2012 Tantalus Triple Trek Saturday, September 1. 5:30 a.m. Start

Race Day: (Saturday) September 1, 2012 - 5:30 am Start.
Aloha Kakou,

Welcome to our 21st 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. 100 training for many runners. As usual, there is no pre-registration, so just come early on race day, bring your $10 and sign-in.

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 will have the usual race munchies which will cater to most palates with iced water & gatorate/electrolyte drink at both aid stations. Usually race participants bring their own concoctions/special needs & you are highly encouraged to do so.

Race Directors will be there to open the main gate at 4:30 am, and set-up for registration by the Nature Center bathrooms.  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 we didn’t fill-up the lower parking lot, so please kokua and try to park out on the road or even down by the water tank and walk up. Only race officials and volunteers can park up at the top.

Please arrive early enough to park & bring any needed gear up to the start & sign-in.

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 & at the 7 mile Tantalus Road crossing. The Tantalus aid station will stay open until 1:30 pm, so plan accordingly. “Please take enough fluids with you especially during the later part of the afternoon”. (Most runners bring their own electrolytes)

Cutoff is 11:30am, to leave the Start-Finish station for the third loop.

Dropouts need to inform the race directors (Fish/Sue/Heather), so we won’t be looking for you in the woods after the race.

The course will be marked with coloured ribbons. Runners will be advised as to the colours on race day. This is a figure eight course, so different coloured 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.

Click here for course map.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.


2012 Maunawili Out & Back Results (UPDATED)

Aloha Athletes,

I am sorry I missed today's Run with the Pigs. It sounds like it was a fantastic race and of course, Race Director's Marian and Neal provided amazing post race food and gifts to all runners. 

Thank you to all the runners who came out and participated. It looks like there was a great turnout and fast times. I know there were lots of helpers and others who aided in putting this race all together. 

2012 Maunawili Out & Back Results

The next race in the HURT Trail Series is the Triple Trek. This race is on September 1 and starts at 5:30 a.m. More details will be posted soon.

Aloha, Bob

Saturday Training 7-21-12: Peacock Flats and More

Aloha Atheletes,

A few options for this Saturday.

Marian and a few others will be starting at 4:00 a.m. from the base of Long Road. They plan to refuel over at Dillingham Airfield at 6:30 a.m. So if you want to start a little later, you could be ready to go at 6:30 from the parking lot behind the Control Tower.

Another option is Rosie's birthday run. Start time is 7:00 a.m. at Sunset Elementary School. She is planning an "easy" 10 miler on the trails we ran for George a few weeks back. I think she is planning a potluck/party afterwards so sounds like fun.

Finally, you can always swim. North Shore Swim Series third swim is on tap. Chun's to Waimea.

Sounds like a busy weekend and this is only Saturday. If you have questions or planning something different and want some company, post it in the comments below.

Aloha, Bob

Download FREE Photos of the July 8th Kaena Pt Firecracker 10-Mile Trail Race Here

Thank you to all 130+ of you who ran last weekend's Kaena Point Firecracker Trail Race!

Extra special thanks to all the volunteers without whom this race would not have been such a successful event.

You can download FREE photos of the race taken by Stephane Lacasa Photography here: Download Kaena Pt Photos Here

If prompted, use password: hurt

If you have any problems downloading photos, contact Stephane Lacasa: Contact Me

Hope to see you out there next year!!

Scott G & Julie T

Race Directors

Run With The Pigs - August 11, 2012


Design by Melanie Decker Koehl

MAUNAWILI OUT & BACK 22-MILE (Solo or 2-Person Relay)

When: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:00 a.m.

Where: Nuuanu-Pali Lookout (map) 

What: 22 miles of single-track trail - Solo or 2-person Relay

This is a show-up-and-sign-up race. All runners need to be at the Nuuanu-Pali Lookout by 6:15 to pay the $10 registration and sign a waiver. The start will be staggered, based on age and gender handicaps.

The Start/Finish:

Parking at the Nuuanu-Pali lookout is very limited; carpooling is HIGHLY recommended.  You will not be able to park in the parking lot at the top. Please abide by the Parking Czars’ instructions to park on the grass shoulder along either side of the road leading to the lookout.  Do NOT occupy a parking stall.

There are no restrooms at the start/finish.  Driving from town, there is a park with restrooms on the Pali Highway at the intersection with Paiwa Road.  Driving from Windward, there are restrooms at a park by Maunawili School at the corner of Uluhala and Ulupii.  Please refrain from using the foliage at the Pali lookout.


The race is an out-and-back on a mostly single-track trail from the Pali lookout to Waimanalo (11 miles each way). The handoff point for relay teams is at the Waimanalo trailhead on Waikupanaha Street. I can provide driving instructions on race morning. Relay teams may hand off car keys at the turn-around aid station.


As with all of the H.U.R.T. runs, this event is all about fun. However, fun does not preclude safety and etiquette. As always, be careful and smart out there. Follow these simple rules and fun is virtually guaranteed:

  • The route will be marked with ORANGE ribbon about one mile in on both ends of the course.  Do not follow BLUE ribbons - they indicate the WRONG way.  BLUE = BAD. The middle will not have any markings.
  • Everyone must carry fluids (40 ounces minimum).  You will NOT be allowed to start without bottles and/or a hydration pack!  Be prepared for hot, humid conditions.
  • Stay on the trail and do not short-cut.
  • Whenever you stop for a view, to rest, or to yield, move off the trail so others can pass. Yield to horses, mountain-bikers, and take care when passing hikers. When overtaking someone, let them know you are approaching and will be passing on their left only when it is safe.
  • Pack It In - Pack It Out. Absolutely no littering.
  • If you need to drop out or leave the course, be sure to notify Marian (at the lookout) or Neal (at the turn-around). Do Not Leave without notifying someone in charge – we need to account for everyone who starts on the trail in the morning.
  • Be courteous and take care of each other. 


There will be awards given to the first five men, first five women, and first five relays to cross the finish line.


There will be plenty of food and drink at the finish.  Please plan to stay around to enjoy and swap stories. 

NOTE: Nuuanu-Pali Lookout is a State park (http://www.hawaiistateparks.org):
Park rules are designed to help you and others have an enjoyable visit while protecting the cultural and natural resources. This is from the State Parks website:

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Please do not jeopardize the permit granted to HURT for this race. Mahalo!

Questions? Call Marian (808) 221-5171or email [email protected]


2012 Kaena Point Firecracker Results

Aloha Athletes,

Sorry for rmissing today's Kaena Point run so I can't say much about it. I haven't even had time to look very much at photos on Facebook. 

However from what I have seen and read, it was an awesome race with a fun new finish. Special thanks to Race Directors Julie T. & Scott G. I am sure there were lots of other volunteers as well--Mahalo!

2012 Kaena Point Firecracker Results

The next race in the HURT Trail Series is the Maunawili Out & Back on August 11th! More info as the race gets closer.

Aloha, Bob 

FINAL REMINDER: Kaena Point Firecracker Race this SUNDAY!

H.U.R.T. Trail Series Kaena Point Firecracker 10-Mile Trail Race: Sunday July 8, 2012 @ 7:00a.m. 

No pre-registration, just show up at least 45 minutes prior to the race start (6:15a.m.), pay the $10 entry fee and be ready to run. Driving Instructions:  From the North Shore, follow the signs to Mokuleia or Waialua. Follow Farrington Highway past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman. After that, you will come to Kaena Point State Park on your right. 

BBQ Potluc k after the race, so please bring a dish to share, a beach chair, swimsuit - to relax and enjoy the post-race festivities!  Hotdogs, burgers, condiments, drinks, and some fruit will be provided. We will have an aid station with water set up at the halfway point, however, we will require ALL runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20 ounce bottle) during the run. It is hot out there and there is not much shade. Don't forget sun protection!

COSTUME PRIZES!!!! The theme for our race is Cartoon Costumes (think Roadrunner, Wiley Coyote, & dynamite that goes BANG!) ... Costume award categories may include but are not limited to: Most Patriotic… Cartoon Character… Brightest Colors… Craziest Hat… etc.

Stephane Lacasa will be taking professional photos of all of the runners out on the course, & will post a link on the HURT blog for FREE downloads of all his action shots after the race! Check out his website (cut & paste following url into your web browser): www.surfographie.com

BONUS: this year marks our first ever Dyn-O-Mite Double Challenge Run! Do BOTH the XTERRA Freedomfest 10K Trail Run at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday, July 7th (www.xterrafreedomfest.com) AND our Firecracker Race = AWARDS TO THE TOP THREE BEST COMBINED TIMES!

Dyn-o-mite-challenge logo

See you there! 

Julie T & Scott G

Julie: julieDOTtakishimaATyahooDOTcom

Scott: [email protected] 



Mango Madness Photos and Unclaimed T-Shirts

The photos and videos are up for Mango Madness! You can see them at: http://www.facebook.com/photogrunner

Thank you, Augusto Decastro for volunteering your time and talents. Remember, these photos cannot be reproduced without permission from him. If you'd like the original, please contact him directly.

As for the 10 shirts that were not picked up at the race, they will be available at Little Sprouts. It's a children's boutique in Kailua located in the Kailua Shopping Center (with Times Supermarket and Lanikai Juice). Store phone number is 266-8877.

Thanks again to all who participated and volunteered.

Aloha, Melanie

2012 Mango Madness Results

Aloha Athletes,

Today's Mango Madness was run under almost ideal trail conditions. We had 170+ runners show up today and as far as I could tell, everyone had a great time. The three RD, Melanie, Jacque, and Angela did an awesome job. I know there were lots of other volunteers posted at key corners on the course and at the two aid stations as well as at the start/finish. Others also helped with trail marking and clean-up. Thank you to everyone who volunteered. Some photos are already up on FB and I am sure more will be posted. 

I have the results that I will be posting with a link below however three visitors from Colorado were the last to finish, thanks to Johnny and Jacque for bringing them in. Their results are not included in the pdf link. 

Leslie Miyasato, Christi Robertson, Maria Claucelin (All women and all at 4:20)

There was something new at this year's race: "King of the Mountain" for the first person to reach the top of concrete hill. Jimmy Davis was the men's King and Susie Stephen--was the women's Queen. Both were also overall winners. 



The next race in the HURT Trail Series is the Kaena Point Firecracker 10 Miler at 7:00 a.m. on July 7th.


Aloha, Bob

Mango Madness Race - This Saturday 6/9


Mango Madness, the 4th race in the H.U.R.T. Trail Series, is this Saturday, June 9th at 7am! Race is show up and sign up. Please arrive by 6:30 AM to pay $10 and hear the race briefing.

Start/Finish is at the pumping station/mini park at the corner of Makiki Street/Makiki Heights Drive.  The 10+ mile course takes place in the Tantalus trail system and includes the infamous 'Concrete Hill': a 1+ mile beast of grooved pavement. Plenty of rocks, roots, mud and fun -- something for everyone!

NEW prize for this year.... KING OF THE MOUNTAIN. The first male and female athlete to arrive at the top of Concrete Hill will get a prize. Prizes, as always, will be given to the top 10 male and 10 female finishers.

10+ Miles for this race always means a special detour thrown in when you least expect it. So expect it!

Hope to see you all there. Refreshments will await you at the finish.

POT LUCK AFTERWARDS....Please bring a dish to share. We are bidding Benita and Arvel Shults a fond "Aloha". Don't miss it!

Aloha, Melanie

Mango Madness Training Run 6/2

Get a preview of the Mango Madness 10+ mile race course! Meet at the pumping station/mini park at the corner of Makiki Street/Makiki Heights Drive this Saturday, June 2nd at 7am. The course takes place in the Tantalus trail system and includes the infamous 'Concrete Hill': a 1+ mile beast of grooved pavement. Plenty of rocks, roots, mud and fun -- something for everyone! The actual race is on June 9th at 7am (show up by 6:30am to sign up, pay $10 race fee and hear the race briefing).

-Melanie Decker Koehl