Tantalus Triple Trek 2023


Date: September 2, 2023
Start Time: 5:30 am
Race Directors: Kelly Sutcliffe and Mike Flartey
This is a Pre-Race Registration Event. No race day entries will be accepted.


Tickets for Tantalus Triple Trek 2023 are not available.

About the Race 

Date: September 2, 2023
Start Time: 5:30 am
Race Directors: Kelly Sutcliffe and Mike Flartey
This is a Pre-Race Registration Event. No race day entries will be accepted.

TTT is close to a 30-mile course with each runner completing three Trek loops, with a return to the Nature Center aid station each loop.

Each loop will head up the Kanealole (Center/Pipe) trail across Makiki Valley trail, up & along the Moleka, Manoa Cliff, and Kalawahine trails then along Tantalus Drive. The route will continue down Nahuina trail, back across Makiki Valley trail then down the Maunalaha trail (Hogsback). Runners will proceed past the start/finish and cross the HNC driveway over to the Makiki Botanical trail (the graveled trail) and follow this down to the public parking area where race staff will check runners in. Runners will then proceed back up to start/finish to complete one circuit.

Runners are expected to know the course or be able to follow the trail markings (see provided map). There will be course marshals at the major intersections for only the first loop. The course will be adequately marked with ORANGE ribbon going from the start to the apex of the course (the top pig gate along Manoa Cliff trail). WHITE ribbon will take runners back down the start/finish. As always BLUE means “BAD.”

NOTE: We’re proud to announce that the HURT Trail Series will be cupless! Bring your own reusable cup for the aid station and finish line rehydration.

Parking and Check-In Instructions

  • PARKING:  Parking available along the access road to the Nature Center (before the gate) and along Tantalus Drive (near the Makiki pumping station). When parking along the side of the road, have all your tires off the roadway. A volunteer will be near the entrance of the access road to assist you with parking. Carpooling is highly encouraged, as space is limited. The vehicle operator is solely responsible for consequences that may occur due to illegal parking.
  • CHECK-IN:  All runners will be required to check-in at a table set up under a tent by the start/finish between 5:00 – 5:25 am. If you miss the 5:25 am cut-off for check-in, you must wait until after the race has started to check-in and begin your run. Your time will not be adjusted for the delayed start.
  • BIBS: For tracking purposes, each participant will be given a bib with assigned numbers. Please display the number prominently on the front of your body for timing purposes.

Drop Bag Location

  • Runners may leave a single drop bag at the Start/Finish and accessed by the runner at the completion/start of each loop. Please have it adequately labeled with your name. Also, be courteous of your fellow runners by not bringing a large drop bag or excessive gear.

Aid Stations

  • There will be two aid stations along the course: at the Maunalaha-Kanealoloe trailhead (start/finish area) and at the Kalawahine trailhead (Tantalus road crossing). Both will be adequately stocked with water, sports drink, soda, fruits (watermelon, bananas, oranges), and various salty and sweet treats (peanut butter/jelly sandwiches, chips, gummies, etc.) to keep you going for another loop (or two)!
  • We will be offering Skratch at both aide stations as the featured sports drink.
  • Runners must carry a minimum of 24 ounces of water while on the trail and supply their own gels, electrolytes, and sports nutrition for the race (other than what is offered at the aid station). No aspirin or oral medications will be available.
  • We encourage you to get aid only at either of the two aide stations. While we do welcome crewing, have them meet you at these locations. Crewing anywhere else along the course will not be allowed. Additionally, pacers are NOT needed or allowed for this event.


  • Runners will have 9 hours to complete three loops. Runners must start their third/final loop by 11:30am and reach the Kalawahine aide station by 1:30pm.

Other Instructions

  • Sunrise will not be until after 6 am so, please bring a personal light source (i.e. small flashlight, headlamp) to navigate the trail until the sun has adequately lit the trail.
  • The course crosses two roadways. There will be course marshals at both crossings and all trail intersections for only the first loop. After that, be careful when crossing these roadways. There will be not only vehicles but also cyclists and road runners so be cautious and courteous. This is a long race, so a few seconds to be safe is well worth it.
  • Please listen to, thank, and respect the volunteers. We cannot have these events without them! Swearing or signs of disrespect may result in disqualification.
  • As the course is not closed to the public, be courteous to all other trail users. Treat fellow runners and trail enthusiasts with the same kindness and respect that you would like to be treated with. If you would like to pass by, ask to do so when space is available and thank them. Likewise, if someone would like to pass by you, let them do so when space allows. Kindness goes a long way.
  • Please do not leave any `opala (garbage) on the trails. Littering may result in disqualification so “Pack it in and pack it out!” 
  • Should you decide to pull yourself from the race, please inform the race directorate as soon as possible before leaving the premises. We would like to ensure that all are safe and accounted for at the end of the day.
  • Toilets are available near the Start/Finish.
  • Contact us if you have any questions.


  • At the end of the race, you will be provided a warm meal, bottled water, and a variety of other snacks and beverages. Please note that alcohol is not permitted at any time before, during, or after the race while at the race venue. 
  • Please be sure to pick up your finisher’s swag from one of the RD’s. We will also be giving fastest time awards for the top 3 finishers in each category.

Start Location

Course Map 


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:



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