July 4th Weekend: Lot’s of Fun Things to Do: Kaena Point Firecracker, Sunday Long Training Run, Freedom Fest.

Aloha Athletes, 

We have the annual 4th of July festivities coming up this weekend and there are a lot of fun things to choose from.

Our own HURT Trail Series, the Kaena Point Firecracker 10 Mile race is Saturday July 3rd at 7:00 a.m. The race starts at the end of the paved road past Dillingham airfield and Camp Erdman. The route takes runners along the ocean and around the point on the Waianae side of the island of Oahu where the pavement begins again. This is the turn around as it is an out and back course. Don't forget to bring at least a water bottle and run with at least 20 oz of water. It can be a hot run on the way back. 

As in all HURT Trail Series races there is no pre-registration. Please show up at least 30 minutes prior to the race start and the entry fee is just $10. We plan to have a 4th of July picnic/potluck after the race so bring a dish to share, a beach chair and your sunscreen. 

There is more info including driving directions here

On Sunday, July 4th, Marian is planning another long run from Cheryl's house to the Nature Center and back. This is a 40++ mile run as Marian is training up to go run the Headlands 100 with her sister. The times listed below are just a guide and pretty good estimate of when they will be at certain points along the trail. You can certainly run any part of the run or all of it. Freddy has volunteered to have his truck be the Pali Lookout aid station. If you are going to run, please contact Marian so she has an idea of how many to plan for in regards to aid. 

5:00 start at Cheryl's house
5:45 at Waimanalo trial head
8:15 at Pali lookout
9:30 at JAG
11:30 at Nature Center
1:30 at JAG
2:15 at Pali lookout
4:45 at Waimanalo trail head
5:30 finish at Cheryl's house

Looks like they will finish just in time to get down to Kailua Beach for the fireworks. 

Finally, this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday, Amy Bennett Eck is hosting her second annual Freedom Fest. It is a weekend of trail running, mountain biking, offroad triathlon and this year a couple of rough water swims have been added too. All of these events take place out at beautiful Kualoa Ranch. It may be difficult to top last years event when after planning and participating in all the events, Amy and Erik got married but if I know Amy, she will find some way to make this weekend just as much fun. More info is here.

So, there is no reason to just sit around and watch the Tour on TV all weekend. Get out there and enjoy our island and celebrate our great country.