Yey! Nature Center aid station now has parking Nazi's covered both days (Barbi and Rob Lahoe), as well as coffee gophers (Jessie Faige & Tara O'Neill) - Thank you!!!
This is one last plea for our aid station supplies (mostly aimed at HURT Trail series Race Directors - please everybody look in your storage areas - We are missing the shallow green bin with all of the kitchen utensils I've collected over the years, as well as some white Costco tables. The only table we have left over here is the folding one Julie donated a couple years ago. Please let me know if you have any of this stuff. I'll need to shop for replacements by Monday.
Barbie McAllaster was kind enough to volunteer for the parking nazi on Friday afternoon, for the Mandatory Runners' meeting.
So we still need a good soul to handle parking for an hour and a half Saturday morning, at the Nature Center, 4:15 am. That will give you enough time to run up and see the start. Also, for the sake of us spending a day and a half working the three aid stations, we will be desperate for coffee to help us stay awake.
Help! Can somebody take care of us, and pick up coffee at Manoa Starbucks, 7:30pm Saturday, and then 5am Sunday? Don't forget, volunteer work wins you kukui nuts for next year's race (oh no, not that!)
This Saturday, January 10, we will be working with Na Ala Hele (NAH) to perform various types of work on the Tantalus and Nu'uanu trails in preparation for the big event in two weeks. We will be meeting up at the Na Ala Hele offices/base yard at 7am (just up the driveway past the Nature Center) to sign waivers, get instruction, and pack equipment before heading up to the areas of work. Those wishing to partipate should be able to willing to do put in a good day's amount of manual labor as we will be hiking in from the trail heads (and back out) with tools as well as performing the necessary trail work (i.e., vegetation clearance, trail widening).
If you would like to volunteer in this effort, please contact me (email@example.com) by the morning of Thursday, January 8, as we need to get a approximate number of people NAH. Volunteers shoud bring water and snacks/energy as well as wear appropriate clothing (i.e., old pants, shirts, hiking/trail shoes). We should be finished and back at the Nature Center by about 1:30/2pm.
Well, this year was particularly challenging for me personally. Between my Crohn’s related health challenges and some unexpected and rather frustrating photography equipment technical challenges this certainly wasn’t my finest performance. Thankfully there were several other dedicated photographers out there working hard to capture the memories for as many of the runners, pacers, crew & volunteers alike. I plan to come back next year much healthier and better prepared but then again who doesn’t?
Enough babble, on with the show. Here’s about 600 of my best images from this year. Happy viewing!
We know most of you will be out at the HURT 100 this weekend.For many it is the culmination of months of training, for others you will be there volunteering at an aid station, serving as a pacer or safety patrol. However if you can't get out, you have a couple of options.
Leaving from Paradise Park around 5pm for a night crawl. Likely last long run, so slow and steady (and safe). Plan for a loop plus repeat. Parking below the bus stop on Manoa Rd. Lights, food, umbrella (jk) and good attitude. Come for a few miles, a few hours or less. If you need to start earlier or later, feel free and we'll connect on the trails. Aloha - Paul S.
The Hawaiian Ultra Running Team (HURT), is putting on the fourteenth annual 100 mile trail race on Jan. 18 and 19th. We start at the Makiki Nature Center on Sat at 6am. The cut-off is Sunday, 6pm.
My husband, John, and I, are organizing the start-finish line aid station, and putting together our team of volunteers again. We will also have a contingent of volunteers from Tripler, thanks to Joel Jenkins.
Basically our volunteers help prepare aid station food- fruit, sandwiches, cookies, soups- and keep levels of the water and Gatorade coolers full. Volunteers also greet the runners as they come in, and cater to their every needs- help them get to their drop bag, fill their water bottles, show them where the food it, cheer them on! etc.
After the 6am start, the runners start coming back into our aid station late Saturday morning, from the first of five 20 mile loops. The route is Nature Center- Paradise Park- Nuuanu Jackass Ginger- Nature Center, via the trails. They run throughout the night, and some right up to 6 pm Sunday.
Half of our runners are from the mainland, Canada, China, & Japan, Iceland, Russia, Chili, Australia, Germany this year. It is inspiring to watch them come in and out of our aid station, and rewarding to help them get through a grueling race.
We are looking to fill the following shifts with about three-four volunteers each shift:
· Sat 10 am to 4 pm lot of food prep and kitchen set up for the duration
· Sat 4 pm to 10pm- the usual runner assistance
· Sat 10 pm to Sun 4 am "
· Sun 4am to 10 am "
· Sun 10 am to 5 pm "
· Sun 5 pm to 7 pm tear-down and clean-up
Other miscellaneous jobs include:
· 1 pm Friday for the Mandatory Runner's Mtg- parking nazi for 2 hours, at entrance to Nature Center
· 4:15 am Saturday, parking Nazi at entrance to Nature Center, until 5:45 am
· 7 am to 10 am- help with aid station set-up (organize runner's drop bags)
· 5:30 am- set up glow lights along beginning of trail for the start
· An aid station volunteer to replace PJ (out on special duty) for about 5 hours, some time middle of the night
· on- call gofers, any time
If you wish to volunteer, please email PJ at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 351-1453 to I can schedule you in. Many thanks, PJ Salmonson
In case you have been off line, in a cave, or under the weather, this weekend is the HURT 100. Many of you are either running the race, volunteering at the race, pacing a runner, or in some way helping out. If you are not, come on out and help cheer on the runners, lend a hand and see what you are missing. More info is on the HURT 100 Trail Race site.
For those who can't get out to the race, live updates will be posted here from UltraLive.Net.
You can also find updates on Twitter with the hashtag: #HURT100 via @HURTHawaii
I am sure people will be posting to Facebook as well.
Best of luck to all the runners. See you out there!