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Saturday Training 4-28-12: Run with a View Training Run/Preview

Aloha Athletes,

Last Saturday's run sounded like it was really fun. Some surprise runners--who helped everyone learn--just because you are fast, doesn't help you finish first if you don't know the route. 

In any case, back for another week of fun and to help everyone learn the route, another training day out on the Run with a View course. This week, starting time will be at 6:30 a.m. at the park where the race starts. This park is on the left side of the road at the stop sign as you head up Kaahele. The great thing about starting here--this is where the race starts and there is a bathroom. Remember we are in a residential neighborhood so please keep quiet as this is an early Saturday morning. If 8-miles are not enough, you can always do multi-loops. 

So in preparation for the actual race on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), the Mariachi Band was out practicing this past week:


From what I hear, there is going to be quite the post-race celebration. I've heard rumors of homemade quacamole & salsa, possible tortilla's and all the fillings. Check with RD, Cheryl if you would like to help contribute. I have even heard some ice cold margarita's might show up. We have to be careful--we are in a public park so the red solo cup might replace traditional stemware. 

 Aloha, Bob

Hydration packs

Hi all, I thought of tapping into the collective wisdom of the HURT population to get some suggestions and/or advice on good running hydration backpacks and vests. Also where to get said packs. Thank you all for your opinions, Mark Speck.

Saturday Training 4-21-12: Run with a View Training Run/Preview

Aloha Athletes,

Well based on some comments I saw, Peacock was beautiful this past Saturday. Hope to make it up there sometime soon. 

This week though we are heading to do a preview of the course for the next HURT Trail Series race in May. The Run with a View course is a fun and challenging course. Last year we had unusually wet conditions making it a mudfest. That is the only time I ever remember it being like that on race day. This course takes many people on new trails so it is always good to do at least one training run to learn the course and get ready for it. 

As with many HURT runs it is about 50% uphill and 50% downhill. 

Cheryl says meet at the top of Kaahele Street at 6:30 a.m. Make sure you show up with enough water--i.e. at least 26 ounces. This is more of a loop route so plan on about 7+ miles of tough trail. 

Please be extremely quiet as this is a neighborhood. Just remember the race will start 1/2 mile down hill from this meeting place at the park by the Stop sign on your way up. Maybe you can talk Cheryl into starting there next week. 

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

Saturday Training 4-14-12: Peacock Flats

Aloha Athletes,

Cheryl says back to Peacock this week. Meeting at the parking area behind the Dillingham Airfield control tower. Start time will be 6:30 a.m.

It is starting to warm up so make sure you take some type of electrolytes and your sunscreen. Plan on taking with you at least 60 oz. of water/hydration. Remember you can always choose to run more or shorter.

Not sure where to go or what is involved in running up at Peacock? Post your comments/questions in the Comments below. 

A few other running events going on this weekend. One local and easy one for Kailua/Windward folks--the Kalaheo 5k Spirit Run/Walk. Saturday morning 7:30 a.m. www.active.com for more info. 

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

2012 Vi's Top of Tantalus Memorial 7-Mile Run Results

Aloha Athletes,

522024_10150618568021324_617191323_9378139_719655597_nWell it looks like I really missed out on some fun this morning at the HURT Trail Series race. For those of you that were there--as usual the HURT races finish with quite a spread of food. From what I have seen in some photos--there seems to have been an Easter theme. The photo at left is from Wily Woo. Lucky for me (thanks Cheryl), I even got to sample a couple of cookies. 

From what I hear the bad thing about being first and fast, especially when you, a) don't know the course and/or b) don't listen really close to the pre-race instructions (Blue (flagging tape) is bad and don't go down that trail), you can take a wrong turn, get lost and end up finishing way down the list. I won't mention any one in particular, JD.

Thanks to Race Directors Kat and Jeff for putting this all together. I know there were lots of others who helped--thank you too.

Here are the race results: 2012 Top of Tantalus Results 

Doug Baker sent me a link to some photos he took: Doug Baker Photos

I saw some photos on Facebook from Wily Woo and I heard Robert Smith was out taking some as well. 

The next race in the HURT Trail Series is the May 5th, Run with a View. 

I got out for a great MTB ride late this afternoon--the trails were amazingly dry. 

Aloha, Bob

Vi's Top of Tantalus Memorial 7-Mile Run is Saturday April 7th at 8:00 a.m.

Aloha Athletes,

It is time for the next trail race in the HURT Trail Series for 2012. This race gets us back on the trails of Makiki/Tantalus. Please allow enough time to drive to the start. Note the 8:00 a.m. start time. 

As with all trail series races, there is no pre-registration--show up 30-45 minutes before race start, pay your $10 entry fee and you are all set. I suggest car pooling (and why not at $4.50 per gallon) as parking is limited. 

The race start is at Pu'u' Ulaka'a State Park. The approximate address to the entrance gate of the park is 3200 Round Top Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822. If you are not sure where this is, use Google Maps with that address. I apologize for publishing the wrong address previously. 

It is suggested you run with at least one 16-20 ounce bottle. There will be one aid station. 

Also it is very important that we don't overload the bathrooms and/or get them all muddy. Please be courteous of other users. 

If you need more information, either place a question in the Comments below or contact Race Directors: 

Kat Tagaca 285-2457 [email protected] & Jeff Fong 258-0394 [email protected]

Aloha, Bob

The Barkley Marathons

Aloha Athletes,

This past weekend the The Barkley Marathons took place. Runners can choose between the 60-mile fun run or the whole enchilada--the Barkley 100-mile run. 

Someone tweeted over the weekend that 12 men had been on the moon and only 10 had ever finished the Barkley 100. Well that number has changed a bit as three runners finished the 100 mile run this weekend. Unofficial results:

Brett Maune 52:03 course record

Jerod Campbell

John Fegyveresi

Securedownload-15HURT 100 runner, 21-year old Nickademas Holton (4th place in 2012), completed 4 laps. It is a 20 mile loop, similar to HURT. 

Note: he is wearing a HURT shirt!




HURT Trail Series Shirts

HURT Trail Series Shirts will be available for purchase at the check in area of the Top of Tantulus Trail Series Race between 7am and 8am on April 7th. They run $ 31.50, tax included. Please have the exact amount either in cash or check. There will be a limited amount of sizes and colors available there, so if you want to be sure and get exactly what you want, or you want to pay by credit card, 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. Just use discount code TRAIL at checkout. That discount will be available through Monday, April 30th, 2012.

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

HURT 100 Photos Needed ASAP


We are in need of images from the HURT course for a publication about The Most Challenging Races in the World. I received the e mail this morning with a deadline of tomorrow to submit said images. Unfortunately, photographers will not be paid for the usage of the photograph. If you have an image that depicts the difficulty of the course and would like to submit it, please forward to me at [email protected]


Thank you for your help.