With a beautiful night, a group a 6 brave souls ventured out to run a night HURT loop. Of the 6, there were 3 newbies and 3 experienced guides. Bill, Mike and myself were the ones that knew the trail, so off we went with our faithful newbies in tow. Rob, Greg and Larry were eager to see the course – too bad it was night.
Once the group found Pauoa Flats, they realized Kansas was gone and the HURT was on. We were almost at Paradise Park for refueling thanks to a good stash by Bill, when out of nowhere this crazy runner appeared. Gordon looked hungry and we stepped aside to let him pass. Now we were 7.
After Paradise, we pushed up the 14 switchbacks on our way to Nuuanu. Bill and I pulled up the rear catching Greg. I pushed ahead meeting up with a powerful Rob and Mike enjoying the night air. But where was Larry and Gordon? I had to find out. So I pushed the heart rate up, and ran down into Nuuanu where I found these crazed runners enjoying a stroll in the woods.
We stopped at the Sibley Cafe for some snacks, and waited for the gang to reunite. Gordon said something about running on Saturday morning and left us. Mike and Rob thought they could catch Gordon and headed back. Bill and Larry wanted some of the racing action and took off leaving Greg and myself to survive in jungle.
Luckily, I knew a shortcut and we made it back to the car shortly after the gang did. Now there are 3 less Newbies! Thanks for the great stash and excellent team work in leading the clients back to their cars. I’ll divide the guide payment to Mike and Bill later.