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Runner encounters terrifying ‘nightmarcher’ demon during 100-mile race in Hawaii rainforestBy
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Published Jan. 11, 2024, 11:59 a.m. ET
Run for your life.
A Hawaiian runner said she was left with literal “goosebumps” after unknowingly encountering an alleged “nightmarcher” demon during a grueling 100-mile race in Oahu, Hawaii, as seen in a spine-tingling video.
“To this day, we still don’t know what it was,” Kay Borleis wrote in a blog post detailing the alleged shadowy entity.
An avid runner since age 14, the art director and designer specializes in ultramarathons, defined as any run longer than 26.2 miles.
This particular incident allegedly occurred in January 2019, while Borleis was competing in the HURT 100 mile race, a grueling 20-mile loop through Oahu’s Honolulu Mauka trails that participants run five times.
The runner said this race is especially “brutal” due to the numerous obstacles, including thick mud-caked roots, numerous water crossings, cliffs, and steep, rocky inclines.
The competition was going swimmingly until Borleis injured her foot during her second to last lap and had to pull out of the race — marking the first time she’d ever done so in her ultramarathon career.
That’s when things took a turn for the terrifying. After getting home and regrouping, Borleis’ pacing partner Cassie sent a bunch of photos from her race to her mom and friends.
“It was a “live” (moving photo) that showed a dark figure dressed in a cloak moving past me while I was running,” wrote Borleis while describing the alleged Nightmarcher.kayborleis.com
Shortly thereafter, Cassie received a text about one of the moving photos, which depicted “a dark figure dressed in a cloak moving past me while I was running,” per the blog.
Accompanying footage shows Borleis jogging along the shady jungle trail, when all of a sudden, a shadowy entity emerges from the foliage and walks past her.
However, neither the ultramarathoner nor her running partner recalled “passing a person on that strip of trail.”
“The reason why no one was on that part of trail is because all runners had to run in a clockwise direction,” she explained in the blog.
“And tourists weren’t out that early. We didn’t see anyone for hours while running together. So, we were — and still are — positive there was no one there.”
Borleis had pulled out of the race due to injury.kayborleis.com
Alarmed, Borleis did some digging about the area, where they found a local legend claiming that the region is roamed by the ghosts of deceased Hawaiian warriors called Nightmarchers.
According to Honolulu Magazine, these rainforest revenants “supposedly traveled at night to protect people so sacred that the common man was never allowed to look at them. Breaking that rule meant death.”
If found in a Nightmarcher’s path, mortals should strip naked and lie face down to avoid looking at them, per the mag.
Folklore dictates that peeing on oneself will also keep them alive, as will sharing a bloodline with one of the tropical specters in the procession.
Borleis said she was lucky she didn’t spot the alleged forest spirit until after the fact.
Borleis said she found the video spooky as she didn’t recall encountering anyone on that section of trail.kayborleis.com
Unfortunately, the Hawaiian people accused Borleis of spinning a yarn.
After uploading the pics to social media, the cross-country competitor was swarmed by haters, who called her and Cassie “haoles” (a local pejorative for white people) and wished she’d meet a Nightmarcher for real so she’d die a “violent death.”
Some accused Borleis of doctoring the image while others claimed it was just a “druggie” wandering up the trail.