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Saturday Training 3-31-12: Top of Tantalus Training Run

Aloha Athletes,

First, I want to thank those who commented after last week's post. Always nice to know that there are more than 3 people that read what is posted here and we appreciate the feedback.

This week, Cheryl and Kat are going to lead a training run for the Top of Tantalus race. Cheryl told me to post a 6:45 a.m. start time. Keep in mind the park doesn't usually open until 7:00 a.m. so we may get there and have to wait a few minutes. Because of the this, the race on April 7th will not start until 8:00 a.m.

The meeting place is where the race will start: Pu'u' Ulaka'a State Park. 2760 Round Top Drive.

This is run is approximately 7 miles.

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

2012 Moanalua 6-Mile Race Results (Finally)

Aloha Athletes,

Christian sent me the results today--a bit late but hey, this is all for fun anyway right? 

So the results are here

You can also see more photos at this link here.

Thanks again to everyone who came out to this first trail series race. The next race is coming up quickly on April 7th--Top of Tantalus. More details as the race date gets closer. 

Aloha, Bob

Weekend Training: March 24-25, 2012 Peacock and some thoughts on weekend training posts

Aloha Athletes,

I was discussing through e-mail with Cheryl the relevancy of posting weekly training runs. The size and populariity of these weekly runs varies considerably as do the locations. Sometimes there might only be two people who show up and sometimes there are 20+. In the past, we did a lot more variety of trails and adventures versus these days seemingly running a much smaller number of trails on a frequent basis. 

It also seems like a lot of people--the experienced runners, communicate with a smaller group of running buddies and plan their own weekend training. Sometimes training involves mountain biking, swimming or some other activity as we all have varied interests. When this site first started there was a relatively small group of us who were primarily runners and we met consistantly and trained together. 

We set this site up to help distribute information and make it open for more people to join us. Trail running as an activity has grown tremendously and the HURT Trail Series races have grown and attracted a lot of new trail runners. The HURT 100 has also been impacted by the sheer number of local applicants from the early years. This is all good. 

The site has been set up so that anyone can post (see lower left side of site) as a guest. We also have the Comments area under each post where others can post their activities as options. 

So, what are your thoughts?

Sometimes we get e-mail from mainland visitors asking if they can join in. Other times we get emails from "newbies" wanting to know if they can join in. HURT has always been an open and supportive group. People are always willing to share knowledge and help. 

The popularity of Facebook and other social media have also allowed people to post their adventures and so I am just kinda thinking outloud here. 

Cheryl did say that she will be going to Peacock this week and starting at 6:30 from behind the Control Tower at Dillingham Airfield.

Please post your thoughts in the comments below and if you would like some company on whatever you are doing this weekend, post it below as well. 



George is my hero!

George, chemo day one

Feeling like at the start of the peacock race. 
I am at the bottom of the hill 
and am looking up at the mountain. 
Thinking what a journey it will be.

I want to thank you all for the moral support and help. 
George Ramos.


For those who haven't heard yet, our good buddy George Ramos has been diagnosed with Thymic Cancer.  Fortunately, he is one of the strongest and toughest individuals that I have ever met, and he WILL beat this.  He started chemo today and asked me to post the top picture on the HURT blog. The good news is that the nurses told him that he can eat as much ice cream as he wants during his treatment!  Just in case you didn't already know that George is tough, consider this:  Not only did George complete the Peacock 100K in October, as it turns out he completed it with stage 4 cancer.  He is one tough buggah! George is my hero.  If any of you would like to send George an email to tell him to hurry up and get better so he can start training for Peacock 2012 already, his email address is:  georgejoseramos at gmail dot com

We'll keep you posted on his progress.


HURT Trail Series: First Race of 2012, Moanalua 6 Mile is Saturday 3-17-12

Aloha Athletes,

The first race of the HURT Trail Series is this Saturday 3-17-12St Patricks Day

Race start time is 7:30 a.m.

This race is an out and back run--3 miles in and 3 miles back out. It is pretty much an old jeep road with the possibility of a few small wet areas to cross. So in typical HURT style, plan for some mud.

Running shoesChristian Friis is the Race Director and he typically plans some type of twist to the run so be prepared for anything. With that being said, this run helps support HPU Cross Country where Christian is the coach. 

Please plan to arrive at least 30-45 minutes before the race start so you can register and check-in. As with all HURT Trail Series races, there is no pre-registration and the entry fee is just $10. 

As with many of our runs and races, the parking will be on neighborhood streets so please be quiet and respectful of the neighbors. We are interrrupting their normally peaceful Saturday morning. 

If you have any questions, either post in comments below or contact Christian directly at [email protected]

Race is location is here.

Aloha, Bob

Saturday Training 3-10-12: Ho'omaluhia Run

Aloha Athletes,

Sorry for the late posting. Cheryl and I have been going back and forth on what to plan for Saturday. Given how wet it has been and that more rain is on the way, we are taking the safe route and planning on running through Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden on Saturday. Parking is in the neighborhood outside the gate so please be quiet and respectful. 

Plan to start at 6:45 a.m. If you just stay in the Garden, the round trip is 5 miles. If you go up to the Pali Lookout, roundtrip is 9 miles. It is all road except for a short section under the Pali. 

There might be some others going to Peacock and and starting at 6:30 but if the weather is wet, it won't be very much fun up there either.

Be safe out there where ever you go. The water can rise very fast and things can get sketchy in no time. Make sure you are prepared for the worst and that others know where you are.

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

Trail runs down under

Work took me to Queensland last week for a meeting in the rain forest.  I was able to squeeze in a couple of trail ultras en route.  First was the Maroondah Dam 50k in Victoria near Melbourne on 19th.  More challenging than I expected as the scale of the profile plot was in metres, not feet.  Very nice conditions - overcast with a light shower, and a mix of single track and fire roads through eucalyptus forests.  Quite reminiscent of Miwok. 102 finishers with winning times of 4:13 (m) and 5:09 (f).  Second on 26th was the 4-beaches 50k run in Narawntapu - "the Serengeti of Tasmania" according to race director Ian Cornelius.  30-odd starters on this 50/50 beach, single track out and back.  Not too much in the way of hills, but still pretty tough owing to great heat.  One runner got heat-stroke, but since recovered.  Was hoping to see a Tasmanian Devil, but no luck.  Winning times were 4:16 and 5:15 with winning woman beating the course record (her own) by 10 mins. Nick Narawntapu