Yes, you guessed it...it's back to Peacock this Saturday! There will be quite a few options for start times this weekend (and if you haven't yet signed up for Peacock, there are still a few 100k slots left).
Option 1: Start from the base of long road at 4am with Cindy. I'm not quite sure which route she is taking but if you like to get lots of miles in before the sun comes up, this is the time for you.
Option 2: Start from the base of long road at 5am with Jeff Fong. They are planning on going up long road, over crossover, up Are's loop and back to long road.
Option 3: Start from the airfield at 6am (for those that like to get a little extra shut eye) and run with Kelly. She's planning on doing a Makai loop with a climb up Are's.
No matter where or when you start, don't forget your fluids, snacks and stay safe out there. Happy Trails.
We were treated to a great day on the trails; they were wet, muddy, slippery--in spots, and we even had a passing shower or two just to keep the humidty up. All in all, perfect weather!
RD's Sue, Heather and Fish did an awesome job of organizing and setting up the race and manning the aid stations. Cheryl and her crew kept us hydrated mid course. At the finish, there was the usual spread of great food to add in with the fun conversation. Mahalo to all the volunteers.
We welcomed back Michael, Rosie and Wily from their successful 100 mile run in the N.W. Only Wily was crazy enough to go out and run today. Of course, the even more crazy part, he and several others (Randy) and I am not all sure who else, were headed to the airport so they can run the Kauai Marathon tomorrow. I feel like such a slacker!!! Others who did today's race are jumping on their bikes tomorrow for Dick Evans and quite a few are doing the Waikiki Roughwater on Monday.
Back to today's race. Men's winner was Jake Rankinen. Women's winner was Susie Stephen. Congratulations to both. Jake went flying by me down Hogsback as he was finishing the race and I was finishing my second lap like I was a Eucalyptus tree planted in the hillside. I also thought it was pretty cool that he volunteered to go back out and be one of the course sweeps.
I know there were quite a few first timers out there as well today and congratulations to them and everyone who made today a success.
So, this race brings us to the end of the 2013 HURT Trail Series. This year marked some changes in how register for the Trail Series and I think overall it was successful and most importantly, people had a lot of fun out on the trails.
For many of us, our training will now switch over to focus on the Peacock race on October 19th and many of us see the Triple Trek as the start of our 2014 HURT 100 training. We will be posting weekly training that reflects the work needed to prepare for these two events. Even if you are not signed up for either of these races, feel free to join in on any of these runs and know that you can always do less mileage.
New (September) UltraRunnning Photo: On the lower left-hand corner of the September issue (Dump The Slump, page 12), is a fellow wearing a HURT Trail Series shirt and holding two beers. Maybe someone will recognize this!
Race Day: (Saturday) August 31st, 2013 - 5:30 am Start.
Welcome to our 22nd Annual TTT.
OK, here’s where we get a little serious on the mileage (50km or 30 miles), after all, this race marks the official beginning of H.U.R.T. training. Each runner will complete three of the Trek 10 mile loops, coming back to the Nature Center aid station each loop. For those of you not familiar with the race course, we suggest you study the attached map, perhaps you may want to print this out & carry a copy.
We are sorry but the race is officially sold out and there will be no same day sign-ups. If you would like to volunteer, please email the race directors with your choice of assignment.
We will have the usual race munchies which will cater to most palates with iced water & gatorate at both aid stations. Usually race participants bring their own concoctions/electrolytes/special needs & you are highly encouraged to do so.
Race Directors will be there early to open the main gate at 4:30 am, and set-up by the Nature Center bathrooms. Although already signed up you still need to check in with John and PJ to get your number inked on your leg. There is no parking above the second gate, so please park on Makiki Heights Road below the Nature Center entrance. We would appreciate it if our HURT runners didn’t fill-up the lower parking lot, so please kokua and try to park out on the road or even down the hill near the water tank and walk up. Only race officials and volunteers can park up at the top.
It will be dark on the trail for the first half hour- suggest you bring a small flashlight.
Aid stations will be at the Start/Finish & Tantalus Road crossing @ 7 mile point. The Tantalus aid station will only stay open until 1:30 pm (8 hours into the race), so plan accordingly. Please carry enough fluids, especially for the later & hotter part of the afternoon.
Cutoff to leave the Start/Finish station for the third loop is 11:30 am, race time limit is 9 hours. If you decide to drop, please inform a race director (Fish/Sue/Heather), so we won’t spend our evening out looking for you in the woods after the race.
The course will be marked with Orange ribbons, for the uphill section to the top of Tantalus and Green ribbons to bring you back down to the Nature Center. This is a figure eight course, so orange & green ribbons will overlap in some areas of the course. As always, BLUE is BAD! So do not go that direction. Bad sections & hazards will be clearly marked with Blue ribbons.
The Nature Center is the main staging area for numerous HURT races.
Facilities: 2 bathrooms.
Water: Sink, Water Fountain Water spigots.
Parking: Parking lot at bottom of Nature Center access road. Road side on Makiki Heights Drive. NO parking on road-side of Nature Center drive.
Safety: High theft area, as this is a popular hiking area. Numerous break-ins reported in lower parking lot. Suggested parking is on Makiki Heights Drive or down by the Pumping Station at the junction of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive.
This weekend Jeff will be leading another Triple Trek preview run. Same deal as last week, meet at the Nature Center (near the bathrooms/picnic table) starting at 6am and the distance will be 10 miles. Again those that want to stay for longer mileage can do as many loops as they like, I'm sure others will be doing the same.
While you are running send some extra good vibes to those of us running Cascade Crest this weekend in Washington! Wily Woo, Michael Cole and myself are off starting Wednesday.
Today the H.U.R.T. group combined forces with the Mānoa Cliff Forest Restoration project to do some maintenance on our beloved Tantalus trails in preparation for Triple Trek on August 31st.
Photo by Wily Woo
Many of you likely pass through the two gates regularly without giving more than a passing thought as to why they might be there. These gates actually exist a) to keep out feral pigs and b) to outline the perimeter of the 6 acres of land that is being conserved by the Manoa Cliff Restoration Project. While the land is still owned by the State, in 2005, with the assistance of the Conservation Council of Hawai'i, the Project received a permit from Na Ala Hele to restore a section of the Mānoa Cliff Trail between its junctions with the Pu'u 'Ōhi'a and Pauoa Flats Trails. The effort involves manually controlling invasive species and to protect and promote native plant growth. What's amazing is that just about every plant you would think of as being 'Hawaiian' is in fact non-native. From most species of hibiscus, ginger, plumeria, mangoes, avocados, strawberry guavas, bamboo and various other ferns and plants that line that trails, these were all originally brought in from outside sources. Many are a direct threat to the survival of native species such as the well known Koa and Kukui trees.
Photo by Wily Woo
Starting our day, 12 of us met at 8:30 near the pumping station in Makiki to disperse tools and carpool up to the Moleka parking lot on Roundtop drive. From there we hiked in roughly 1.5 miles to the site. On our hike in, our personal guide and regular Manoa Cliff project volunteer, Juliet identified many native plants and gave us tips on what to clear and what to be careful not to disturb. Seeing Mamaki plants (which can be dried to make delicious tea) was a highlight for me! On the hike in, the group slowly split in to two. The first went ahead to the actual work site while the rest of us spent some time clearing as we hiked in. Once we made our way in to the gated area, our main focus was on cutting back palm grass and ginger along the trail. Clem got to work with the weed whacker to put the final touches on our efforts and after a few hours of work, we broke for lunch and made our way out elated by the great work we had accomplished during our day.
HUGE thanks to everyone who came out and special thanks to Juliet Langley for taking such good care of us all and sharing her extensive knowledge and passion for conservation efforts. Thanks to Mashuri and Brandon of the Manoa Cliff Project as well for organizing and welcoming so many of us out to participate.
Participants & Organizers:
Triple Trek RD - Heather M.
Photo by Wily Woo
Triple Trek RD - Fish A.
PJ & Bob
Please visit www.manoacliff.org to learn more about the project. They have work days each and every Sunday from 9am - noon. It's important to give back to the maintenance and support of the trails that give us so much in return!
This weekend we'll be doing the course preview for the sold out Tantalus Triple Trek 30 miler, the first official ultra distance of the trail series and my personal favorite. Sue, Heather, and Fish always put on a fantastic race and hopefully they are doing their rain dancing to make sure we have lots of mud to make things extra challenging. Race day is Saturday, Aug 31, 2013.
We'll be meeting at the Nature Center (near the bathrooms/picnic table) starting at 6am and going roughly 10 miles. Those that want to stay for longer mileage can do as many loops as their legs can handle.
Remember to leave your valuables at home, vehicle break ins are always possible at trail heads. Many choose to park down by the pumping station in the neighborhood, or feel free to park directly at the trailhead. If you have any questions please post them here.
Also, I hope everyone will volunteer for the Sunday trail work event posted by Bob. I did a workday with the Monoa Cliff group last year as part of my company volunteer program (read about it here) and they are a great bunch. I learned so much about the trails and got to answer all their questions about HURT.
After a few quick e-mails this morning we have an opportunity to do some trail maintenance in preparation of the Tantalus Triple Trek. I was able to run a couple of loops up there this weekend and overall the course is in pretty good shape with the exception of the area on the Manoa Cliff Trail between the two pig gates.
So...if you would like to work with the people who are doing the native plant forest restoration project and help clear the trail, please let PJ know. We will coordinate with how many people are going to make sure we have enough tools. There are a lot of native plants along the trail so this will be selective clearing and trimming. The plan is to meet at the parking area where Moleka and Manoa Cliff trail cross the road at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday and hike the cliff trail up to the area. Alternatively you could run up there from another starting point.
Please let PJ know though so she can let the Project Coordinator know how many people to expect.
Her contact is three-five 1 dash fourteen 53. You know the e-mail right? hurtpals at a oh L dot com.
Mahalo for your help in advance. This will be a good relationship to foster since we use that section of the trail so extensively for both Trail Series races and also the HURT 100.
On the agenda for this Saturday: Peacock
We'll be meeting at Dillingham airfield by 5:45 am for a 6am start.
One group is doing a roughly 15 mile run and another may do an alternate route that includes Long Road. If you've signed up for Peacock in October, it's never too early to start coming out and learning the course. If you haven't signed up, there's still 11 spots left in the 100k so go sign up now! It's shaping up to be a very exciting race...now including a very famous Canadian who promises to make the race extra challenging for the ladies!
As always, if you are new to the course it's important to a) stay with a buddy or b) bring a map and C) bring a minimum of 60 ounces of fluids, snacks, and sunscreen.