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The Oahu Perimeter Solo Run March 2-4th, 2012.

The ‘Oahu Perimeter Solos Run
March 2-4th, 2012.

Oahu Perimeter


This is the unofficial, unsupported, ‘Do-It-Yourself Anyway-You-Want’, Oahu perimeter run.  

Each year a group of intrepid individuals comes together to run around Oahu, and complete the longest ultra run that occurs on Oahu during the year.  This year’s venture will commence Friday, March 2nd, at 6:00pm at the Aloha Tower, and end approximately 135 miles later back at the same spot sometime Sunday afternoon, March 4th.
You need not run this alone, and teams are welcome.  As noted it is an anyway you want kind of run. 

This is an informal, no rules, no fee’s, individual-bear-your-own-risk kind of venture.  Runners are often expected to self support themselves at stores or parks.  We are occasionally fortunate enough to have informal volunteer support teams, but can not count on that.   If you run out of steam, or come up lame,  you need your own support network, or bus fare ($2.50 exact), as there is no guarantee anyone will be around to bail you out.   

Though there are no rules, it is highly recommended that each runner be garbed in reflective gear (Vest, arm bands,belt, bright hat),  bright shirt, and reflectors. Night-time lights, strobes and reflector/blinkers are recommended as well.  Each runner should also allow for the possibility of wet and cool weather or hot and sunny conditions.  Sufficient water carrying capacity and electrolytes are a must.  
The need for Individual safety can not be overemphasized.  Roads often have little or no verge, sidewalk, or room for a walker or a runner.  Drivers are not always willing to give right-of-way to pedestrians.  In addition running along roadways for extended periods of time can become unpleasant and draining. Potential runners should understand these conditions and the problems of ultra distance ventures and be ready to deal with them as they present themselves.

The general route is  Honolulu, Ala Moana, Waikiki, Kahala, to Hawaii Kai.  Hawaii Kai backside to Kalama,  Sandy’s, Makapu’u, Waimanalo, Kailua. Kailua to Aikahi,  Kaneohe.  Kaneohe via He’eia, Kahalu’u, Kualoa, Ka’a’awa, Kahana, Punalu’u, Hau’ula to Laie and the North Shore.   Laie to Kahuku, Kuilima, Pupukea, Waimea, to Haleiwa. Haleiwa to Waialua, Mokuleia, Peacocks if we Dare, Dillingham, Kaena Point Trail, to Yokahama Bay and the Leeward Side. Makua, Makaha,  Waianae, Nanakuli, Kahe, Where-the-Hell-is-the-Road, Ewa Plain, to Waipahu.  Waipahu along the Pearl Harbor Bike Trail to Kamehameha Highway, to Nimitz Highway to the Aloha Tower. Easy and almost as quick as saying the names!   

Teams are welcome, participants doing partial runs are welcome, support runners are always welcome, and of course aid along the way is very welcome.  Runners are free to set their own pace, determine their own aid stops and pretty much go it as they see fit.  In the past a core group of runners has chosen to move in a loose group which increases runner safety.

In the past the goal is for teams and solos to reach Waialua/Dillingham about the same time Saturday evening in order to facilitate the safe passage of groups around the Kaena Point trail and through Yokohama, which from time to time can be a bit lawless and rude. (Teams can generally plan on an Aloha Tower departure sometime Saturday morning, with a Haleiwa arrival Saturday evening.)

If you are interested in venturing out upon this non-event either as a team or as a solo, you can contact me for details. If you would like to offer unofficial aid or support. which is always
welcome, please contact me as well.  (Mikem-     manoahouse at hotmail)   Aloha! 





Saturday Training 1-28-12: Peacock Flats

Aloha Athletes,

Well you can tell the HURT 100 is finished and people are itching to run anywhere but on the HURT course.

I hope that this year we can get back to more variety in the trails we run. Oahu does really have more to offer than the Makiki/Tantalus trail system or Peacock. We used to run more varied trails and I for one would like to see that. Who else?

However for this week and at Cheryl's request, we are headed back up to Peacock. She says meet at the Dillingham Airport gate at 6:45 which means probably running by 7:00 a.m. at the latest. The parking area is behind the Control Tower. If you are unfamiliar with this or need directions, please post your request in the comments below this post. She said something about a short loop or long for the rabbits--whatever that means. I think it means make sure you have at least 64 ounces of hydration, electrolytes, nutrition and sunscreen. Again, if you are a newby or need more info, post your questions in the comment section. 

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

2012 H.U.R.T. Trail Series Schedule

Aloha Athletes,

Just in case you have not noticed, the 2012 HURT Trail Series schedule is posted on the top left side of the site. The HURT Trail Series remains one of the best ways to get trail run experience, learn the trails in a fun way, meet other trail runners, and is one of the best race value's on the island. 

I also think the trail series is a great way to prepare and start your HURT 100 training. More info will be coming out for each race as they get closer. 

Aloha, Bob


Saturday Training 1-21-12 HURT Recovery Run and Potluck

Aloha Athletes !

Another successful HURT 100 is in the books. Traditon has it that we meet for an easy workout at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden and meet afterward inside the Garden for a potluck. So here's the plan: meet/park at 7:00 am near the entrance to the Garden at the end of Luluku Rd. Please be quiet in the neighborhood.  We will run thru the Garden, up past the golf course and then under the Pali Hwy. up to the Pali Lookout and return to the cars. Faster runners can do more (you can always do less), but the object is to all congregate at the equestrian area, inside the Garden, far end of the park, at 9:45-10 am for a potluck. It should be great fun to talk story and relive HURT 12.  

Aloha, Bob


Congratulations to Aaron and his family!

Aloha Athletes,

Just wanted to share this with you--Aaron was very excited and happy to show off.

Aloha co-workers, friends and family-
I wish to announce that on January 5th 2012 at 1:03pm Kate Natsuna Lowe was born at Queens hospital. 
Once at the hospital, the birth took just over seven hours . She is healthy and beautiful.  
Weight: 7.14 pounds
Length: 20.5 inches
Tomoko and I are very very happy.  What a way to start the new year!
Love and Aloha to all. 
Aaron, Tomoko, Kate and Lucy

HURT 100 Training Shirts and HURT Trail Series Shirts

HURT 100 Training Shirts and HURT Trail Series Shirts will be available for purchase at the Pre Race Meeting for the 2012 HURT 100 Ultra held on Friday. There will be a limited amount of sizes and colors there, so if you want to be sure and get exactly what you want, please preorder at 
http://missionpositivefilms.com/store/hurtproducts.html . 

Also, there is a 15% discount available for all HURT participants and supporters for any of the DVD's or Books ( not the shirts ) ordered through the website or purchased at the PreRace meeting. Just use discount code HURT2012 at checkout. That discount will be available through Monday, January 16th, 2012.

Please note that Credit Card payments will not available at the meeting, only cash or checks. If you want to pay be Credit Card, please preorder on the website, and choose " Pick Up at the Meeting " for the shipping choice.

1-7-12 Saturday Training: The Annual Week Before HURT Reverse Trek Loop

Aloha Athletes and Happy New Year!

OK, we are down to the wire here for those running, pacing, and volunteering at the HURT 100. I wrote the RD this morning and asked him why he chose the dryest month of the year to hold the race as it again looks as if the trails will be dried out by race day. (P.S. He hasn't responded)

We are planning to run a reverse Trek loop at an easy pace this Saturday starting at 7:00 a.m. from the Nature Center. Invite your pacer's and let's get a bunch of people out there. In years past, we have even had some early arrivals from the mainland join us. 

Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. 

If you are doing something different and want company, post it in the comments below. 

Aloha, Bob

HURT 100 Trail Marking Crew Members Needed



We are in dire need of some folks who would be willing to help mark trail on Friday morning. The plan is to have 5 separate teams to do the marking so that we can keep the marking segments short for each group. Please let me know ASAP by e mailing me at [email protected] if you are interested in helping out. We are looking at starting at 0730 and hope to be done by 1000.

Thank you for your help.