Join me and Benita at Dillingham Air Station (start/finish of the Peacock 50k & 100k) at 6AM this Saturday! Remember to bring plenty of water and snacks. This heat is no joke. Options for 9 miles, 17 miles or more if you are eager! See you there!
The 2015 Tantalus Triple Trek was held today under beautiful Hawaiian conditions. In other words, lots of heat and humidity with just the right amount of mud thrown in. From what I hear, the RD's, Jeff, Julie, and Fish through some curves to runners with some route direction changes from previous Trek races. I will let others who raced make those comments. I know HURT Guru's John and PJ stated next year is the 25th anniversary of the Trek race, that the course will be back to tradition.
Congratulations to all the runners. Thanks to all the volunteers and RD's! I am sure more details will be posted.
Finally, I had a couple of errands to do after the race and I was saddened to learn of the passing of Akabill. aka was always a smiling face and I loved seeing him out on the trails here in Hawaii. Those that knew him are well aware of his infectious smile and "Life is Good" attitude. Happy Trails Aka!
Aloha Runners!!! This is the first ultra distance race of this year’s H.U.R.T. trail series! TTT is a 30-mile course comprised of three 10-mile loops, with a return to the Nature Center start/finish aid station each loop. Here is the course map:
Gates will open for the start area by 4:30am; please arrive no later than the 5:15am check-in cut-off time to sign-in and get your race number.
IMPORTANT: A friendly reminder that the race is 100% sold out and there will be NO same day sign-ups. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
PARKING: Suggested parking is along the road on Makiki Heights Drive (starting by the pumping station at the intersection of Makiki Street); please ensure that you are parked well off the road to allow for traffic to use the road as normal. Remember that this can be a high theft /break-in area. NO PARKING IN THE TRAILHEAD PARKING LOT as these spaces are strictly reserved for hikers! Parking is allowed along both sides of the driveway below the parking lot; however all wheels of the vehicle must be off the road.There will be Parking Czars posted to direct you, please comply with their instructions.
We strongly encourage all runners to bring their preferred fuel/hydration requirements for the race! We will have the usual race munchies at the Nature Center start/finish aid station, & water/electrolyte drink at both aid stations. Bathrooms are available only at the Nature Center start/finish aid station. As these serve only one occupant, please try to “take care of business” prior to arriving at the race start.
As always, BE PREPARED FOR ANY WEATHER CONDITIONS as the weather may be very wet, hot, &/or humid.
It will be dark on the trail for the first hour or so of the race - make sure you bring your preferred trail lighting.
Course markings will be ORANGE going outbound, up to the top/second pig gate and WHITE on the return to Nature Center. As always, BLUE is BAD! If you see blue, don't go in that direction. Bad sections & hazards will be clearly marked with blue ribbons. We'll remind you again on race morning during our quick briefing. Remember that course marshals instructions always override any course markings, so please always follow their instructions.
Course marshals will be at all major junctions for the first loop or two. Please be sure to take note of all trail markings prior to loop 3 as the course will be more than adequately marked.
Race Course Marshals will be out on the course during the race for your safety and to direct you along the course. You must comply with ALL of their instructions. If you do not comply with their instructions, you will be disqualified from the race, so please kokua. Complaining, whining, or cursing will not be tolerated. Remember our race is FUN, so bring your smile with you race day!
Aid stations will be at the Nature Center start/finish & at the Tantalus Road crossing @ about the 3-mile point. The Tantalus aid station will only stay open until 12:30 pm (7 hours into the race), so plan accordingly. Please carry enough fluids, taking into consider the EXTRA hot/humid weather we have been having.
SMALL drop bags will be allowed at the Nature Center start/finish aid station, which you will have access to in between each of your loops. We cannot guarantee that the drop bags will stay dry, so please take this into consideration when packing it.Be sure to have some sort of identification on your drop bag as well as remember where you put it as the race volunteers will not be responsible for tracking, watching, or retrieving drop bags. It is the runner’s responsibility to retrieve their drop bag when coming through the aid station and at the end of the race. Volunteers will assist in refilling hydration packs/bottles and offering food, water, and electrolyte drink.
Runners must leave the Nature Center for their 3rd loop by the 10:45am cut-off time. Overall cut-off time for the race will be 1:30pm. If you decide to drop, please inform a race director (Jeff or Fish), so we won’t spend our evening out looking for you in the woods after the race.
No pacers will be allowed for this race.
* Finisher Awards (designed by our very own Wily Woo!) will be given to the top 3 male & female finishers!
* Finisher swag at the finish line for all race completers!
BIG MAHALOS to all our volunteers, without whom this race would not be possible (so remember to thank them when you see them or pass them out on the course!)!! Big thanks also to Augusto De Castro Photography & Kalani Pascual for providing race photography!
One more week until the big weekend! Thank you to all of you who came out for our course preview training run yesterday!! Was a super fun morning in the mud!
This Saturday the 22nd, JulieT will be leading the second preview/training run to go one full loop of the course again. Please meet at the picnic and restroom area at the Maunalaha trail head (by the Hawaii Nature Center) at 6:30am.
Bring sufficient water as well as any nutrition (gels, energy bars, magic potions) you require, and most of all come to HAVE FUN! If you have not yet been on the Tantalus trails please make it a point to remain with Julie and the group. See last week’s training run post for a map of the course. For the most part the race itself will consist of three loops of the course.
Everyone is welcome to join us for this training run – you don’t have to be registered for the Triple Trek race, and all levels of trail runners are encouraged to come!
Have a great remainder of week and hope to see you on the trails!
Many congratulations to all that ran last weekend’s Maunawili Out&Back 22-miler (aka the Run with the Pigs). As usual Marian and Neal Yasuda have outdone themselves in putting on another great event that’s kept us coming back year after year! It’s now time to keep those legs going for the final race of the H.U.R.T. trail series, the Tantalus Triple Trek (3T)!
This Saturday, JulieT will be leading the first preview/training run to go one full loop of the course. Remember there are will be only two weeks until race weekend. Please meet at the picnic and restroom area at the Maunalaha trail head (by the Hawaii Nature Center) at 6:30a.m. Bring a minimum of 32 oz of water as well as any nutrition (gels, energy bars, magic potions) you require, and most of all have fun. If you have not yet been on the Tantalus trails please make it a point to remain with Julie and the group, or be with someone who knows the course. Below is a map of the course. For those unfamiliar with the trails, please feel free to print a copy for reference along the training run. For the most part the race itself will consist of three loops of the course.
Everyone is welcome to join us for this training run – you don’t have to be registered for the Triple Trek race, and all levels of trail runners are encouraged to come! You don't have to run the full distance (or you can go longer), come and do as little or as much as you like.
A huge mahalo to all of the runners and volunteers who came out for Run With the Pigs aka Maunawili 22 miler today. Marian and Neal pulled off yet another fantastic race full of the most amazing food, prizes and pig themed fun.
The run will start at 7:00 from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. Plan to arrive by 6:15 to get your bib numbers and check in. All runners (including both members of a relay team) must check in at the lookout.
Parking at the lookout is limited. We cannot use the parking lot for runner’s vehicles. You must park on the roadway leading to the lookout. The parking tsar will direct you at the main gate when approaching from Honolulu-side. Please comply and do not leave your car in the parking lot. This is one of the requirements for the permit to use the State park. The area is subject to break-ins and thefts. Leave nothing of any value in your vehicle!
There are NO bathrooms at the start/finish. Please be respectful and plan accordingly. From town side, there are bathrooms at the Nuuanu Valley Park on Puiwa Street. From the Windward side, there are bathrooms at Maunawili Park or the Windward City Shopping Center.
The run utilizes a handicapped start. “More experienced” (aka older) folks start first; women start before men. Your running number determines your start time. Groups will start every three minutes until all runners are on their way. For some, this means you get to cheer other runners for a while.
The course will be marked – PINK is the correct route; BLUE is bad. The start area and turn-around area will be marked. For the 8.5 miles in between the ends, simply follow the trail and make no turns at intersections. See the description below:
Each runner MUST carry adequate water for the entire 11-mile stretch of hot and humid trail. We recommend 60+ ounces of fluids. If you require calories during those 11 miles, it is your responsibility to have those with you. The turn-around aid station needs to track all runners that pass through. Make sure your bib number has been recorded. This is a low-key and fun event with few rules. However, there are some behaviors that are absolutely disallowed and will get you disqualified:
Littering on the trail is not tolerated.
Conducting yourself in an aggressive or unsafe manner toward other runners, hikers, bikers, or equestrians is not tolerated.
Short-cutting the trail is not tolerated.
Leaving the course without notifying a race director is not tolerated.
Whining, pouting, and being grouchy are not tolerated. Have fun!
NOTE: There is an early-start option of 6:00 am. If you would like this option, you must notify Marian no later than 1:00 pm on Friday at 221-5171. You will not be eligible for any award if you take the early start.
***There will be a special award for the most enthusiastic swine swagger. Get your pig on and enjoy a great run!
The race directorate, organizers, and staff have recently been peppered with questions regarding a rumor that there will be new route for this year's race. At this time the RDs and organizers would like to request that these inquires and rumors please cease. The more important task at hand should be training for the Maunawili Out&Back 22-miler, aka Run with the Pigs, especially since the trail god have decided to up the anty on that race with heat and humidity. Following the completion of Marian and Neal's also extravaganza, the RDs will post for the course preview and route map. Mahalo for your kokua!
This Saturday, we’ll be back at the Maunawili Trail for a preview run for the Maunawili Out and Back (aka - Run With the Pigs). As always, there are many options for start times and locations - do what works for you. There will be a group starting at the Pali lookout at 6 am. If you plan to do the full distance (22 miles to turnaround point), please take care of your own refueling needs. Don't forget that it is a long and hot 11 miles each way and good hydration is absolutely imperative.
Where: Nuuanu-Pali Lookout (map) There are NO bathrooms at the lookout. The nearest public restroom is at a park located on the Kokohead side of the Pali Highway, off of Puiwa Road in Nuuanu. Please plan accordingly.
WARNING - There have been numerous break-ins at the lookout over the years; lock up and DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!
There are only 2 slots left for the relay, grab em while you can! Also a reminder to order your pig gear by July 26th created by the fabulous Melanie Decker Designs. We are offering short sleeve dri-fit shirts, both men's and women's styles. Women's will be pink; Men's will be grey. Pink trucker hats are also available. Shirts and hats may be ordered here by July 26. You will receive an invoice via email and the gear must be picked up at the Pali lookout (Start/Finish) on August 8 before 2 pm. Questions? Call or email Marian at 221-5171 or mnyasudaAThawaiiDOTrrDOTcom
It sounds like the group had a great time last week previewing the Maunawili course for the upcoming Run with the Pigs on August 9th. Special thanks to the menehune who is helping to make the course a bit more runnable for you all come race day... Expect another course preview or two for those that are interested in learning the trail but for this week we are taking a slight detour.
This Saturday, Jake will be leading a tour de Kailua. The general route is below, expect 21-25 miles likely at a decent pace :) Make sure to bring water and snacks as it is HOT!
Start: Kailua beach park across from buzz's at 6am
Run to down north Kalaheo make our way towards the regional park path.
Head to the Pali look out.
Side streets back, maybe hit up the back side of pillbox.
The fabulous Melanie Decker Designs has once again hit a home run for this year's pig gear! We are offering short sleeve dri-fit shirts, both men's and women's styles. Women's will be pink; Men's will be grey. Pink trucker hats are also available. Shirts and hats may be ordered here by July 26. You will receive an invoice via email and the gear must be picked up at the Pali lookout (Start/Finish) on August 8 before 2 pm. Questions? Call or email Marian at 221-5171 or mnyasudaAThawaiiDOTrrDOTcom.
We're already down to the final 2 races of the trail series. This Saturday, the playground will be the Maunawili Trail, site of the upcoming Maunawili Out and Back (aka - Run With the Pigs) put on by two of the most legendary RD's around, Marian & Neal. There are many options for start times and locations - do what works for you. There will be a group starting at the Pali lookout at 6 am. If you plan to do the full distance (22 miles to turnaround point), please take care of your own refueling needs. Don't forget that it is a long and hot 11 miles each way and good hydration is absolutely imperative.
Benita and I are Humbled by the support and team work that all our volunteers displayed yesterday to make this an incredible experience for all of us!! Our HURT Ohana accomplished another miracle performance bringing this event to a success level that will be hard for us to match next year!!!
We are very Grateful for all of you that ran this very challenging course during some grueling conditions!!
Our volunteer staff was an incredible mix of Senior HURT Ohana and Junior runners. We would be very hard pressed to mention you all, so I am not even going to try!!! Please just know that each of you were greatly appreciated and did an outstanding job, also during some challenging conditions!! We ask that you continue to run and support our HURT events and share our Aloha Spirit!!