Mango Madness Preview Runs, Shirts, and Trucker Hats

Are You Mango Tough?

Mango Madness is June 11 and is the fourth race in the 2016 HURT Trail Series. The course is never disclosed and takes runners on unexpected twists and turns. It's listed as 10+ miles because the course is a mystery to all-- as well as those who mark the trail the day before. You are guaranteed a lot of elevation and all of the rocks, roots, and mud that the Tantalus Trail System has to offer. We always treat our runners to amazing prizes. Every finisher receives cool schwag at the finish. Also, the top 10 women and men will be awarded for their stellar efforts. And don't forget, the first runners who reach the top of Concrete Hill will be crowned King and Queen of the Mountain.

Previews of the approximate course will be held on May 28 and June 4 at 7am sharp. Meet at the Hawaii Nature Center parking lot.

Banner created by Melanie Decker Design

Official shirts and trucker hats are available this year. Order before May 28 at these links:


Trucker Hat

There is not a shipping option. Items must be picked up at the start/finish on race day.

Know that this is one of the highlights of our year to bring you a race that you'll love to hate. :-) Anyone who races this deserves a high-five and a prize.

Aloha for now!
Melanie (and co-RD Jacque)

Kealia Quad Crusher - Race Results & Mahalos

Aloha racers,

Steve and I would like to extend heartfelt thank you's to all who helped make today's inaugural Kealia Quad Crusher a smashing success!! Records were set, wills were tested, and quads were crushed! Picmonkey_image

Despite the rain clouds and slick trails, every runner who crossed the finish line of this approximately 11 mile course did so with muddy legs and a smile on their face. 93 finishers completed this challenging course. For the 50+ of you who were virgins to the trail series… welcome! And we hope to see you for the next race in the series, Mango Madness (sign up here). Only 13 slots left so don't delay.

Mile for mile, the KQC is going down in the record books as one of the toughest races out there. Congratulations to our champs - Ryan Karwiel, (1:51:40); and Susie Stephen, (2:19:07). These are smokin' fast times considering the colossal 4,000 feet of climbing. Remember these times as these are now the current course records that you will all be aiming for next year.

We want to thank John & PJ Salmonson, without whom the trail series would not exist. Heartfelt thanks (seriously, thank you) to our course marshals Marian, Judy, Sue, Jeff F., Freddie, Shawna, and Andy C. for braving the chilly temps and doing calisthenics to stay warm in the freezing, wet and windy conditions as they pointed the runners in the right direction. Thanks to our start/finish line crew Mike Hee, Paula, Benita & Arvel, Molly, Travis, Elise and anyone else who jumped in to help at any point. Thanks also to our race photographers Augusto and Kalani. None of this can happen without you!

Thanks again to the race award team - Kelly, Shell,  Augusto & Rosie for the handmade awards. We had the runners pose and show off their quads with their trophies (see image above).

And last but not least, thank you to all of the runners who participated in this wonderful event. It's your smiling faces and wonderful stories of the race that make this all worth while!

See you next year!

Rosie & Steve

Kealia Quad Crusher - Trail Series Race #3 - Saturday, May 7th, @ 7AM

Aloha Quad Crushers!

Race day is Saturday May 7 with a start time of 7am. The race is SOLD OUT and there will be no race day signup so if you’re super bummed you didn’t get a slot, please come out and volunteer instead! Make sure to arrive early enough to get checked in, get comfy and do any warm up routines to prepare yourself for the few hills we have in store for you on the course.

As many of you know, Run With A View, which has been a part of the HURT trail series for many years, has been reborn this year as the Kealia Quad Crusher. For all your GPS holders out there, you’ll likely find that the course is actually closer to 10(ish) miles. The official state trail website lists the mileage at 2.5 miles per leg (so 5 miles per lap) but we realize many of you have been getting varying distances. We also know that HURT runners love the opportunity to do bonus miles, especially when uphill, so please don’t be too concerned about the precise mileage and enjoy the run :-)

Course Description
The race will be a two lap out & back course. It will start at the Kealia trailhead, climb 2.5 miles to the top of Kealia Trail where it intersects with Ku'aokala Access Road. Runners will turn around at this intersection and head back down Kealia Trail, retracing the route they just climbed. Returning to the start/finish line, they will turn around and run the same route up and down the course.

The route will be marked with our ribbons, which will be explained race morning when you check in. Course marshals will be on course to point you in the proper direction at critical turns. As always, blue is bad. Do not follow any trails marked in blue ribbon.

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Aid Stations
There will be no aid stations ON the course. All food & water will be available only from the start/finish near the parking area. You will be passing through here at the half way point during the race so you will have a chance to fill up, eat and drink at approximately mile 5. But keep in mind that the course is rugged and hot, and we urge you to carry your own water bottle for safety and comfort. Bathrooms and water spigots are available at the start/finish.

Directions & Parking
The main starting/staging area for the race is the Dillingham Airfield. From Farrington Highway, after passing Camp Mokuleia, turn left into the third entrance to Dillingham Airfield. Proceed straight ahead 0.4 mile to the parking area. Parking has been allowed by the Dillingham Airfield’s Manager and will be in the grass field adjacent to the start/finish area. Do NOT park in the paved parking lot. As always carpooling is encouraged and appreciated.

If a runner fails to complete the first lap within the 2.5 hour cutoff time, they will be disqualified, and will not be allowed to head back out on the course.

If you have to drop out or choose not to continue on a second lap, it is mandatory for you to inform one of the race directors at the start-finish, before the race is over. We don’t want to have to send a search party after you.

Race awards will be for the top 5 finishers for each gender. The prizes are your once in a lifetime chance to win a hand painted, signed, limited edition bowl created by HURT’s very own Augusto, Kelly, Shell and Rosie!  They are ridiculously awesome and worth all the pain and suffering it will take to earn one.


Please Kokua

  • Please stay on the trail as this is a sensitive area and a number of endangered plants live along the trail.
  • Please be courteous to other racers and hikers.
  • This is a State Park, so alcohol is not permitted.


The RD's aka Rosie & Steve

Kealia Quad Crusher Course Preview, Saturday April 30 @ 7am

Aloha Athletes,

Join me this Saturday for a course preview of the 3rd race in the trail series, Kealia Quad Crusher! The race will be a two lap out & back course, so at a minimum we will do a single loop to show you the way and those that like can head out for more torture afterwards. Don't forget to bring water and snacks, there's a few hills on this course.

Meet at Dillingham Airfield by 7am sharp. Along with being one of the safer places to park on the island, water and bathrooms are available at the run start. Directions are here.

Course Description

The race will be a two lap, out-and-back course, approximately 9-10ish miles long. It will start at the Kealia Trailhead, climb 2.3 miles, all the way to the top of Kealia Trail where it intersects with Kuaokala Access Road. Runners will turn around at this intersection and head back down Kealia Trail, retracing the route they just climbed. Returning to the Start-Finish line, they will turn around and run the exact same route up and down the course.

Course Map


See ya'll Saturday!

If you haven't signed up yet, don't forget delay there are only 6 slots left. Sign up at ultrasignup.


Vi's Top of Tantalus Results and Photos

Kat And Judy 2016
Kat and Judy, Photo Credit: Johnny Landeza

Great job by all the runners' this past Saturday! It was nice to see so many smiles at the finish. Congratulations to Ryan Karwiel, who also won Aiea Loop Express, and Shawna Ping for winning their respective categories. Click here for the results.

Kalani was out in the field again taking wonderful trail photos. View his album through his Facebook Profile.

Mahalo to all our wonderful volunteers who makes our RD job easy: Benita, Arvel, Michael Cole, Rosie, Steve Villiger, Clem, Elisa, Jacki, Jacque, DeAnna, Pricilla Clark, and Mike Hee. Also to the trail marking team of Freddy Halmes, Heather, and Scot Kuwaye. And, of course, to John and PJ who make everything possible for our HURT Ohana.

Next up is Kealia Quad Crusher on May 7. There are a few more slots open, so give your quads something to remember and REGISTER!

Judy and Kat, RDs 
Vi's Top of Tantalus

Vi's Top of Tantalus 7+ miler - Trail Series Race #2 - Saturday, April 16th, @8AM

Vi's Top of Tantalus is sold out but we are looking forward to seeing everyone who has signed up for race #2 of our HURT trail series.

20150411-HURT-Vis-Top-of-Tantalus-Trail-Race-0414-3076The race run will start and finish at the Pu'u Ualakaa Park, about two miles up Tantalus Mountain on Round Top Drive. The park opens at 7 AM. This race is conducted in memory of our dear HURT friend, Vi Medusky-Jones, who passed away from ALS.

According to our permit from the Division of State Parks, we are required to leave parking spaces open to other park users. Please park out on Round Top Drive, outside the entrance to the park, making sure your car is completely off the roadway. Carpooling to the race is highly encouraged.

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 which you might pass twice 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.

Please be courteous to other racers and hikers. This is a State Park, so alcohol is not permitted. If you have to drop out, it is mandatory for you to inform one of the race directors at the start-finish, before the race is over.

We all look forward to seeing you on the (possibly muddy) trails!

Judy and Kat
Race Directors

Aiea Loop Express Results and Photos

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the first race of the HURT Trail Series, Aiea Loop Express! Ryan Karwiel and Malory Peterson won their respective categories. Click here for the rest of the results.

Here's a post race thank you note from Aiea Loop Express race director, Michael Cole:

IMG_0999To All of the volunteers, course marshalls, cooks, parking tsars, and runners, you made the Aiea Loop Express a Fantastic FUNDAY RUNDAY!!! John PJ Salmonson, Marian, Jeffrey, Jacqueline, Jacki, Juliet, Arvel, Benita, Jaren, Iris, Glen, Augusto, Kalani, Kana, Sandi, Myra, Cassie, Liza, Mike Hee and anyone I may have accidentally omitted, You ALL make my small part in putting on this race Easy with your endless supply of energy!!!MAHALO!!! And, A HUGE THANK YOU to Brenda for keeping me on track and the many, many things she does everyday:)))

Kalani was gracious enough to capture some of the shenanigans, and you should be able to see his album below or through his Facebook profile.


**Aloha, please contact me for permission to use my images elsewhere on social media, or for use in magazines, print, web articles, etc.**This album is public so please feel free to tag anyone you may know.

Posted by Kalani Pascual on Sunday, March 20, 2016


Here's a YouTube video of the race start:

Next up at bat is Vi's Top of Tantalus which is now SOLD OUT. Don't delay to register for the other races. Click here for the trail series lineup.