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)

 

 


Mango Madness: Final Race Instructions

What an incredible turnout we had for the preview that was advertised as a non-preview! Thank you everyone for coming out!

The race is this Saturday, June 9th and will start and finish at Archie Baker Mini Park at 7am. It is the triangular-shaped park at the corner of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive. Please arrive giving yourself ample time to park. The race is at capacity and we expect a good crowd!

There will be one aid station on the course, so please be prepared for a hard 10+++ mile run. Wear a hydration pack and carry your nutrition of choice. We will have Gatorade, water, bananas, watermelon, and oranges. However, at the finish line we will have tons of food as well as our 2nd annual Kona Ice Shave Ice Truck. So work up an appetite!

It will be an exciting race to see who claims King/Queen of the Mountain! The top ten males and females will also claim amazing prizes. And finally, each and every finisher will receive a handmade, handpainted medal. 

We love what we do and we look forward to torturing you at Mango Madness! See you Saturday!

~Melanie

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Mango Madness Preview (not really), June 2

MM2018StickerAs we all know, Mango Madness is an undisclosed course. We work hard to come up with a challenging 10-12 miler and we work even harder to keep it a secret! Please join us on June 2nd at 6am to get a maybe-kinda-sorta glimpse of the Mango Madness course. Count on six miles and a lot of fun. We will be meeting in the Nature Center parking lot. A few of us are going out afterwards to get some extra miles. Run with us if you have the time! See you then.

-Melanie, RD

(Jacque RD will be there, too!)


Mango Madness Preview Run 6/2

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We're getting the course down and the prizes set! It's almost time for Mango Madness! Until then, keep practicing your hill work :-) We plan to only do one preview run. It will be on Saturday, June 2 at 6AM starting from the Nature Center parking lot. Since the course is always different and undisclosed, we will be doing a 7-mile run that will cover some of the race course. Please bring water and a snack. Jacque and I will see you then!

LAST CHANCE for gear: This Friday we stop taking orders for the Mango Madness shirts, tanks, and trucker hats. See the previous post for links to purchase. And remember to enter "OAHU" at checkout to pick up at the race. Mahalo!

-Melanie, RD

 


Mango Madness Shirts, Tanks, and Truckers

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Next up on the HURT Trail Series calendar is Mango Madness! We always do a custom shirt and hat to accompany the theme of the awards, and this year is no exception. Below are the links to purchase. Orders will be taken until May 18th. Enter OAHU at checkout for free shipping and to pick up on race day. See you June 9! ~Melanie, RD 

MEN'S TECH TEE:

https://www.outsiderocks.com/collections/run-mauka/products/mango-madness-mens-tshirt

 
WOMEN'S TECH TEE:
 
 
WOMEN'S TANK:
 
 
TRUCKER HAT:
 

Kealia Quad Crusher - Race Results, Photos & Mahalos

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Steve and I would like to extend heartfelt thank you's to all who helped make the Cinco de Mayo edition of Kealia Quad Crusher another smashing success!!

While the temps were significantly cooler this year, runners still had to contend with slick trails while climbing and descending our “one hill.” 87 finishers completed this challenging course and for those of you who were virgins to the trail series or to our race… welcome to the family! And we hope to see you for the next SOLD OUT race in the series, Mango Madness on June 9th.



Congratulations to our champs - Matt Hause, (2:00:58); and Jill Thompson, (2:14:04). These are smokin' fast times considering the colossal 4,000 feet of climbing.



We want to thank John & PJ Salmonson, without whom the trail series would not exist. Heartfelt thanks (seriously, thank you) to our course marshals and sweeping crew Arvel, Freddy, Andy G. and his bagpipes, Kelly, Shawna, Marian, Andy C., Shelby, Ron, Chris, Donielle, Kana, Sue, Benita, Daintry, Amanda, and Mike. Thanks to our start/finish line crew Shell, Mike, Vicki, Jen, Daniel, David, Rob, Jaren, Glen and anyone else who jumped in to help at any point. Thanks also to our race photographer (on top of everything else that he does!) Augusto. None of this can happen without you!

Special shout-out to the genius behind our race awards, Petal to the Mettle, for making the most beautiful handmade awards ever in the history of racing. Our custom Quad Crusher muscle balms were handcrafted in Waialua from mostly organic ingredients and the flowers were also grown on the North Shore. Support your local farmers ya'll!

And last but not least, thank you to all of the runners who participated in this wonderful event. It's your smiling faces and wonderful stories of the race that make this all worth while.

See you next year!

Rosie & Steve


Tantalus Triple Trek Registration Is Open

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Aloha Athletes,

Happy May & Lei Day!! Registration for the 27th running of the Tantalus Triple Trek is now open! The annual repeats of our favorite mountain will commence on September 1, 2018 (the Saturday of Labor Day weekend). Please click here to register, or follow this URL: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=52836

PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP IF YOU CAN COMMIT TO THE RACE!!!

Also note that the Waikiki Roughwater Swim has been moved to the same day due to the forecasted visitation of jellyfish falls on Monday;
If you have any questions, click here to contact us or send an email to hurt3trek[at]gmail[dot]com . Happy and safe training! Hope to see you on the trails soon!

Mahalo,

Jeff and Sandi, 3T RDs


Vi's Top of Tantalus Results and Photos

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Thank you to the 82 runners who finished Vi’s Top of Tantalus two Saturdays ago. I hope that you all enjoyed the beautiful, muddy trails.

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Jimmy Davis, Overall Winner
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Front, Marissa Kunsch, Female Division Winner

The HURT trail series would not have been possible without the help of our HURT Ohana. From trail marking, to parking direction, course marshaling, course sweeping, start/finish set up, and post-race cleanup - our volunteers make the races possible. Mahalo to all of you.

Click here to view the results.

And click here to see the photos.

There was a nice water bottle left at the park. Please claim it if it is yours.

Enjoy our next race - Kealia Quad Crusher.

Happy Trails!

Judy, RD


Vi's Top of Tantalus Race Day Instructions

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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 this Saturday, April 14, 2018. The race starts at 8AMand the park opens at 7AM. Please arrive by 7:30 at the very latest 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 on Round Top Drive, outside the entrance of the park, making sure your car is completely off the roadway and that your wheels must be on the dirt/grass area and NOT on the asphalt. Carpooling to the race is highly encouraged.

HURT-ToT-NoAidThe 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. Just in case, here is the course map if you want to print and carry with you.

There will be NO aid stations. It is highly recommended that you carry at least 20 Oz of water. The course is rugged and hot.

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, RDs

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Preview Run - Vi’s Top of Tantalus, 4/7/18, 8AM, Saturday

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Good turnout this past Sunday! Come join us for another preview run for the upcoming Vi's Top of Tantalus 7 miler on Saturday, April 7th, at 8AM (yes, you can sleep in a bit) lead by Drew. Drew is visiting and would love to see many of our HURT Ohana. 

Race day is April 14th. The race is sold out and there is no waitlist, but feel free to run the preview or volunteer race day!

The run will start and finish at the Puu Ualakaa Park, about 2 miles up Tantalus at 3200 Roundtop Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822.  The race is conducted in the memory of our dear HURT friend, Vi Medusky-Jones who passed away from ALS.

Start Time for the Preview is 8 AM Saturday at the main parking lot.

Distance 7 miles.

Please carry at least 20 ounces of water.  If you are not familiar with Tantalus trails, please print out the course map and carry it with you.

See you soon!

Judy, RD

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Preview Run - Vi’s Top of Tantalus, 4/1/18, 7AM, Sunday

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Aloha Athletes,

Come join us for a preview run for the upcoming Vi's Top of Tantalus 7 miler, next Sunday, April 1st, lead by Judy.  Race day is April 14th.

The race is sold out and there is no waitlist, but feel free to join us for the preview or volunteer!

The run will start and finish at the Puu Ualakaa Park, about 2 miles up Tantalus at 3200 Roundtop Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822.  The race is conducted in the memory of our dear HURT friend, Vi Medusky-Jones who passes away from ALS.

Start Time for the Preview is 7AM sharp Sunday, April 1 at the main parking lot.

Distance 7 miles

Please carry at least 20 ounces of water.  If you are not familiar with Tantalus trails, please print out the course map and carry it with you.

See you there!

Judy, RD

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