Join Sean Okusko on Saturday OR Melanie Koehl on Sunday for previews #3 and #4 of Mango Madness. No one except the race directors will know the actual course, so this run will be an approximate course. But rest assured, everyone will be experiencing the same painful route. :-) Please join us either day, both 6AM starting at the Hawaii Nature Center bathrooms. Run will be anywhere from 2 - 3 hours. We'll be grabbing some extra miles after the preview is over, so come along if you're up for it! Otherwise, see you at the race on June 6. It starts at the corner of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive. There is a triangular-shaped park and a pumping station. Aloha, Melanie
Join Sean Okusko and Jacque Tellei for preview #2 of Mango Madness. No one except the race directors will know the actual course, so this run will be an approximate course. But rest assured, everyone will be experiencing the same painful route. :-) Please join us this Saturday, May 23rd at 6AM starting at the Hawaii Nature Center bathrooms. Run will be anywhere from 2 - 3 hours.
Only 4 days left to order your official Mango Madness T-Shirt! Please click the link below. Enter OAHU at checkout for free shipping. Shirt orders must be placed by Friday, May 22 and picked up at the race on June 6th.
Mango Madness is fastly approaching! We will be doing 3 previews in the next few weekends throughout the area where the race takes place. As you know, no one except the course marshalls will know the actual course! Please join us this Sunday, May 17th at 6AM starting at the Hawaii Nature Center bathrooms. For those that know the trails, we will be doing a modified Trek loop (approximately 10 miles). After we return to the start, some of us will head out for another Trek loop! Remember to bring plenty of water and some food. Run will be anywhere from 2 - 3 hours.
As for the official Mango Madness T-Shirts, please click the link below. Enter OAHU at checkout for free shipping. Shirt orders must be placed by Friday, May 22 and picked up at the race on June 6th.
Happy Training! See you this Sunday!
A huge mahalo to all of the runners and volunteers who came out for Run With A View yesterday! The rain clouds started rolling in right at the race start and the brave runners had to contend with an extra slick course this year. The action shot to the right was taken by Augusto during sweeping patrol and has been deemed the official race photo. Luckily, the runner has escaped unscathed and I think this may be his new profile photo - if not it definitely should be!
Race results can be found here: Download 10 Miler
There were all sorts of surprises to contend with this year - the day before the race we went out to mark the trail and found 3 tall trees chopped down and placed directly on the trail blocking access. Huge thanks to Jeff Fong for bringing his handsaw and clearing them off race morning. Also, I'm not sure how many folks noticed that even the aid station location moved from the time we did the pre-race check in to the time they arrived at the finish due to some issues with the parking spots being needed by the Cultural Center. Luckily all worked out...it's certainly definitely never boring be a race director. I even gave up my own shoes to one runner who had forgotten hers and she still finished strong! ;)
This race would not have been possible without the army of volunteers, many who serve each and every race of the trail series. H.U.R.T. wouldn't exist without them, they are the life force behind everything that we do. I cannot extend enough thanks to Jeff Fong and John Antonio. John is the reason we were able to provide an aid station at the halfway point and Jeff jumped in everywhere possible - from being a course marshal at a critical turn, to clearing huge trees race morning, to coming early to coordinate the pickup of aid station supplies, as well as connecting us to John - he gets my volunteer of the race award and heartfelt thanks! Also special thanks to Benita and Arvel who volunteered to step in to run the aid station with minimal notice, Shell for being the coffee angel and bringing coffee to all of us way before the sun came up, Scot, Kelly and Augusto for sweeping the entire course from start to finish in the pouring rain, Marian for bringing insanely delicious crack treats and the big tent, Mike Hee for bringing coolers and ice and helping in every capacity, Kimo for being so on top of everything at the aid station and being an expert fruit kebab-maker, John and PJ for all the timing, tracking and check in of the runners, Sara for helping me mark the trail, and so many others who chipped in to make this race a success.
Huge thanks to my co RD Steve who on top of everything else was responsible for the beautiful awards this year. Steve Dewald and Andy Cole were two more angels who helped us clear the mass amounts of overgrowth off the trail in the weeks prior to race day. I apologize if I missed anyone by name but thank you too!
I inherited this race from our beloved Cheryl and this was my first year running with it solo. I know I speak for all of us when I say how much we missed her yesterday but I know she was secretly smiling as the heavens opened and rain poured down on the runners. She never wants it to be easy on us :)
Much love to all of you who attended and we'll see you next year. Next up in the series, Mango Madness on June 6th. Don't forget to sign up at: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=30805
Melanie and Jacque know how to put on an amazing race so don't miss it!
Also, there are some spots open for leading trail runs for anyone who is interested, just click the icon at the right to sign up. Dates have been filled for some time now, but openings are now up for grabs for anyone who wants to show off their favorite trails.
ANNNNNDDDD, congrats again to all of the Miwok runners and welcome back home!
Run with a view is the 3rd race in the 2015 H.U.R.T Trail Series and it's happening this Saturday May 9th! If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time, roughly 20 slots remain. Get one at ultra signup.
I’ve been fielding a number of questions about where exactly this run starts. As most of you know, events in the trail series are low key, show up and run after getting marked with a sharpie style events. This one is no different. Race headquarters is in the parking lot of the Pearl City Cultural Center but we start the race at the end of a road, hence the ‘approximate’ location for Google maps. Just plug in the address and I promise you’ll see us race day. All you have to do is follow Waimano Home road to the end. See the more detailed instructions and link to map below. I've also created a view from Google maps to the right of what you'll see when you come up on race day, the star marks the cultural center building and the other arrows show the parking and race HQ.
There is one aid station around mile 5.5. It will be hot so make sure to bring plenty of water, most runners will be out there anywhere from 2 - 5 hours. In the race briefing we will review the course map and show you the ribbon markings. They will be candy cane red and white striped in color with blue being bad (as always). Never follow blue ribbons! There will also be folks on course to point you in the right direction at critical intersections. 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.
Runners start at 6:30. Walkers start at 6:00. If you are starting early you must let the Race Director(s) know so we can track your time appropriately.
Make sure to leave plenty of time to park and carpooling is highly encouraged. You'll see us set up at the end of Waimano road. There's a guard shack with parking area on the left and a the big red cultural center building on the right. It is preferred that you park along the road or in the dirt lot near the guard shack. Make sure to keep those wheels off the pavement if you end up parking along the road.
To get there from town, from H-1, exit at the Pearl City/Waimalu exit. Turn right on Moanalua Road at the end of the ramp. As Moanalua Road ends, turn right on Waimano Home Road. Continue on Waimano Home road until you reach a guard shack with a parking area on the left. The trails begin at the end of the chain link fence. If you are unsure where to go, the approximate address to use in your GPS is: 2388 Waimano Home Rd, Pearl City, HI 96782.
We look forward to seeing you. Ice cold fruit kabobs and other easy to eat treats on sticks are just some of the ono treats you can expect at the finish! And for those front of the packers, this is the best award yet! You’ll definitely want to hang this one on your wall for years to come.
Rosie & Steve