The 5K /10K Run Blasts-Off the XTERRA World Championship Weekend
XTERRA MAKENA BEACH SCRAMBLE
With anticipation riding high, nearly 250 runners from 15 countries and 23 U.S. states lined up at the Maui Prince Hotel for the start of the 2006 XTERRA Makena Beach 10K and 5K Scramble® trail runs. At 8:00 am under a stunning blue sky, runners leaped forward at the roar of a cannon -- anxious to tackle the tempestuous terrain ahead.
While the 5K runners get a small taste of the XTERRA run, the 10K thriller takes participants on the famed Nissan Xterra World Championship run course that multisport pros will embark on tomorrow.
10K OVERALL FEMALE
For the women, top honors went to Christine Lundy (35), a veterinarian from Sausalito, CA who blazed through the course to win the 10K in a time of 47:37.
Winning this title for the second year in a row, she earned a Roundtrip Airfare on Hawaiian Airlines from the West Coast to Hawaii. Not only was she the fastest female, but was 5th place overall. Crossing the finish line she said that she was "extremely excited to win for the second time" -- "I loved the course last year and I loved it again this year". Her boyfriend Jim Long is racing in the XTERRA World Championship tomorrow in the men's 40-44 category.
Following Lundy was Cassandra Henkiel (36) from Austin, TX a few minutes later in a time of 49:48 and then Yukako Inoue (33) from Mitaka, Japan with a time of 54:38.
10K OVERALL MALE
Rene Rovera (38) from Cannes, France blazed to first place in a time of 43:13. In heavy breaths he described the course as "very difficult, but great with an absolutely beautiful view".
Following him three minutes later for the overall silver was Henry Barfoot (33) from Glenfield, New Zealand in a time of 46:35. Third place went to a local runner from Kula, HI James Franzen (41) in a time of 47:23.
5K OVERALL FEMALE
Rose Drew (21) of Malibu, CA won the 5K in a time of 27:07; all smiles at the finish, she described the course as "outstandingly beautiful & ruggedly peaceful".
Behind her, the race was tight for second and third place. Mitsu Shippee (33) from Tokyo, Japan took the silver in a time of 28:24 and local runner Nancy Robberson (43) from Kula, HI took third in a time of 28:33.
Trudy Dehner (42) from Claremont, CA won the Challenged Athlete Division representing "Team Possibilities" and finishing the 5K in a time of 47:40.
5K OVERALL MEN
For the men, Sergo Diaz (28) of Portugal finished first in a time of 22:17. He was followed closely by second and third place Yasuhiro Kojima (30) from Tokyo, Japan 23:40 and local runner Mike Irwin (50) of Haiku, HI 24:07.
Runners began with an ascent up the south slope of Haleakala into the desert-like environment, the hot temperature enlightening racers on why it is called the "House of the Sun". After a pass though Cactus Alley, competitors were treated to a run on the white sands of Makena Beach, famed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The course continued through the "spooky" forest adorned with kiawe thorns and then to a striking black sand beach. The final leg is infamous for its grapefruit sized cobblestones and lava rocks that grab and twist unsuspecting ankles.
The true beauty of the XTERRA Scramble trail run is the cause. In conjunction with the XTERRA Foundation, proceeds benefit the Aloha United Way and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui County.
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