A Big Mahalo To Freddy

Freddy on the course of 2015 Peacock Ultra 100k

A tough and grueling race such as the Peacock Challenge 55 requires an equally tough and determined race director in its helm. Freddy Halmes stepped up and took the lead in keeping this beastly event going. His hard work, persistence, and big heart made this race not only a reality but a success story.

In fact, he is already preparing for next year's race on top of organizing the Tiki Lounge aid station in Nuuanu for the HURT 100!

A big mahalo to Freddy for his tireless dedication to the HURT Ohana.

Two Hurricanes Versus Triple Trek


With two storms possibly impacting our state this week (& the weekend), we want to assure you that we are tracking their development. Though the mottos of "We wouldn't want it easy" & "A little mud never HURT" come to mind, we are looking at everyone's safety first and foremost.

The current tracks have Hurricane Madeleine passing south, impacting Hawaii Island sometime Wednesday with the rest of the island chain feeling any residual Thursday. Hurricane Lester is predicted to impact the Islands during the weekend though it is not known to what degree. As we get further information and consult with Na Ala Hele, we will inform all what is happening. We will make the final call on Friday morning to whether the race will be postponed. We do realize that some have travelled overseas to do this event however we want to emphasize that the safety of everyone comes first. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Mahalo and have a great day.

Your Triple Trek RDs
Jeff, Sandi, & Loren

Click on the following links for up-to-date information:
Central Pacific Hurricane Center (NOAA)
Trail Announcements and Closures (Na Ala Hele)

More Changes - New Email Provider

In an effort to further improve HURT Hawaii's website, we are moving the subscribers email provider from Feedblitz to MailChimp. If you are a subscriber, you should receive two copies of this notice, one from Feedblitz and one from MailChimp. If you do not see a copy from MailChimp in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder and update your email settings accordingly.

This is the last email you will receive from us via Feedblitz. Future email updates from HURT Hawaii will be delivered by MailChimp. Please let us know what you think of this change by leaving a comment below. And if you have any questions, contact us.


The HURT Hawaii Site: 10+ Years

Aloha Athletes,

As you have probably noticed, the HURT Hawaii site has a new look. This site was created a little over 10 years ago when blogging was still pretty new. Before this site, Don Fallis, Cheryl Loomis, as well as John and PJ Salmonson would organize weekly training runs and we would all find out about them either over the phone or via e-mail through a Yahoo group. We were a much smaller group back then and this was way before Facebook and other social media. 

Other runners at that time included Neal and Marian Yasuda, Rex Vlcek and Bob Murphy. Vernon Char was a regular on Friday evening night runs as well. There were many others. Arvel and Benita Shults started joining in as did Paul Sibley. Kat Tagaca also ran many of the runs. Mike Muench joined in at some point as well. Steve Dewald and Jim Masterson were part of the early groups too. I know there were many others and many before this as well. Pete Martinez was also very much involved. Brian Wilson ran a lot with us back then too. Ed Bugarin and Ben Cavazos were doing some crazy night runs. I know I am probably forgetting people and I apologize for that. Others runners included Jeff Huff, Nick Kaiser…the list goes on and on. 

Here is Don's introduction to the blog:

February 08, 2005

- See more at: http://www.hurthawaii.com/2005/02/page/2/#sthash.JpeQQyPG.dpuf

 This photo album shows many of the runners from back in that time period: http://hurthawaii.blogs.com/photos/2005_maunawili_out_back/index.html

So…with fond aloha and so many great memories, it is time for a new adventure. Barbi and I are flying out this week to our new home in Boise, ID. We are excited and looking forward to new trails, playing in the snow and being able to take road trips!

A big thank you to John and PJ for all they have done related to HURT and making this a great space for all of us to play.

I am also excited to see what evolves with HURT Hawaii. Augusto is taking over this site and the new look is just the start. 

Until we meet again!

Aloha, Bob & Barbi



THU or FRI long run?

Hurt Ohana, I am in town this week and planning to do a long run THU night(preferred) or FRI morn (early!) before my flight back. Peacocks would be great (long road to a Gordon's loop) or I can do tantalus or a waimanalo o/b.... Anyone interested just post here, or Facebook me. If no takers, I will likely do peacocks on Thursday night... Jake Hinz

Ultra Study and Research

Aloha Athletes,

I thought some of you might be interested in this so I am posting for all of you to check out. 

Hello!  To help keep you abreast of research related to ultramarathon running, I call your attention to some recent publications from our group which I’ve listed below.  Links to the abstracts (when available) are provided, or can be found at the research page of the Western States Endurance Run (www.wser.org/research) where the entire list of WSER-related scientific publications can also be found. 

 We are most appreciative of the many of you who have participated in these various studies!

 If you would like to receive the full paper for any of these publications, please let me know and I will be happy to send to you.

 And….if you have not already enrolled in the ULTRA Study, please consider doing so.  A summary of the study can be found at:  http://www.run100s.com/ULTRAstudy.htm

The initial survey is at:  http://bit.ly/ULTRAStudy

Many thanks to the over 1300 ultramarathon runners who have enrolled! 

 Health and Happiness!


Martin D. Hoffman, MD, FACSM, FAWM

Chief of PM&R, VA Northern California Health Care System

Professor of PM&R, University of California Davis

Director of Research, Western States Endurance Run

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Two Upcoming Races

Aloha Athletes,

Here are a couple of upcoming runs to put on your calendar:

U.S.VETS helps homeless military veterans address whatever issues may have led to their homelessness and also helps them increase their income so they can transition into their own place.  Our biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up in November.  It is the 8th Annual U.S.VETS 5K Patriot Run/Walk. 

8th Annual U.S.VETS 5K Patriot Run/Walk
When: November 17, 2012
Time: 8:00a.m.
Where: The Waterfront at Pu'uloa in Ewa Beach
Website: patriotrunhawaii.com


Gunstock Half Marathon and 5K.
Start: Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 7:00 AM
Half Marathon & 5k mass start 7:00 a.m.


Gunstock Ranch - Laie, Hawaii  56-250 Kam Highway Laie, HI


$35/$20 til September 30th-$40/$25 til October 8th-$45/$30 for on site registration: see Additional Information for Military Discount!

Registration Closing Date

Monday, October 8, 2012 @ 3:00 AM PST
Registration is available online: http://www.active.com/running/laie-hi/gunstock-trails-half-marathon-and-5k-2012  And our blog page is here:
Get out and run!
Aloha, Bob

The 2012 Oahu Solos Report:

The grind, the hard hot highway, the unending mile, the eternal night, all have their moments on the route that winds its way slowly around Oahu. The fun and excitement slip quickly and silently away until there is little but the push, the effort, the concentration on the pace; which monopolizes and then consumes perception.  Fatigue entrenches itself, mad fantastic ideas fill the thoughts, clothing gets rank, and deep at the core the body marches on, the muscles fire, the legs pump, and the pace continues.  If one wavers, if slowness is perceived, the chant reasserts itself, thoughts are redirected, and eternal meter of the pace is reset, One, two, One ,two, three,four, One, two,  Alu Loa, Alu Loa, Alu, alu, One two.   

To be sure there is good conversation with friends who are kind enough to run alongside for a while, and who offer welcome assistance and care.  The rush of energy of a new and friendly face can do wonders for the weary body. But underlying the camaraderie, there is the constant effort, the internal battle to look into the moment and ignore the fears of coming hardship and memory of the long hard way.       

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