XTERRA World Championship Qualifier registration is now open. Qualified athletes with valid pin code can register for the 2016 XTERRA World Championship by clicking the link below.
Wait-list: Join our wait-list! Non-qualifiers may join our free at-large wait-list. Wait-list applicants will be notified in mid to late August should any open slots become available. Wait-list entries will be contacted in the order that they were received and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note our standard World Championship Refund Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests must be received on or before August 31, 2016 to be eligible for a partial refund of US$125.00. Sorry, no refunds will be issued for requests made after August 31, 2016. Transfers or deferrals will not be given.
WHAT IS XTERRA: The world’s premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) rough water swim, a 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5 miles) trail run best described as a tropical roller-coaster ride through pineapple fields and forests.
WHO RACES IN MAUI: A capacity field of 800 athletes from 28 countries and 42 U.S. states including professionals and amateurs.
WHEN: The XTERRA World Championship starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
FUTURE DATES: 2017: October 29 - 2018: October 28 - 2019: October 27
WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, USA
WHY: The XTERRA World Championship race is the last in a series of nearly 100 off-road triathlon races held in 16 countries and 30+ U.S. States. The concept is to provide a bona-fide off-road world championship for amateur and pro athletes. For pros there is $105,000 in prize money at stake. Amateurs race for the title of XTERRA World Champion. Also, the fastest male and female age group swim time (from start to timing station between beach exit and T1) receive a XTERRA Vortex Full wetsuit.
EVENT PARKING: Follow the signs past the main Kapalua entrance and take your next left.
VOLUNTEERS: Our dedicated team of volunteers across the US and abroad has been key to bringing the XTERRA experience to more people in more places. As the sport grows the need for volunteers increases. This year we need people to help with pre-race and race-day activities. Please e-mail our volunteer coordinator. Tell us what you're interested in doing and what your availability is. We'll try to find a place for you at XTERRA. We hope you can join us!
Early Arrival Information
Paul Brown, XTERRA Athlete and Executive Director of the Kapalua Resort Association, is happy to help answer your questions if you are arriving early on Maui, before registration opens. He knows the area and the course well and is a great resource for local tips. He can be found at his office in Kapalua:
Kapalua Resort Association
615 Office Road
Telephone: (808) 665-3747
The XTERRA World Championship course is perpetually evolving. In 1996 the race featured point-to-point swim, bike, and run legs over sharp lava rocks and dry, dusty bowls on Maui’s south shore. This year it’ll traverse wet forest trails, pineapple fields, and ridgelines high above the northwest coast.
It’s the fifth year of racing on Maui Land & Pineapple Company’s private 22,000-acre oasis, and improvements to the trail structure have been made each season. Competitors in 2015 will be treated to more single track trails on the bike and another half-mile of twisting, technical trail running before they reach the finish line.
It all starts with a 1.5-kilometer rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Once on the bike riders navigate from the Ritz to a ridge line - down to a ravine - and back up again, like a tropical roller-coaster ride through paradise.
The bike is one big 20-mile loop with 2,800-feet of climbing that goes up-and-down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains more than a dozen times. Course designers are striving to find the perfect balance of passing opportunities early with skillful riding opportunities later on.
“It’s an honest endurance challenge, that is for sure,” said race director “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas. “The original Maui course was brutal. The first one was just about who could survive, really, and even the run was pure torture with a mile of slogging through soft sand. This course is not just for survivors, but for those with the skills and endurance to ride the bike well and fast, and still have enough left in their legs to climb some more and more importantly, descend some steep downhills on a really challenging trail run.”
The signature spot on the Maui course is at the five-mile mark on the bike as riders pop out on a narrow ridge with hundred foot drop-offs on either side. From the top you can see all around the vast West Maui Forest Reserve and over the deep blue Pacific Ocean to the neighbor islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i.
“The views are simply spectacular,” Nicholas explains. “And don’t worry, if I didn’t fall off – neither will you. In fact, when you come early to preview the course, bring your camera with you. The scenery is something that not many people get a chance to see.”
Once on the run competitors will be faced with a whole lot of climbing while they weave along dirt trails, through oleander forests, and into 60-foot high ironwood evergreens to an unexpected mountain lake at the 700-foot level.
“It descends like a slalom course through high green Bermuda grasses and opens up in spots to expose fantastic views of the Pacific,” said Nicholas. “Obstacles are everywhere, including a technical, steep downhill into a gully where racers will have to jump over and duck under fallen trees, navigate a rocky dry creek, head through thick elephant grass, and along a narrow single track trail with switchbacks that drop all the way down to the beach. The final test of skill and endurance is a calf-busting 250-meter white sand beach run.”
Important: The course is 100% on private land, and we ask XTERRA athletes to respect the landowner’s wishes not to ride the full course outside of the scheduled and approved pre-ride opportunities (see schedule). The full course routes through active farms, stables, horse trails, and zip line tours. Mountain bikers are considered trespassers by these, and other businesses, and you could be subject to arrest if you are found trespassing, as well as disqualification from the race. The first 3.5 miles and last 5.5 miles of the bike course known as “The Lower Bowl” are always available, simply be respectful of regular users playing Frisbee, walking dogs, jogging, etc. The entire run course is also available anytime from sunrise to sunset, except Saturday during the XTERRA Kapalua 5k/10k races from 9am-11am.
SWIM DISTANCE: 1.5-kilometers (0.93 miles)
MOUNTAIN BIKE DISTANCE: 32 Kilometers (20 miles) on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains
TRAIL RUN DISTANCE: 10.5 Kilometers (6.5 miles)
START AND SWIM: The race starts with a 1.5-kilometer rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; and will feature wave starts beginning with pro men and women, followed by age group men, then age group women. A short beach sprint mid-race between and "M" shaped course gives spectators a chance to pick out their friends and family from the field. The fastest male and female age group swim time (from start to timing station between beach exit and T1) receive a XTERRA Vortex Full wetsuit..
WAVE SWIM STARTS
There will be wave starts for this year’s race starting with pro men and women, then, tentatively, four age group waves. We have tentatively set three-minute intervals between waves. Also, be aware that there could be high surf at the swim beach. We recommend you practice swimming in and out of the surf break before race day.
XTERRA follows USA Triathlon rules regarding wetsuits and speedsuits.
NO WETSUITS ALLOWED for PROS and AGE GROUPERS.
SPEED SUITS or SKIN SUITS ARE PERMITTED.
Bike bottles will be available on course – option of water or Gatorade - at two exchange locations at roughly mile 8 and mile 15. PowerBar gels will be available as well. There will be five aid stations on the run, each roughly a mile apart, serving water, Gatorade and PowerBar gels.
*Course is subject to change.
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Here is a link to download the KMZ File (Google Earth):
Here is some advice from our elite racer Ben Allen on tires: A fast tread xc tire is the best with clingy edges. Maxxis ikon or Schwalbe racing Ralph are very good. Also WTB wolverine is a great tire too. These tires offer a fast rolling moderately spaced tread pattern that combines plentiful working edges that cling to hard packed surfaces and the outside knobs that let you shred the sandy & grassy corners. Top three tire brands specifically for Maui: Maxxis, Schwalbe, WTB.
BODY MARKING INSTRUCTIONS
All athletes are required to be body marked.
Race # and Division tattoos are provided with bike and run bibs.
READ BODY MARKING INSTRUCTIONS
PODIUM PRIZES: The top three in each division score Paul Mitchell prize packs, medals, ice cold Kona Brewing Company beer, LifeProof cases, and to the victor championship edition Optic Nerve sunglasses.
Muscle Milk honors the future of XTERRA with a special prize for the top three men and women under 25.
Each will receive a logo-ed XTERRA Muscle Milk back pack packed with swag that every athlete can use.
The“Outrigger Resorts Double” award is given to the pro and amateur man and woman with the fastest combined 2015 XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time, a feat reserved for the world’s leading endurance athletes. Pro athletes are awarded US$2,500 with the top amateur man and woman win a 6 night stay at a Maui Outrigger Resort.
All Age Group Winners in all divisions will be guaranteed a slot to the 2017 XTERRA World Championship to defend their titles.
Each winner will receive a certificate at the awards ceremony with a PIN code that permits access to 2017 event registration.To accept the slot, winners must enter and pay for the race by December 31, 2016. Winners not accepting the slot by the deadline, will need to qualify at a 2017 XTERRA World Tour venue, or through the "At Large" or "Waiting List".
FULL BIKE COURSE PRACTICE HOURS
The first 3.5 miles and last 5.5 miles of the bike course known as “The Lower Bowl” are always available, and the more you ride them the better they’ll get. Please be respectful of regular users playing frisbee, walking dogs, jogging, etc.
Here are the practice hours for the Full Bike Course. Remember, you have to pick-up your packet at registration and put your bike plate on to ride the full course.
Note: Bike Mile 3.5 and Bike Mile 14 (the start of the last 5.5 miles) are at about the same location. This is where sign/in, sign/out to the full course will be located.
On Saturday only the Lower Bowl will be open for practice, and not until the trail runners have cleared the course at roughly 10:45am. Again, the full course will be closed on Saturday, only the first 3.5 miles and the last 5.5 miles of the bike course will be open.
Registration and display of bike number is required for all competitors and guests on the Full course. Guests can access the full course by purchasing a $15 USA Triathlon insurance license at registration. Check in and out with monitor at gate. No new entry after 2pm, and bikers must be clear of Mile 14 by 3:00pm and officially signed out by the course monitor.
Do NOT exit the bike course at any location other than the official entry and exit location which is Mile 3.5/14 which will have the person with the check in/out sheet.
Important: The course is 100% on private land, and we ask XTERRA athletes to respect the landowner’s wishes not to ride the full course outside of the scheduled and approved pre-ride opportunities for the full course sections. The full course routes through active farms, stables, horse trails, and zip line tours. Mountain bikers are considered trespassers by these, and other businesses. You could be subject to arrest if you are found trespassing, as well as disqualification from the race.
Note: The entire run course is available anytime from sunrise to sunset, except Saturday during our XTERRA Kapalua 5k/10k races from 9am-11am.
Here is a link to download the KMZ File (Google Earth):
ON ROAD RIDING
We recommend you head north from Kapalua on Highway 30 – a mile north the road turns into a winding country road with plenty of hill and gorgeous scenery. The village of Kahakola is 14 miles away.
RUN PRACTICE COURSE
The run course is part of the Village Walking Trails and is open to the public. You can run any day between sunrise and sunset except Saturday, October 31. The course will be closed until 11am for the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. Follow the Red Arrows.
D.T. Fleming Beach: This is where the swim will be held and we encourage you to practice on the days leading up to the race. Surf conditions can be rough. Please obey lifeguard instructions.
Napili Bay: offers a sheltered spot for swimming and you may see turtles.
Lahaina Aquatics Center: The pool is located at the corner of Highway 30 and Shaw Street on the southern edge of the town of Lahaina, and is a 15-20 minute drive from Kapalua. The pool is typically set for 25 meter swimming. Admission is free and the pool is open 10am-4pm Monday - Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday. A Masters Swim is available for $5 fee at 5:30am Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 6:30pm Tuesday and Thursday.
XTERRA has gone green and we're now offering virtual participant race bags to our World Championship participants. Email invites will be sent prior to and after the event with special offers from our partners.
Our Facebook event page is a good way to connect with other racers, get event updates and let people know that you competing at XTERRA Worlds.
Akamai Business Center at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is pleased to again offer on-site Bike Shipping Services for all XTERRA World Championship athletes.
In addition to shipping your bike home, we can also receive the shipment and store it until you arrive.
The TSA at Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) would like to offer you a few helpful tips for your return flight home that will help expedite you through the Pre-Flight Airline Check-In and TSA Security Process.
South Maui Cycles
Krank Cycles is a full service bike shop offering rental, repairs and sales. The will be on-site at the XTERRA Expo at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.
1120 Makawao Ave Makawao, HI 96768
West Maui Cycles in Lahaina is the closest bike shop to the new Kapalua XTERRA venue. They are a full service bike shop offering bicycle rentals, bike repairs and bicycle sales.
1087 Limahana Pl, #6
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Maui Cyclery is a full service bike shop with sales, rentals, wrenchmen and more. They also offer bike tours for the entire family. A "cycling experience" which is more like a fantasy bike camp for riders and less of a traditional guided bike tour.
“ONO DINNERS”, Maui is a reward for a great season and as such competitors are treated to a pair of amazing dinners with the Night of Champions carbo-loading affair on Friday and the awards celebration on Sunday – complete with highlight videos and special presentations.
Competitor dinner ticket is included in entry fee. Guest tickets are available at registration - $65 adult/$35 children 3-12 for Friday and Sunday night dinner. Any tickets remaining from online sales will be available at registration until sold out. Tickets will not be available for sale at the door.
HIUWAI AND E ALA E, A sunrise Hawaiian "cleansing and rejuvenation" ceremony open to all athletes, friends and family who wish to participate. Wear swim gear and meet at 5:15am on Friday.
A BLESSING AND A LEI, There is perhaps no pre-race ritual more spiritually powerful than the beachfront Hawaiian blessing by Reverend Alalani Hill, and there’s certainly nothing better than crossing the finish line and seeing Raena, who welcomes each finisher with a fresh flower lei.
CHAMPIONS FORUM, former pro winners get together to share their secrets for success and some really funny stories from races past.
XTERRA WARRIOR AWARD, Since 2003 XTERRA has honored a member of its Tribe that has shown exemplary courage in the face of adversity, gone above and beyond to help the greater community or personified the “Live More” spirit.
XTERRA HALL OF FAME, On the Friday before the World Championship another XTERRA legend will be inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is the place to be for both transitions, the finish line, and live race reports. Plus, there’s great food, the Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon, XTERRA Gear shop, Kona Brewing Liquid Aloha Lounge, and a front row seat to one of the greatest spectacles in all of sport - the spontaneous, ecstatic, and sometimes tear-jerking displays of emotion at the finish line.
Swim: The swim starts at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting the Ritz, and there are plenty of great vantage points to watch the mass start from the beach and lawn above. Pros are easy to spot with their identifying swim caps - men in white and women in pink.
T1 and T2: The swim-to-bike and bike-to-run transitions are located just up the beach from the swim start in a big grassy area on the Ritz lawn. The transition area is for competitors only, however, spectators may view the change-over from any position around the boundary.
Bike: Unfortunately, there’s really no place to watch the bike (aside from the first mile out and back) as the course is on private land and not open to the public.
Run: Most of the run course is also on private land with the exception of the leg-burning section of sand just before the finish on Fleming Beach.
Athlete photos will be available shortly after the race.