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Saturday Training, 11-4-06: Two HURT Loops, Starting at Manoa

Aloha Athletes, It's time to do a double loop. Please note the 5:00 a.m. start time.

As always, you can join us for part of the day or a portion of the HURT course. Don't feel you have to go 40 miles if you just want to get some training or trail experience.

Saturday Training

Meeting time: 4:50 am

Starting time: 5:00 am

Meeting place: The mauka end of Manoa Rd. just before it narrows, as it heads back into Paradise Park.  Park on the street and please be quiet as this is a residential neighborhood.

Training: Two full HURT loops

Distance: 40 miles

Duration: 10 - 12 + hrs.

Stash: Water & Gatorade in Nuuanu. Water at the Nature Center

Bring: Water & other nutritional aid for your own use at the start/finish.

Good training! Aloha, Bob

Winning Entry: Some Runners Thoughts on the HURT 100

As announced earlier (original announcement), we ran a contest for the best short promo or endorsement of the HURT 100. There were four entries received. Click here to read all of the entries. It was a hard decision as they were really all well written.

The winning entry, Jimmy Wrublik! Congratulations Jimmy. Thanks to our other contributors, Peter Bakwin, Jeff Genova, and Matt Stevens.

2007 HURT 100 Participant List as of 10-26-06

Click here for the latest HURT 100 participant list. One returning HURT 100 participant, in fact she has been at every HURT 100, Catra Corbett, just won the PCTR San Francisco 24 hour race. She was first woman and 5th overall. Watch out for Catra at HURT. She's been doing great at lots of races!!

The Hawaii runners were out in force this past Friday night putting in the miles and testing out their lighting systems. There were at least 10 - 12 runners out on various sections of the HURT course. If you have a good base built up, there is still time to get your application in. Click here for an application.


Manoa Cliffs Trailwork on Saturday, 28 October.

Mahalo to Mae, Bozo, Trish, PJ, Harald, Nathan, Young John, Matt, and Bob for coming out to work this past weekend! 

I am certain runners and hikers will appreciate the great work you all did on this section of trail.

Our group accessed their work area by walking up concrete road and descending onto Manoa Cliffs trail from Puu Ohia (a sneaky way to squeeze in a little more training).

The actual work started from the old trex sign. Bob and Mae began there, clearing the overhanging branches and ginger to open up the trail.

The rest of our work party made its way down to the badly eroded right-hand turn section w/two large hanging boulders.  We managed to move both boulders further down the trail and constructed a terrace.  This section should now be very runnable for HURT and future T-Treks.

To divert water off the trail and minimize further erosion we also built a drainage swale at the bottom of the new terrace.  The rutted section of trail just below was also regraded.

By this time, we were all quite ready to head for the finish line and enjoy some cold drinks.   Not wanting things to be "easy," we hiked out to the truck via Kalawahine.

Thank you Harald - you kept our group spellbound w/an interesting dissertation on black-holes and how they were formed!

I can't begin to thank you all for making the time to come out and help!  See you for the next work session in December.





Congratulations to Ironman Finishers

Congratulations to Kona Ironman finishers, Nick Kaiser, Wendy Minor, and Gil Loomis. It sounds like they all had excellent races. Here's a photo of Gil wearing his finishers hat along with Steve Dewald. Note the post-race recovery drinks! Gil_ironman_2006 Click to enlarge it.

Talking with Wendy Minor, she looks forward to the week after Ironman as it is her only week to rest or not train. She comes home, unpacks from Ironman and repacks for the Xterra World Championships on Maui that takes place Sunday, 10/29.

Steve Dewald is also participating in Xterra and then he goes off to Ironman Florida on 11/4. I am sure Steve and Wendy will have plenty to discuss--what's easier, Ironman Kona and then Xterra or Xterra and then an Ironman. At least Wendy has less travel time!

Again, Congratulations and Good Luck!!

Saturday Training (Really Friday Evening), 10-27-06

This week we are planning a Friday evening training to get on the trails after dark. This is really important training for the HURT 100 as approximately 12 hours of the race are done in the dark. It's important for participants and their pacers to be comfortable on the trails, confident in their lighting choices, and experienced at moving in the dark on the trails. More of these trainings will be planned.

P.S. Don't forget--Saturday Work Day. (This is really why we are scheduling the Friday night run, so we can help on Saturday.) Coordinated by Mike Garcia. Click here for more info and please plan on making it out to help. Remember it's Make A Difference Day. Let's make a difference on the trails.

Friday Evening Training

Meeting time: 5:00 pm

Starting time: 5:14 pm

Meeting place: Across the street from the water pumping station on Makiki Heights Drive. This is just down the street from the entrance to the Nature Center in the neighborhood.

Training: One or Two Reverse Trek Loops.

Distance: 10 or 20 miles

Duration: 4 - 5 hrs.

Stash: We will plan on carrying some water/gatorade up to stash up near the Nature Center to refill between loops.

Bring: Be prepared with a good flashlight/headlamp or both and possible evening showers. Bring your own nutritional or other aid for your own use at the start/finish.

Good training! Aloha, Bob

TRAIL WORK on "Make a Difference Day"

A big Mahalo to all of you who replied to the recent request for trail work volunteers!
Just a short post with the particulars:
    1.  Date:  Saturday, 28 October 2006
    2.  Time:  0800
    3.  Meet:  At bottom of concrete road.  Parking topside will be tight, so in the interest of combining training w/work, some of you may elect to park below by the pumping station and run/hike up.  There is also parking at the bottom of Puu Ohia trail further up the road past concrete.
    4.  Bring:  Water, bug spray, sunscreen, lunch, etc.
    5.  Tools:  Arrangements have been made to pick up tools and return same to baseyard.  Tools will be delivered topside where we will meet (look for my red truck).
    6.  Scope of work:  After distribution of tools, we will hike up to the top of concrete road (still more training).  The day's plan is to break into groups, then work our way down from the old trex sign on Manoa Cliffs to the intersection of Kalawahine/Manoa Cliffs trails.  Work crews will concentrate on grading in deeply rutted sections of trail and grooming.  If we are fortunate to have enough help, we will dedicate one crew to repairing the badly eroded section just below our last major repair job.
Typical_rutted_sections_of_trail_1               Lower_section_needing_repair
Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone you think may be interested in helping - my sincere apologies if I have inadvertently left someone off this post.
Would appreciate a definite reply from those planning to come by Wednesday, 25 October - need to bring enough tools for all.
Mahalo again!
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WARNING: Crazed Young Haole Runner Terrorizing HURT Veterans on Trails!

BEWARE!  Yesterday there were two incidents (possibly connected! ...gasp...) involving an unidentified haole runner wreaking havoc on local HURT runners.  The suspect was said to be about 5'7'', 130 lbs., and wearing gray shorts.  According to eye witnesses who have requested to remain anonymous, (thanks for the anonymous tip, Don Fallis, Rex and Kat) the unknown suspect was "moving like a bat out of hell up hogsback!"  On the first incident, the culprit used his water bottle as a weapon, hosing Don half way up hogsback in a sneak attack that used up nearly half a bottle.  In the second attack, the suspect hid in some bushes on the trail down to Paradise Park and simulated the sounds of a mama boar about to attack.  Anonymous tip provider (Rex) was unsure if the resulting stains would come out of his running shorts.  If any more information is needed on these attacks, I'm certain that Don, Rex and Kat will be happy to provide more detailed accounts.  Despite any embarrassment, I'm sure all the victims of these senseless pranks recognize the importance of sharing their stories to ensure all our safety out on the trails. If anyone has information on these troubling incidents, please contact the lead investigator on this case, Matt Stevens, as soon as possible.  Mahalos.

PS: If anyone out there is in need of some inspiration for their HURT 100 training, check out the below video links.  They are pretty sweet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QjYx6drVaA Lance Armstrong's Highligt Reel with Music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7A_QUlMbvY Greatest Distance Track Finishes with Music

Saturday Training, 10-21-06: HURT Loop, Starting at Manoa

This Saturday we are planning on running a HURT loop starting in Manoa and going over to Nuuanu and then running to the Nature Center and finishing back in Manoa at Paradise Park. Rex and Kat will be leading this week.

Good luck to Gil, Nick, and Wendy over in Kona!!

Just a head's up: We plan on a night run on Friday, October 27. We are probably going to do two reverse Trek loops. More details later. Get your flashlights/headlamps out. This is also good training for HURT 100 pacers.

Saturday Training

Meeting time: 5:50 am

Starting time: 6:00 am

Meeting place: The mauka end of Manoa Rd. just before it narrows, as it heads back into Paradise Park.  Park on the street and please be quiet as this is a residential neighborhood.

Training: One full HURT loop

Distance: 20 miles

Duration: 5 - 6 hrs.

Stash: Water & Gatorade in Nuuanu. Water at the Nature Center

Bring: Water & other nutritional aid for your own use at the start/finish. Be prepared with electrolytes as it will probably be hot and humid.

Good training! Aloha, Bob

Break-Ins at Nature Center and Neighborhood Board Meeting on Thursday Evening

The Makiki-Punchbowl-Tantalus Neighborhood Board meeting is scheduled this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (updated time) at the Maikiki District Park at 1527 Keeaumuku Street. The parking lot entrance is off of Keeaumoku, just Makai of Wilder Street. The building is just Mauka  of the swimming pool, to the left.

We got on their agenda, and they are ready to hear our story. Mr. Steelquist says it is pretty informal, and we can ask for practical suggestions about making the lower parking lot safer.

Please call PJ at 235-0577 if you can attend, or if you have any information or suggestions. This is a good chance to make yourself heard. Speak now or forever hold your peace!

HURT 12 Hour Photos & Results

As PJ said, the HURT 12 Hour concluded an exciting and fun 2006 Trail Series. PJ took a few pictures and you can view them here. Click here to see the results.

The man with the most laps was Paul Hopwood of Maui. He came over and participated as a way to check out the trails for the HURT 100. Paul ran a total of 42.5 miles. Cheryl Loomis was the top woman in the race, running 30 miles. Congratulations and thanks to all the runners!

A big Mahalo to everyone who was involved with the 2006 Trail Series. This includes all the individual race directors, the participants, and especially to John and PJ for supporting us and making this happen.

Aloha, Bob

2007 HURT 100 Entrant List as of 10-16-06

Here's the latest HURT 100 applicant's list. Click here to view it. Included in this list are three HURT veterans. One of them, Nick Kaiser is off to do the Kona Ironman this coming weekend.

Remember the HURT 100 gives you an opportunity to get that first 100 mile race under your belt early in 2007. Start the year off by spending some time on the trails in Hawaii. Get those applications in!!