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Vi's Top of Tantalus Memorial 7-Mile Run is Saturday April 6th at 8:00 a.m.

Aloha Athletes,

As we posted earlier, runners must now pre-enter all Trail Series races, through Ultra Sign Up (www.ultrasignup.com). Entries are limited, so get your entry in early! Deadline for this race is April 4, midnight. Sorry to have to escalate the process, but it is necessary in order to keep the Trail Series going.
Vi's Top of Tantalus run will start and finish at the Puu Ualakaa Park, about two miles up Tantalus Mountain on Roundtop Drive. This race is conducted in memory of our dear HURT friend, Vi Medusky-Jones, who passed away from ALS two years ago. You might remember the fun 3 mile event we put on at Kualoa Ranch for several years, to bring awareness to ALS. That was at Vi's request, and I know she'd be tickled to see that we've named our race for her.
According to our permit from the Division of State Parks, we have to leave parking spaces open to other park users. Please park out on Roundtop Drive, outside the entrance to the park, making sure your car is completely off the roadway. Carpooling to the race is encouraged. Otherwise, if you can get 4-5 people into your car at the gate, we'll let you through to park inside.
The race will start at the covered lookout, past the bathrooms. and finish in the upper parking lot. The route will be marked with our ribbons, which will be explained race morning when you check in. There will be one aid station mid-course, and light refreshments at the finish. The course is rugged and hot, and we urge you to carry a water bottle...our aid stations are only to supplement your water needs. This is a State Park, so alcohol is not permitted. If you have to drop out, it is mandatory for you to inform the race director at the start-finish, before the race is over.
We all look forward to seeing you, and spending another raucous morning on the trails!
 Kat & Judy

Ultra Study and Research

Aloha Athletes,

I thought some of you might be interested in this so I am posting for all of you to check out. 

Hello!  To help keep you abreast of research related to ultramarathon running, I call your attention to some recent publications from our group which I’ve listed below.  Links to the abstracts (when available) are provided, or can be found at the research page of the Western States Endurance Run (www.wser.org/research) where the entire list of WSER-related scientific publications can also be found. 

 We are most appreciative of the many of you who have participated in these various studies!

 If you would like to receive the full paper for any of these publications, please let me know and I will be happy to send to you.

 And….if you have not already enrolled in the ULTRA Study, please consider doing so.  A summary of the study can be found at:  https://www.run100s.com/ULTRAstudy.htm

The initial survey is at:  https://bit.ly/ULTRAStudy

Many thanks to the over 1300 ultramarathon runners who have enrolled! 

 Health and Happiness!


Martin D. Hoffman, MD, FACSM, FAWM

Chief of PM&R, VA Northern California Health Care System

Professor of PM&R, University of California Davis

Director of Research, Western States Endurance Run

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Saturday Training: March 30, 2013 Peacock Flats

Aloha Athletes:

It is back to Peacock Flats this Saturday.  There are two start times and locations; 4:00 am at the bottom of long road and 6:00 am at the Dillingham Airfield.  Distance and time out on the trail can be whatever you would like.  Routes can be customized to meet your needs.  Be sure to bring sufficient fluids and snacks.  Based on my experience last weekend, a jacket might be helpful :-/

Reminder: The deadline to register for Vi's Top of Tantalus here is Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 pm. 

Happy running!

Immediate Changes to HURT Trail Series--Important

Aloha Athletes,

From very small and humble beginnings, our Trail Series has grown up. With unbelievable Race Directors and very supportive runners, we’ve found that we’re fast approaching some self-imposed limits that we want to set so that the races can continue.

Therefore some changes to the Trail Series are being implemented effective immediately. We are going to start using Ultra Signup for the trail series races starting with the upcoming race. Race fees will now be $15.  

We have all had conversations the last year or so on the growing number of runners at the trail series. Registering, timing and impact on the trail system are all concerns. We want to keep having the ability to use the trails and we want this to be easy for all involved, including runners. 

So starting with Vi's Top of Tantalus run on April 6th, registration will take place at ultrasignup.com and the race fee will be $15. Registration will close on 4/4/13 or two days before the race. For other Trail Series races, registration will close a week before the race. 

You can register for all of the HURT Trail Series races starting now at ultrasignup.com. If you are new to this site, you will find an incredible listing of other races around the country and we use Ultra Signup for the HURT 100 race registration. 

It will still be a fun and “family” experience and yes, we will still write your number on your leg.

Please go to ultrasignup.com to sign-up for any and all trail series runs effective immediately.

Feel free to call me personally with any concerns. (eight oh eight two 3 five zero 5 sevin 7).

We appreciate your understanding.

John Salmonson

Saturday Training: March 23, 2013 Top of Tantalus Training

Aloha Athletes:

The second race in the Trail Series, Top of Tantalus, is right around the corner. If you would like to preview the course, then this weekend's training is for you.

Meet this Saturday at the parking lot of Pu'u 'Ualaka'a Park, off of Round Top Drive (map) at 6:45 a.m.  The course is 7 miles long.  Plan for a couple of hours or longer if you want to do it twice!

Happy Running,

Saturday Training: March 16, 2013 Peacock Flats

Aloha Athletes!  Saturday training will once again be at Peacock Flats.  There will be two options for start time and place: 4 a.m. at the bottom of long road, or 6 a.m. at the Dillingham airfield parking lot.  There are many possible variations for run length and duration possible.  The weather is looking promising for the morning - cooler temps and northerly winds.  As always, bring plenty of fluids, snacks and sunscreen.

Happy running!

2013 Canyon De Chelly 55K - The only ultramarathon on Navajo land.

Dear HURT community,

I just wanted to share the news, and a few details with you of an ultra foot race happening this October in Arizona.

The event will take place on October 12th, 2013, and will be the first official ultra run to be held in the spectacular Canyon de Chelly, on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona.

The 55k ultra running race will be held within the beautiful expansive canyon, which is home to the Navajo people, and sits within the tribe's reservation land. 

The event has been planned and organized by Shaun Martin, a Northern Arizona University Alumni, teacher & coach, and ultra athlete as featured in Outside Magazine here, https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/running/Running-Down-A-Dream.html and the documentary film Racing the Rez.

The event's website is up at: https://canyondechellyultra.com/

Signup is now open via Ultrasignup: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=19813

Spaces available have been limited to 100, which is why I wanted to share a brief intro to the event with you all.

I do realize it is the week before the Peacock 50k/100k and so might not be an ideal race for many people, but if you feel like a trip to the breath taking, wild and open spaces of Northern Arizona maybe it could be a new race to add to your diary. And Hawaiian fly directly from Honolulu to either Phoenix or Las Vegas! 

Personally, I can't wait to run again in Northern Arizona. I met Shaun at NAU, where we were team mates for two years, and it was Shaun who introduced me to the Navajo tradition of running towards the rising sun at dawn, to greet the new day. 

The course will wind through the trails that traverse the canyon, and apparently the Bat Canyon Trail is pretty 'rough', along with the elevation, but the beauty of the landscape and the ultra running community outweigh any lung busting issues. It all sounds like good HURT 100 training to me! 

For a full course description see the website: https://canyondechellyultra.com/?page_id=46

If anyone has any questions please feel free to drop me a line, long run yoga at g mail dot com


Susie Stephen

Aihualama landslide

There has been a major landslide on Aihualama trail.  Up near the top on the switchbacks.  It appears that some people have crossed it, but it looks very sketchy.  Best avoided. Trail is marked as closed, so Aaron and crew are clearly aware of the situation. Nick.


Last weekend saw the transgrancanaria trail run.  They offer 24k; 42k, 83k and 113k options.  I plumped for the 83k.  Gran Canaria - one of the Canary Islands off the coast of North Africa in the Atlantic - is quite similar to Oahu in size and general morphology (Canaries are a volcanic chain like Hawaii), but a good deal spikier.  We kicked off at 6am from Puerto las Nieves (= snow!) with a brass band in attendance.  Excellent climb of 1200m in the dark and then nice bit of flat, fast running through pine forest.  Lots of up and down followed.  The net ascent is 4,500m (so its like 1.5* run to the sun, but on trails and you get to come down too).  Forecast was for strong winds and rain.  Winds were strong, but rain at altitude was only drizzle, so actually conditions were very pleasant.  It is a North Face production, so was well organised, and the trail marking was excellent.  Marvellous way to see the island, and perfect time of year with spring flowers in abundance.  Seven aid stations of european style (lots of sausage and cheese etc, and no fruit or PBJs) but the half-way point was superb with penne and clam sauce!  After than was mostly down-hill.  Almost 30k pretty much continuous downhill.  Last bit was murder in a dried up ravine with 4km of loose rocks and hot and dusty.  But overall a great experience and hopefully good WS training experience.  Nick 

Saturday Training: March 9, 2013 Manana Trail or Peacock Flats

This Saturday we will be hiking the Manana Trail (Na Ala Hele) out to the summit and back.
Trail Length: 6 mi.
Terrain: Open ridgeline
Elevation: 1700 ft

The hike will begin at the end of Komo Mai Drive at 6:45 a.m. Park in the neighborhood, but please be respectful and quiet.  Bring fluids, snacks, and sun protection.

An alternative group will be headed out to Peacock Flats again.  Some will start at 4:00 am at the bottom of long road and others will start at 6:00 am at the airfield.  Do as much or as little as you like.  Bring fluids, snacks, and sun protection.

Happy running!


Mount Kilimanjaro Stage Run

HI Gang,

Go Trail Magazine just did a great article on the Kilimanjaro Stage Run that I participated in back in October.


Follow the link and then click on the photo and that will take you to the Go Trail Magazine article.  There's also a trailer for a film of the run that will be out soon.  I'm hoping that we can put together a group of HURT runners to do the Kili Stage Run in 2014,

Aloha,  Steve