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TttlogoAloha Everyone,

The big day is just around the corner…the 27th running of H.U.R.T.’s Tantalus Triple Trek (3T)!!!!

Here are the instructions for race day this Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 5:30am.

The Start/Finish area is at the picnic table and bathrooms by the Maunalaha trailhead (just above the Hawaii Nature Center). Participants may arrive as early as 4:45am. Start time will be around 5:30am (or when John says ‘GOOOOOOO!!!!!!”). Be at the Start/Finish area no later than 5:15am to check-in with John and his lovely helpers as well as receive your race number.

PARKING: Available along the access road to the Nature Center (before the gate) and along Tantalus Drive (near the Makiki pumping station). When parking along the side of the road, all tires must be off the roadway. A volunteer will be near the entrance of the access road to assist you with parking.

DROP BAGS: A single drop bag may be left at the Start/Finish and accessed by the runner at the completion/start of each loop. Please have it adequately labeled with your name. Also be courteous of your fellow runners by not bringing a large drop bag or excessive gear.

COURSE: Three (3) Loops. Each loop heads up the Kanealole (Center/Pipe) trail across Makiki Valley trail, up & along the Moleka Manoa Cliff and Kalawahine trails then along Tantalus Drive. Continue down Nahuina trail, back across Makiki Valley trail then down the Maunalaha trail (Hogsback), and back to the start/finish.

Runners are expected to know the course or be able to follow the trail markings (a map is provided below). There will be course marshals at the major intersections for only the first loop. The course will be adequately marked with ORANGE ribbon going from the start to the apex of the course (the top pig gate along Manoa Cliff trial). WHITE ribbon will take runners back down the start/finish. As always BLUE means “DO NOT GO HERE!”


Upon the completion of each loop, runners are required to check into the start/finish with a volunteer, stating their run number. Once they hear the volunteer report their number to John, they may proceed to their drop bag or get assistance from the volunteers. Upon starting loops 2 and 3, runners must report that they are departing out (i.e., “#21 heading out!!!”).

The course crosses two roadways. There will be course marshals at both crossings and at all trail intersections for only the first loop. Thereafter, be careful when crossing these roadways. There will be, not only vehicles but also cyclists and road runners so be cautious and courteous. This is a long race so a few seconds to be safe is well worth it.

CUT-OFF TIMES: Runners will have 9 hours to complete all three loops. The finish area will close at 2:30pm. Runners must start their third/final loop by 11:30am and reach the Kalawahine aide station by 1:30pm.

AID STATIONS: There will be two aide stations along the course: 1) start/finish area (Maunalaha-Kanealoloe trailhead) and 2) Tantalus road crossing (Kalawahine trailhead). Both will be adequately stocked with water, sports drink, soda, fruits (watermelon, bananas, oranges), and various salty and sweet treats (peanut butter/jelly sandwiches, chips, pretzels, gummies, etc.).

** We will be offering Skratch at both aide stations as the featured sports drink. Runners will also be able to refuel with Tailwind Endurance drink at HNC.**


Runners must carry a minimum of 24 ounces of water while on trail as well as supply their own gels, electrolytes, sports nutrition for the race (other than what is offered at the aide station). No aspirin or oral medications will be available.

Sunrise will not be until after 6am. Bring a personal light source (i.e. small flashlight, headlamp) to navigate the trail until the sun has adequately lit the trail.

We encourage you to get aide only at either of the two aide stations. While we do welcome crewing, have them meet you at these locations. Crewing anywhere else along the course will not be allowed. Additionally, pacers are NOT needed or allowed for this event.

Listen to, thank, and respect the volunteers. We cannot have these events without them! Swearing or signs of disrespect will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification.

A few photographers will be along the course, so please keep up those big smiles as you never know where they’ll be hiding!

As the course is not closed to the public, be courteous to all other trail users. Treat fellow runners and trail enthusiasts with the same kindness and respect that you would like to be treated with. If you would like to pass by, ask to do so when space is available and thank them. Likewise, if someone would like to pass by you, let them do so when space allows. Kindness goes a long way.

Do not leave any `opala (garbage) on the trails. Littering may result in disqualification so “Pack it in and pack it out!”

Should you decide to pull yourself from the race, you must inform the race directorate as soon as possible and before you leave the premises. We would like to ensure that all are safe and accounted for at the end of the day.

As runners finish, we will be serving chili (regular & vegetarian) with rice/potatoes and a few other items for runners to enjoy. Feel free to join us and bring a dish to share.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us via email at hurt3trek[at]gmail[dot]com.

Have a great remainder of the week and see you dark and early this Saturday!

Sandi and Jeff (your 3T RDs)

2018 Triple Trek Race Apparel

Store site:
** This just in: grey trucker caps have been added to the store!! **
All caps are beautifully embroidered.
Production time is two weeks (from the time of your order) with 4-6 days for delivery. Items will be shipped directly to you!
Use the code “TRIPLETREK10” for a 10% discount.



Hurricane Lane vs Triple Trek Preview Run





Aloha Everyone,

We hope all are safe and have made the adequate preparations for the approaching hurricane. Please find the following link as a means to stay informed:

Although we’re less than two weeks from race day, please do not attempt to go outside for some training if the conditions are bad. We want to see everyone on race morning!  

That being said & barring the weather, please join us this Saturday, August 25th, for a loop or two (or more ?) of the 2018 Tantalus Triple Trek course. We will be meeting at the picnic area by the Maunalaha & Kanealole trailhead (just behind the Hawaii Nature Center) by 6am. We will depart shortly thereafter. We will be going in the clockwise direction (up Kanealole/Center trail aka Pipe) for both loops. Below is a map of the course. Be sure to bring enough water and nutrition for the distance that you plan to do (at least 24 oz per a loop). Hope to see you all there.

We will post in the comments below as well as on social media (Facebook, Instagram) the day prior (Friday, 8/24) whether the training session will be held (or canceled). Should the storm hit prior and we cancel the training, please be Akamai in knowing we are doing this with your safety in mind. Oahu Na Ala Hele and the trail advisory council are predicting major impacts to all trail systems should it remain on its predicted track, i.e., fallen trees and branches, landslides, flooding.

The Triple Trek store is open for all to purchase race swag online. ** This just in: grey trucker caps have been added to the store!!**  Here is the link store site:

Production time is two weeks (from the time of your order) with 4-6 days for delivery. Please use the code “TRIPLETREK10” for a 10% discount.

NOTE: For the last two races of the HURT trail series we’ll be using Skratch as our electrolyte drink. In addition, we will be featuring Tailwind nutrition. Much Mahalos to Ray Woo (Runner’s HI) for the big assist in getting these great products for use in our events!


Last and certainly not the least….. Congratulations to all who have been bestowed the privilege & honor of being selected to run the 2019 HURT 100-mile trail run! Best wishes on successful training and hope to see all in January!!

Please be safe over the next several days and hope to see you all very soon!


Sandi & Jeff

3T RDs


Live Streaming of HURT100 Lottery

HURT 100 lottery selection starts on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 2:00 pm HST.

Names of selectees will be posted on UltraSignup using the link below:

This year, we will also provide live video streaming of the lottery selection on our Facebook Page and YouTube channel. If you haven't already done so...

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please click "Subscribe" on our YouTube channel:

Tantalus Triple Trek Preview Run, 8/18, 6AM

Aloha Everyone, Cover2

Let the crazy HURT ultra run season begin! Join us this Saturday, August 18th, for a loop or so of the 2018 Tantalus Triple Trek course. We will be meeting at the picnic area by the Maunalaha & Kanealole trailhead (just behind the Hawaii Nature Center) by 6am. We will depart shortly thereafter. We will be going in the clockwise direction (up Kanealole/Center trail aka Pipe). Scroll down for course map.

Please be sure to bring enough water and nutrition for the roughly 10-mile loop (more if you intend to do additional mileage). Hope to see you all there.

The Triple Trek store is open for all to purchase race swag on-line. Here is the link store site:

Production time is two weeks (from the time of your order) with 4-6 days for delivery. Please use the code “TRIPLETREk10” for a 10% discount.

Please also remember the lottery for the HURT 100-mile endurance run will be held in that same afternoon (2:00pm). A lucky group of 125 brave and aspiring runners will have the honor of being able to run in one of the hardest 100-miles races. Best of luck to all who have entered the lottery.

Sandi & Jeff 3T RDs


Tantalus Triple Trek (3T) 2018

Aloha Everyone,

CoverMany congratulations to all that ran this past weekend’s Maunawili Out & Back 22-miler/Run with the Pigs. Much mahalo to Marian and Neal Yasuda for putting on another great event that keeps us coming back year after year! We are excited to begin the countdown to the 27th Tantalus Triple Trek (3T)… just over 3 weeks to go!!

This year’s race will take place on Saturday, September 1st, with a 5:30am start time from the Hawaii Nature Center. As always the course will consist of three consecutive loops of the course (for a total of 30+ trail miles). This year we will be running the course in its traditional “clockwise” direction. If you do not know the course, please be sure to take part at least one of the two planned training/preview runs. As no pacers will be allowed, it is highly encouraged for those who are not familiar with the course to attend at least one of the sessions. Here is a map of the course:


Training/preview runs will take place on Saturday, August 18th, and Saturday, August 25th. Please stay tuned for future posts on time and location to meet.

By popular demand, we will again be offering race swag for purchase online. Here is the link to the Triple Trek store:
It is now officially open for your orders with production time being two weeks (from the time of your order) with 4-6 days for delivery. This should get you your 3T gear by race day if you order early. Please use the code “TRIPLETREK10” for a 10% discount.

Aloha and safe training,
Jeff & Sandi, the 3T RDs

Run with the Pigs - Mahalo!

Thank you to everyone that came out to play in the mud and enjoy the beautiful Maunawili Trail!

Click here for the race results.

For some fantastic photos, see Kalani Pascual's Facebook photo album, Brent Wong's website, and Wookie Kim's Facebook photo album.  Mahalo for capturing some great moments!  And BIG mahalo to Augusto for capturing some fabulous post-race piggy photos and for raising some killer beets! 

The list of people that helped each runner to have a great experience is very long, but here goes:

John and PJ, Arvel and Benita, Kana, Jacki, Kathleen, Sue, Judy, Jen, Name Twin Jen, Jeff F, Jeff C, Mike F, Mike C, Mike H, Clem, Jack, Vicki, Les, Jacque, Wookie, Kelley, Glenn, Liza, Zoey, Melanie, Amanda, and many runners who stayed after their adventure to help with the clean-up.  We are so grateful for everyone that pitched in to make this event happen!  Thank you to the Koolau Golf Course for hosting our group of happy, muddy people!


Neal and Marian