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HURT Trail Series: Tantalus Triple Trek Revised Instructions









DISTANCE:  30 Miles (3 Trek 10 Mile Loops)


RACE ENTRY FEE:   $10.00


Please park below the entrance to the Hawaii Nature Center, as parking is extremely limited.  


When you walk up to the start early in the morning, please observe the “QUIET ZONE” along the Nature Center driveway. We want to be considerate to the residents along the drive.


  • Check-in race morning is mandatory.  We need to know who is on the trail during the race. Likewise, runners are required to notify aid station personnel if they drop out of the race, before they leave the course.
  • Since the Triple Trek starts at 5:30 am, participants may wish to carry a small flashlight till after daylight.
  • Slower runners please be courteous and step aside for faster runners.
  • Please Yield to Hikers
  • Absolutely NO LITTERING! You will be disqualified. Our Tantalus rainforests are fragile, & too special and beautiful to trash. Please observe this rule.
  • The course will be marked- listen for instructions at your start.
  • It is advisable that you carry one or two water bottles on the course.                             
  • There will be an aid station with water on Tantalus Drive (about 7 miles from the start), and at the Start/Finish line. 
  • The two road crossings at the Roundtop Drive and Tantalus Road require your extreme caution while crossing the road- runners will be responsible for their own safety.
  • Number one priority is to HAVE FUN, smell the ginger flowers, and enjoy the scenery.



Halmes Accepts Position at H.U.R.T. 100

Aloha Runners,

Most of you may have missed it in the Staradvertsier, but 2010 H.U.R.T. 100 finisher and chef extraordinaire, Freddy Halmes has graciously accepted the position of Nuuanu Aid Station Captain for the 2011 edition of the H.U.R.T. 100.

Freddy brings many years of aid station experience with him,  he has worked the Nuuanu station nearly from the inception of the race. There were many applicants for the position, and after an exhaustive interview process with each applicant it was decided Freddy should take the helm. Many thanks to those who expressed interest in the position and were not selected. It is our hope that you will continue to support the H.U.R.T. 100 and volunteer at one of the aid stations.

Freddy understands fully the big shoes he will be filling as he takes over for Bob and Barbi McAllaster, who have done a phenomenal job over the years in making the Nuuanu aid station top notch.

Congrats to Freddy, and Mahalo to the McAllasters for being such a big part of the H.U.R.T. 100 and making it that much easier for the runners to get to the finish line.


Jeff, John & PJ

The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®

Qualifying-race-2010 For the last couple of years, this logo has been on the HURT 100 site. Starting on Friday, the UTMB kicks off and there is a nice group of U.S. runners this year. On the men's side, Scott Jurek, Geoff Roes, and Karl Meltzer will be running. If you go to the UTMB site, there is a lot of information about the race and it is possible to track runners as well. Also, 2010 HURT 100 winner, Tracy Garneau of Canada is running the race. It should be interesting to see how Tracy and Geoff do coming off their Western States wins. 

The UTMB actually consists of 4 runs of varying distances and our own Nick Kaiser, who I think spends half his year in Europe and the other half here in Hawaii is back for his second year. Nick is running what they call the The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix - CCC® 2010. 

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

Jason Lester: 2011 HURT 100 Entrant to Run and Speak on Oahu

Cover  Aloha Athletes,

Jason is coming to Oahu and has a couple of events planned that you might find of interest. He is doing an open run on Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Magic Island. On Saturday at 1:00 p.m. he is giving an inspirational talk and at 2:00 p.m. doing a book signing at Borders-Ward Center. 

His new book, RUNNING ON FAITH: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life has just come out. 

You can find more info and learn about Jason here.

Check it out if you can.

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

H.U.R.T. 100: Aid Station Captain Needed For Nuuanu

Sewer-puke-1 Wanted:  Aid Station Captain (Nuuanu)

When: 2011 H.U.R.T. 100

Why: Because Bob & Barbie need a much deserved break.

What's In It For You?

Guaranteed slot in the 2012 H.U.R.T. 100, no lottery hassle.

Admiration from your fellow runners.

Ability to yell at runners and give them your unbiased opinion and expect them to take it.

Chance to talk trash to the competitors.

Work on your sleep deprivation as you undoubtedly will be up for a while (like 36 hours).

How hard will it be?

The infrastructure is in place. Tents, lighting, toilets will all be taken care of. This is a turnkey operation, just get your volunteers and purchase your supplies pre race. Bob and Barbie will be available pre race to help coach you along.


Give either John (808-235-0577) or Jeff (808-358-8638) a call in the very near future so we can move forward and assimilate you into the planning meetings which are due to start in September. The running world needs you.



New HURT Family Member

Please welcome the next pair of trail legs to the HURT Family. After 4 fast hours of labor, Tristan Charles Sibley made his first race appearance. Total stats of 5 lbs 14 oz and 19.75 inches long. Courtney made running a 100 miles look easy - Wow!
Mahalo to All

New HURT Family Member

Saturday Training August 28, 2010 Trek Loops. Pretty much like this past weekend.

Aloha Athletes,

Heading back for more Trek loops again this weekend. 

Saturday: 6:00 a.m. start. Meeting down by the water pumping station (where Mango Madness started) below the Nature Center. Multiple loops at your own pace. Bring whatever hydration/nutrition you need.

Sunday: same thing: 5:30 a.m. start.

Hey, one final thing. Best of luck to Don, Vernon, and Leon as they head out to Glacier National Park for a little adventure and 5-day hike in the mountains. Have fun guys, be safe and bring us back some fun stories and photos. 

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

Tantalus Triple Trek (TTT) Information: Race Day: (Saturday) September 4, 2010 - 5:30 am Start.

Aloha! Welcome to our 19th Annual TTT. 

Wow!! How time flies, especially when you are enjoying yourselves in our HURT Trail Series. OK, here’s where we get a little serious on the mileage (50km or 30 miles), after all, this race marks the official beginning of H.U.R.T. training. As usual, there is no pre-registration, so just come early on race day, bring your $10 and sign-in.

Each runner will complete three of the Trek 10 mile loops, coming back to the Nature Center aid station each loop. For those of you not familiar with the race course, we suggest you study the attached map, (perhaps you may want to print this out & carry a copy ). There will probably be a couple of training runs prior to race day, so please look out for these on the HURT blog.

We will have the usual race munchies which will cater to most palates with iced water & gatorate at both aid stations. Usually everyone bring their own concoctions/special needs for the race & you are highly encouraged to do so. Please also feel free to bring a potluck to share, but it is not required.

We will be there to open the main gate at 4:30am, so we can set-up by the bathrooms & take care of race registration. There is no parking above the second gate, so please park on Makiki Heights Road below the Nature Center entrance. We would appreciate if we didn’t fill-up the lower parking lot, so you can park out on the road or even down the water tank and walk up. Only race officials and volunteers can park up at the top. Please arrive early enough to park & bring your stuff up to the start & sign-in.

It will be dark on the trail for the first hour or so – strongly suggest you bring a small flashlight.

Aid stations will be at the Start & at the 7 mile Tantalus Road crossing. The Tantalus aid station will stay open until 1:30 pm, so plan accordingly. “Please take enough fluids with you especially during the later part of the afternoon”. (Most runners bring their own electrolytes)

Cutoff is 11:30, to leave the Start-Finish station for the third loop. Dropouts need to inform either race directors (Fish/Ernest), so we won’t be looking for you in the woods after the race.

The course will be marked with Orange ribbons, for the uphill section to the top of Tantalus and Green ribbons to bring you back down to the Nature Center. This is a figure eight course, so orange & green ribbons will overlap in some areas of the course. As always, BLUE is BAD! So do not go that direction. Bad section & hazards will be clearly marked with Blue ribbons.

We promise this to be another exciting race & look forward to seeing you all soon!

Maui Perimeter Relay: Tales from the road

Maui Perimeter Relay: (170+ miles/273.5+km) 22-24 July 2010

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I flew to Maui after a busy 12 hour shift at the hospital after having been awake since 0430 on Thursday morning but that was okay as I was amped and ready to start our epic feat of doing a relay around the island of Maui with 3 other fabulous wahine, Julie T, Jan and Julie D. Stephane was our awesome crew and he and Julie had arrived on Maui earlier that day to hire a spacious SUV and buy supplies like water and gatorade. They met the rest of us at the airport and we drove to a nearby beach park in Kahului to start our run at exactly 11pm. Julie T went first setting the amazing tone for our night running around NW Maui. We each did 10mile/16km legs with our trusty crew driver Stephane always nearby making sure we were safe. My 10 mile leg came third, the moon was incredibly bright despite the clouds and the air was cool and misty with splattering of rain. Experiencing the narrow, cliff hugging road all to ourselves up close and personal was exhilarating to say the least. I felt incredibly free, alive and in the moment running along the winding, remote road with plummeting views to the ocean in the moonlight, up and down some serious hills, past sleepy remote settlements and homes interspersed along this road less traveled. Along the way, as I was running an Hawaiian owl (Pueo) flew past me, looked at me and flew off again into the night and I felt that this was a good omen for a protected journey. I had a similar encounter on our Oahu perimeter relay as well as in the early dark hours of dawn when running Peacock Flats (always with Julie T)and in keeping with things Hawaiian, the Pueo is now my amakua.
When dawn appeared as a warm pink glow across the ocean on west Maui we ran past beautiful little beaches with views of Molokai and Lanai whilst standup paddlers enjoyed the small kine waves lapping against the shores. Our journey continued along the coastal towns of Kihei and Wailea to Makena beach where we stopped to swim or take photographs and wait for the 2 kane relay team consisting of ultra runners Paul and Jeff who were going to meet us at the end of the road at La Perouse Bay to accompany me along the treacherous lava field portion of the journey on the ancient Hawaiian ’King’s Trail’. This trail stretches along the southern portion of Maui in a hot and barren landscape of loose a’a lava rock as far as the eye can see, with the back slopes of Mnt Haleakala beckoning in the distance. After completing this 5 hour ordeal where with every footfall your shoe rolls over fist size lava rock inducing much discomfort over such an extended period I was left with one blister and a lava rock laceration which isn’t bad considering the terrain. I had my GPS odometer on and can verify that King’s Trail is 14 miles/22.5km long.

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My name for this trail is ‘King’s Trail - trail of Hawaiian Kings, Night Marchers and Menehune and a place where goats come to die’.
This entire stretch was devoid of life but along the way we encountered many, many skeletons whitened by the scorching sun which was a stark contrast against the black lava rock - baby goats, small goats, large male goats - they were all dead! Later we saw large herds of living goats but that was nearer the end of the trail. There were remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements, ruined black lava rock walls at various points along the trail which generally ran 200 meters away from the ocean and parallel to it. At one stage Paul made contact with ultra runner Mike M who was doing the perimeter of Maui - solo!! He was further ahead and making his way along a deviated track off the lava field up towards the road south side of Haleakala. I found evidence of Mike on the trail in the form of a bright yellow reflective wrist band lying on the blackened lava which I picked up and put into my camelback to give to Mike as a trophy when I next saw him.
I was told stories of people who had previously done King’s trail as part of an adventure race course and had been on it at night. When they stood still for any given moment they could hear the crunching of the lava rock as the ‘night marchers’ swept along the trail and they thought they were hallucinating when they saw menehunes sitting on the rocks laughing at them as they struggled along but oddly enough they were both hallucinating the exact same thing…
About 3 hours into our gnarly trail adventure we came across a shack which was obviously used by the ‘goat killer’. The perimeter of this open air dwelling was littered with skulls and skeletons of goats. We took some photos but this place did not have a good vibe - creepy to say the least - and so we did not linger too long, pressing onwards in the still blisteringly hot landscape and ran out of water an hour before the end of the trail. The lower our water supplies got, the more electrolyte tabs we popped in order to retain fluid which worked because my fingers were completely swollen by the time we finished. I had run out of water first because I did not bring an adequate supply with me and at one stage I had a fleeting thought that if I had attempted this trail on my own, I may have ended up alongside the skeletons of the goats. Eventually we traversed the trail leading to the main paved road - and there was Mike M! He shared his water with us which gave me a new surge of energy and instead of waiting for the support vehicle I suddenly had the desire to run and make up a few more miles for my relay team.
After a very long and exhausting day we stopped to shower and sleep in the beautiful, remote town of Hana on the east side of Maui. The only way you can get to Hana is along a thin, cliff hugging strip of road with 600 bends and 60 bridges, past too many waterfalls to count and plummeting views down to a psychedelic ocean. It is lush, exquisite and verdant on this idyllic part of Maui a.k.a heaven.
As I lay down resting under a huge canopy of leaves on the black sand beach of Hana Bay I really felt a great affinity with the aina that is Hawaii. Since I started running and going on running and hiking adventures in Hawaii it has connected me in a very special and deep way with the mana of the islands and I am extremely thankful to be here.
The run from Hana back to Kahului along the Hana Highway was blissful in the late afternoon and evening where we worked out a very energy efficient strategy of each running 1 hour legs thereby staying fresh and keeping up speed. My section of Hana Hwy was spectacular, passing numerous waterfalls and many bridges on a lush, shaded, hilly, winding road where you would reap the rewards of running up the hills by charging down them. We completed our Maui Perimeter Relay at exactly 11pm on Saturday night…48 hours to the second ( I believe we ran for 31 hours). Sunday was a well deserved day of relaxation - lunch at the upcountry Kula Lodge with a breathtaking view across Maui valley to the mountains on the opposite side. Mike M finished his solo perimeter experience at 3am….well done Mike! During the afternoon we lay on a very windy Spreckles Beach while Stephane had a chance to go windsurfing at this world renowned spot.
A hui ho Maui. I now feel a great connection with this island and look forward to another return visit. Mahalo nui loa to the Fabulous Foursome relay Team : ‘Kamakazi Cocktail’ - our master organizer; ’ Irish Car Bomb’ - our speed racer; ’Ultra Shishi’ - our Barbie-arian , ’Dirty Martini’ - Pueo friend who can fall asleep at the drop-of-a-hat and French Fry our superb European rally driver. Also to Paul and Jeff for helping me across the lava fields, Mike for his entertaining stories and my family for giving me the blessing to participate in another epic adventure.

Heather Howells

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