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.