't forget sun protection! There will be course marshals out on the course, follows their instructions or you will be disqualified from the race. They are there for your safety and to ensure course compliance so that we can continue to offer this race in the future!

DirectionsFrom the North Shore, follow the signs to Waialua/Mokuleia. Follow Farrington Highway past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman. At the end of the paved road, you will come to Kaena Point State Park dirt parking lot on your right. There will be parking attendants directing you where to park.

Please contact one of the race directors below with any questions or if interested in volunteering – we always welcome fun-loving volunteers to help make our race an awesome experience for all the racers!

Aloha, Happy Trails, and Happy 4th of July!!

Julie T & Jeff F

Julie: julieDOTtakishimaATyahooDOTcom

Jeff:jwkfongAThawaiiDOTrrDOTcom