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The XTERRA World Championship is Just Nine Days Away
The XTERRA World Championship is just nine days away on Sunday, October 29th in Makena, Maui. In this preview edition we'll run down the basics for the media members, provide a course description, delve into the Hawaiian Airlines Double competition, recognize a short list of guys who've race in every Maui, breakdown the start list by hometown and divisions, talk Makena Beach Scramble, and look at the weekend's XTERRA TV schedule.
A kick-off press conference will be held at the lower terrace level of the Maui Prince Hotel on Thursday, October 26, at 4:00 p.m. HST. Guests include defending pro champions Nicolas Lebrun and Melanie McQuaid, last year's runner-ups Eneko Llanos and Sibylle Matter, and challengers Brent McMahon, Candy Angle, Hamish Carter and Renata Bucher.
A PDF version of the Nissan Xterra World Championship press guide, complete with a schedule of events, course description, global tour information, athlete profiles, facts, figures, and past results, is available for download.
Press Guide - 4MB PDF
Media covering the 2006 Nissan Xterra World Championship can pick-up credentials and prepare for race day in the XTERRA Press Room located in the Ilima Room (#113) at the host hotel, the Maui Prince in Makena. Call Trey Garman at 808-216-8606 for more details.
Race footage in beta format and still photography will be made available to all outlets interested in receiving such. Make arrangements in advance by replying to this email with your request.
Maui's XTERRA course is legendary, and conditions change radically from year-to-year, diminishing the advantage to repeat competitors and perpetuating the course's stature as the most intimidating in the series. Hawaii's natural obstacles are unlike anywhere else on earth and for the 550+ athletes racing in Maui - the Nissan Xterra World Championship is a truly unique experience. The victor will traverse this rugged terrain in roughly two and half hours (although Conrad Stoltz broke the record by almost two minutes when he crossed in 2:22:55 in 2002), with the lead woman approx. 30-minutes behind.
Distance: 1.5-kilometers (0.93 miles)
Distance: 32 Kilometers (20 miles)
Every year competitors say, "XYZ course is tougher than Maui". Every year around noon on Championship Sunday, the look - the eyes pointing down and the head shaking side to side - tells you that there is nothing like Haleakala.
Climbing from sea level to 1,200 feet then down and back up to 1,400 feet with a final portion called "the plunge" of 8-kilometers back to sea level, this track has everything. Full of rock strewn paths, gnarly golf ball sized gravel, short steep climbs, long, go forever climbs, hard packed lava, and then 6" deep, dusty silt. There's more than 3,000 total feet of climbing.
Distance: 10 Kilometers (6.2 miles)
There is no accounting for the heat generated by gnarly lava fields, making otherwise simple obstacles extremely difficult to conquer. The "Makena Beach Mile" is a grueling slog along soft sand, but a beautiful end run along the ocean-front golf course helps racers forget it all at the finish.
The Hawaiian Airlines "Double" Purse is awarded to the pro man and woman with the fastest combined 2006 Nissan Xterra World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time, a feat reserved for the world's leading endurance athletes as the two events are held only eight days apart. "The Double" has become a sought-after title by both pro and amateur competitors. Hawaiian Airlines pays $2,500 to both the top male and female professionals with the fastest times and in addition, will present amateur winners with round trip tickets for two from the West Coast to Hawaii.
In the amateur division Australian Ryland Garnett was the top male in 11:57:22 (8:55:20 + 3:02:02) and Amber Monforte was the top female in 14:37:57 (3:56:50 + 10:41:07). Those two received airfare from Hawaiian.
In the inaugural race of 1996 there were 123 competitors. Of that group, a few dozen will be racing again this year, and the five guys listed below are the only competitors that can claim to have done (and finished) all 10 XTERRA's in Maui. All but Davis are back on the start list for this year's race.
The Nissan Xterra World Championship is truly a global affair that has reached athletes both young and old from all over the world. Here's a look at the numbers.
Most populated competitors base: California (101), Hawaii (56), Colorado (37), New Zealand (30), Brazil (25), Nevada (24), Japan (23), Canada (21), Germany (21).
By Age Group:
Total Men: 411
Total Women: 164
"Oldest" Man: Robert Alt, 70
At 8:00 in the morning on Saturday, October 28, the tempestuous landscape of South Maui will beckon runners of all ages to test their lungs and dexterity in the XTERRA Makena Beach Scramble®.
Competitors choose from two courses - a 5K fun run designed for anyone and everyone wanting to start the day off with a sweat, and a 10K for those who are looking for a true challenge.
This off-road 10K thriller takes participants on the famed Nissan Xterra World Championship run course that multisport pros will tackle the next day.
Runners begin 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 are treated to a run on the white sands of Makena Beach, famed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The course continues through the "spooky" forest adorned with kiawe thorns and leads to a striking black sand beach but beware, the final leg is infamous for its grapefruit sized cobblestones and lava rocks that grab and twist unsuspecting ankles.
The top three competitors in each division are awarded medals plus great adventure prizes from Maui Magazine. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines is awarding the fastest 10K female runner a Roundtrip Airfare from the West Coast back to Hawaii! So "Wahine holo nui" which translates to "run fast young lady"!
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.
The Makena Beach Scramble® is the kick-off event for the Nissan Xterra World Championship weekend. Further information including directions and registration info can be found on the web at www.xterraplanet.com
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