Firecracker Results and Mahalo's to all!!!



Here is the link to the results:  Download Results2016

Benita and I would like to thank all of the runners that participated today and hope that each of you had a Great Experience!!! This is never an easy run and today was no different!! You all did an incredible job and should be very proud of your accomplishments!!!

We also want to thank John and PJ for all the hard work they do and the trust they bestow upon us to conduct this Great event!! Mahalo!!!! 

Our volunteers are the most incredible part of all of these events!!! Many many thanks to you all, we would NEVER be able to have success at these events if it was not for the dedicated efforts from our outstanding volunteer force!!! You all have our deepest gratitude and endless thanks for your selfless contributions to these events!!!! 


Arvel and Benita 



Peacock Challenge 55 (PC 55) Is Open for Registration

Photo by Kalani Pascual

The much anticipated Peacock Challenge 55 Mile Run is now open for registration! For those of you who have already registered we apologize for not having the race information up on time. We urge you click here to read more about qualifications, race description, course map, cutoffs, etc. before signing up for this race.


Mango Madness Mahalos

Top3MaleWe're happy to say that a good time was had by all at Mango Madness! No major injuries, no one got lost, and there were only a few temper tantrums. :-)

Congratulations to Tom Steidler who was 1st place male AND King of the Mountain (the first to reach the Tantalus pillbox). Malory Peterson was 2nd place overall, 1st place female, AND Queen of the Mountain. It was a competitive and talented field this year. Kudos to all 104 runners! Click here to view the overall results.

Jacque and I pour our hearts into the creation of the course, the prizes, and everything in between. However, the marking and the race day operations could not happen without our HURT family. They take volunteering seriously and always give 110%. Their smiles and Aloha are infectious. So MAHALO.

Special thanks to Johnny for the orchid leis. It was a special touch to be able to give them to every finisher. One woman remarked, "I've always wanted a lei!".

Another special thanks to Steve Dewald for donating a beautiful chunk of ohia to make the 20 finisher prizes.

We are also grateful to Kalani Pascual for always capturing the essence of the trail series.
Click here to view Kalani's photo album on Facebook.
Click here to view the photos I took.

We're already plotting and scheming next year's course, so stay tuned! See you at Firecracker!

Melanie (and Jacque)
Race Directors

Kaena Point Firecracker 10 Mile

Excited for the Next HURT Trail Series Race!!!

The Race is Currently SOLD OUT.

Start Time
2 July 2016
Race starts at 7:00am

This race is a fast, flat, out-and-back course that is a little longer than 10 miles and parallels the ocean along jeep trails and an old sugar cane rail line. The course runs from the end of the pavement at Mokuleia past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman, to where the pavement begins again on the Waianae coast side at Yokohama Bay. We will have an aid station with water set up at the turnaround, however, we will require ALL runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20-ounce bottle) during the run. It is a hot course without much shade. Please feel free to be "Holiday Festive" in your attire and bring a local kine dish to share with all.

Directions to the Race Start: From the North Shore, follow the signs to Waialua/Mokuleia. Follow Farrington Highway past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman. At the end of the paved road, you will come to Kaena Point State Park dirt parking lot on your left, as we need to ensure park visitors have parking to share the park with us, so we will leave them the primary parking on the right. There will be parking attendants directing you where to park.

Map Link: MAP

We are still accepting volunteers to assist us with the event.
If you are interested in helping please send an email to Benita and I and we will add you to the list and provide details as they develop!!
Send email to:
Arvel: [email protected]
Benita: [email protected]
Subject: Firecracker Volunteer

Final instructions to be published soon!!!


Arvel and Benita


Are you ready for some Madness?

Race day is Saturday, June 11 with a start time of 7am. The race is SOLD OUT and there will be no race day signup. Consider volunteering instead! Make sure to arrive early enough to get checked in. There is no packet pick-up. Just show up at the pumping station which is at the corner of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive.

This is a hard course and will test the limits of even seasoned trail runners. Please carry water and fuel. We will have two aid stations on the course which will be evenly spaced, but better safe than sorry.

The race course is always kept a secret. We will say that it will be over 10 miles and you are guaranteed to work for your finisher prizes.

With all that said... Don't forget to have fun! You never know what to expect and that's what people have loved about our race. See you this Saturday!

Melanie (and co-RD Jacque)

Mango Madness Preview Runs, Shirts, and Trucker Hats

Are You Mango Tough?

Mango Madness is June 11 and is the fourth race in the 2016 HURT Trail Series. The course is never disclosed and takes runners on unexpected twists and turns. It's listed as 10+ miles because the course is a mystery to all-- as well as those who mark the trail the day before. You are guaranteed a lot of elevation and all of the rocks, roots, and mud that the Tantalus Trail System has to offer. We always treat our runners to amazing prizes. Every finisher receives cool schwag at the finish. Also, the top 10 women and men will be awarded for their stellar efforts. And don't forget, the first runners who reach the top of Concrete Hill will be crowned King and Queen of the Mountain.

Previews of the approximate course will be held on May 28 and June 4 at 7am sharp. Meet at the Hawaii Nature Center parking lot.

Banner created by Melanie Decker Design

Official shirts and trucker hats are available this year. Order before May 28 at these links:


Trucker Hat

There is not a shipping option. Items must be picked up at the start/finish on race day.

Know that this is one of the highlights of our year to bring you a race that you'll love to hate. :-) Anyone who races this deserves a high-five and a prize.

Aloha for now!
Melanie (and co-RD Jacque)

Kealia Quad Crusher - Race Results & Mahalos

Aloha racers,

Steve and I would like to extend heartfelt thank you's to all who helped make today's inaugural Kealia Quad Crusher a smashing success!! Records were set, wills were tested, and quads were crushed! Picmonkey_image

Despite the rain clouds and slick trails, every runner who crossed the finish line of this approximately 11 mile course did so with muddy legs and a smile on their face. 93 finishers completed this challenging course. For the 50+ of you who were virgins to the trail series… welcome! And we hope to see you for the next race in the series, Mango Madness (sign up here). Only 13 slots left so don't delay.

Mile for mile, the KQC is going down in the record books as one of the toughest races out there. Congratulations to our champs - Ryan Karwiel, (1:51:40); and Susie Stephen, (2:19:07). These are smokin' fast times considering the colossal 4,000 feet of climbing. Remember these times as these are now the current course records that you will all be aiming for next year.

We want to thank John & PJ Salmonson, without whom the trail series would not exist. Heartfelt thanks (seriously, thank you) to our course marshals Marian, Judy, Sue, Jeff F., Freddie, Shawna, and Andy C. for braving the chilly temps and doing calisthenics to stay warm in the freezing, wet and windy conditions as they pointed the runners in the right direction. Thanks to our start/finish line crew Mike Hee, Paula, Benita & Arvel, Molly, Travis, Elise and anyone else who jumped in to help at any point. Thanks also to our race photographers Augusto and Kalani. None of this can happen without you!

Thanks again to the race award team - Kelly, Shell,  Augusto & Rosie for the handmade awards. We had the runners pose and show off their quads with their trophies (see image above).

And last but not least, thank you to all of the runners who participated in this wonderful event. It's your smiling faces and wonderful stories of the race that make this all worth while!

See you next year!

Rosie & Steve

Kealia Quad Crusher - Trail Series Race #3 - Saturday, May 7th, @ 7AM

Aloha Quad Crushers!

Race day is Saturday May 7 with a start time of 7am. The race is SOLD OUT and there will be no race day signup so if you’re super bummed you didn’t get a slot, please come out and volunteer instead! Make sure to arrive early enough to get checked in, get comfy and do any warm up routines to prepare yourself for the few hills we have in store for you on the course.

As many of you know, Run With A View, which has been a part of the HURT trail series for many years, has been reborn this year as the Kealia Quad Crusher. For all your GPS holders out there, you’ll likely find that the course is actually closer to 10(ish) miles. The official state trail website lists the mileage at 2.5 miles per leg (so 5 miles per lap) but we realize many of you have been getting varying distances. We also know that HURT runners love the opportunity to do bonus miles, especially when uphill, so please don’t be too concerned about the precise mileage and enjoy the run :-)

Course Description
The race will be a two lap out & back course. It will start at the Kealia trailhead, climb 2.5 miles to the top of Kealia Trail where it intersects with Ku'aokala Access Road. Runners will turn around at this intersection and head back down Kealia Trail, retracing the route they just climbed. Returning to the start/finish line, they will turn around and run the same route up and down the course.

The route will be marked with our ribbons, which will be explained race morning when you check in. Course marshals will be on course to point you in the proper direction at critical turns. As always, blue is bad. Do not follow any trails marked in blue ribbon.

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Aid Stations
There will be no aid stations ON the course. All food & water will be available only from the start/finish near the parking area. You will be passing through here at the half way point during the race so you will have a chance to fill up, eat and drink at approximately mile 5. But keep in mind that the course is rugged and hot, and we urge you to carry your own water bottle for safety and comfort. Bathrooms and water spigots are available at the start/finish.

Directions & Parking
The main starting/staging area for the race is the Dillingham Airfield. From Farrington Highway, after passing Camp Mokuleia, turn left into the third entrance to Dillingham Airfield. Proceed straight ahead 0.4 mile to the parking area. Parking has been allowed by the Dillingham Airfield’s Manager and will be in the grass field adjacent to the start/finish area. Do NOT park in the paved parking lot. As always carpooling is encouraged and appreciated.

If a runner fails to complete the first lap within the 2.5 hour cutoff time, they will be disqualified, and will not be allowed to head back out on the course.

If you have to drop out or choose not to continue on a second lap, it is mandatory for you to inform one of the race directors at the start-finish, before the race is over. We don’t want to have to send a search party after you.

Race awards will be for the top 5 finishers for each gender. The prizes are your once in a lifetime chance to win a hand painted, signed, limited edition bowl created by HURT’s very own Augusto, Kelly, Shell and Rosie!  They are ridiculously awesome and worth all the pain and suffering it will take to earn one.


Please Kokua

  • Please stay on the trail as this is a sensitive area and a number of endangered plants live along the trail.
  • Please be courteous to other racers and hikers.
  • This is a State Park, so alcohol is not permitted.


The RD's aka Rosie & Steve

Kealia Quad Crusher Course Preview, Saturday April 30 @ 7am

Aloha Athletes,

Join me this Saturday for a course preview of the 3rd race in the trail series, Kealia Quad Crusher! The race will be a two lap out & back course, so at a minimum we will do a single loop to show you the way and those that like can head out for more torture afterwards. Don't forget to bring water and snacks, there's a few hills on this course.

Meet at Dillingham Airfield by 7am sharp. Along with being one of the safer places to park on the island, water and bathrooms are available at the run start. Directions are here.

Course Description

The race will be a two lap, out-and-back course, approximately 9-10ish miles long. It will start at the Kealia Trailhead, climb 2.3 miles, all the way to the top of Kealia Trail where it intersects with Kuaokala Access Road. Runners will turn around at this intersection and head back down Kealia Trail, retracing the route they just climbed. Returning to the Start-Finish line, they will turn around and run the exact same route up and down the course.

Course Map


See ya'll Saturday!

If you haven't signed up yet, don't forget delay there are only 6 slots left. Sign up at ultrasignup.


Vi's Top of Tantalus Results and Photos

Kat And Judy 2016
Kat and Judy, Photo Credit: Johnny Landeza

Great job by all the runners' this past Saturday! It was nice to see so many smiles at the finish. Congratulations to Ryan Karwiel, who also won Aiea Loop Express, and Shawna Ping for winning their respective categories. Click here for the results.

Kalani was out in the field again taking wonderful trail photos. View his album through his Facebook Profile.

Mahalo to all our wonderful volunteers who makes our RD job easy: Benita, Arvel, Michael Cole, Rosie, Steve Villiger, Clem, Elisa, Jacki, Jacque, DeAnna, Pricilla Clark, and Mike Hee. Also to the trail marking team of Freddy Halmes, Heather, and Scot Kuwaye. And, of course, to John and PJ who make everything possible for our HURT Ohana.

Next up is Kealia Quad Crusher on May 7. There are a few more slots open, so give your quads something to remember and REGISTER!

Judy and Kat, RDs 
Vi's Top of Tantalus

Vi's Top of Tantalus 7+ miler - Trail Series Race #2 - Saturday, April 16th, @8AM

Vi's Top of Tantalus is sold out but we are looking forward to seeing everyone who has signed up for race #2 of our HURT trail series.

20150411-HURT-Vis-Top-of-Tantalus-Trail-Race-0414-3076The race run will start and finish at the Pu'u Ualakaa Park, about two miles up Tantalus Mountain on Round Top Drive. The park opens at 7 AM. This race is conducted in memory of our dear HURT friend, Vi Medusky-Jones, who passed away from ALS.

According to our permit from the Division of State Parks, we are required to leave parking spaces open to other park users. Please park out on Round Top Drive, outside the entrance to the park, making sure your car is completely off the roadway. Carpooling to the race is highly encouraged.

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 which you might pass twice 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.

Please be courteous to other racers and hikers. This is a State Park, so alcohol is not permitted. If you have to drop out, it is mandatory for you to inform one of the race directors at the start-finish, before the race is over.

We all look forward to seeing you on the (possibly muddy) trails!

Judy and Kat
Race Directors