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2011 Peacock 100k Photos by Robert P Smith

Finished!  All photos I felt were worth processing and posting have been.  It was actually quicker and much more enjoyable to pace Loop 2 than it was to do all this post event processing but that’s all part of capturing and preserving the memories in the best possible way.  The views and scenery at Peacock are so much more spectacular than the dense, dark forests of the HURT100 course that it’s going to be even harder to capture such great images and spend the hours processing them but that’s another day.

Rather than upload my photos to a site where they are plastered with an obnoxious watermark covering the whole image, where downloading is disabled and charging for copies I prefer to make them available for you to share on Facebook and via Flickr and the HURT blog (eventually).  I am more than happy to accept donations though if any of you would like soft copies of your image(s).  I’ve already made a considerable investment in equipment and with as good as you may think these are they could get even better if I were able to upgrade to even better equipment.  I’m not trying to make a bunch of money here just recoup some that I’ve invested and save up to make things even better.  Just to give you an idea the setup that I’d prefer to be carrying for events like this could easily run $4,000 and beyond.  Do I expect to make that off of HURT photos alone, no, definitely not, unless one or more of you is exceptionally wealthy and has the desire to make an exceptional donation or two.  On the other hand, every little bit helps and will go into an account set aside strictly for that purpose.  Each of you are in a different place financially and some of you are potentially strapped just as tight as I am right now being between jobs so that’s why I choose to share the photos as I do so that no one is left out due to financial constraints.  Ok, more than enough on that topic. 

My sincere desire is that you all enjoy the photos at least as much as I enjoy taking them for you, which is quite a bit.  : )  Thank you for that opportunity and I truly appreciate every “Thank You” and compliment I get for doing so.

Robert P Smith

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PO Box 700670

Kapolei, HI 96709


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Chris Lancaster

Awesome pics.. really is a beautiful place!


Thank you all for your generous compliments. So nice to be appreciated so much and welcomed into the HURT Ohana. The views out at Peacock are amazing and the amount of light over most of the course really helps when it comes to taking photos. It’s extremely difficult, actually downright impossible without the more expensive gear (camera and lens), to get great exposures like these on the much darker trails of the HURT100 course.

There are still several areas of the course that I didn’t get to shoot from so I’m definitely looking forward to shooting you all again next year and for years to come.

Heather really made my first experience as a pacer very simple and a whole lot of fun, not what I’ve read in some other pacer’s reports, so not what I was really expecting. Fortunately she is experienced enough in ultras that I could trust her judgment when enough was enough and we completed Loop 2 together safely, which was my primary objective. Having such a favorable first experience is going to make the decision that much harder when it comes to photographing or pacing the longer distance events that I’m not running myself.

Looking forward to many more years of capturing and sharing the memories with a great group of people.


Robert, all of your pictures are wonderful memories of the events we do, but you outdid yourself at Peacock. You have such a good eye, and you really capture the flavor of the rugged trail running event. We appreciate the enormous amount of time and energy you put into your picture shows for us. What a great addition to HURT you are!

Julie Ng

Thanks, Robert! Your pics at Peacock are really great! Thanks also for helping direct cars in the morning and pacing late into the night. You were everywhere!


Robert, You are a priceless addition to the HURT Ohana! I'm always amazed at all you do for us and for taking on the role of unofficial HURT photographer! I'll def be in touch to get some soft copies from you soon :-)

Steve Villiger

Thanks, Robert, for all the great shots! You're awesome!

Randy flores

Hey Robert!!! Thank YOU so much for being out there... EVRY TIME!!! As much fun as it was to see you hiding out and waiting for our unsuspecting faces to turn a corner, it was even MORE FUN to see you out on course pacing!!!

Good JOB, Robert!!!

And THANK YOU for the Aloha!!!!

Erik Tanaka

Thanks so much for all of your hard work & aloha, Robert! Also, much respect for pacing Heather! Thanks again =) Aloha, Erik

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