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The 6th annual XTERRA Saipan Championship Kicks-Off
An international field of adventurers and rock solid group of female pros gather in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for the sixth annual XTERRA Saipan Championship on Saturday. The race – appropriately dubbed the Crown Jewel of the XTERRA Global Tour – pits man vs. Mother Nature in a voyage through the Islands pristine tropical jungle.
3/17 – XTERRA Saipan Championship – The Crown Jewel (Northern Mariana Islands)
4/1 – XTERRA Miami (North Miami, FL)
4/1 – XTERRA REAL (Granite Bay, CA)
4/21 – XTERRA Arizona Xtreme (Mesa, AZ)
4/28 – XTERRA Ft. Yargo (Winder, GA)
4/28 – XTERRA Gator Terra (Ruston, LA)
4/29 – XTERRA Castaic (Castaic, CA)
5/20 – XTERRA West Championship (Temecula, CA)
SAIPAN PRESS GUIDE:
A downloadable version of the XTERRA Saipan Press Guide with details on this year’s race, the Saipan Sports Fest and Tagaman triathlon is available.
The professionals competing in Saipan are among the best mountain bikers and triathletes on the planet. They will race for $20,000 in cash, plus the man and woman with the fastest combined XTERRA and Tagaman triathlon (March 24) time receives $500 in cash and 7-nights at the Pacific Islands Club including a Gold Card (three meals per day) for two.
The Women’s Field
WHERE IS IT:
Saipan is located in the middle of the Western Pacific Ocean - 1,300 miles south of Tokyo, 1,400 miles east of Manila, 3,200 miles west of Honolulu, and 2,900 miles north of Sydney.
BY THE NUMBERS:
A quick look at the start list for Saipan shows a diverse field with athletes representing 13 countries (USA, Singapore, Czech Republic, Japan, France, Switzerland, China, Australia, Russia, Korea, Estonia, England, Germany) plus the U.S. Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
GETTING TO MAUI:
XTERRA Saipan is the second event of the season giving out berths to the 2007 XTERRA World Championship (Makena, Maui on October 28). There are 34 slots available, and awarded to the top finisher(s) depending on age group. The race will also award points to amateur athletes racing in this year’s XTERRA USA Championship Series.
There are eight racers on the start list for Saturday that have done all five XTERRA Saipan events since the inaugural in 2002, and they are:
Jamie Whitmore, from Somerset, CA; Taro Shirato, 40, from Tokyo, Japan; Tyce Mister, from Saipan; Jude Baker, 37, from Tumon Bay, Guam; Arthur Guerrrero, 40, from Agana, Guam; Dirk Sharer, 46, from Saipan; Christopher Fryling, 37, from Saipan; and Yoshio Gabaldon.
NOT LOST IN TRANSLATION:
In Saipan, XTERRA Public Address announcer Whit Raymond is in his element. As a fluid and animated speaker of the Japanese language, Raymond keeps the 100-strong Japanese contingent amused and informed throughout the day.
DIBENS, MARCEAU WIN IN GUAM:
Olivier Marceau and Julie Dibens won the pro divisions at XTERRA Guam last Saturday. Marceau finished in 2:01:49, more than three minutes ahead of runner-up Sam Gardner. Julie Dibens finished in 2:15:58, two minutes in front of Renata Bucher. Nearly the entire field from the Guam race has made their way to Saipan for an inter-island double.
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