Kaena Point Firecracker Results and Photos (Updated)

P7040009 Saturday July 4th, 138 people showed up bright and early to run 10 miles and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kaena Point.

Thank you to everyone that showed up and brought all the wonderful post-race potluck goodies.

We appreciate the support of everyone who came out and helped. Special recognition to John and PJ for registering and timing everyone. Joel and Step Jenkins--thank you for providing aid at the turn-around point. Thanks also to Rex and Cheryl who rode bikes out on the course and provided direction and support.I know I am probably forgetting someone as many people help with these races.

When we first started the trail series races, the idea was to keep them small, informal, low cost, and fun. Each year these races have gotten bigger and bigger. Registering and timing 50 runners was one thing. 75 to 80 runners are manageable. Now that our races are getting as big as they are, registering (and getting everyone's name correct), timing (and getting everyone's time correct), is all getting a bit more complicated. While we try to do our best, please understand if we don't get it all perfect. We are open to suggestions on this if you have any good ideas. Remember folks, this is a fun run, not a Boston qualifier!!! We are all just volunteering here.

I have added more photos here that Cheryl took out on the course. Here are the photos I have from the start/finish. If you click on the first photo in the album, it will become larger and you can click through all the photos like a slideshow.

P7040044 Laura Kloepper gave us an informal Brooks clinic and is showing us how the insole for her Cascadia running shoes has a profile of the Western States 100 Trail race printed on it.

We welcomed back recent WS 100 finishers, Gil Loomis, Marian Yasuda, and Ernest Tay.

The results can be seen here. We had some fast runners show up this year.

P7040039 Men's top 4 left to right


The woman's winner with a friend.

Remember the next race in the H.U.R.T. Trail Series is the Maunawili Out and Back. If you run it solo, the distance is 22 miles. Two-person relay teams are an option for this race with each runner doing 11 miles. The race is on August 1. Get ready as I hear you might be running with the pigs!


Bob & Barbi

4th of July: Kaena Point Firecracker 10 Mile Race

Fliagfirework Show-up Saturday morning at least 30 minutes before the 7:00 a.m. start of the race and pay your $10 entry fee is all you need to do to run the Kaena Point Firecracker 10 Mile Race.

This is part of the H.U.R.T. Trail Series. In addition to the race, stick around for the post race potluck. Bring your favorite 4th of July dish to share. J0439251 We will have normal post-race fruit and drinks plus hot dogs, watermelon and lots of other tasty treats.

Bring a chair and your beach towel to cool off in the ocean after the race. If you want shade, you might want to bring a pop-up tent for after the race as there are no shade trees at the race start.

We will also be welcoming back the Hawaii Western States runners.

If you need more information like directions etc., please click here to read a previous post about the race.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning! As promised, no additional loops and we won't run the course in reverse. 


Bob & Barbi

Fourth of July H.U.R.T. Trail Series Race

Kaena Point Firecracker 10 Mile Trail Race: Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00 a.m.

Start the Holiday weekend off with a Bang!!


The next race in the H.U.R.T. Trail Series is the Kaena Point Firecracker 10 mile race. This race is a fast, flat, out and back course that parallels the ocean along jeep trails and an old sugar cane rail line.  We promise, no extra loops and we won't make you run the course in reverse!

The race starts at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.

The course is typically hot on the way out, shady along the Waianae side and there is usually a very nice in-your-face breeze along the return. The route is so simple that we will not even be marking the course. Keep the ocean on your right side on the way out and keep the ocean on your left side on your return.

As with all of our trail races, there is no pre-registration, just show up at least 30 minutes prior to the race start, pay the $10 entry fee and you are all set.

We plan to have a little potluck after the race, so bring a dish to share, a beach chair, and sunscreen.

The route goes from the end of the pavement past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman, to where the pavement begins again on the Waianae coast side of Kaena Point. We will have an aid station set up at the turnaround, however we encourage all runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20 ounce bottle) during the run. It is hot out there and there is not much shade. Don't forget a hat and sunscreen.

Click here to see 2008 results. Click here and here to see photos from the start finish in 2008. Nick Kaiser's wife Pel took these awesome photos in 2007 out on the course.

If you need driving instructions, click here for general instructions from the Honolulu Airport area. Drive to the end of the paved road. There are no bathrooms at the start/finish. Plan accordingly.

Aloha, Bob and Barbi

Mango Madness and All Photos and Results

Great day of running out on the trails Saturday. Thanks to Race Directors Pete and Mike for putting such a fun race together.

I've got lots of photos from Peter Daspit who according to Cheryl is our new H.U.R.T. photographer in training. Thanks Peter!!

There are four albums from Peter and they can viewed here: Album 1, Album 2, Album 3, and Album 4. Album 5 are photos taken by Rex. Thanks Rex!

Results can be seen here. Keep in mind these results are a bit tweaked due to some runners having to go up Concrete Hill twice and other runners only having to do it once. I think everyone still had fun and that is what these trail series races are all about.

Thanks to all the volunteers as well. We had Cheryl, Don, Marian, Ernest, and Fish all helping out and of course John and PJ providing overall leadership and guidance. Thanks!

Don't forget, the next race in the H.U.R.T. Trail Series is the Kaena Point Firecracker on July 4th. More info will be available soon.

Run with a View Results and Photos

Perfect weather+beautiful trails+good people+great post-race food = FUN!!

Cheryl and Don put together a really fun event this past Saturday and it looked like the 85 participants all enjoyed themselves.

Not wanting past participants to be bored, the race directors, Cheryl and Don decided to have us run the looped course in reverse from previous years. For the most part this worked just fine except a few people missed a turn or two and others felt the uphill climbs getting back to the dirt road from the dry stream crossing made the course a bit more challenging. All in all, it was just good fun.

You can see the results here. Congratulations go out to Men's winner Chad Seymour and Women's winner Candes Gentry.

The photos were taken by Cheryl and Kat. Thanks for taking all of these. There are 178 photos to be viewed here

Thanks also to the other volunteers--Lisa Dewald and the boys who helped with the aid station. Gil Loomis, Fish, Kat and of course John and PJ. I am probably forgetting someone?

We return back to Makiki for the next race in the H.U.R.T. Trail series: Mango Madness is June 13. Put it on your calendar now.

I guess the only thing I was questioning a bit was why it appeared that there were some runners who ran the race but didn't pay the fee??? I realize we are having some tough economic times but we are talking $10 here. IN fact I heard some woman who was pretty fast was not a registered/paid runner? I don't get that!

H.U.R.T. Trail Series "Run with a View" Saturday May 9, 2009

IMG_1199 Aloha Athletes,

The next race in the 2009 H.U.R.T. Trail Series is coming up this Saturday. The Run with A View race is 8 miles of fun. In typical H.U.R.T. style, the course is 4 miles uphill and the second half, all downhill.

2008 race results and photos can be found on the right side using the drop down menus.

Since we are starting in a neighborhood park, let's be good neighbors and keep it quiet during race arrivals and registration.

The race starts at the neighborhood park (on the left) at the corner of Kaahele St. and Naalii St., goes 1/2 mile up Kaahele St. to the trailhead and makes a 7 mile clockwise loop on trails before returning back down Kaahele St. to the park. It is 8 miles total. Lisa Dewald will be stationed at the only aid station at the 3.5 mile mark, so plan to bring a water bottle, as you may need it. The race starts at 7:00 am, so please be there to check in by 6:30 am with your $10 entry fee. Awards will be given to the first 10 men and to the first 10 women finishers and there will be soda, water, gatorade and some food at the finish. Fun for all ! We also have a limited supply of nice, new Patagonia/HURT Trail Series shirts for $20 each.

Driving directions: If you are coming from Honolulu, take H-1 freeway ewa direction to the Waimalu Exit.IMG_1211 After taking the Waimalu Exit, immediately get into the left lane and prepare to stop at the traffic light. Take another left at the stop light, getting onto Moanalua Rd. (heading Diamondhead). Go to the 2nd traffic light, Kaahele St., and take a left (mauka). continue up Kaahele St. for quite a distance up the hill, until you reach the stop sign at Naalii Street. The neighborhood park is on the left and there is plenty of parking on Kaahele St.

If you have any questions, contact Race Directors, Cheryl Loomis 488-0784 [email protected]) or Don Fallis 247-4144 [email protected]

Top of Tantalus Results and Photos

Great race today put on today by Kat and Rob and of course John and PJ. I think Kat and Rob have set a high standard for the rest of the H.U.R.T. Trail Series race directors. The pig on the trail is a first I think? Sure there was a bit of mud out there but this is trail running and it was run in a tropical rain forest.

Click here to see the results.

Kat's photos are here. We hope to get some more photos up here too. You can also view photos over on Facebook taken by David Carlsson and Johnny Landeza. Thanks guys.

Thanks to everyone else that helped out and get ready for the next race; Run with a View on May 9th.

P.S. got serious grief from Rocky and Kula when we got home for not taking them on the run. We had to go straight to soccer after the run and dogs are not allowed at the Waipio Soccer Complex. Loved meeting Kaimana and look forward to meeting Devon's new Aussie too. Rocky and Kula got their exercise after we got home--about 45 minutes of running around the park and playing frisbee.