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Camino de Santiago Run

I'm heading out to Spain to join a friend for an epic run.  I can only take a short time off from work (1 week), so I cannot do the full journey.

The plan is to connect with my ultra friend Erik in OCebreiro in Galicia Spain.  That's just over 100 miles from Santiago de Compestela.  The camino is over 1,000 years old and travels through several small towns.  We are carrying all gear and sleeping where we can.  Erik is starting in France and will get in over 400 miles, but then he can take off 3 weeks from work.

I'll drop a blog along the trail when I find a cafe and snap some photos to load later.

Saturday Training 4-30-05

Aloha Athletes !

This Saturday will take us on a rare visit to the Leeward side for some nice ocean vistas.

Saturday Training 4-30-05 "Kaena Point"

Meeting time: 6:20 am  Starting time: 6:30 am "sharp"

Meeting place: Dillingham Airfield and Gliderport on Farrington Hwy. Take a left into the last entrance to the airfield and circle around to the parking lot on the mauka side of the buildings. Park there.

Training: Take the road to the end and then the trail around Kaena Point to the Yokohama Beach (Makaha) side to the bathrooms, and then return to the cars. Repeat (optional).

Distance: With road portion, approx. 12 miles per out and back.

Duration: 2 1/2 to 3 hours (ave.) per loop

***PLEASE BRING PLENTY OF WATER FOR THE ENTIRE LOOP, AS THERE"S NO DRINKING WATER ON THE MAKAHA SIDE !! Also, sunscreen and hats are recommended ! It will be warm !

Don Fallis



This past Saturday, almost 30 volunteers mustered at the Hawaii Nature Center for Makiki Wai workday.  In addition to planting and general trail maintenance, volunteers completed the long discussed fence between Kanealole Trail and the Makiki baseyard.

HURT members, assisted by volunteers, tie-wired split bamboo pickets onto the chain-link fencing and gates to create a "rustic" looking barrier.  Please kokua with the new route by diverting onto the new trail section - go over the "HURT" bridge on the way back to NC.

Mahalo to all you HURT runners who volunteered your Saturday to come out and help!


The Trail Advisory Council met this past Tuesday.  Some of the more pertinent items discussed were:

1.  DLNR is issuing a conditional use permit to the Conservation Council for a 1 year period.  Council volunteers will be weeding and hand clearing various sections of Manoa Cliffs Trail once a month (no herbicide).  Volunteers will be allowed to work without direct supervision by DLNR personnel.  Hopefully this will provide a model for HURT members to volunteer as well.  If you see workers on Manoa Cliffs Trail while running, please be sure to stop and thank them!

2.  Negotiations are underway to lease 30 parking stalls at Paradise Park from the Wong family.  Parking will no longer be allowed at the trailhead.  There are also plans underway to install a cattle gate at the lower boundry of Paradise Park which will close the area off after hours.

3.  DLNR staffing is now complete.  Jason Misaki will be working with personnel from OCCC and Patricia Tannahill will work with volunteer groups.

4.  Construction of the new Nature Center structure is on schedule - photos attached.  NC is advertising week long summer programs for kids.  If you are interested, please give them a call.



Mahalo again to all of you who took the time to send me your thoughts concerning requests by the Commercial Trail Activity Council.  The CTAC wanted to increase the size of hiker groups, use trails on weekends, and make more trails available for commercial activity. (Click on the photo's to enlarge them)

Although the requests will be discussed further, the general consensus by Trail User groups (HURT, Hawaii Motorsport, Equestrians, Hunters, Mountain Bikers, 4-Wheelers, and Hiking groups) were not to allow the requests.  Stay tuned!

Mike Garcia

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.

Continue reading "2005 HURT Trail Series: Top of Tantalus by Rex Vlcek" »

Photo's from 2005 (04/16) Top of Tantalus H.U.R.T. Trail Series Run

Thanks to Rex and Kat, the photo's from the Top of Tantalus Race on 04/16/05 have been posted to the blog. Please click here or on the link on the left-hand side of the blog under Photo Albums. The thumbnails can be enlarged by clicking on them if they don't open up large on their own.

Results will be posted soon.

Detailed information on the next H.U.R.T. Trail Series race, A Run with View on May 14 will be available soon.

Saturday Training 4-23-05

Aloha Athletes !

The first race of the 2005 HURT Trail Series was a blast ! Congratulations to all that participated. The results will be sent out soon. A big mahalo to co-race directors Rex Vlcek and Bob Murphy for an excellent job ! 53 runners participated.

Congratulations to Nick Kaiser who today ran the Boston Marathon in 3:10:58. Yea Nick ! He's a very good runner !

With almost all of our regulars involved in the Swamp Romp this coming Saturday, the trails should be deserted, so we will have a Saturday Training run for the few of us left (followed by trail maintenance @ 9 am, for those who are interested).

Saturday Training 4-23-05

Meeting time: 6:20 am

Starting time: 6:30 am

Meeting place: Hawaii Nature Center lower parking lot

Training: 10 mile Reverse Trek loop




Once again, the Oahu Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program and the Hawaii Nature Center are requesting volunteers to come out and work on the Makiki Watershed Awareness Initiative.

Next workday will be on Saturday, 23 April 2005:

     1.  Meet at the Makiki Forestry Baseyard @ 0900- you may go through the gate and park in the old lot if working.

     2.  Bring hat, sunscreen, bug juice, lunch, and liquids.

     3.  Aaron will provide work gloves and tools.

     4.  Work may include weeding or clearing, laying gravel, painting bridges, watering and planting Hawaiian native plants.

     5.  "Pau hana" will be at 1400, but if you need to leave a little earlier, that will be fine.

Hope to see you there!

Mike Garcia

Sat. Training/Top of Tantalus Race

Aloha Athletes !

The first HURT Trail Series Race of 2005 is finally here...this Saturday (4-16-05) at 7:00 am ! Please be at Puu Ualakaa Park by 6:30 am to sign-in for this 7 mile, fun, trail race. There's a nominal $10 entry fee which includes awards and post-race pupus. Very nice Patagonia shirts will be available for a limited time for $15, so get yours early. Contact Rex @ 497-7415 or Bob @ 838-1399 for additional info.

There will be a fun run with Triathlete Willie Stewart...AND a party for Alex Papadopalous after the race. Be there !!


A Monday on the Trails--Top of Tantalus

Got the rare opportunity (or excuse) to hit the trails on a Monday morning as Barbi was scheduled to not start work until this afternoon.

We went out and ran the course for this coming Saturday's Top of Tantalus trail race. This is the first in the 2005 H.U.R.T. trail series. Click here for more on the series or look under Upcoming Races on the blog.

The trails are in their usual condition--wet and muddy where it is usually wet and muddy, with no major hazards or downed trees! I was somewhat surprised (though I am not sure why?), at how wet the trails were given just yesterday I took my daughter up Nuuanu trail from Jackass Ginger to just past the grassy knoll at the top and it was very dry up there.

Anyway, we had a great run and look forward to Saturday's race. Hope to see you out there!

Steve Dewald and other Hawaii Athletes at the Inaugural Arizona Ironman

The inaguaral Arizona Ironman triathlon was this past Saturday, (4/9/05) and H.U.R.T. members (past and present plus friends of H.U.R.T. members) did well.

Steve Dewald completed the race in 11:49.01. Showing his H.U.R.T. legs, Steve ran a 4:15.45 marathon to end the race. Wow! Congratualtions and way to go Steve!!

Other times:

  • Collette Haney: 12:15.12
  • Kelley Hupp: 12:21.42
  • Wendy Minor: 14:35.48

Congratulations to all of these competitors. It sounds like the race was tough, with some strong winds, and a confusing end to the bike portion of the race. Almost 1800 athletes participated in this race held in Tempe, Arizona.