The Barkley Marathons

Aloha Athletes,

This past weekend the The Barkley Marathons took place. Runners can choose between the 60-mile fun run or the whole enchilada--the Barkley 100-mile run. 

Someone tweeted over the weekend that 12 men had been on the moon and only 10 had ever finished the Barkley 100. Well that number has changed a bit as three runners finished the 100 mile run this weekend. Unofficial results:

Brett Maune 52:03 course record

Jerod Campbell

John Fegyveresi

Securedownload-15HURT 100 runner, 21-year old Nickademas Holton (4th place in 2012), completed 4 laps. It is a 20 mile loop, similar to HURT. 

Note: he is wearing a HURT shirt!




Trail runs down under

Work took me to Queensland last week for a meeting in the rain forest.  I was able to squeeze in a couple of trail ultras en route.  First was the Maroondah Dam 50k in Victoria near Melbourne on 19th.  More challenging than I expected as the scale of the profile plot was in metres, not feet.  Very nice conditions - overcast with a light shower, and a mix of single track and fire roads through eucalyptus forests.  Quite reminiscent of Miwok. 102 finishers with winning times of 4:13 (m) and 5:09 (f).  Second on 26th was the 4-beaches 50k run in Narawntapu - "the Serengeti of Tasmania" according to race director Ian Cornelius.  30-odd starters on this 50/50 beach, single track out and back.  Not too much in the way of hills, but still pretty tough owing to great heat.  One runner got heat-stroke, but since recovered.  Was hoping to see a Tasmanian Devil, but no luck.  Winning times were 4:16 and 5:15 with winning woman beating the course record (her own) by 10 mins. Nick Narawntapu

Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 50k report

Continuing in my series of training runs for the UTMB, last weekend saw a change of venue as I headed down south ("dan saf" as they say here) via riot torn London to visit in-laws in Portsmouth and take part in the local Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 trail run.  The name derives from the fact that this takes in 5 river crossings; 4 hills; 3 stately homes; 2 castles and one cathedral.  All very pretty, and weather cooperated quite nicely for a change.  The 50k is part of a number of races and walks, all on the same day, that are in aid of the local fire brigade, and there were about 90 starters.  Compared to my recent forays in Lake and Peak districts this was pretty flat going and was in fact 100% runnable and, again unlike the other races, the course was well marked for the most part.  As with most races here, the aid stations were mostly just water stops and (like many of the other runners) I went out with virtually no fuel which was a mistake. After a few hours we were mostly running on empty, but thankfully came across one aid station that had delicious bread and butter pudding, so a few miles later got a second wind and flew for the last 5 or so miles.  Winning time was a M50 runner from Portsmouth Jogging club who came in at 4:04 and I came in 29th (3rd M55) at 4:43, which I was quite pleased with considering the recent level of effort.  Next stop Chamonix!  Nick K. 

Tahoe Rim Report from Paul Hopwood

Paul sent in this brief update of his recent run.

Managed to overcome all obsticles once again to complete yet another event. My 10th 100 miler ! It sure was brutal!!!  A true mountain run for sure, heat, cold. snow, ice, 20k ft of climb, 20k descent all at altitude.

I finally finished after being off course a few times briefly,bloody legs, sprained ankle, lost my light, was pukeing at one stage maybe mile 60ish, amongst other things, no excuses here though, I took the cards and played my best hand, holding none, most things went right, this is kind of normal for these type of events. Currently enjoying some rest,with my friends and host familly the Wimberlie's in northern Cal, who are taking care of me in an exceptional way just as the Flanagan's, currently in France, and the Moore familly in NSW, Australia.    : ) . A little paddling in a kayak and the lake beach being the measure for today.    

Life has it's challenges, these I chose myself, most people don't get to choose. Respect for everyone who in daily life rises above what they think they are capable of.   Make each day count !  

Alohas, Paul

P.S. Thanks for sending this in Paul.

I had to look up his results. 4th place overall, 21:49 BadAss!!

Aloha, Bob

HURT Shirt, Board Shorts, a Lei and the real Hardrock! Congratulations to Doug Long!!

Doug hardrock Aloha Athletes,

Doug Long completed the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run in Colorado. His time was 46:57.

Congratulations to Doug and his support team including his family and pacers, Huddy, Scott, and Cheryl Ridlon. 

We can't wait to hear the full details and hope (hint-hint) to read a full race report once you get rested up and back to Hawaii. 

Aloha, Bob


The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (250km/155miles) by Heather Howells

The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon 2010

My adventure began on the 12th October 2010 with an extreme travelthon from Hawaii to South Africa, eventually arriving in Johannesburg 36 hours later. It was at the hotel in Johannesburg that I met Chanleigh and it turned out that her and I were joined at the hip for most of the event. That evening we also met the British contingent who kept us entertained throughout the event with their stories of other extreme marathons and their witty banter. The following morning we embarked on a 10 hour bus drive to Augrabies through a thirsty looking landscape and were joined by more runners and crew members from Johannesburg for the trip. All in all a 46 hour journey to get to the start line and the games hadn’t even begun!


On arrival we were housed in comfortable chalets at the Augrabies National Park and had a visit from Vervet monkeys almost immediately. Within the near vicinity we could view the spectacular Augrabies Falls and had the opportunity to take photos of Quiver trees, Dassies (Rock Hyrax), Broadley’s lizards which are only found within a 100km radius of the falls. The females are brown and black with three cream stripes on their backs and the males are rainbow colored in order to attract a mate. A huge chunk of Rose quartz was on display at the park and I was soon to find out that the Kalahari is littered with the stuff. That evening a game drive ensued and we came across multiple giraffe and a small herd of Springbok and stopped off at a scenic lookout over a deep gorge which the Orange River flowed through. That evening we had dinner at the Augrabies Lodge and met more of the runners and crew.

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2010 Plain 100 DNF Report by Rob Lahoe

2010 Plain Photo Rob Lahoe returned from his trip to Washington and submitted a great run report on his attempt at the Plain 100. His photo at left is a site I never saw the year I attempted Plain. When we were on this same peak, we were in almost white-out conditions. It just looks like a nice summer day by this photo. 

I must also take this time to defend my position where Rob says I lied about a particular climb. I stand by what I originally said. 

Otherwise it is a great report and even though I can feel Rob's disappointment, as in all 100 mile runs, the personal learning and growth makes it all worthwhile. Great job Rob! Click here to read Rob's report. 

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob

The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®

Qualifying-race-2010 For the last couple of years, this logo has been on the HURT 100 site. Starting on Friday, the UTMB kicks off and there is a nice group of U.S. runners this year. On the men's side, Scott Jurek, Geoff Roes, and Karl Meltzer will be running. If you go to the UTMB site, there is a lot of information about the race and it is possible to track runners as well. Also, 2010 HURT 100 winner, Tracy Garneau of Canada is running the race. It should be interesting to see how Tracy and Geoff do coming off their Western States wins. 

The UTMB actually consists of 4 runs of varying distances and our own Nick Kaiser, who I think spends half his year in Europe and the other half here in Hawaii is back for his second year. Nick is running what they call the The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix - CCC® 2010. 

Get out there and run!

Aloha, Bob