2013 AT-LARGE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED AND WAITLIST ENTRIES ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.
Registration is open to qualified athletes who have received an access pin code. If you have qualified for Worlds and have yet to receive a pin code please contact email@example.com.
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, October 27, 2013.
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$500.00. Entry fee for qualified athletes will be US$475.00 (or US$450.00 for Hawaii residents). Entry includes admission to the Night of Champions Dinner and Awards Dinners. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 31, 2013, and are eligible for a partial refund of US$125.00. No refunds will be issued for requests made after August 31, 2013. Transfers or deferrals are NOT permitted.
Note: Non-U.S. athletes residing in countries hosting XTERRA World Tour Championship races will not be accepted in the “at large” pool prior to their National Championship event. You should apply directly to your National Organizer for an “at large” slot from any unused qualifying positions.
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
Kapalua is on Maui’s northwest coast and as such its greener, cooler, and more tropical than the south shore and because it faces north, it’s in a position to receive the big swells Hawaii is famous for.
START AND SWIM: The race starts with a 1.5-kilometer rough water swim at D.T. Flemings Beach fronting the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Pros are easy to spot with their identifying swim caps - men in blue and women in pink. 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..
New this year - 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 SUITES 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.
BIKE: The bike is one big loop that goes up-and-down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains more than a dozen times. “First blush of the bike course shows 18.89 miles with more than 3,000 feet of elevation gain,” said Nicholas. “The terrain varies from hard-packed red dirt to new single track peeled out of an abandoned golf course that now rides like high speed grassland cross-country trails. There are major gulch crossings that drop into river beds and head-high vegetation to navigate through. One thing is for certain, to do well riders will need to bring their climbing legs and descending courage.”
RUN: Once on the run competitors will be faced with 5.9 mile course 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 650-foot level. Fastest male and female pro, age group, and Maui resident run times will receive a $100 gift certificate from Leilani's On the Beach.
1st pl pro male and female
1st pl age group male and female
1st place male and female Maui resident
“It descends like a slalom course through high green Bermuda grasses and opens up in spots to expose fantastic views of the Pacific,” explains 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, into a Cook pine nursery, 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 white sand beach run and of course, one-last uphill back to the Ritz.”
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.
The full 18.89 mile bike course and 6.1 mile run course will be open for practice beginning Wednesday, 10am - 3pm and Thursday and Friday 9am - 3pm.
The bike course will be open for practice Saturday 9am-3pm. On Saturday morning, the run course will be closed for practice due to the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. It will be open for practice from 11am-3pm. No one will be allowed to start bike course after 2:30pm.
Only registered athletes are allowed on the practice course. To access the bike or run course, show your race number and sign in and out. Training partners and friends may also use the course, cost is $10 at event registration. They will be given a practice course race number. Anyone caught on the property without a number is subject to disqualification from participating in the race.
Note:Helmets are required for all bikers. Bring your own hydration.DO NOT LITTER!
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.
GET YOUR BIKE SHIPPED HOME FOR FREE
Courtesy of Akamai Business Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
The winner will have any size bike shipped free via UPS Ground within the US, or receive a $300 credit for international shipping or faster U.S. shipping within the U.S.
Fill out an entry form and drop it in the box at Athlete Registration.
Winner will be drawn at the Awards Dinner on Sunday night.
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
South Maui Bicycles has been a World Championship staple for many years. They are a full service shop offering new bicycle sales, service, repairs, rentals, and complete line of cycling accessories. Frank and crew will be on-site for all of you bike service needs.
1993 S.Kihei Rd. #5
Kihei, HI 96753
Hours: Sun Closed; Mon-Sat 10:00am–6:00pm
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.
Kihei Sporting Goods
1993 S. Kihei Rd.
Kihei, HI 96753
An independent locally owned general retail sporting goods store serving the needs of S. Maui's sporting community.
“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 Saturday 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 Saturday 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 eve of 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.
Live: Friends, Family and fans that are not able to attend the race can get live text updates and pics at www.xterralive.com starting at 9am Hawaii time (12 noon PST, 3pm EST, 9pm in Europe, 5am in Sydney, Australia, 8am in New Zealand, 4pm in Brazil).
We are happy to announce that Brightroom will be the official event photographer for athlete photos. Photos will be ready three to five days after the event. You can visit Brightroom now and sign up for email notification. They will alert you when the photos are ready for online viewing and ordering.