2015 XTERRA World Championship at-large entry is FULL but you can join our wait-list.
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The 2015 race promises to be an all-time classic as athletes and crew prepare to celebrate XTERRA's 20th year in Maui.
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, 2015 to be eligible for a partial refund of US$125.00. Sorry, no refunds will be issued for requests made after August 31, 2015. 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 30.4-kilometer (18.89-miles) mountain bike and a 9.5-kilometer (5.9 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, November 01, 2015.
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.
ENTRY: At large entry fee is US$525.00. Entry fee for qualified athletes will be US$500.00 (or US$475.00 for Hawaii residents). Entry includes admission to the Night of Champions Dinner and Awards Dinners. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received via email to email@example.com no later than August 31, 2015, and are eligible for a partial refund of US$125.00. No refunds will be issued for requests made after August 31, 2015. Transfers or deferrals are NOT permitted.
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
For the third straight year the XTERRA Worlds course will traverse Maui Land & Pineapple Company’s 22,000-acre Kapalua oasis. There are changes from last year, however, to the bike course.
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 Kilometers (6.1 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 all age group men, then all age group women. We have tentatively set one-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 raceday.
XTERRA follows ITU 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):
BIKE: The bike is one big 20-mile loop with 3,300-feet of climbing that goes up-and-down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains more than a dozen times. This year several technical single and double track sections have replaced dirt jeep roads. “The new stuff has tight, twisting, sharp corners, space just wide enough for your handlebars, places if you don’t get it right you’ll hit your shoulder on a tree,” said race director Dave Nicholas. “Almost all of the dirt roads have been eliminated on the way to the top and this will appeal to the better bikers. At about the five-mile mark you will pop out on a narrow ridge trail with hundred foot drop offs on either side. Don’t panic – the top is at least 15’ wide and the views of the surrounding forest and hills are simply spectacular. If I didn’t fall off – neither will you. In fact, if you come early and preview the course, bring your camera with you. The scenery is something that not many people get a chance to see.”
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.
RUN: Once on the 10K 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, up a short rope-assisted scramble 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 sandy beach run.”
FINISH: There’s food booths, the Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon, XTERRA Shop tent, the 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.
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
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“Double” award is given to the pro and amateur man and woman with the fastest combined 2013 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 the Outrigger Aina Nalu.
All Age Group Winners in all divisions will be guaranteed a slot to the 2016 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 2016 event registration.To accept the slot, winners must enter and pay for the race by December 31, 2015. Winners not accepting the slot by the deadline, will need to qualify at a 2016 XTERRA World Tour venue, or through the "At Large" or "Waiting List".
The mountain bike course will be open for official practice beginning 10am on Wednesday, October 28. You must display your race number on your bike and sign in/out with the practice course marshal. Non-racers may also ride the course after purchasing a one-day USA Triathlon license for $12 at registration and will receive a practice course bike number.
Bike course open hours:
Wednesday, October 28 10am-2pm
Thursday, October 29 9am-2pm
Friday, October 30 9am-2pm
Saturday, October 31 10am-2pm - Partial Course only available - first 3 miles and last 5 miles
All athletes must be OFF the course by 3pm and there is no new entry after 2pm.
Follow the BLUE ARROWS. Do not use any other trails for practice.
Bring your own hydration.
Helmets are required.
Do not litter the course.
Here is a link to download the KMZ File (Google Earth):
NOTE: These trails are private land. Respect the landowner’s wishes not to ride outside of the designated course area at any time. The 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 caught trespassing and will be disqualified from the race.
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.
West Maui Cycles
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.
21 b Kealaloa Rd. Makawao HI 96768 US
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.
Rick Kent and his team of photographers from Enduro Photo are the official athlete photographer of the XTERRA America Tour. Athlete photos will be available shortly after the race. You can request to be notified when your photos will be ready at www.myxterraphotos.com.