Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ha'ena to Hanalei

I ran the Ha'ena to Hanalei 8 mile race this morning. "The 8-mile course begins at the end of the road in Ha'ena, traversing the scenic stretch of road and one-lane bridges along the breathtaking North Shore towards Hanalei Town. Turn left at Anae Road after the Waioli Bridge, and then turn right at Weke Road to the finish at the Hanalei Pier." This was the 29th annual fundraiser run for the Hanalei Canoe Club.

As with everything, racing is different here on Kauai. You runners will be able to appreciate these differences. First of all, I picked up my packet yesterday. They handed me my race number and gave me a Ziploc bag with a shirt. That's it. No timing chip, which, I kind of expected since it was only an 8 mile run....They shuttled the 8 mile runners to the starting line. I made my way to the bathroom and noticed several people with timing chips on their ankles. What? They had them layed out over a car and handed them out as they saw your race number. There was no real start line, per se, just a big area (the road) where everyone was hanging out waiting to start. And then all of a sudden people started running...hehehe. But the highlight of the race was entrant # 36. She was such a cute "little lady" black fur, four legs and a wet nose! Only on Kauai! ( :

I have told you about this course before, it is beautiful! The road is a curvy, hilly, two-lane road. There are a number of one-lane bridges, where one side of traffic must stop and yield to the other. They didn't shut down the road for the race, like every other race I've ever run. But again, this is Kauai, so, the cars just slowed down and waited for the runners to go to the side of the road. On the one-lane bridges, you only had room enough to run single file behind the other runners if there was a car on the bridge, which made it hard to pass during those points.
There were no mile markers, except the tiny barely visible highway mile markers that run backwards on the other side of the road. But they did have several aid stations along the way, which was great.

The finish line... there really wasn't one. It was more of a cluster. After they removed the timing chip there was someone handing out water and fruit (watermelon and oranges). And they had a pancake breakfast! (one of my favorite things, by the way). My friend made me a ti leaf lei, which, I must admit is the coolest "medal" I've ever received! 

All in all it was a great race. I had low expectations going into it, but the beauty of the course far out ways the craziness....My Garmin said 1:14, but my official time was 1:12. Not bad for me.

Coming in to the finish line 

I love Hanalei Bay!! (It was named #1 beach in the country) 
The Wai'oli Mountain Range is magnificent!

Aloha!

22 comments:

ShutUpandRun said...

GREAT job. Looks like a wonderful and scenic run. I am jealous.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Aloha! That is truly hilarious...a Dog, the road were open, and timing chips laid out...I am suprised the race did not start on "Hawaiian Time" like 15 minutes late. LOL.. Good work!!

Blyfinn said...

that course look beautiful.

The Happy Runner said...

Great job and great pics!

MCM Mama said...

I'd LOVE to run that race! I love Kauai!

Great job on the race.

Janice {Run Far} said...

I have heard it is VERY laid back there. So I am not surprised about the chips, timing, finish line... etc etc

You look great. Great time.

X-Country2 said...

Great race! I ran a half marathon this morning with roast beer sandwiches at the finish. Blech. I would have loved some pancakes.

Running through Life said...

Great job! That sounds like a fun race! I like "laid-back"... I have to get myself to Hawaii one of these days!

Love the pictures, too. :D

RunningLaur said...

Very cool - good work!

Fair Weather Runner said...

nice job. how awesome, seriously, to be able to race in hawaii!

Denise said...

Wow, how pretty! Sounds like a fun, laid back race!

Marlene said...

Wow, what a laid back racing environment! Sounds like a lot of fun and beautiful route, of course! Congrats on the 8-miler!!

kara said...

Sounds like my kind of race!
We were in Kauai last year - so I know exactly what you me ; )

Thanks for sharing.

chris mcpeake said...

Congrats on the race. Running in Hawaii must be so much fun.

RunnerMom said...

I will definitely visit that beach some day!

Where did the dog put her chip?:-)

Great job on the race!

Loves Life in Colorado said...

Congrats on the race! I am totally jeolous of the scenery, I hope to make it to Hawaii (at least one of the islands) someday!

Tara

Mel-2nd Chances said...

congrats and love the pics! Must go to Hawaii one of these days :)

Tim Wilson said...

Looks like a great place to run and a great run! Congrats!

Marathonman101108 said...

I always hate to read your blog...I get so jealous of where you run! Did you beat the dog?!!

B.o.B. said...

Ok so I may have to come to Hawaii b/c that race looks so cool. Congrats on a great job!

Amy said...

Oh gosh, that sounds soooo beautiful. Wow!!

Wendy said...

Looks so beautiful there!