Yesterday brought us an abundance of rain and mud to the second race in the trail series, Vi's Top of Tantalus 7 miler.
A huge mahalo to our race directors Kat and Judy. The beanies for race prizes were a premonition of things come as the temps were utterly freezing yesterday. Most runners stuck around just long enough to consume a host of calories from the food table before setting off in search of warm clothes and dry vehicles. Special thanks to John and PJ for doing an amazing timing job and getting all the runners checked in, marked and ready to go.
Congrats to Jake Rankinen and Candes Gentry for their wins. Best of luck to Jake as he heads off on deployment and we'll be looking forward to your return to the trails in September. Stay safe! Thank you for all that you do.
Most importantly, it's important to remember that none of the races in our trail series could possibly happen without all the work completed behind the scenes by the race volunteers. A warm aloha to Cheryl, Marian & Neal, Mike Cole, Augusto, Barbi, Mike Hee, Feddy H., Fish, Jacque, Rosie and everyone else who took part in organizing and cleaning. None of this can happen without you. Melanie was also gracious once again in providing hats of her own design for the Male and female finishers who came from farthest away. Utah and Australia were the winners.
Don’t forget to sign up for the next race in the series, Run with a View on May 10th. The course is new and improved this year, with an increase in the mileage for 10ish miles of fun and hills!
Special shoutout to one of our ohana, Hannah Roberts who stopped by to say hello. Her time in Hawaii has come to an end and she's off any day to begin her across the US bicycle adventure (with a few hundred milers thrown in). We'll miss you Hannah and can't wait to follow along with your sea stories!
Remember the deadline to sign up (www.ultrasignup.com) for the race is April 9, 11:59p. 33 slots remain!
Vi's Top of Tantalus run will start and finish at the Pu'u Ualakaa Park, about two miles up Tantalus Mountain on Round Top Drive. This race is conducted in memory of our dear HURT friend, Vi Medusky-Jones, who passed away from ALS three years ago.
According to our permit from the Division of State Parks, we are required to leave parking spaces open to other park users. Please park out on Round Top 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 two aid stations at the two road crossings, 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 one of the race directors at the start-finish, before the race is over.
We all look forward to seeing you, and spending another raucous morning on the trails!
Judy will be leading a course preview run for the upcoming Vi's Top of Tantalus 7 miler. Race day is April 12th so if you aren't sure of the course, I highly suggest coming to the preview. Judy just so happens to be one of the race directors and always puts on an incredibly fun and memorable event. For those that haven't been to Puu Ualakaa Park, this race is worth it for the view alone!
Start time: 7am, meet in main parking lot
Distance: 7 miles
Location: Puu Ualakaa Park is about two miles up Tantalus Mountain on Roundtop Drive. The approximate address to the entrance gate of the park is 3200 Round Top Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822
As always don't forget to sign up for the race! Remember there are no show up and sign ups for any of the races in the H.U.R.T. series.
Yesterday kicked off the start of our trail series with the sold out Aiea Loop Express. Starting before dawn, runners began to arrive wearing their finest shades of green to celebrate the St. Patty’s day theme. It was a fantastic day full of both sunshine and rain, complete with plenty of mud for everyone to slip and slide in as they ran the course. I personally got a kick out of the fact that just about every runner there had this years HURT 100 shirt on...we must have set some kind of World Record for the most people in a single place wearing the same shirt ;)
A huge mahalo to our race directors Mike and Randy (and kids!). From the decorations to the mustaches to the tattoos, Irish themed treats and shamrock prizes, and copious amounts of mouthwatering food at the race finish, they, with the help of a huge team of volunteers, pulled off everything without a hitch. A highlight of the race was Andy Grandinetti out on course, playing his bagpipes as runners went by! Special thanks to John and PJ for doing an amazing timing job. The runners likely weren’t aware but the laptop we normally use broke right before the start of the race, but John and Randy were able to save the day and McGyver a solution to bring you your race results.
Congrats to Jason Hynd and Candes Gentry for their wins. We had an unusually large number of runners visiting us from outside the islands, from as far away as the East Coast all the way to Spain. The 11 years old speedster Kieran from Connecticut gave the front of the pack a run for their money, finishing 14th overall.
Most importantly, it's important to remember that none of the races in our trail series could possibly happen without all the work completed behind the scenes by the race volunteers. A warm aloha to Cheryl, Andy G, Jeff, Melanie, Augusto, Mike Hee, Steve and Malia Clemmons, Huddy, Rex, Steve D and Steve V, Andy Cole, Jacque, Judy, Marian and Neal, Randy's kids, Brenda, Susie, Juliet, Rosie and everyone else who took part in organizing and cleaning. None of this can happen without you. Trail marking was done by: Randy and kids, Jeff, Melanie, Keith, and Diana. Melanie was also gracious in providing hats of her own design for the top male and female finishers. If you'd like to purchase one of your own, visit her facebook page Lucky We Run Hawaii (website coming soon).
We were lucky to have photographer extraordinaire Augusto DeCastro out on course and at the finish taking photos. He has made all photos available for free to runners for download. If you use them anywhere on the ‘net, please make sure to give him credit by placing his link http://www.augustodecastrophotography.com in your post.
This weekend is the start of the 2014 H.U.R.T. trail series and we're kicking it off with the Aiea Loop Express 7(ish) miler. Prizes will be given for the top 10 men and women and for the best costume!
Just a reminder that the trail series races are no longer show-up-and-sign-up and Aiea Loop is sold out . There will be no race day registration available.
After the race, there will be a spread of the usual race munchies to eat. During the race, there will be NO aid stations. Make sure to bring any water or food that you will need for yourself during the run.
The gate to the park will open at 6 am. Bathrooms are available at both the top and bottom parking lots. Race start is at 7am and race number assignment is at 06:30. Please arrive early enough to park & bring your stuff up to the start & sign-in.
Parking is extremely limited so please try to carpool. All runners will need to park in the upper parking and walk down to the start in the lower parking lot.
Direction: Follow H-1 to Moanalua Highway (Route 78). Take the ‘Aiea cutoff to the third traffic light, make a right turn at ‘Aiea Heights Drive and follow it about 3 miles up to the end of the road. Continue on the one-way park road to the trailhead. (more info)
As for the course, it is 7 miles of rolling hills. We'll be starting from the bottom parking lot and proceeding counter-clockwise around Aiea Loop. Sorry, there is no course map so be prepared to follow the white and green course markings. As always, BLUE is BAD! So do not go that direction. Bad section & hazards will be clearly marked with blue ribbons.
Most important of all...it's St. Pattys day weekend, so please be sure to wear your GREEN! Funny hats, leprechaun attire, shamrocks, and face paint encouraged.
This Saturday you have the opportunity to preview the Aiea Loop trail again. This trail is where the first 2014 HURT Trail Series race will be held. It is coming up quicky on March 15th. You can sign-up or register at Ultrasignup.com for all of the HURT Trail Series races at this site.
With all the recent rain, count on a muddy and wet trail. Cheryl says meet at the lower parking area for a 6:00 a.m. start.