Belated Tinman Congratulations!

Congratulations goes out to the following H.U.R.T. runners (apologies to anyone I missed) who took to the water and their bikes this past weekend (in addition to their normal running) and participated in the Tinman triathlon.

Kat Tagaca  2:46.087 (17th in her age group)

Ed Bugarin  2:28.334 (18th in his age group)

Nick Kaiser  2:07.345  (2nd in his age group)

Great job! I think this is only Nick's second triathlon and he is heading to Kona this October after qualifying at Honu earlier this summer. Wow!

Get out there and train!


2005 Swamp Romp

The 2005 Swamp Romp was held today and H.U.R.T. was well represented by 6 women led by Cheryl. Other team members were Steph, Kat, Marion, Wendy, and Barbi. They all looked like they had a lot of fun.

Click here to see photo's of the event.

Other H.U.R.T. runners participating on various teams were Steph's husband, Joel, Shoko, Ed,--leading a team of women called T& A, and several other runners from last Saturday's Trail Series race.

Rex and I had a great time taking photographs and watching all of the participants. It is definitely a fun event for spectators as well. I would encourage all of you to either get a team together for next year's race or come out to watch and support the other teams.


2005 HURT Trail Series: Top of Tantalus by Rex Vlcek

The 2005 HURT Trail Series got off to a great start on Saturday, April 16, with the Top of Tantalus 7 mile run. The lookout at Pu`u `Ualaka`a State Park set the stage for the 53 eager participants as the sweeping, panoramic view featured a sunrise over Diamond Head crater, a blue Pacific Ocean with gentle rolling surf along the South Shore framed the city of Honolulu and the radiant white granite of the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery. This could possibly be one of the most uniquely beautiful starts of any race in the world.

A relatively dry, well groomed trail coupled with a Bluebird morning set the tone of the race with local favorite Kevin Murphy dashing from the start to be the first runner over the sun drenched, dew covered lawn of the park, across the parking lot and then, ducking his head, he vanished through a hole in the thick woods that appeared to be custom made for Bilbo Baggins. The rest of the pack snaked their way behind him until all seemed to be sucked, one by one, right into the verdant foliage of the forest.

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