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Kealia Quad Crusher Preview Run - Sunday, 4/30 at 7:30am

Hola Athletes,

Come join us for a preview run for Kealia Quad Crusher this Sunday, April 30, lead by Rosie. 

The race is on May 6th, and it looks like there are still spots available. Register now!

The run will start and finish at Dillingham Airfield parking lot.

Start Time 7:30am (Sunday, April 30).
Distance 5+ miles.
Please carry at least 20 ounces of water.

See you there!

Rosie, RD

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Marlon G (photo by Kalani)

Opportunity to be in the HURT film! May 20th, 8 AM at Kailua Beach Park/Lanikai Ridge

Aloha HURT ohana,

Our three man film crew will be back on O'ahu from May 15-20 to complete filming and interviews for documentary we are putting together on the history of HURT and the HURT 100.  (https://www.hurt100film.com/)  We would like as many HURT runners as possible to be in the film, so we will be meeting at 8 am at the boatramp at Kailua Beach Park on Saturday morning, May 20th for a 1 hour run up and down Lanikai ridge.  We know this isn't really a common trail for HURT and that there will be a zillion people up there, but we wanted to get a location for some group running shots that have some ocean views and easy flying for the drone to get good aerial shots (read: no trees to hit)    We would love to have a big group out there, so invite your friends and please wear bright colors.  If there are any changes due to weather, I'll make sure and update both here and on facebook.

Mahalo nui loa!

Matt Stevens

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Vi's Top of Tantalus Race Results and Photos

Another great HURT Trail Series race on Saturday, April 15th! Vi's Top of Tantalus had 107 runners on a spectacular day. Kat and I are sorry that the course had less mud than usual. Congrats to all the runners who finished smiling, or who at least smiled after recovering from the steep, uphill finish.

Ryan Karwiel and Polina Carlson won their respective divisions. Polina also broke the women's course record previously held by Shawna Ping since 2013. Click here for the race results, and click here for the photos.

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Ryan Karwiel and Polina Carlson

The HURT Ohana makes race directing a breeze. We were overwhelmed with volunteers. Thank you!

Next race is the Kealia Quad Crusher on Saturday, May 6. Register now at UltraSignup before all the spots are taken. 

Judy, RD


Boardwalk at Pauoa Flats

Some of you have heard about the planned boardwalk. It didn't sound nice, and most of us might think it won't fit in with the trail ambiance. I sent an inquiry to Kyle at Na Ala Hele, because he asked if we could provide some volunteers to help with the construction. I mentioned it probably wouldn't be a popular idea with us, but that we would help if he needed us...he's been very generous to HURT! Here was his response:

Our new branch manager ( Marigold S. Zol) wants to construct a boardwalk over the rooted section of Pauoa Flats Trail. We believe it is vital to have a boardwalk over this section for a number of reasons. We regularly use that trail to educate government officials, dignitaries and the public on the importance of DOFAWs work. This trail showcases native forest, pioneer forestry, invasive plants, watersheds and other conservation issues that we work on. Essentially, this boardwalk will help get more people to the lookout and benefit our programs.

The boardwalk will be constructed on the side of the trail, leaving an open section of trail for those who do not wish to use the boardwalk. We would love to have you guys come out and assist with constructing the boardwalk. I've cc'd our new volunteer coordinator to this email, Garrett will be the POC for this project.

Please let me know if you have any other comments, questions or concerns.

Kyle Parsons, Na Ala Hele

I spoke to Kyle on April 12, and he said that they take people (including potential donors to the Trail projects) at least twice a month. There are a lot of these folks that would not be able to visit this whole section of trail easily without the boardwalk.

Kyle says it will be made out of natural products and will be finished with a protective covering that will best blend in. For now, an experimental section will be constructed. If it doesn't do the job intended, it can easily be removed.

Let's trust their reasons for going ahead with the project. We don't know everything after all. Have patience, and let's see how it works out. Kyle assured us that this will not slow down their efforts to repair other parts of the trails that are breaking down. You can forward your thoughts and concerns to Na Ala Hele, kyle.a.parsons@hawaii.gov.

(BTW, I lost my beloved purple raincoat that I rely on to keep warm at every race. I think I last wore it at Aiea Loop race. I've had it for 20 years. Please let me know if you found it)

Aloha,
PJ


Vi's Top of Tantalus Race Day Instructions

Aloha Athletes,

Vi's Top of Tantalus is sold out but we are looking forward to seeing everyone who has signed up for race #2 of our HURT trail series. The race starts at 8AM and the park opens at 7AM. Please arrive by 7:30 to ensure a timely start.

The race 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 a few 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 highly encouraged. 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 near the Moleka road crossing about 5 miles into the race and light refreshments at the finish. The course is rugged and hot, and we urge you to carry a water bottle...our aid station is 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 fun morning on the trails!

Judy and Kat