Happy (almost) Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope everyone has exciting plans to eat lots of turkey and spend time with good friends and family.
I haven't come across any folks who are running on Saturday at 6, so I'm going to leave it open this weekend. If you'd like some company or want to meet at Tantalus, or anywhere, please post here. Great news, the Moleka portion of the trail that was damaged has been fixed since Nov 21st so you can resume your trek loops. Big thanks to Na Ala Hele for their uber fast response.
Special thanks to Marian for leading last weeks hike, it looked like a great time.
Same routine this week, we'll meet at 6am at the Nature Center by the picnic table. Choose your distance and go as far as you like. I know I'll be doing lots of repeats down Nuuanu and up the steepest hills I can find.
With the heavy rains and wind from this past weekend, there seems to be a fair amount of damage to various parts of the trail. Mark posted about another trail collapse on the Moleka trail about 1/2 mile below the tantalus drive crossover (before the bamboo forest climb). As of Sunday it was about 10m across with quite a bit of land and vegetation loss below and NOT passable. It was a fairly sheer drop.
Moleka damage - Thanks Jacque for the photo!
Jeff also mentioned that there is some 'light' erosion/rockfall going down to Nu'uanu after five minute hill as well as a few trees.
The good news is that Na Ala Hele should be out there fixing the Moleka damage this week so the obstruction shouldn't last too long.
If you were looking forward to doing trek loops for training you might need to take the following steps for an alternative route: take a left at the road crossing & run along the road for a mile or so until you see the next trail head on the right and proceed down it. This is the trail we see as we intersect & go down as we come off the Moleka stairs to go to the 4-way intersection (top of hogsback)
As I mentioned last week, if you aren't familiar with the trails, bring a buddy or a map and come join in the fun. Most importantly, watch your footing and be safe out there!
Well it's that time of year again...HURT 100 training season is now fully underway and we're starting to
get quite a bit more serious in to our training.
Most Saturday runs from here through January will start from the Nature Center. If you aren't familiar with the trails, please make sure to bring a buddy who does or have a map prior to coming out.
This week, let's meet at 6am at the Nature Center. Choose your distance and go as far as you like. Most folks have been doing repeats of trek loops due to part of the HURT loop course being closed. I suggest altering the loop a bit and throwing in as many repeats up concrete and 5 minute hills as you can!
This Saturday we'll be doing something new! Come join us on the Waimano Trail starting at 6am.
The course was previewed last weekend and the trail is very run-able. Be sure to bring water, snacks and a hand held light for the tunnels at the end. From the parking across the Pearl City Cultural Center.. go up.. you can't miss the trail head and we'll meet there. See full details and directions below. It's looking to be a large group and lots of fun, so don't miss it!
When: Nov 2nd @ 6am
Distance: 7.2 mi.
Terrain: Varied. Wet gulches to native forest
Trail Info: Waimano Trail begins at a chain link fence next to the parking area.
You will quickly come to a fork where lower Waimano Trail splits from
upper Waimano Trail. They form a loop. Lower Waimano Trail continues on
an old jeep road to the floor of the valley and then follows the stream
for a distance up the valley. The trail will then climb back uphill to
join the upper Waimano Trail. The upper trail goes continues from the
split along the road for 0.5 mile. It then turns left and follows a
ditch and tunnels to an intake in the east branch of Waimano Valley. It
then climbs over a ridge and continues along a stream to an old
abandoned dam. The trail then goes slightly to the right, makes several
switchbacks and then continues gradually up to the Ko`olau summit. This
trail offers a wide variety of native and non-native vegetation and
spectacular views of Waimano Valley. From the summit, the ends at a view
of the windward side of O`ahu.
Directions: 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. Park here - the trails begin at the end of the chain link
For those of you who are itching to begin H.U.R.T. 100 training (only 86 days to go!) and don't need a week of recovery after Peacock, Cheryl will be leading a trek loop run around Tantalus.
If you aren't familiar with the location, you can find it on the map here: http://tinyurl.com/2dmhlfk Plan to be at the Hawaii Nature Center at 6:00 am.
Regarding safety: This is a high theft
area, as this is a popular hiking area. Numerous break-ins reported in
lower parking lot. Suggested parking is on Makiki Heights Drive or down
by the Pumping Station at the junction of Makiki Street and Makiki
Lastly, don' t forget to sign up for a slot to help lead the HURT runs. We'll need a few leaders to take people around the H.U.R.T. course up until race day in January. Read the post if you missed it or sign up below!
This is a call for volunteers to lead the H.U.R.T. Saturday
runs. This is your chance to be a lead and take the group to that trail you’ve
always wanted to run (or hike). Any distance and any pace are absolutely
fine. We typically see the largest
turnout when we are branching out to other trails and many, including myself,
are itching to explore new terrain.
Choose your trail, any trail! Tired of Peacock and
Tantalus? Let’s do something new! Once
your route has been determined, it will be posted on the blog for you during
the week prior to your Saturday.
Meet new people - we have amazing people that show up, from
newbies to the grizzled vets, each and every week. Leading the run gives you a
chance to connect and make loads of new friends.
Anyone can do it – whether it’s your first time running
with H.U.R.T. or your 100th.
Do it your way – make it fun. Want to implement some
ground rules? 10 pushups each mile? Last person down the mountain buys the
first round of drinks? Everyone has to stop and do repeats up the steepest part
of the course? Have fun with it and make up your own rules.
The mission…if you choose to accept it, means that if you
sign up for a slot, it’s yours. Partner up with someone just in case. If not, you'll need to
find your own replacement if you aren’t able to make it.
2014 Trail Series Race Director's are highly encouraged to sign up for
the week or two prior to their races to do the course preview runs!
The goal is to get enough folks to sign up so that each
leader is only responsible for one run every 2-3 months. Your
participation will enable us to continue offering our
weekly Saturday training runs.
Disclaimer: Without your help, weekly runs may not be
continuing on a regular basis…so if you love them and want them to continue,
please sign up for a slot or click the icon below.
Last week we mentioned that in lieu of an official run, many of us will be attending the Celebration of the Life of George Ramos Jr. For those who will be paddling out, if you are able to please bring a lei or flowers to scatter at the same time we scatter the ashes. Lei are nice because you can wear the lei as you paddle out, and then break the string and scatter the flowers (to keep the fish from getting caught up in the string).
Afterwards, there will be tents and chairs set up at Sunset Beach Park (directly across from Sunset Beach). Food will be provided and there will be an open mic and other special touches to honor George as we say goodbye.
Hundreds of people are expected so please allow time to get up there on a hectic North Shore Saturday! Special thanks to Goerge's best friend Steve for putting this amazing event together.
When: Saturday, October 12th
Where: Sunset Beach (North Shore) - you'll see the crowd.
Time: 10am - 2pm
What to bring: Lei or flowers to scatter if you are joining the paddle out.
Well, it's almost here...Peacock 100k is just over 2 weeks away. Before we hang up our shoes, kick back and relax in to our tapers with a pumpkin ale content in the knowledge that we've gotten in all the necessary miles and are ready to go, we've got one last training run to attend to. We'll be meeting at 6 am at the Dillingham Airfield. From what I've heard, there should be people heading out for all kinds of various distances including a few doing the full 30! I'll be planning to lead a shorter Makai loop with a trip up Are's (15-16 miles) for anyone who would like to join. Hopefully those of you in the race have been out training and are familiar with the trails by this point.
Also, next Saturday, October 12th, in lieu of an official run, many of us will be attending the Celebration of the Life of George Ramos Jr. We'll be meeting at Sunset Beach at 10 am and paddling out to sea to say our goodbyes. Hundreds of people are expected so get there early to say Aloha to a remarkable man and member of our H.U.R.T. ohana.
Last week we had a HUGE turnout to welcome Gary and Linda back to the islands for their honeymoon run. I believe just about every stall in the parking lot was taken and we even had our own on-course paparazzi jumping out from behind various mountains and bushes...thanks Robert Smith for coming out and saying hello and taking a few photos while we ran.
Photo Credit: Robert Smith
This week will be more of the same. My guess is that many of you are looking to do at least one more long run, to get in some time on the feet to simulate what you will experience on race day.
This week we will be starting at 4am from the base of Long Road for anyone who would like to join me. We"ll be doing a full loop (30-32 miles total). Bring your flashlights and extra snacks as we'll likely be out there for anywhere from 6-8 hours. View the map to get directions on how to find parking if you aren't sure where to meet. (Map point “A” is bottom of Long Road. Map point “B” is suggested parking)
Otherwise, I'm sure there will be another big group heading out at 6. There won't be an official lead but you can post here if you'd like to see what others are planning on doing.