Happy April everyone! This weekend, Kat will be leading a course preview run for the upcoming Vi's Top of Tantalus 7 miler. Race day is next Saturday April 11th so if you aren't sure of the course, I suggest coming to the preview. Kat just so happens to be one of the race directors and always puts on an incredibly fun and memorable event. For those that haven't been to Pu'u Ualakaa Park, this race is worth it for the view alone!
Start time: 7am, meet in main parking lot
Distance: 7 miles
Location: Puu Ualakaa Park is about two miles up Tantalus Mountain on Roundtop Drive. The approximate address to the entrance gate of the park is 3200 Round Top Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822
As always don't forget to sign up for the race there are only 20 slots left! Remember there are no show up and sign ups for any of the races in the H.U.R.T. series.
Julie & John are back in town for a visit, & we're celebrating with a run (of course!). This Saturday (the 28th) HURT training is going back to the Kuli'ou'ou Trail.
Meet at the Kuliʻouʻou trailhead at 6:45am for a 7am start. This is a relatively short, intense run up to the summit with a gorgeous view of the windward side. Bring whatever water/snacks (if any) youʻll need for an approx 1.5hr run.
Parking: Street parking, at the end of Kalaau Pl, Honolulu, Hawaii 96821
This Saturday we will be doing a mellow sunrise hike on Koko Head trail (also known as Hanauma Bay rim trail). The trail wraps around Hanauma Bay and starts off as asphalt which turns to dirt at the top. Round trip will be less than 5 miles, but will have some climbs. We will meet in the parking lot where people usually park to climb the stairs of Koko Crater; however, once we begin our hike promptly at 6am we will proceed opposite direction of Koko Crater going towards Hanauma Bay walking across Kalanianaole Highway.
Google map of where to park and meet in the Koko Head District Park:
The sun rises at 6:34am and if the horizon is clear, we should have a nice view of it coming up from the mouth of Hanauma Bay. Here's a picture of where we could possibly stop to watch the sunrise. Once the sun is up we will continue to explore, enjoy the ocean views from above, and potentially see some whales! Don't forget to pack your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, hydration, snacks, jacket (if it's still cold), camera, and most importantly your smile.
Email me[at]augustodecastro[dot]com if you have any questions.
Yesterday kicked off the start of our trail series with the sold out Aiea Loop Express. Starting before dawn, runners began to arrive wearing their finest shades of green to celebrate the St. Patty’s day theme. Most of the volunteers were clad in their finest winter attire braving the dare I say freezing temps of the morning, but overall we were blessed with a beautiful day of sunshine. The runners didn't have any rain to contend with this year but a few of the faster folks in front did end up doing a few extra laps around the loop. They took it all with great stride.
A huge mahalo to race director Mike as well as his lovely wife Brenda. From the decorations to the mustaches to the tattoos, Irish themed treats and living prizes, and copious amounts of mouthwatering food at the race finish, they, with the help of a huge team of volunteers, pulled off everything without a hitch. A highlight of the race was Andy Grandinetti out on course, for the second year in a row, playing his bagpipes as runners went by! Special thanks to John and PJ for doing an amazing timing job. I may just have to hire Mike to cook some more of that amazing brisket for my race later in May!
Most importantly, it's important to remember that none of the races in our trail series could possibly happen without all the work completed behind the scenes by the race volunteers. A warm aloha to the army of H.U.R.T. volunteers and everyone who took part in organizing, cleaning, and course directing. None of this can happen without you.
Don’t forget to sign up for the next race in the series, Vi’s Top of Tantalus on April 11th. As of this posting there are 60 slots still available.
This weekend is the start of the 2015 H.U.R.T. trail series and we're kicking it off with the Aiea Loop Express 7(ish) miler. Prizes will be given for the top 10 men and women and for the best costume. Huge thanks to the RD’s Mike & Randy… last year was the first time we held this race and it was a runaway success - complete with bagpipes!! I for one can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this weekend.
Just a reminder that the trail series races are no longer show-up-and-sign-up and Aiea Loop is sold out. There will be no race day registration available.
After the race, there will be a spread of the usual race munchies to eat. During the race, there will be NO aid stations. Make sure to bring any water or food that you will need for yourself during the run.
The gate to the park will open at 6 am. Bathrooms are available at both the top and bottom parking lots. Race start is at 7am and race number assignment is at 06:30. Please arrive early enough to park & bring your stuff up to the start & sign-in.
Parking is extremely limited so please try to carpool. All runners will need to park in the upper parking and walk down to the start in the lower parking lot.
Directions: Follow H-1 to Moanalua Highway (Route 78). Take the ‘Aiea cutoff to the third traffic light, make a right turn at ‘Aiea Heights Drive and follow it about 3 miles up to the end of the road. Continue on the one-way park road to the trailhead. (more info)
As for the course, it is 7 miles of rolling hills. We'll be starting from the bottom parking lot and proceeding counter-clockwise around Aiea Loop. Sorry, there is no course map so be prepared to follow the course markings. As always, BLUE is BAD! So do not go that direction. Bad section & hazards will be clearly marked with blue ribbons.
Most important of all...it's pre-St. Pattys day weekend, so please be sure to wear your GREEN! Funny hats, leprechaun attire, shamrocks, and face paint encouraged.
This Saturday, we’ll be doing a short preview run for the first of the races in our 2015 trail series kicking off next Saturday. Join Michael, the race director for the sold out Aiea Loop Express if you’d like to know what you are in for come race day. Mileage is estimated to be in the 5-7 mile range. Make sure to thank him profusely or bring him a cold beer for leading this run as he’s also running a 50 miler later that evening… huge thank you for offering to take people out on the trail the same day. You are a rockstar!
Meet at the lower parking lot in the park at 7am.
'Aiea Loop Trail Trail Length: 4.8 mi. loop Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Terrain: Forested and open ridge More Info
Also, Cheryl wanted me to say how much she misses all of her HURT friends and that she wishes us a wonderful trail series. We can only hope she will make an appearance at some point throughout the year! We all miss you like crazy Cheryl!!
As mentioned Aiea Loop Express 7 miler is already sold out and there is NO race day signup, so make sure to sign up for the other races in the series before they too are full!
My name is Paul Doyle and i will be visiting Hawaii around the middle of March (visiting from Australia) and am hoping to find someone who would be able to run me around the HURT Track on either the 17th or 18th. I'm currently in training for the Mont Blanc Ultra Marathon, have done various other Marathons and running tours in various cities.
Am happy to pay for a guide, looking to start early in the morning before my wife wakes up.
This Saturday weʻre planning a special run to welcome HURT ohana Scott Gordon home for the weekend! Meet at the Kuliʻouʻou trailhead at 7:45am for a 8am start. This is a relatively short, intense run up to the summit with a gorgeous view of the windward side. Bring whatever water/snacks (if any) youʻll need for an 1.5-2hr run. Join us for breakfast somewhere nearby afterwards!
Parking: Street parking, at the end of Kalaau Pl, Honolulu, Hawaii 96821
Posting this a bit early since I'll be off the phone grid next week. Next week, join Augusto at Peacock for a 16 mile training run. Meet at long road at 6am - the route will head up long road, over cross over to 3 way, then back to the start at long road. Not sure where long road is? Check the directions here.