If you are lucky enough to have a three-day weekend coming up, get outside and make the most of it!
Saturday training will be another preview of Mango Madness. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Makiki pumping station (triangle park at the intersection of Makiki Street and Round Top Drive). Jacque will be leading the group through the ~10-mile course through the Tantalus trails.
Remember: Today is the deadline to order the awesome technical shirt by emailing Melaniewith your shirt size and email address.
If you still have some fight in your legs after the Saturday training, the Hibiscus Half Marathon is on Sunday at 5:30 at Kapiolani Park.
Mango Madness is the next race in the 2013 HURT Trail Run series. It is 10+ miles and travels through the mountains of the Tantalus trail system. The "plus" usually means there's a bit of 'madness' thrown in...a detour, a potato sack race... Be ready for anything. The trail is quite technical with many rocks, roots and muddy sections. $15 gets you a great course, great food and a guaranteed great time. Meet at the triangle park, or pumping station, at the corner of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive for a 7am start time. If you have not yet registered, go to Ultrasignup before midnight on Wednesday, June 5!
Custom designed technical dri-fit tees are an additional $15 and can be preordered by May 22. Simply send an email to Melaniewith your shirt size and email address. You will receive a paypal invoice through which your purchase will be processed.
I'm back, and I'm bad, or maybe ripe...well, pickling ready at least.....and rolling hot for sure!
Marv here. Cheryl has asked me to come out and lead the Saturday training run along the 'Official' Mango Madness Trail. (Just like old times....) It's part of the Hurt Trails, and we start from the Pumping Station at the bottom of Makiki Heights Drive.
We will start at a reasonable hour, 7:00 AM, as I can not fall off the tree until the sun is up and warming. It's a 10 miler or so. After we finish runners can do another round of the Mango loop, or a reverse trek which is a bit of a variation.
These are the REAL trails. You can train where you like, but when push comes to shove, or trip more likely. The Triple Treck and the 100 are here. Come on out and start to get your lines down. The trails are a bit different given the weather and there is no time like now to reawaken the thrill and anticipation of long hard hours of rolling hot along these magnificent trails.
Just a quick post to get the results up from this morning's Run with a View. Not sure the rain dancing worked as it looks like some fast times. Fun to see Mr. Jakob Dewald working his way up, taking 3rd overall today. Now it won't be long before he wins one of these runs!
I look forward to hearing more about it and hopefully seeing some photos. The only photo I have seen so far is of the carrots given as a prize. I am sure the RD's, Cheryl and Rosie put out quite the spread post race. Now back to my proposals and other fun work! Sorry to have missed it.
This Saturday is the final opportunity to do the Run With a View course with some great trail companions.
Meet at the park at the top of Ka'ahele Drive by 6:45AM. Please be quiet as we are in a residental neighborhood until we hit the trail.
Run with a View is the next of the HURT Trail Runs. It is held at
Ka'ahele which is at the top of the New Town section. It is truly a
run with a view, and offers some of the best views of Pearl Harbor
around. If you have not yet registered, go to Ultrasignup before midnight on Wednesday, May 8!
Some folks will be trimming the overgrowth on Saturday. Hoping that they won't trim it all.....we wouldn't want it to be easy!
Heads-up: The next event in the Trail Series will be the magnificent Mango Madness run. Custom designed technical dri-fit tees by Melanie Decker Koehl will be available by pre-order only. If you would like to get one of these fabulous shirts, send an email to Melaniewith your shirt size and email address. You will receive a paypal invoice through which your purchase will be processed.
Saturday: Top of Ka'ahele Drive. Meet at 6:45AM. Please be quiet as we are in a residental neighborhood until we hit the trail.
Run with a View is the next of the HURT Trail Runs. It is held at Ka'ahele which is at the top of the New Town section. It is truly a run with a view, and offers some of the best views of Pearl Harbor around. It is also on the edges of the battles that were fought by the Hawaiians across the Ewa Plain to Aiea.
This is a great running trail and offers a lot of varied running conditions. It starts up a long hard dirt road and then shifts onto a great single track trail that finally leads down into a steep valley. Then it's up the other side and up the ridge toward the top of the loop. The trail reverts to a hard dirt track and then back to a single track. Near the top one can look far back into the Koo'lau hills that lay at the center of the island. Koa, Ohia, ferns.. it is easy to lose oneself in the pristine wilderness and see back through the centuries of Oahu's history.
Nice place up there, great run for the fast. And the down hill is long one, with steep sections and long sloping wide trails.
One caution. It is a bit overgrown up there right now. Wear some clothes that can take the stag horn fern. Long pants for the sensitive and trail breakers.
We will be up there next week cutting and you are invited to that too.
I am constantly humbled by the kindness and generosity of the Hawaii sports community. It is truly a collection of people from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes, old and young who gather daily to take part in the gift of life by exercising the body that was given to them. We live in a unique environment that allows us access 365 days of the year with breathtaking backdrops while providing a stage for world-class events as well. Numerous as these communities of people are, so too are the ephemeral acts of humanity, compassion and charity that generally go without much notoriety or fanfare. These sorts of acts are a common thread among every group that I have been fortunate enough to get involved with. It is exactly because of these communities that I have been coming out to play year after year with the same enthusiasm for living and the environment that I have had since my first steps outdoors. I love experiencing the out of doors and I can say that when I am with those who have the same experiences, there is no need for explanations.
It seems only fitting when I had to make a decision to choose a form of expression to complete my study for the Bachelorette of Fine Art degree in Studio Art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa that I chose a participatory, experiential form outside the traditional studio. For the sake of engaging the academic, we’ll call it “live art” or a “durational performance.” For the rest of us, it’s just going for a walk: a walk around the Island that is. I choose to walk because walking for pleasure or politic is a special way of attaching ourselves to the landscape. It coagulates time and makes a place dense with prickly details (Sacha Kagan). I am inviting the public to circumnavigate the island with me as pedestrians, starting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Gallery at 12:00 pm on April 19, 2013 and eventually returning on April 21st at our point of departure. Eminently aware of the challenges of durational performance, this journey strives to create an aesthetic, gestural presence, within the context of the people who gather for the experience. This presence will inevitably disappear, but not before the residue of the experience has woven itself into the fabric of this place through the practice of telling stories and the conviviality of a community that continually inspires me. You can follow along via Facebook or Twitter if you can’t participate. Here is a link to the route:
Saturday training will once again be at.......wait for it.... Peacock
Flats. I know, it's shocking and unexpected. Stay calm and carry on! The long, hot hills make for some great training, particularly for those folks with mainland races in the near future.
There will be two options for start time and place: 4 a.m. at
the bottom of long road, or 6 a.m. at the Dillingham airfield parking
lot. There are many possible variations for run length and duration
possible. The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. As always, bring plenty of fluids, snacks
As we posted earlier, runners must now pre-enter all Trail Series races, through Ultra Sign Up (www.ultrasignup.com). Entries are limited, so get your entry in early! Deadline for this race is April 4, midnight. Sorry to have to escalate the process, but it is necessary in order to keep the Trail Series going.
Vi's Top of Tantalus run will start and finish at the Puu Ualakaa Park, about two miles up Tantalus Mountain on Roundtop Drive. This race is conducted in memory of our dear HURT friend, Vi Medusky-Jones, who passed away from ALS two years ago. You might remember the fun 3 mile event we put on at Kualoa Ranch for several years, to bring awareness to ALS. That was at Vi's request, and I know she'd be tickled to see that we've named our race for her.
According to our permit from the Division of State Parks, we have to leave parking spaces open to other park users. Please park out on Roundtop Drive, outside the entrance to the park, making sure your car is completely off the roadway. Carpooling to the race is encouraged. Otherwise, if you can get 4-5 people into your car at the gate, we'll let you through to park inside.
The race will start at the covered lookout, past the bathrooms. and finish in the upper parking lot. The route will be marked with our ribbons, which will be explained race morning when you check in. There will be one aid station mid-course, and light refreshments at the finish. The course is rugged and hot, and we urge you to carry a water bottle...our aid stations are only to supplement your water needs. This is a State Park, so alcohol is not permitted. If you have to drop out, it is mandatory for you to inform the race director at the start-finish, before the race is over.
We all look forward to seeing you, and spending another raucous morning on the trails!
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.
It is back to Peacock Flats this Saturday. There are two start times and locations; 4:00 am at the bottom of long road and 6:00 am at the Dillingham Airfield. Distance and time out on the trail can be whatever you would like. Routes can be customized to meet your needs. Be sure to bring sufficient fluids and snacks. Based on my experience last weekend, a jacket might be helpful :-/
Reminder: The deadline to register for Vi's Top of Tantalus here is Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 pm.
From very small and humble beginnings, our Trail Series has grown up. With unbelievable Race Directors and very supportive runners, we’ve found that we’re fast approaching some self-imposed limits that we want to set so that the races can continue.
Therefore some changes to the Trail Series are being implemented effective immediately. We are going to start using Ultra Signup for the trail series races starting with the upcoming race. Race fees will now be $15.
We have all had conversations the last year or so on the growing number of runners at the trail series. Registering, timing and impact on the trail system are all concerns. We want to keep having the ability to use the trails and we want this to be easy for all involved, including runners.
So starting with Vi's Top of Tantalus run on April 6th, registration will take place atultrasignup.com and the race fee will be $15. Registration will close on 4/4/13 or two days before the race. For other Trail Series races, registration will close a week before the race.
You can register for all of the HURT Trail Series races starting now at ultrasignup.com. If you are new to this site, you will find an incredible listing of other races around the country and we use Ultra Signup for the HURT 100 race registration.
It will still be a fun and “family” experience and yes, we will still write your number on your leg.
Please go to ultrasignup.com to sign-up for any and all trail series runs effective immediately.
Feel free to call me personally with any concerns. (eight oh eight two 3 five zero 5 sevin 7).
For anyone unable to join the beautiful trail run at Peacocks. We will be doing a Triple Trek loop this Sat for anybody who wants to join. This is a good newbie session, especially for those who want to get accustomed to Tantalus. 8AM at the Makiki Nature Center. 10mi
Aloha Athletes! Saturday training will once again be at Peacock Flats. There will be two options for start time and place: 4 a.m. at the bottom of long road, or 6 a.m. at the Dillingham airfield parking lot. There are many possible variations for run length and duration possible. The weather is looking promising for the morning - cooler temps and northerly winds. As always, bring plenty of fluids, snacks and sunscreen.
Spaces available have been limited to 100, which is why I wanted to share a brief intro to the event with you all.
I do realize it is the week before the Peacock 50k/100k and so might not be an ideal race for many people, but if you feel like a trip to the breath taking, wild and open spaces of Northern Arizona maybe it could be a new race to add to your diary. And Hawaiian fly directly from Honolulu to either Phoenix or Las Vegas!
Personally, I can't wait to run again in Northern Arizona. I met Shaun at NAU, where we were team mates for two years, and it was Shaun who introduced me to the Navajo tradition of running towards the rising sun at dawn, to greet the new day.
The course will wind through the trails that traverse the canyon, and apparently the Bat Canyon Trail is pretty 'rough', along with the elevation, but the beauty of the landscape and the ultra running community outweigh any lung busting issues. It all sounds like good HURT 100 training to me!