Triple Trek Course Preview/Training, 8/12

Aloha Everyone,

Congratulations again to all that ran last weekend’s Maunawili Out & Back 22-miler (aka the 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 as well as adapting the race route & post-race fun! It’s now time to keep those legs going for the next-to-final race of the H.U.R.T. trail series, the Tantalus Triple Trek (3T)!!

This year’s race will take place on Saturday, September 2 and will consist of three consecutive loops of the course (for a total of 30+ trail miles). If you do not know the course, please be sure to take part at least two of the training/preview runs in the next few weekends. 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. To add a bit of fun and keep things interesting, we will be running the course in “reverse”.

Course Route: The course will consist of three (10+ mile) loops. Each loop will be as follows:
Head up the Maunalaha trail (Hogsback), across Makiki Valley trail, up Nahuina trail, and along Tantalus Drive. Continue down Kalawahine trail then along Manoa Cliff and Moleka trails, then back across Makiki Valley trail (again) and down the Kanealole (Center/Pipe) trail and back to the start/finish. 

Here is a map of the course. For those unfamiliar with the trails, feel free to print a copy for reference along the training run.


This Saturday, 8/12, will be the first preview/training run with one full loop of the course. Please meet at the picnic and restroom area at the Maunalaha-Kanealole trail head (by the Hawaii Nature Center) at 6am. Runners are expected to bring an adequate amount of water as well as any nutrition they may require, and most of all have fun (this is not race day). If you have not yet been on the Tantalus trails, please make it a point to remain with the group, or be with someone who knows the course.

If you choose to do additional mileage or be on your own, be sure to have adequate water and nutrition as well as know the route (as well as your limits).

Please feel free to contact us via email at hurt3trek[at]

Have a great remainder of the week and hope to see you on the trails!

Sandi and Jeff (da 3T RDs)

Maunawili Out and Back Mahalos and Photos

Congratulations to all that enjoyed the Maunawili trail on a beautiful day - great running everyone!

Click here for the results.

L-R: Jeff Frank, Sergio Florian, Matt Hause, and Bree Wee

Of course, the people that helped each of you in many ways deserve a huge mahalo - please personally thank everyone that volunteered their time and energy so that you could play on the trails. Oahu Na Ala Hele, Kelley Hupp, Jacki Doppelmayer, Judy Carluccio, Rob Carluccio, Jacqueline K. Tellei, Michael J. Lovette-Cole, Brenda C Lovette-Cole, Arvel Shults, Freddy Halmes, Jeffrey Fong, Donielle and Chris Wolfe, Kelly Sutcliffe, Glen Oshiro, Les Omura, Mike Hee, Lane Shimonishi, Teresa Henderson Ullman, Andy Grandinetti, Sue Lohr, Malory Peterson, Sara Santilli, John and PJ Salmonson, Jen McVeay, and many others that went above and beyond to assist.

Race photos courtesy of Kalani Pascual and Augusto Decastro.

Big thanks to all of you!!!

Marian and Neal
Run with the Pigs RDs

Tantalus Triple Trek Shirts and Hats

Congratulations to everyone who finished Run with the Pigs! Tantalus Triple Trek (3T) scheduled for Saturday, Sept 2nd is now gearing up and we are EXCITED! More race and training run announcements to come very shortly.
In the meantime, we would like to offer participants an opportunity to place an order for 3T race apparel. As the lead time for production and shipping is crazy lengthy, the order window will only be open until the end of this week, Sunday, Aug 13th Orders are expected to ship directly to you on 8/30/17, and shipping can take up to 3 weeks.
Sandi and Jeff
3T RDs

Maunawili Out and Back (Run With the Pigs) Instructions


When: Saturday, August 5 at starting at 6:00 a.m.

Where: Koolau Golf Course (see map)


  • Parking – Parking will be very tight. Please see Download Parking map showing our designated parking area. If possible, share a ride to minimize the number of parking spaces needed.  Only those who are doing the full out-n-back and leaving their vehicle for the entire race can park in the designated area.  Relay teams (and those not leaving a vehicle for the duration) should park temporarily in the lower parking lot.  There will be Parking Czars to direct you – please follow their guidance and pull into the inner-most parking stall as closely as practical. 
  • Check-In – ALL runners must check in at the start / finish (that means both relay members). The gate to the golf course should be open by 5:30. There is an outside chance it will be earlier than that, but no guarantees.
  • Start – The race will start at 6:00. All runners must be finished by 2:00 pm. If completing the 22 miles in 8 hours is not possible, there is an early start option.  However; in order to start early, you must contact Marian (808-221-5171) in advance, carry lights with you, and have familiarity with the course (or be with someone that does).  There will be a turn-around cut-off: runners must be out of the turn-around aid station by 10:00 am in order to continue on the course.
  • Relays – Both members of the team must be at the start / finish in the morning to check in and be numbered. The second runner should proceed to the turn-around aid station in Waimanalo (see map) on Waikupanaha Street. When your runner arrives, hand off the car keys and the first runner can return to the finish.
  • Mandatory
    • Time cut-offs – Runners must finish in 8 hours and be out of the aid station by 10:00 a.m.
    • Golf Course – We have port-a-potties for your use. Do NOT go into the golf course for any reason.  Bring your own water to wash up after the run.  No alcohol consumption is allowed.
    • Fluids – You must carry enough water for 11 HOT miles. Sixty ounces minimum is recommended.  You must bring your own electrolytes and calories to endure the distance.
    • Trail Etiquette – Yield to hikers, equestrians, and other runners. Do not leave the established trail.  The pink ribbons will mark the route at both ends of the course.  Blue ribbon means BAD; do not go where there is blue.  If you drop out of the run, you must notify a race director (Neal (554-5848 or Marian 221-5171).  Take care of each other out there!
  • Pau Hana – Please plan to stay and enjoy some food after the run.

Maunawili Out & Back (aka-Run With the Pigs) Preview Run July 22

E7142763180c744800fa1eaf8286cb8bSaturday, July 22 will be the preview run for the Maunawili Out and Back.  The run will start promptly at 6:00 am (same as race-day) at the Koolau Golf Course.  You may park in the uppermost parking lot only!  The gate typically opens about 10-15 minutes before 6:00 am.  

You may choose to go the full out and back distance of 22 miles or go one way only.  If you choose to go one way, you will need to arrange your own transportation at the Waimanalo end of the trail.  I will stash some water on the Waimanalo end for those planning a round trip.  You must carry enough water for a hot 11 miles (recommend 60 ounces each way).  Please bring your own calories and electrolytes.  See you Saturday!


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Firecracker Results and Mahalo!!!

OUTSTANDING Day for a nice run around the Ka'ena Point!!! 

Congratulations to all of you for your incredible accomplishment today under some epic conditions!!

I also want to thank John and PJ for allowing Benita and I to have the honor of hosting this great HURT event, Mahalo!!!

These events are all successful because of the hard work and dedication of our volunteer work force!!! Our HURT community is strong and supportive of each other and make these HURT Trail series runs a joy to attend!! 

Now I am just going to say thank you to everyone that Benita and I can think of, please forgive us if we omit your name..

Thanks USMC (3rd Radio BN), Jeffery, Freddy, Mike C, Mike, H, Mike, O, Daintry, Yumi, Carina, Linda, Jackie, Marin, Shell, Connie, Sandi, Myra, Ruby, Loren, Gus, Kalani, Liza, Chris, Jess, Tony, Nate, The Wolfe's, Lisa, Jaren, The Florian's, Andy....... 

Firecracker 2017 Results

Again, we thank you all for another fantastic event!!!



Arvel and Benita




Final Firecracker 10 Mile Race Post

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1 July 2017, 7 AM start time 

Ka'ena Point on the North Shore of Oahu 










Map Link:,-158.2372,226m/data=!3m1!1e3

Please park to the left of the main parking area (as we want to share the main area with other park visitors) and take guidance from our parking attendances as needed. 

Please show up 15 minutes minimum prior to 7 AM to allow for Check in with John and PJ.

Bring a water bottle to run with (20 oz minimum), festive clothing to run in, sun screen, sun glasses, a hat/visor and any other items that will allow you to traverse this nice flat out and back 10 mile course :)

Always be kind and courteous to each other, our race staff and all volunteers!! Mean people will not be tolerated, and possibly made to run the course again to ensure accurate timing!!!! BE NICE!!!! Please thank your volunteers as you run around this beautiful course. 

There will be hand made prizes for the first 5 places for men and women, and Best "Festive" attire prize too!!!

Then hang out with us and share the Aloha and stories of your exciting race around the farthest most point of Oahu!!

Reminder that this is a "Festive" run, so please feel free to wear appropriate clothing to show your enthusiasm for this awesome time of year!! This event is also a pot luck, and you are encouraged to bring a small dish or beverages to share with others.


Arvel and Benita


Kaena Point Firecracker Preview Run


Firecracker Preview Run, 24 June 0700 Start time!!

Bring water and some fuel (food or other secret stuff), sun screen, hat, sun glasses, running shoes (please wear cloths too, we don't want to scare anyone or the local wild life).

The course runs from the end of the pavement at Mokuleia past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman, to where the pavement begins again on the Waianae coast side at Yokohama Bay

Directions to the Start:

From the North Shore, follow the signs to Waialua/Mokuleia. Follow Farrington Highway past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman. At the end of the paved road, you will come to Kaena Point State Park dirt parking lot on your left, as we need to ensure park visitors have parking to share the park with us, so we will leave them the primary parking on the right.

Map Link:,-158.2372,226m/data=!3m1!1e3

Hope to see you there, Aloha!!!

Arvel and Benita Shults









Kaena Point Firecracker 10+



Start Time
1 July 2017
Race starts at 7:00am.

If not attending, please cancel your run in Ultrasignup, this will allow us to put others into the event so that a slot to run is not wasted.

Kaena Point familiarization run
There is another running group (BC Endurance) that is meeting at the Point this weekend 17 June 0730 for a run in the area (not the course). If you have never been there, this would be a great opportunity to see the terrain and just get familiar with the area.There will be course preview runs coming up soon, watch for those postings here soon!!!

This race is a pot luck so bring a dish to share, and the course is fast, flat, out-and-back that is a little longer than 10 miles and parallels the ocean along jeep trails and an old sugar cane railroad line. The course runs from the end of the pavement at Mokuleia past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman, to where the pavement begins again on the Waianae coast side at Yokohama Bay. We will have an aid station with water set up at the turnaround, however, we will require ALL runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20-ounce bottle) during the run. It is a hot course without much shade. Please feel free to be "Holiday Festive" in your attire and bring a local kine dish to share with all.

Directions to the Race Start: From the North Shore, follow the signs to Waialua/Mokuleia. Follow Farrington Highway past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman. At the end of the paved road, you will come to Kaena Point State Park dirt parking lot on your left, as we need to ensure park visitors have parking to share the park with us, so we will leave them the primary parking on the right. There will be parking attendants directing you where to park.

Map Link:,-158.2372,226m/data=!3m1!1e3

We are still accepting volunteers to assist us with the event.
If you are interested in helping please send an email to Benita and I and we will add you to the list and provide details as they develop!!
Send mail to:
Subject: Firecracker Volunteer

Final instructions to be published soon!!!


Arvel and Benita