2018 TANTALUS TRIPLE TREK: WRAP-UP

Results, Photos, 3T Apparel Store & Mahalo Nui Loa

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Congratulations and thank you to all those who participated in this year’s 27th Annual HURT Tantalus Triple Trek! It was quite the adventure just to get to the start line. We hope you all came away with many great memories.

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Top 3 men: Matt Hause 4:20 (center), Patrick Stover 4:33 (left), Duane Zitta 4:36 (right)
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Top 3 women: Solange Saxby 5:15 (left), Bree Wee 5:38 (right), Anna Albrecht 5:57 (center)

Awards

It took more than a team or a village to put on this event with all the various logistics and planning. Much mahalos to our awesome HURT Ohana for all their time and efforts: PJ & John Salmonson, Carl Gammon, Freddy Halmes, Iris & Glenn Oshiro, Myra Pacubas, Ronald Federizo, Lauri Yonemoto, Neal Yasuda, Marian Yasuda (for letting us “borrow” Neal), Kelly Sutcliffe (+1), Kana Yamamoto, Jacque Tellei, Mike Cole, Augusto Decastro, Brian Dote, Kenji Takanishi, Amanda Allgood, Jaren Oshiro, Rachel Parker, Alex Garcia, Teresa Ullman, Jack Pease, Benito Quintana, Mark McKeague, Clem Aleka-Gorai, Adam Fabel, Mike Hee, Sue Lohr, Kalani Pascual, (Little) Jenn McVay, Rick Otani, Donielle & Chis Wolfe, and Sarah Santilli & Jeff Cashon.

Volunteers

Major thanks to O’ahu Na Ala Hele, Freddy Halmes, and the volunteers for performing down to the wire maintenance on the course due to the effects of Hurricane Lane (or its remnants).

Mahalo to Ray Woo of Runners HI for helping us get the supply of Tailwind Endurance and Skratch labs drinks.

Most of all a very big heartfelt mahalo to John Salmonson for creating a “challenging course’ that “was both exhilarating and technical to the point of near insanity” (a summary of quotes from various runners). Without his generosity to share his love of trail running and ingenuity to create the course, we wouldn’t be able to have celebrated this tradition. That being said, I guess this course is HURT-certified! Thank you, John!

Click here to view the results.

Course photos were taken by Kalani Pascual (Facebook) and Alex Garcia (Facebook). Finisher photos were taken by Augusto Decastro.

 TRIPLE TREK APPAREL STORE – LAST CALL

Open for 1 more week!

Store site: https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/hurt-triple-trek-2018

Production time is two weeks (from the time of your order) with 4-6 days for delivery. Items will be shipped directly to you.

Use code “TRIPLETREK10” for a 10% discount.

See everyone again next year for the running of the 28th Tantalus Triple Trek… same rote, same distance!!

Aloha No,

Sandi & Jeff, 3T RDs

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TANTALUS TRIPLE TREK RACE DAY INSTRUCTIONS

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The big day is just around the corner…the 27th running of H.U.R.T.’s Tantalus Triple Trek (3T)!!!!

Here are the instructions for race day this Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 5:30am.

The Start/Finish area is at the picnic table and bathrooms by the Maunalaha trailhead (just above the Hawaii Nature Center). Participants may arrive as early as 4:45am. Start time will be around 5:30am (or when John says ‘GOOOOOOO!!!!!!”). Be at the Start/Finish area no later than 5:15am to check-in with John and his lovely helpers as well as receive your race number.

PARKING: Available along the access road to the Nature Center (before the gate) and along Tantalus Drive (near the Makiki pumping station). When parking along the side of the road, all tires must be off the roadway. A volunteer will be near the entrance of the access road to assist you with parking.

DROP BAGS: A single drop bag may be left at the Start/Finish and accessed by the runner at the completion/start of each loop. Please have it adequately labeled with your name. Also be courteous of your fellow runners by not bringing a large drop bag or excessive gear.

COURSE: Three (3) Loops. Each loop heads up the Kanealole (Center/Pipe) trail across Makiki Valley trail, up & along the Moleka Manoa Cliff and Kalawahine trails then along Tantalus Drive. Continue down Nahuina trail, back across Makiki Valley trail then down the Maunalaha trail (Hogsback), and back to the start/finish.

Runners are expected to know the course or be able to follow the trail markings (a map is provided below). There will be course marshals at the major intersections for only the first loop. The course will be adequately marked with ORANGE ribbon going from the start to the apex of the course (the top pig gate along Manoa Cliff trial). WHITE ribbon will take runners back down the start/finish. As always BLUE means “DO NOT GO HERE!”

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Upon the completion of each loop, runners are required to check into the start/finish with a volunteer, stating their run number. Once they hear the volunteer report their number to John, they may proceed to their drop bag or get assistance from the volunteers. Upon starting loops 2 and 3, runners must report that they are departing out (i.e., “#21 heading out!!!”).

The course crosses two roadways. There will be course marshals at both crossings and at all trail intersections for only the first loop. Thereafter, be careful when crossing these roadways. There will be, not only vehicles but also cyclists and road runners so be cautious and courteous. This is a long race so a few seconds to be safe is well worth it.

CUT-OFF TIMES: Runners will have 9 hours to complete all three loops. The finish area will close at 2:30pm. Runners must start their third/final loop by 11:30am and reach the Kalawahine aide station by 1:30pm.

AID STATIONS: There will be two aide stations along the course: 1) start/finish area (Maunalaha-Kanealoloe trailhead) and 2) Tantalus road crossing (Kalawahine trailhead). Both will be adequately stocked with water, sports drink, soda, fruits (watermelon, bananas, oranges), and various salty and sweet treats (peanut butter/jelly sandwiches, chips, pretzels, gummies, etc.).

** We will be offering Skratch at both aide stations as the featured sports drink. Runners will also be able to refuel with Tailwind Endurance drink at HNC.**

EXPECTATIONS & ADDITIONAL INFO:

Runners must carry a minimum of 24 ounces of water while on trail as well as supply their own gels, electrolytes, sports nutrition for the race (other than what is offered at the aide station). No aspirin or oral medications will be available.

Sunrise will not be until after 6am. Bring a personal light source (i.e. small flashlight, headlamp) to navigate the trail until the sun has adequately lit the trail.

We encourage you to get aide only at either of the two aide stations. While we do welcome crewing, have them meet you at these locations. Crewing anywhere else along the course will not be allowed. Additionally, pacers are NOT needed or allowed for this event.

Listen to, thank, and respect the volunteers. We cannot have these events without them! Swearing or signs of disrespect will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification.

A few photographers will be along the course, so please keep up those big smiles as you never know where they’ll be hiding!

As the course is not closed to the public, be courteous to all other trail users. Treat fellow runners and trail enthusiasts with the same kindness and respect that you would like to be treated with. If you would like to pass by, ask to do so when space is available and thank them. Likewise, if someone would like to pass by you, let them do so when space allows. Kindness goes a long way.

Do not leave any `opala (garbage) on the trails. Littering may result in disqualification so “Pack it in and pack it out!”

Should you decide to pull yourself from the race, you must inform the race directorate as soon as possible and before you leave the premises. We would like to ensure that all are safe and accounted for at the end of the day.

As runners finish, we will be serving chili (regular & vegetarian) with rice/potatoes and a few other items for runners to enjoy. Feel free to join us and bring a dish to share.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us via email at hurt3trek[at]gmail[dot]com.

Have a great remainder of the week and see you dark and early this Saturday!

Mahalo,
Sandi and Jeff (your 3T RDs)


2018 Triple Trek Race Apparel

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Store site: https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/hurt-triple-trek-2018
** This just in: grey trucker caps have been added to the store!! **
All caps are beautifully embroidered.
Production time is two weeks (from the time of your order) with 4-6 days for delivery. Items will be shipped directly to you!
Use the code “TRIPLETREK10” for a 10% discount.

  Sandi

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Hurricane Lane vs Triple Trek Preview Run

UPDATE: WE WILL BE CANCELLING TOMORROW'S TRAINING RUN. THIS IS TO ENSURE EVERYONE'S SAFETY BOTH ON & OFF THE TRAIL.

THE WEATHER SYSTEM HAS SLOWED DOWN & THEY'RE EXPECTING THE HEAVY RAINS & HIGH WINDS TO IMPACT O'AHU THIS AFTERNOON (FRIDAY, 8/24) THROUGH TOMORROW EVENING (SATURDAY, 8/25). MORE RAIN WILL FOLLOW IN THE DAYS AFTER. 

PLEASE STAY SAFE & DON'T TAKE ANY UNNECESSARY RISKS.

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Aloha Everyone,

We hope all are safe and have made the adequate preparations for the approaching hurricane. Please find the following link as a means to stay informed:

https://hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails/#/

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/pages/HLS.php

Although we’re less than two weeks from race day, please do not attempt to go outside for some training if the conditions are bad. We want to see everyone on race morning!  

That being said & barring the weather, please join us this Saturday, August 25th, for a loop or two (or more ?) of the 2018 Tantalus Triple Trek course. We will be meeting at the picnic area by the Maunalaha & Kanealole trailhead (just behind the Hawaii Nature Center) by 6am. We will depart shortly thereafter. We will be going in the clockwise direction (up Kanealole/Center trail aka Pipe) for both loops. Below is a map of the course. Be sure to bring enough water and nutrition for the distance that you plan to do (at least 24 oz per a loop). Hope to see you all there.

We will post in the comments below as well as on social media (Facebook, Instagram) the day prior (Friday, 8/24) whether the training session will be held (or canceled). Should the storm hit prior and we cancel the training, please be Akamai in knowing we are doing this with your safety in mind. Oahu Na Ala Hele and the trail advisory council are predicting major impacts to all trail systems should it remain on its predicted track, i.e., fallen trees and branches, landslides, flooding.

The Triple Trek store is open for all to purchase race swag online. ** This just in: grey trucker caps have been added to the store!!**  Here is the link store site:

https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/hurt-triple-trek-2018

Production time is two weeks (from the time of your order) with 4-6 days for delivery. Please use the code “TRIPLETREK10” for a 10% discount.

NOTE: For the last two races of the HURT trail series we’ll be using Skratch as our electrolyte drink. In addition, we will be featuring Tailwind nutrition. Much Mahalos to Ray Woo (Runner’s HI) for the big assist in getting these great products for use in our events!

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Last and certainly not the least….. Congratulations to all who have been bestowed the privilege & honor of being selected to run the 2019 HURT 100-mile trail run! Best wishes on successful training and hope to see all in January!!

Please be safe over the next several days and hope to see you all very soon!

Aloha,

Sandi & Jeff

3T RDs

 


Tantalus Triple Trek Preview Run, 8/18, 6AM

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Let the crazy HURT ultra run season begin! Join us this Saturday, August 18th, for a loop or so of the 2018 Tantalus Triple Trek course. We will be meeting at the picnic area by the Maunalaha & Kanealole trailhead (just behind the Hawaii Nature Center) by 6am. We will depart shortly thereafter. We will be going in the clockwise direction (up Kanealole/Center trail aka Pipe). Scroll down for course map.

Please be sure to bring enough water and nutrition for the roughly 10-mile loop (more if you intend to do additional mileage). Hope to see you all there.

The Triple Trek store is open for all to purchase race swag on-line. Here is the link store site:

https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/hurt-triple-trek-2018

Production time is two weeks (from the time of your order) with 4-6 days for delivery. Please use the code “TRIPLETREk10” for a 10% discount.

Please also remember the lottery for the HURT 100-mile endurance run will be held in that same afternoon (2:00pm). A lucky group of 125 brave and aspiring runners will have the honor of being able to run in one of the hardest 100-miles races. Best of luck to all who have entered the lottery.

Sandi & Jeff 3T RDs

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Tantalus Triple Trek (3T) 2018

Aloha Everyone,

CoverMany congratulations to all that ran this past weekend’s Maunawili Out & Back 22-miler/Run with the Pigs. Much mahalo to Marian and Neal Yasuda for putting on another great event that keeps us coming back year after year! We are excited to begin the countdown to the 27th Tantalus Triple Trek (3T)… just over 3 weeks to go!!

This year’s race will take place on Saturday, September 1st, with a 5:30am start time from the Hawaii Nature Center. As always the course will consist of three consecutive loops of the course (for a total of 30+ trail miles). This year we will be running the course in its traditional “clockwise” direction. If you do not know the course, please be sure to take part at least one of the two planned training/preview runs. As no pacers will be allowed, it is highly encouraged for those who are not familiar with the course to attend at least one of the sessions. Here is a map of the course:

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Training/preview runs will take place on Saturday, August 18th, and Saturday, August 25th. Please stay tuned for future posts on time and location to meet.

By popular demand, we will again be offering race swag for purchase online. Here is the link to the Triple Trek store:
https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/hurt-triple-trek-2018
It is now officially open for your orders with production time being two weeks (from the time of your order) with 4-6 days for delivery. This should get you your 3T gear by race day if you order early. Please use the code “TRIPLETREK10” for a 10% discount.

Aloha and safe training,
Jeff & Sandi, the 3T RDs


Run with the Pigs - Mahalo!

Thank you to everyone that came out to play in the mud and enjoy the beautiful Maunawili Trail!

Click here for the race results.

For some fantastic photos, see Kalani Pascual's Facebook photo album, Brent Wong's website, and Wookie Kim's Facebook photo album.  Mahalo for capturing some great moments!  And BIG mahalo to Augusto for capturing some fabulous post-race piggy photos and for raising some killer beets! 

The list of people that helped each runner to have a great experience is very long, but here goes:

John and PJ, Arvel and Benita, Kana, Jacki, Kathleen, Sue, Judy, Jen, Name Twin Jen, Jeff F, Jeff C, Mike F, Mike C, Mike H, Clem, Jack, Vicki, Les, Jacque, Wookie, Kelley, Glenn, Liza, Zoey, Melanie, Amanda, and many runners who stayed after their adventure to help with the clean-up.  We are so grateful for everyone that pitched in to make this event happen!  Thank you to the Koolau Golf Course for hosting our group of happy, muddy people!

Mahalo,

Neal and Marian


Preview Run for Maunawili Out and Back - Saturday, July 14 at 6:00

Congratulations to Benita and Arvel for a great race out at Kaena Point!

Now it is time to get your Maunawili legs in shape so that you are ready to Run with the Pigs on August 4!    Pig Racing

The fabulous ultra-power couple, Donielle and Chris Wolfe, will be leading the first of two preview runs on July 14th at 6:00.  Meet them at the top parking lot at the Koolau Golf Course by 5:50 for a 6 am start.  If you are unfamiliar with the course, it is best to stay with someone who knows the course. 

The course will be the full distance (22 miles) to Waimanalo and back.  If you do not want to do the full distance, you may turn around at any point and return, or arrange for a ride to pick you up at the trailhead in Waimanalo.

You MUST carry enough water for at least 11 miles, and it can get really hot.  There will be a stash of water and snacks near the trailhead in Waimanalo.  It will be in a black rubbish bag - you will receive more detailed instructions regarding location at the morning start.  There should be enough for everyone to refill for the return trip. 

REMINDER: Friday is the final day to place your order for race t-shirts and trucker caps.  You may place your order here; then you will receive an invoice from Paypal.  You must pick up your gear at the start/finish before 2 pm on August 4.

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Kaena Point Firecracker Final Results

Well, that was a Super Fun Day!!!!

With all the wind, the rain, rainbows, and sun, it looked like everyone had a GREAT time at another fantastic HURT event!!!

Benita and I would like to thank John and PJ for allowing us to represent the HURT by being the events race directors!!

IMG_2231We could not possibly get all this accomplished without all the incredible volunteers!!! Big Thanks to Jeff and Freddy helping with the preview runs while I was off island, all the course marshals that guided and encouraged our runners out and back (Jacki, Andy, Chad, Sandi, Myra, Chris, Donielle, Annie), our aid station TEAM (Carina, Jake, Chris, Yumi), our cooking, setup and tear down crew who arrive way to early and stay way to late (Ron and Betty, Mike C, Mike Y, Blaine, Liza, Sara, Gus, Kalani, Steve, Rosie, and Daintry.) Please forgive me if I missed any of you, however; again we all thank you so very much!!!!!

Thank you to all the runners who stayed the course, mostly, blue is always bad!  Thank you for your patience during the dual use of the trail for Zac’s Ride on your return trip. Your potluck food was amazing!

Click here for the results.

Photos to come soon!!!! 

Thank you all again so very much!!!!

Arvel and Benita


Kaena Point Firecracker Final Instructions, 7/7 @ 7am

When: 7 July 2018. Race starts at 7:00am.

Location: Kaena Point

2017-07-01-HURT-Kaena-Point-Firecracker-IMG_4012If not attending, please cancel your run in Ultrasignup. This will allow us to put others into the event so that a slot is not wasted.

When you arrive, please take direction from our volunteer Parking Czar….. There is NO parking allowed in the main lot; this is for our non-running park visitors. Please park where directed. There is also NO parking near the DLNR building access gate across from the parking lot, it will be coned off.  Additionally, NO dogs or other pets are allowed at the event or at the park.

Please plan to arrive no later than 6:45am to ensure you can get checked in with John and PJ.

Carry at least a 20 oz. water bottle, it may be hot on your way back and you should have water with you!! We also recommend a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, post-run change of clothes, a good attitude and a large Smile :)

Our event will share the trail with all local and visiting tourists, and there is a concurrent event for bicyclists who will be starting at 8:00am from Camp Eardman and riding to the Yokahama Bay area on the same trail system we use. Please be courteous to others out on the trail.

Our event is an Independence Day (4th of July) themed event, and we encourage you to wear festive attire!!! This is also a “Pot Luck” style affair, so please bring something to share…..

We recommend you check the weather the night before and plan accordingly……. We have had some very hot days with vog recently, so a change of clothes and some slippers may help you relax and enjoy the post-run gathering.

There will be a small aid station on the Yokahama side, mostly to top-off your handheld water bottle and maybe a small snack……there will be numerous Course Marshalls and other volunteers, please thank them and be nice to each other out on the trail.

2017-07-01-HURT-Kaena-Point-Firecracker-IMG_4011We hope you have a GREAT time and enjoy this unique corner of our Island!!

Aloha,

Arvel and Benita


Kaena Point Firecracker 10+ Preview Runs!!!

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Please join us for a preview of the July 7th, 2018 running of the HURT Trail Series Firecracker 10 Miler!!

We will have preview runs on June 23 and 30, 2018.

We will start running at 6:30 AM from the race start point on the North Shore side and run the course to the turn around on the Waianae side and back (or shorter if you want)!!

Map Link: https://www.google.com/maps/@21.5795,-158.2372,226m/data=!3m1!1e3

  • It will be hot, there is no on-course support for the preview so bring plenty of water to run 10 miles.
  • A hat/visor, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended.
  • Have a small cooler for after to help recover, and a chair if you want to hang out or dip your feet in the ocean, and a change of clothes for after. 
  • This will also afford you an opportunity for photo taking of this beautiful part of the island (the photo above shows me on top of the rock before the finish line and is looking in the direction you will be running).

We Hope you all can join us!!!!

If you have any questions about the preview or the run, please feel free to contact me or Benita.

Benita Shults 910-574-7061, [email protected] & Arvel Shults 910-574-6592, [email protected]

Happy Trails!!!

Arvel, RD


Fun?!

“So, did you have fun?” My husband always asks when I return from a race. My answer usually is something like, “Well…I finished.” Saturday’s race was HURT’s Mango Madness 10++ miles. And for me, at 46, the point of running is to keep going into my wiser, better years. To finish or drop dead during. (I’ll try not to drop dead during a HURT race, Jeff, Jacque, Freddy, and Melanie.)

I thought about the “fun” question after cleaning up and caffeinating. I like seeing John and PJ first thing when they check me in. I enjoy getting sweaty and dirty with friends. I appreciate the enthusiastic race marshals who smile, ring cow bells, and encourage FOR HOURS. The thoughtfully prepared food and beautiful, hand-crafted medals were heartwarming.

However, going up and down Triple Trek’s lower loop 2-1/2 times and Concrete Road twice is not fun. It is an exercise in grit and perseverance. Zigzagging through cones to the finish line seems almost cruel. This time, after 4+ hours I did not have to zig, but I have zagged to the finish before. One year I put my forehead on a baseball bat handle and spun in a circle before crossing the finish line. Each challenge squeezes a smile out of me!

At home, after hugging my kids and settling down, there is only thankfulness:

  • For my health and circumstance that allow me to run,
  • For the HURT Ohana who direct and support the races,
  • For the Hawaiian trail system that offers so much.

Okay, trail running is pretty fun. But fun is not the right word to describe how I feel afterwards. They are Joy and Gratitude. So I will smile at Freddie when he tells me to go up Pipes again because I am truly happy to be there.

 

--Wendi Lau
“Every day is a new opportunity to move.”


We Definitely Put the Madness in Mango

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What a morning! A hard, hilly course was dished out and our racers were up for the challenge! Most were smiling as we were wondering, "Did we make it hard enough?" 

In all seriousness, the participants were amazing! The volunteers were the BEST around. Motivating runners, helping them throughout the course, and guiding them in the right direction.

It takes months of planning and 'research' of our own to create a new course each year. If you'd like to run the course, here are the directions. Start at Archie Baker Mini Park, proceed up the road to the Hawaii Nature Center. Take the left side trail to the bathrooms, then go clockwise on the lower loop (Kanealole to Makiki Valley Trail and down Maunalaha). REPEAT TWICE. Take a third trip up Kanealole then continue left up to Nahuina trail for a double up/down concretes to the pillbox. Finally back down Nahuina and Kanealole to finish at the park. 12 miles and over 4,000 feet in elevation.

Homemade, handpainted medals were given to every finisher as well as prizes for the top ten males and females. And let us not forget "King/Queen of the Mountain". This year's highest point of the course was the Tantalus pillbox. The titles went to Matt Hause of Kailua, Oahu AND Bree Wee of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. They were also our overall winners.

Food and refreshments awaited our runners as well as our 2nd annual Kona Shave Ice Truck! Well worth the $15 race fee, we'd say!

All results can be found here: http://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=52824

Photos by Kalani Pascual can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/kalani.pascual/media_set?set=a.10216587662387300.1073741984.1331443930&type=3

Thanks again all! We can't wait until next year!

 

~Melanie Decker Koehl

(A special thanks to my co-RD Jacque Tellei)