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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)

 

 


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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