There are people in Hawaii doing 100 mile ‘races’.
[Video at the bottom of this article]
Ultra running is something I’ve never thought of doing – in Hawaii, or anywhere. I think the farthest I’ve ran has been about 12 miles or so. I wasn’t keeping track at the time, it was just a very good run so I kept going for a few hours. It usually is not like that for me, running has always been fun for short runs – but for long, no. Not at all really.
I’ve done triathlons, 10K running races, long bike races of 100 miles.
Running for 100 miles? Not interested.
Recently I saw videos of Michael Arnstein, ultra-runner, that ran 100 miles and then climbed a 6,200 foot mountain in 2 hours the next day. Apparently he wasn’t sore. This inspired me. Not to try it – but, to write more about it, so I looked up ultra-running in Hawaii and found the HURT group.
HURT is Hawaii Ultra Running Team. Their next race is January 14th AND 15th, 2012. You know that’s a sick race when they announce that the race covers 2 days! They start at 6 am. on the 14th, apparently. The record holder, Gary Robbins, did the race in just over 20 hours. They need volunteers, so if you want something fun to do – go help out and see firsthand what these nuts are all about.
Specifically they need Hawaii volunteers to:
1) assist in case of an emergency,
2) maintain course markings,
3) monitor the race.
If you think you might be interested in doing a 100 mile run, the team offers the “Book of HURT” <- click to get it (PDF).
Contact info for HurtHawaii.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
[Photo credit - flickr.com member, USAG-Humphreys]