Two Hurricanes Versus Triple Trek

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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)


TRIPLE TREK RACE DAY INSTRUCTIONS

Aloha Everyone,

File_000The big day is just around the corner…the 25th running of H.U.R.T.’s Tantalus Triple Trek!!!!

Here are the instructions for race day on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

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 PJ and John and receive your number.

The Start/Finish area is at the picnic table and bathrooms by the Maunalaha trail head (just above the Hawaii Nature Center). Participants may arrive as early as 4:30am.

Please park below the gate on the road leading up to the Nature Center and NOT in the main parking area. Parking is 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, have all of your tires off the roadway. A volunteer will be near the entrance of the access road to assist you with parking.

When driving up along Makiki Heights Drive then up the driveway of the Nature Center please keep your speed down and the noise volume to a minimum. We want to respect the residents of the area and not disturb them.  It will be dark and there will be other people about the area (runners, volunteers, trail users) so we don’t want any incidents.

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.

Runners will have 9 hours (until 2:30 pm) to complete the entire 30+ trail miles. The course will consist of three (10+ mile) loops heading up the Kanealole (Center/Pipe) trail, across Makiki Valley trail, up Moleka and Manoa Cliffs trails, down Kalawahine and Nahuina trails, across Makiki Valley trail again and down the Maunalaha trail (Hogsback) back to the start/finish.

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., “Runner 21 heading out on loop 3!!!”).

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.

There will be two aide stations along the course: at the Maunalaha-Kanealole trail head (start/finish area) and at the top of the Kalawahine trail (at the bottom of Concrete/Telephone Road). 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.) to keep you going for another loop (or two)!

Runners shall bring their own supply of gels, electrolytes, magic potions for the race (to be kept in their drop bag). No aspirin or oral medications will be available. These can be accessed at the start/finish of each loop.

Sunrise will not be until after 6am so please 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.

Runners are expected to know the course or be able to follow the trail markings. 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 trail). WHITE ribbon will take runners back down the start/finish. As always BLUE means “DO NOT GO HERE!”

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

Please listen to, thank, and respect the volunteers. We cannot have these events without them! Swearing or signs of disrespect may result in disqualification.

As always, Kalani Pascual will be our race photographer. If you can find him (he has a tendency to be in the most unexpected places), please give him a big smile and thanks!

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.

Please 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, please 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 cooking burgers and hot dogs for all to enjoy. Feel free to join us and bring a dish to share.

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

Have a great remainder of week and hope to see you dark and early Saturday!

Mahalo,

Sandi, Loren, and Jeff (da 3T RDs)


TRIPLE TREK COURSE PREVIEW/TRAINING, 8/27

Aloha Everyone,

Only one last weekend on the trail to get a final loop or two in!

File_000This Saturday, August 27, Jeff will be leading another preview/training runs to go at least one full loop of the course. Meet at the picnic and restroom area at the Maunalaha-Kanealoloe trail head (by the Hawaii Nature Center) at 5:30am. Bring a minimum of 20 oz of water as well as any nutrition (gels, energy bars, magic potions) you require, a (handheld) flashlight/headlamp, and most of all, a big smile. If you have not yet been on race course, make it a point to join us or have someone who does know it to take you on it very soon!! If you will be joining us and haven’t been on the Tantalus trails, please make it a point to remain with Jeff and the group, or be with someone who knows the course. As no pacers will be allowed for the race, it is highly recommended for those not familiar with the course to participate in this final session.

Here is a map of the course:

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For those unfamiliar with the trails, feel free to print a copy for reference along the training run.

If you choose to do additional mileage or be on your own, be sure to have adequate water and nutrition as well as know the route (as well as your limits).

Please feel free to us contact via email at hurt3trek[at]gmail[dot]com.

Have a great remainder of week and hope to see you on the trails!

Mahalo,

Sandi, Loren, and Jeff (da 3T RDs)


TRIPLE TREK COURSE PREVIEW/TRAINING, 8/20

Aloha All,

File_000Another week to get out and get some time on the trail! Three more weeks (and two more weekends) until race day!!!

This Saturday, August 20, Jeff will be leading another preview/training runs to go two full loops of the course. Meet at the picnic and restroom area at the Maunalaha-Kanealole trail head (by the Hawaii Nature Center) at 5:30am. Runners are expected to bring a minimum of 20 oz. of water as well as any nutrition (gels, energy bars, magic potions) you require, and most of all have fun. Since we will be starting earlier, bringing a small (handheld) flashlight or headlamp is suggested If you have not yet been on the Tantalus trails, please make it a point to remain with Jeff and the group, or be with someone who knows the course.  

Here is the map of the course:

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For those unfamiliar with the trails, feel free to print a copy for reference along the training run.

If you choose to do additional mileage or be on your own, be sure to have adequate water and nutrition as well as know the route (as well as your limits).

Please feel free to contact us via email at hurt3trek[at]gmail[dot]com.

Have a great remainder of week and hope to see you on the trails!

Mahalo,

Sandi, Loren, and Jeff (da 3T RDs)


Peacock Challenge 55 Update

Runners,

Thank you for your patience as the Peacock Challenge has gone through the challenges of permitting the race and changing the registration process. We have arrived. The State of Hawaii is very satisfied with the in depth documentation provided to them to allow us to hold the event. The documents are signed, sealed and delivered.

We are currently in the process of reviewing each runners history and accepting those into the event that meet the race requirements. For your piece of mind we have enabled the viewing of the entrant list at Ultrasignup. If you do not see your name on the list, we are either reviewing your race history, or you have not accepted the invite to the event.

In any case this is a monumental day for us all. We will deliver a fantastic running experience. Thank you for your patience throughout the process. Now, go out and train.

Mahalo,

Freddy
Race Director


Triple Trek Course Preview/Training

Aloha Everyone,

Many congratulations to all that ran last weekend’s awesomely muddy and wet Maunawili Out & Back 22-miler (aka the 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 as well as adapting the race route & post-race fun! It’s now time to keep those legs going for the next-to-final race of the H.U.R.T. trail series, the Tantalus Triple Trek (3T)!!

This year we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event by running the original route (to the best we can). The race will take place on Saturday, September 3 and will consist of three consecutive loops of the course (for a total of 30+ trail miles). If you do not know the course, please be sure to take part at least two of the training/preview runs in the next few weekends. 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.

Course Route: The start (and finish) of one 10-mile loop will be at the Maunalaha-Kanealole trail head at the picnic/bathroom area. Runners will proceed up the trail head and make a left turn at the bench to proceed up Kanealole Trail (aka Center/Pipe). At the top of Kanealole, go right along Makiki Valley trail (aka Crossover/Twisters). Upon reaching the four way intersection (with Maunalaha/Moleka/Ualakaa), runners will take a left up Moleka trail. About ¼-mile (400 m) up Moleka, go left up a set of dirt and plumber stairs. The course will proceed along Moleka through the bamboo forest and cross Roundtop Drive. After crossing the road, the course will proceed along the entire length of Manoa Cliff trail. After passing through the Manoa Cliff Conservation area, runners shall make a left turn after coming out of the lower (second) gate to keep them along Manoa Cliff trail. After four hairpin turns, the trail will connect with the Kalawahine trail (at the bottom of a small set of stairs). Make a left and follow Kalawahine trail to its trailhead on Tantalus Road (Concrete/Telephone road will be on your left). Go right on the road, being careful of the vehicles and cyclists. About 200 m down the road will be the Nahuina trail head on the left side. Take Nahuina trail down to the intersection with Makiki Valley trail making a left to continue down to the intersection with Kanealole. Proceed straight across to follow Makiki Valley trail back up to the four way intersection. Runners will then make a right to proceed down Maunalaha Trail (aka Hogsback) then back to the start (making a left upon reaching the bench. The 10-mile loop concludes upon reaching the picnic table and bathroom area.

The course map can be seen below (click to enlarge). Orange is the outbound route and green the return.

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This Saturday, August 13, Jeff will be leading the first preview/training run to guide those interested on one full loop of the course. (Remember there are four weeks until race day so we will be doing more loops with each passing weekend.) We will be meeting at the picnic and restroom area at the Maunalaha-Kanealole trail head (by the Hawaii Nature Center) at 6am. Runners are expected to bring a minimum of 20 ounces of water as well as any nutrition (gels, energy bars, magic potions) you require, and most of all have fun. If you have not yet been on the Tantalus trails, please make it a point to remain with Jeff and the group, or be with someone who knows the course. For those unfamiliar with the trails, feel free to print a copy of the course map for reference along the training run.

If you choose to do additional mileage or be on your own, be sure to have adequate water and nutrition as well as know the route (as well as your limits).

Please feel free to contact us via email at hurt3trek[at]gmail.com.

Have a great remainder of week and hope to see you on the trails!

Mahalo,

Sandi, Loren and Jeff (da 3T RDs)


Maunawili Out & Back Results, Photos, and Volunteer Appreciation

I hereby declare: Sunday, August 7, 2016 is “Hug a Volunteer Day”. In case you are looking for someone very worthy of a hug, please refer to the following list of people that gave their morning to guide you, pull you up from the cliff you just went over, replenish your fluids, feed you, smile at you, and tell you what a great run you are having or tell you that you look awesome – whether you actually do or not. If you cannot physically hug the people listed below, please let them know how much you appreciate the work they did to make your Saturday Run with the Pigs a fantastic experience.

Arvel Shults
Benita Shults
Benito Quintana
Clem Aleka-Gorai
Freddy Halmes
Glenn Oshiro
Jacki Doppelmeyer
Jacque Tellei
Jaren Oshiro
Jay Moore
Jeff Fong
John and PJ Salmonson
Judy Carluccio
Rob Carluccio
Kalani Pascual
Kana Yamamoto
Kelley Hupp
Kevin Myers
Liza, Matt, and Zoe Rippy
Matt Bovetz
Melanie Decker Koehl
Michael Cole
Michael Hee
Sue Lohr
Teresa Henderson

Please forgive me if I omitted anyone that helped. Please know that Neal and I are very grateful for each and every one of you!

The results have been posted, and click on the image below to view Kalani's photos on Facebook. 

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Left to right: Jason Hynd - 1st Place Male, Sam Reed - 2nd Place Male, Malory Peterson - 1st Place Female

Neal and Marian Yasuda


Maunawili Out & Back Instructions

Maunawili to Waimanalo and Back

a.k.a. - Run With the Pigs

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The run will start at 6:00 from the Koolau Golf Course.  Plan to arrive by 5:15 to get your bib numbers and check in.  All runners (including both members of a relay team) must check in at the Koolau Golf Course.

Parking is limited to the last parking lot as you enter the golf course area.  A parking attendant will guide you.  Only park in the designated area.  We are limited to 50 stalls - carpooling is encouraged.  

There are portable luas (bathrooms) at the start/finish.  Please be respectful and DO NOT enter the Koolau facility!!!  Bring your own water to wash up after the run, if needed.  There will be no use of the golf course water or bathrooms!

The course will be marked – PINK is the correct route; BLUE is bad. The start area and turn-around area will be marked.  For the 8.5 miles in between the ends, simply follow the trail and make no turns at intersections.  See the description below:       

 

From the Koolau Golf Course, follow the abandoned road towards the Pali Highway. There is a "Y" intersection about ½ mile after the start – bear right at the "Y".  You will follow the road, which turns into single-track trail, then go under the Pali Highway, climb a ladder, and turn left onto the trail that will connect to the Maunawii Demonstration Trail.  Go down about 8 stairs and turn right at the intersection with the Maunawili Demonstration Trail.  Stay on the trail for 10 miles to the Waikupanaha St. trailhead in Waimanalo where you will receive aid.  Return by retracing your steps.

Each runner MUST carry adequate water for the entire 11-mile stretch of hot and humid trail.  You will not be able to start if you do not have a way to carry fluids.  We recommend 60+ ounces of fluids.  If you require calories during those 11 miles, it is your responsibility to have those with you.  The turn-around aid station needs to track all runners that pass through.  Make sure your bib number has been recorded.

This is a low-key and fun event with few rules.  However, there are some behaviors that are absolutely disallowed and will get you disqualified:

  • Littering on the trail is not tolerated.
  • Conducting yourself in an aggressive or unsafe manner toward other runners, hikers, bikers, or equestrians is not tolerated.
  • Short-cutting the trail is not tolerated.
  • Race organizers MUST be notified if you are leaving the course at any point.
  • Whining, pouting, and being grouchy are not allowed.  Have fun!

Instructions from the Start to the Waimanalo turn-around


Mahalo to the Trail Working Group Extraordinare

Let's all give a collective, loud thank you to the hard-working crew that made the Maunawili Trail smooth and fast for your running pleasure.   IMG_2207

Kukui nuts have been earned by:

Keith Campbell
Micheal Cole
Jacki Doppelmeyer
Charles Griffin
Jacqueline Harbin
Jonathan Harbin
Michael Hee
Rod Huddleston
Scot Kuwaye
Gordon Lau
Stefy Matsumura
Kevin Myers
Glen Oshiro
Jessica Scaffidi
Thomas Scaffidi
Arvel Shults
Jacqueline Skaf
Tom Steidler
John Svenstrup
Kana Yamamoto
Neal Yasuda

You are all rockstars!

Big Mahalo to Nick and Zack from Na Ala Hele!!!  

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