Kaena Point Firecracker 10+ Preview Runs!!!

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Please join us for a preview of the July 7th, 2018 running of the HURT Trail Series Firecracker 10 Miler!!

We will have preview runs on June 23 and 30, 2018.

We will start running at 6:30 AM from the race start point on the North Shore side and run the course to the turn around on the Waianae side and back (or shorter if you want)!!

Map Link: https://www.google.com/maps/@21.5795,-158.2372,226m/data=!3m1!1e3

  • It will be hot, there is no on-course support for the preview so bring plenty of water to run 10 miles.
  • A hat/visor, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended.
  • Have a small cooler for after to help recover, and a chair if you want to hang out or dip your feet in the ocean, and a change of clothes for after. 
  • This will also afford you an opportunity for photo taking of this beautiful part of the island (the photo above shows me on top of the rock before the finish line and is looking in the direction you will be running).

We Hope you all can join us!!!!

If you have any questions about the preview or the run, please feel free to contact me or Benita.

Benita Shults 910-574-7061, bashults@yahoo.com & Arvel Shults 910-574-6592, arvel@hawaii.rr.com

Happy Trails!!!

Arvel, RD


Fun?!

“So, did you have fun?” My husband always asks when I return from a race. My answer usually is something like, “Well…I finished.” Saturday’s race was HURT’s Mango Madness 10++ miles. And for me, at 46, the point of running is to keep going into my wiser, better years. To finish or drop dead during. (I’ll try not to drop dead during a HURT race, Jeff, Jacque, Freddy, and Melanie.)

I thought about the “fun” question after cleaning up and caffeinating. I like seeing John and PJ first thing when they check me in. I enjoy getting sweaty and dirty with friends. I appreciate the enthusiastic race marshals who smile, ring cow bells, and encourage FOR HOURS. The thoughtfully prepared food and beautiful, hand-crafted medals were heartwarming.

However, going up and down Triple Trek’s lower loop 2-1/2 times and Concrete Road twice is not fun. It is an exercise in grit and perseverance. Zigzagging through cones to the finish line seems almost cruel. This time, after 4+ hours I did not have to zig, but I have zagged to the finish before. One year I put my forehead on a baseball bat handle and spun in a circle before crossing the finish line. Each challenge squeezes a smile out of me!

At home, after hugging my kids and settling down, there is only thankfulness:

  • For my health and circumstance that allow me to run,
  • For the HURT Ohana who direct and support the races,
  • For the Hawaiian trail system that offers so much.

Okay, trail running is pretty fun. But fun is not the right word to describe how I feel afterwards. They are Joy and Gratitude. So I will smile at Freddie when he tells me to go up Pipes again because I am truly happy to be there.

 

--Wendi Lau
“Every day is a new opportunity to move.”


We Definitely Put the Madness in Mango

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What a morning! A hard, hilly course was dished out and our racers were up for the challenge! Most were smiling as we were wondering, "Did we make it hard enough?" 

In all seriousness, the participants were amazing! The volunteers were the BEST around. Motivating runners, helping them throughout the course, and guiding them in the right direction.

It takes months of planning and 'research' of our own to create a new course each year. If you'd like to run the course, here are the directions. Start at Archie Baker Mini Park, proceed up the road to the Hawaii Nature Center. Take the left side trail to the bathrooms, then go clockwise on the lower loop (Kanealole to Makiki Valley Trail and down Maunalaha). REPEAT TWICE. Take a third trip up Kanealole then continue left up to Nahuina trail for a double up/down concretes to the pillbox. Finally back down Nahuina and Kanealole to finish at the park. 12 miles and over 4,000 feet in elevation.

Homemade, handpainted medals were given to every finisher as well as prizes for the top ten males and females. And let us not forget "King/Queen of the Mountain". This year's highest point of the course was the Tantalus pillbox. The titles went to Matt Hause of Kailua, Oahu AND Bree Wee of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. They were also our overall winners.

Food and refreshments awaited our runners as well as our 2nd annual Kona Shave Ice Truck! Well worth the $15 race fee, we'd say!

All results can be found here: http://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=52824

Photos by Kalani Pascual can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/kalani.pascual/media_set?set=a.10216587662387300.1073741984.1331443930&type=3

Thanks again all! We can't wait until next year!

 

~Melanie Decker Koehl

(A special thanks to my co-RD Jacque Tellei)

 

 


Mango Madness: Final Race Instructions

What an incredible turnout we had for the preview that was advertised as a non-preview! Thank you everyone for coming out!

The race is this Saturday, June 9th and will start and finish at Archie Baker Mini Park at 7am. It is the triangular-shaped park at the corner of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive. Please arrive giving yourself ample time to park. The race is at capacity and we expect a good crowd!

There will be one aid station on the course, so please be prepared for a hard 10+++ mile run. Wear a hydration pack and carry your nutrition of choice. We will have Gatorade, water, bananas, watermelon, and oranges. However, at the finish line we will have tons of food as well as our 2nd annual Kona Ice Shave Ice Truck. So work up an appetite!

It will be an exciting race to see who claims King/Queen of the Mountain! The top ten males and females will also claim amazing prizes. And finally, each and every finisher will receive a handmade, handpainted medal. 

We love what we do and we look forward to torturing you at Mango Madness! See you Saturday!

~Melanie

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Mango Madness Preview (not really), June 2

MM2018StickerAs we all know, Mango Madness is an undisclosed course. We work hard to come up with a challenging 10-12 miler and we work even harder to keep it a secret! Please join us on June 2nd at 6am to get a maybe-kinda-sorta glimpse of the Mango Madness course. Count on six miles and a lot of fun. We will be meeting in the Nature Center parking lot. A few of us are going out afterwards to get some extra miles. Run with us if you have the time! See you then.

-Melanie, RD

(Jacque RD will be there, too!)


Mango Madness Preview Run 6/2

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We're getting the course down and the prizes set! It's almost time for Mango Madness! Until then, keep practicing your hill work :-) We plan to only do one preview run. It will be on Saturday, June 2 at 6AM starting from the Nature Center parking lot. Since the course is always different and undisclosed, we will be doing a 7-mile run that will cover some of the race course. Please bring water and a snack. Jacque and I will see you then!

LAST CHANCE for gear: This Friday we stop taking orders for the Mango Madness shirts, tanks, and trucker hats. See the previous post for links to purchase. And remember to enter "OAHU" at checkout to pick up at the race. Mahalo!

-Melanie, RD

 


Mango Madness Shirts, Tanks, and Truckers

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Next up on the HURT Trail Series calendar is Mango Madness! We always do a custom shirt and hat to accompany the theme of the awards, and this year is no exception. Below are the links to purchase. Orders will be taken until May 18th. Enter OAHU at checkout for free shipping and to pick up on race day. See you June 9! ~Melanie, RD 

MEN'S TECH TEE:

https://www.outsiderocks.com/collections/run-mauka/products/mango-madness-mens-tshirt

 
WOMEN'S TECH TEE:
 
 
WOMEN'S TANK:
 
 
TRUCKER HAT:
 

Kealia Quad Crusher - Race Results, Photos & Mahalos

Aloha runners, KQC2018

Steve and I would like to extend heartfelt thank you's to all who helped make the Cinco de Mayo edition of Kealia Quad Crusher another smashing success!!

While the temps were significantly cooler this year, runners still had to contend with slick trails while climbing and descending our “one hill.” 87 finishers completed this challenging course and for those of you who were virgins to the trail series or to our race… welcome to the family! And we hope to see you for the next SOLD OUT race in the series, Mango Madness on June 9th.



Congratulations to our champs - Matt Hause, (2:00:58); and Jill Thompson, (2:14:04). These are smokin' fast times considering the colossal 4,000 feet of climbing.



We want to thank John & PJ Salmonson, without whom the trail series would not exist. Heartfelt thanks (seriously, thank you) to our course marshals and sweeping crew Arvel, Freddy, Andy G. and his bagpipes, Kelly, Shawna, Marian, Andy C., Shelby, Ron, Chris, Donielle, Kana, Sue, Benita, Daintry, Amanda, and Mike. Thanks to our start/finish line crew Shell, Mike, Vicki, Jen, Daniel, David, Rob, Jaren, Glen and anyone else who jumped in to help at any point. Thanks also to our race photographer (on top of everything else that he does!) Augusto. None of this can happen without you!

Special shout-out to the genius behind our race awards, Petal to the Mettle, for making the most beautiful handmade awards ever in the history of racing. Our custom Quad Crusher muscle balms were handcrafted in Waialua from mostly organic ingredients and the flowers were also grown on the North Shore. Support your local farmers ya'll!

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


Tantalus Triple Trek Registration Is Open

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Aloha Athletes,

Happy May & Lei Day!! Registration for the 27th running of the Tantalus Triple Trek is now open! The annual repeats of our favorite mountain will commence on September 1, 2018 (the Saturday of Labor Day weekend). Please click here to register, or follow this URL: http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=52836

PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP IF YOU CAN COMMIT TO THE RACE!!!

Also note that the Waikiki Roughwater Swim has been moved to the same day due to the forecasted visitation of jellyfish falls on Monday;
If you have any questions, click here to contact us or send an email to hurt3trek[at]gmail[dot]com . Happy and safe training! Hope to see you on the trails soon!

Mahalo,

Jeff and Sandi, 3T RDs


Kealia Quad Crusher - Saturday May 5th at 7am

Aloha Quad Crushers!

Race day is Saturday May 5 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.

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, runners will turn around and repeat the same route again.

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 can be 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.


Cutoffs
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.


Awards
Race awards will be for the top 10 finishers for each gender. The prizes this year are very special and hyper-local: made just a few miles up the road from the race. 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.

Mahalo!

The RD's aka Rosie & Steve