ANAHOLA – The sleepy little village of Anahola will play host to the 48th Annual Labor Day Hare and Hound dirt bike race event Saturday, August 31 at 9:30 a.m. in Anahola.
A meeting will be held to determine the starting point for the race Friday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wailua Motocross Track.
There will be three classes (trails): A, B, and C – A being the most difficult.
Entry fee is $50 and will include admission to the awards banquet on Sunday, September 1.
There are other events as well during the weekend, each event is $20 per class. The Motocross Races will also take place on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.
The “Hare and Hound” is the longest consecutive off-road event of its kind in the United States.
A true Hare and Hound covered over 100 miles, where the hare (a fast rider) would start the race with a 15-minute lead and would leave behind handfuls of lime that would drop from a sack on his back. Then over 250+ riders (the hounds) would follow the hare’s trails and lime clues. Those who find the hiding places win.
Over the years, as land access became harder to obtain, the event has evolved to accommodate what land is made available. Today, the hare starts the race with sacks full of checks and ribbons marking the trails. A trails being the most technical and difficult with pink ribbons, B trails for intermediate riders with blue ribbons, and C a fun rideable trail, marked with orange ribbons for beginners, quads, and bicycles. The hares will hang checks, and later that morning the hounds will collect during the race to verify that they have indeed rode the entire trail. The first A category Hound out of the trail with all of his or her checks wins the event.
For generations many local families such as the Andrades, Amorins, Rapozos and Ornellas are known to have competed in the event.