This Saturday meet in the lower parking loop at 6am for the final course preview for the Aiea Loop Express 7 miler happening March 15th. This will only be a single loop (but feel free to run as many as you like!)
The race is sold out so I hope you all got a coveted slot. Make sure to sign up now for any of the races throughout the rest of the season, they are all moving fast.
In the spirit of the race and St. Pattys Day, Cheryl says wear something green!
There is always some added adventure when running with the HURT gang. So this week, taking advantage of a recently cleared trail, you have the opportunity to not only run the Aiea Loop trail but also explore some of the ridge trail.
This Saturday you have the opportunity to preview the Aiea Loop trail again. This trail is where the first 2014 HURT Trail Series race will be held. It is coming up quicky on March 15th. You can sign-up or register at Ultrasignup.com for all of the HURT Trail Series races at this site.
With all the recent rain, count on a muddy and wet trail. Cheryl says meet at the lower parking area for a 6:00 a.m. start.
I know it's last minute but if anyone is looking for something fun to do this weekend, join Mike and Cheryl for the first course preview run of the season. Mike is one of the RD's behind the 'Aiea Loop Express 7 miler' so they will be running just that...7 miles! Feel free to run it multiple times for a bonus workout.
Meet at the lower parking lot in the park at 6:30.
'Aiea Loop Trail Trail Length: 4.8 mi. loop Activity: Pedestrian Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Terrain: Forested and open ridge Elevation Gain: 900 ft Map
We'll be taking the month of February off from organized Saturday runs so we can rest up and finish planning for the start of the upcoming H.U.R.T. trail series! March 15th kicks it off with the Aiea Loop Express 7 miler. It's a new one in the series and is certain to be a loads of fun, considering the fact that the race directors are none other than Michael Cole and Mr. Randy Flores. You may even see a leprechaun or two if you keep your eyes peeled.
The course preview run will be March 8th...but more on that later. For now, make sure to check out all the races in the trail series and most importantly, SIGN UP!
We typically sell out for every race, so don't get left behind!
Well, this year was particularly challenging for me personally. Between my Crohn’s related health challenges and some unexpected and rather frustrating photography equipment technical challenges this certainly wasn’t my finest performance. Thankfully there were several other dedicated photographers out there working hard to capture the memories for as many of the runners, pacers, crew & volunteers alike. I plan to come back next year much healthier and better prepared but then again who doesn’t?
Enough babble, on with the show. Here’s about 600 of my best images from this year. Happy viewing!
Congrats to all those who toed the line to run/volunteer/pace or help in any way at the H.U.R.T. 100 this year! This Saturday we'll be doing our annual recovery run/shuffle/walk whatever you decide to make it. Please come out and share your stories and enjoy some good times with friends.
Meet at the Ho'omaluhia Gardens in Kaneohe (map) outside the garden at the gate at 7am. Please make sure to stay quiet as this is a residential area. Round trip will probably take an hour or so to do an out and back in the Garden (~5-miles). Those wanting a bit more can go to the Pali Lookout and back, around 9 miles.
The garden opens at 9:00 for cars and we typically potluck all the way in at the last parking/picnic area starting between 9:30 - 10.
I'm looking for a partner for Trans-Alpine this year. It's an 8 day stage race through the Alps Aug30-Sep6. You can learn more about it here and see the exciting videos. It is only open to teams of 2. It's a bit pricey, and a long way from Hawaii of course, but maybe mainland hurtsters may be interested. Or if you can think of someone who might be up for it pass the word on. Please e-mail kaiser at hawaii dot edu if you are interested. Nick
We know most of you will be out at the HURT 100 this weekend.For many it is the culmination of months of training, for others you will be there volunteering at an aid station, serving as a pacer or safety patrol. However if you can't get out, you have a couple of options.
Sitting around the house, freaking out because you're tapering? Trying to mentally prepare for the HURT 100 and find yourself closing your eyes trying to remember the course? Don't know what to do on that long 6 hour flight over to Hawaii and want to see what the course looks like? Well I have the solution for you! Watch or download these videos that take you on the 2011 HURT 100 course! Videos are ~2GB each.
Part 1 takes you from the start line to the Paradise aid station, then back up near the top of the switchbacks. Part 2 finishes the switchbacks, then down to the Jackass Ginger aid station, and back to the start/finish.
The original video ended up being over 30GB, so these have very degraded video quality. Once I find free online storage that lets me share much larger files I'll upload a higher resolution video, but that might not be do-able for a while yet.
You might want to turn the volume down...the music comes on pretty loud about 20 seconds into the video.
For those that might not be part of the HURT100 Facebook group...
For those that want a little preview/reminder of what’s to come. Trail conditions could be totally different than what’s pictured in these though since some of them are three years old now. View at your own risk. Warning: May cause extreme desire to do insane things like get out there and HURT yourself.
The first couple albums were my attempt to document the entire course. I have yet to complete that little project. ;)
For those running, pacing, and volunteering at the HURT 100 we are a mere 10 days away!
We are planning to run a reverse Trek loop (~10 miles) at an easy pace this Saturday starting at 7:00 a.m. from the Nature Center. Invite your pacer's and let's get a bunch of people out there. In years past, we have even had some early arrivals from the mainland join us.
If you can't make it, Mark Speck will also be taking some pacers and patrollers out this Fri, 1/10, evening for some night ops from 6:30 - 8:30. It will be a short out and back from Paradise Park to the beginning of JAG and back. About 2hrs to test night equipment and nighttime trail orientation. We will meet on Manoa Rd on the righthand side after the last bus stop.
We are looking forward to seeing all our visiting friends and H.U.R.T. ohana!
Aloha Athletes and Happy New Year! OK, we are down to the wire here for those running, pacing, and volunteering at the HURT 100. I wrote the RD this morning and asked him why he chose the dryest month of the year to hold the race as it again looks as if the trails will be dried out by race day. (P.S. He hasn't responded) We are planning to run a reverse Trek loop at an easy pace this Saturday starting at 7:00 a.m. from the Nature Center. Invite your pacer's and let's get a bunch of people out there. In years past, we have even had some early arrivals from the mainland join us. Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. If you are doing something different and want company, post it in the comments below. Aloha, BobAloha Athletes and Happy New Year! OK, we are down to the wire here for those running, pacing, and volunteering at the HURT 100. I wrote the RD this morning and asked him why he chose the dryest month of the year to hold the race as it again looks as if the trails will be dried out by race day. (P.S. He hasn't responded) We are planning to run a reverse Trek loop at an easy pace this Saturday starting at 7:00 a.m. from the Nature Center. Invite your pacer's and let's get a bunch of people out there. In years past, we have even had some early arrivals from the mainland join us. Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. If you are doing something different and want company, post it in the comments below. Aloha, Bob - See more at: http://www.hurthawaii.com/2012/01/1-7-12-saturday-training-the-annual-week-before-hurt-reverse-trek-loop.html#sthash.yhVHXZVf.dpufAloha Athletes and Happy New Year!
OK, we are down to the wire here for those running, pacing, and volunteering at the HURT 100. I wrote the RD this morning and asked him why he chose the dryest month of the year to hold the race as it again looks as if the trails will be dried out by race day. (P.S. He hasn't responded)
We are planning to run a reverse Trek loop at an easy pace this Saturday starting at 7:00 a.m. from the Nature Center. Invite your pacer's and let's get a bunch of people out there. In years past, we have even had some early arrivals from the mainland join us.
Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.
If you are doing something different and want company, post it in the comments below.
- See more at: http://www.hurthawaii.com/2012/01/1-7-12-saturday-training-the-annual-week-before-hurt-reverse-trek-loop.html#sthash.yhVHXZVf.dpuf
Leaving from Paradise Park around 5pm for a night crawl. Likely last long run, so slow and steady (and safe). Plan for a loop plus repeat. Parking below the bus stop on Manoa Rd. Lights, food, umbrella (jk) and good attitude. Come for a few miles, a few hours or less. If you need to start earlier or later, feel free and we'll connect on the trails. Aloha - Paul S.
Thank you everybody for your quick response to our request for volunteers. We have now filled the schedule of shifts for food prep and runner servicing!
However, we still need to confirm who is able to show up at 5pm Sunday to help with the aid station shut-down. What's involved is a gradual process of moving supplies out of the station near the end. We still need to keep food and drinks out on the tables for the last finishers, but we can get a few thing out of the way until then.
At 6, we move the picnic tables to their original locations, and take out most of the coolers etc (after emptying them). Everything eventually (by 6:30) has to be moved out to the U-haul, and the lawn (lost and found stuff). We try to give away any usable food items, so it doesn't have to be thrown out.
Last step is to hose down all the decks, and clean the area (including the bathrooms) to leave it as we found it. I think clean up crew was out of there by 7:30 or so....John and Stan and I limped out to drive home before dark, so we wouldn't fall asleep on the way home.
Anyway, that's the routine- we 'd want to have about 8-10 names on the crew, with one volunteer who can be responsible for directing (The Clean-up Nazi). Lots of extra kukui nuts for this job!
This Sunday, we'll be heading back for another trail run/hike at Ka'ahele led by Cheryl. This is the same hike from Dec 14th, we want to get in another run before it gets overgrown again and we hope to see lots of smiling faces. Same plan, meet at the park at 6:30 AM (corner of Naalii and Kaahele). Please be quiet as we are in a residental neighborhood until we hit the trail.
Expect about 5 hours of trail time. Bring plenty of snacks and sunscreen and 70+ ounces of water.
Driving directions: If you are coming from Honolulu, take H-1 freeway ewa direction to the Waimalu Exit. After taking the Waimalu Exit, immediately get into the left lane and prepare to stop at the traffic light. Take another left at the stop light, getting onto Moanalua Rd. (heading Diamondhead). Go to the 2nd traffic light, Kaahele St., and take a left (mauka). Continue up Kaahele St. for quite a distance up the hill, until you reach the stop sign at Naalii Street. The neighborhood park is on the left and there is plenty of parking on Kaahele St.
Keep your calendars clear next weekend for a special goodbye run to one of our H.U.R.T. ohana who is leaving the island. I'll post full detail soon but it will likely be Sunday January 5th.
The Hawaiian Ultra Running Team (HURT), is putting on the fourteenth annual 100 mile trail race on Jan. 18 and 19th. We start at the Makiki Nature Center on Sat at 6am. The cut-off is Sunday, 6pm.
My husband, John, and I, are organizing the start-finish line aid station, and putting together our team of volunteers again. We will also have a contingent of volunteers from Tripler, thanks to Joel Jenkins.
Basically our volunteers help prepare aid station food- fruit, sandwiches, cookies, soups- and keep levels of the water and Gatorade coolers full. Volunteers also greet the runners as they come in, and cater to their every needs- help them get to their drop bag, fill their water bottles, show them where the food it, cheer them on! etc.
After the 6am start, the runners start coming back into our aid station late Saturday morning, from the first of five 20 mile loops. The route is Nature Center- Paradise Park- Nuuanu Jackass Ginger- Nature Center, via the trails. They run throughout the night, and some right up to 6 pm Sunday.
Half of our runners are from the mainland, Canada, China, & Japan, Iceland, Russia, Chili, Australia, Germany this year. It is inspiring to watch them come in and out of our aid station, and rewarding to help them get through a grueling race.
We are looking to fill the following shifts with about three-four volunteers each shift:
· Sat 10 am to 4 pm lot of food prep and kitchen set up for the duration
· Sat 4 pm to 10pm- the usual runner assistance
· Sat 10 pm to Sun 4 am "
· Sun 4am to 10 am "
· Sun 10 am to 5 pm "
· Sun 5 pm to 7 pm tear-down and clean-up
Other miscellaneous jobs include:
· 1 pm Friday for the Mandatory Runner's Mtg- parking nazi for 2 hours, at entrance to Nature Center
· 4:15 am Saturday, parking Nazi at entrance to Nature Center, until 5:45 am
· 7 am to 10 am- help with aid station set-up (organize runner's drop bags)
· 5:30 am- set up glow lights along beginning of trail for the start
· An aid station volunteer to replace PJ (out on special duty) for about 5 hours, some time middle of the night
· on- call gofers, any time
If you wish to volunteer, please email PJ at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 351-1453 to I can schedule you in. Many thanks, PJ Salmonson