ʻAiea Loop Express 2024


Celebrating Springtime in Hawai‘i!

Date: March 23, 2024
Start Time: 7:00 am
Race Directors: Jacki Doppelmayer and Michelle Lino

Get a good start on your 2024 HURT Trail Series fun – and a possible Trailblazers award!  Wear your favorite Spring colors and break in those trail legs on this scenic, rolling course in the Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area.


Tickets for ʻAiea Loop Express 2024 are not available.

About the Race

Date: March 23, 2024
Location: Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area
Check-in Start Time: 6:20 am
Race Start Time: 7:00 am
Distance: 6.75 miles
Race Directors: Jacki Doppelmayer and Michelle Lino

Overview:  ‘Aiea Loop Trail is a classic O‘ahu outing for hikers and trail runners. Forested and often mud-featured, our scenic route will take you 6.75 miles into lush valleys and up along open ridges that offer views of historic Halawa Valley, the southern coast of O‘ahu, and the Wai‘anae Range to the West. The total elevation gain for this course is 1,442 feet. It is approximately 95% trail and 5% road. 

  • From the start at the park’s lower pavilion you will run up the one-way paved road to the trailhead, and then out onto the trail. You’ll find the trail wide and welcoming for the most part, with a few single-track challenges. Prepare for some uphill fun!  We also recommend wearing good trail shoes for the best traction possible over roots and rocks and through mud bogs if it has rained.

After completing the trail portion of the course, you’ll head back down a short, steep paved road to the finish line at the lower pavilion. Make it a great finish and smile for the photographers – then grab something to eat and a goodie bag. A great morning out with HURT friends! 

Age Requirement:  Entrants for ‘Aiea Loop Express must be aged 15 years or older, with a signed waiver by their parent/guardian if under 18.  The waiver is available for download at the registration site. Please follow the instructions at the bottom of the waiver form on how to submit the signed waiver prior to race day.

Cupless:  We are proud that the HURT Trail Series will continue to be cupless! Bring your own reusable cup or bottle for post-race hydration.

Health and Wellness:  Though the course is fairly short, ‘Aiea Loop Express offers no aid stations and humidity can take its toll. It is highly recommended to carry water and your favorite fuel! 

Course Marking: In addition to having course marshals at major junctions of the trail to cheer you on and point you in the right direction, the course will be marked with ribbons. You’ll first follow orange ribbons, then green.  Please see the course map for further information. The trail will also be marked with BLUE ribbon – which means “don’t go that way.”   Throughout the Trail Series, remember that “Blue is Bad.”

Share the Joy: This trail is heavily used by the public. Please be courteous as you encounter others who are enjoying the trail during the race.

PLEASE READ: Race Check-In Procedure

  • IMPORTANT PARKING INFO:  Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking inside Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area will be limited to the first 20 vehicles that contain two or more participating runners. Cars containing fewer than two participating runners must park in the surrounding residential area outside the Recreation Area. After those first 20 vehicles, all subsequent vehicles will also be directed to park outside the Recreation Area. If you park in the surrounding residential area, please do so legally and respect residents at that early hour with minimal noise disruption.
  • If you park inside the Park, it must be in a marked stall; being on the grass or dirt shoulder does not count. Be aware that Park officials have issued citations for not parking in a marked stall.
  • Check-in on race morning will be at the pavilion by the lower lot restroom between 6:20 a.m. and 6:55 a.m.  If you miss the 6:55 a.m. cut-off for registration, you must wait until after the race has started to register and begin your run.  Your time will not be adjusted for the delayed start.
  • At check-in, participants will be given a bib with an assigned number.
  • Once check-in is complete, hang out until the Race Directors provide final instructions and send you on your way. 
  • Restrooms are available at the start/finish.
  • REMEMBER:  Have fun! Be courteous to your fellow runners and show your thanks to the volunteers!

Contact us if you have any questions.

Start Location

ʻAiea Loop Trailhead
99-1849 Aiea Heights Dr
Aiea, HI 96701


HURT Trail Series Waiver

  • I wish to enter and participate in a HURT, Inc. Trail Series event.  I accept the rules, conditions, and regulations of the event and will comply with them.  I am aware of and assume all risks associated with this trail run, recognizing it is extremely difficult and hazardous for even well-conditioned athletes under the most favorable of conditions.  The Trail Series Runs cover difficult mountainous terrain with precipitous drop offs in a tropical rain forest and span great extremes of humidity and temperature.  I certify that (a) I am in excellent physical condition, (b) I have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical person, and (c) I have sufficiently trained for participation in this event, on rugged trails.  I am also aware that I may be exposed to physical injury from a number of natural factors on the trail, such as lack of water, threat from wildlife, rainstorms, rockslides, and hazards from vehicular traffic attendant to running across roadways.  I understand and accept that the risks include the fact I may become injured or incapacitated in a location where it is difficult or impossible to get required medical aid to me in time to avoid additional physical injury, even death.  Knowing these facts, nevertheless in consideration of HURT, Inc. accepting this entry, I HEREBY FOR MYSELF, MY HEIRS, EXECUTORS AND ADMINISTRATORS, WAIVE, RELEASE AND DISCHARGE the HURT Inc., State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Na Ala Hele Trail Group, RRCA, any official sponsor, entity, and the officers, trustees, directors, shareholders and/or members, agents and employees of each, all medical and other personnel assisting with the Run, or any of them and any other person connected with this running event, their representatives, successors and assigns, “Run Management”, FROM ANY AND ALL RIGHTS CLAIMS OR LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE for any and all injuries to me or my property, or for damage caused by me or by any else (including Acts of God), arising out of or in connection with my participation in this event, and further indemnify and hold harmless the said Run Management from any and all liability or claims arising out of or in connection with my participation in this event.
  • I understand that if I am under the age of eighteen, a parent or guardian must approve my race participation on this waiver. I will need to deliver this signed waiver either prior to the race or at the race start in order to participate.
  • I understand that entry fees are necessary to meet the costs of preparation months in advance of the Run, and that if the Run is canceled because of Acts of God, or other circumstances beyond the control of the Run management, the entry fee will not be refunded.
  • I understand that there are no refunds for entry fees should I choose not to participate in the event. 
  • I understand that I cannot roll over my entry to the next year should I choose not to participate in the event.
  • I understand that I cannot transfer my entry to another entrant as the event is limited by permitting agencies. 
  • I give permission for free use of my name, voice, picture or my writings for any magazine or newspaper articles, broadcast, promotion or other account of the event.



The Participant and Parent/Guardian hereby freely, voluntarily, and without duress execute the Waiver under the following terms:



Participant and Parent/Guardian expressly agree that this release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Hawaii, and that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Hawaii. Participant and Parent/Guardian agree that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release shall be held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions of the Release which shall continue to be enforceable.

PARTICIPANT IS AGE 15-17?   ⬚ YES        ⬚ NO

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PARENT/GUARDIAN NAME (PRINT) _________________________________________________

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