XTERRA Saipan ChampionshipWhere: Northern Mariana Islands, MP
When: March 17, 2007
Start Time: 8am
In 2007, there will be more than 100 XTERRA races in 17 countries ... but none quite like this one!
The last five years of racing in the Western Pacific have solidified XTERRA Saipan as the “CROWN JEWEL” of the XTERRA Global Tour. The Northern Mariana Islands boast one of the planet's most spectacular natural environments and the race immerses participants in the beauty and history of Saipan. The race starts with a 1.5-kilometer swim in crystal clear waters, follows with a 30k mountain bike ride that traverses island terrain to the top of Mt. Tapotchau (the highest point on the island at 1,545 feet) and finishes with an already legendary 12k run that takes competitors past WWII relics and through secret jungles and caves. XTERRA Saipan is a qualifier for the 2007 XTERRA World Championship, awarding slots to the top finishers in each age group. It also awards points to amateur athletes racing in the XTERRA USA Championship Series.
A half-distance XTERRA Sport race, ideal for newcomers or those with a more relaxed tropical challenge in mind, features a 750-meter swim, 20k mountain bike, and 5k trail run. The championship race will be televised as a half-hour feature show in Japan, national syndication in the U.S., and local broadcast in Guam and Saipan.
Entry and Registration
XTERRA Saipan Championship and XTERRA Sport
Online Registration has Closed
Entry must be received by March 9, 2007. Onsite entries limited to availability of slots.
Must be received in writing by March 9, 2007. There is a $10 administration charge for refunds. Sorry, no refund after March 9.
XTERRA Saipan Championship: 1.5k swim, 30k mountain bike, 12k trail run (course map)
XTERRA Sport: 750-meter swim, 20k mountain bike, 5k trail run (course map)
Cut-off Times are Enforced: Competitors will be pulled from bike/run transition at 11:30am.
Individuals (classification determined by age on January 1, 2007)
Top three in each division.
US$20,000 - paid to the top 10 men and 7 women.
Pacific Islands Club Double - paid to the fastest combined XTERRA Championship and Tagaman time. The first placed man and woman will receive $500 cash prize and 7-nights accommodations at the Pacific Island Club, along with a PIC Gold Card for 2 good for*
*FREE sports, activities, rental equipment and lessons plus 3 meals daily.
What will I earn?
Age groupers, don't miss this opportunity to start your season in the tropics. Pros compete for a $20,000 prize purse. We will award our top XTERRA Saipan Championship finishers a slot at the 2007 XTERRA World Championship in Maui and points toward their regional championship.
Who can compete?
The Saipan Championship is open to all pro and amateur athletes who love the challenge of XTERRA racing.
Dibens and Noble win the Pacific Islands Club Double
With their combined times at last week's XTERRA Saipan Championship and today's Tagaman Triathlon, Julie Dibens and Andrew Noble win the PIC Double and will receive $500 in cash and seven nights at the Pacific Islands Clubincluding a Gold Card (three meals per day) for two. Dibens finished nearly 15 minutes ahead of second place finisher Jamie Whitmore with a time of 3:04:07. Noble beat out an in-form Masayuki Matsumaru of Japan with a time of 2:54:50. Both Dibens and Noble plan to defend their titles next year.
Top Men - Tagaman
Top Women - Tagaman
The Swiss Take Saipan!
An international field of adventurers and a rock solid group of pros gathered 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 Island's pristine tropical jungle.
The professionals competing in Saipan are among the best mountain bikers and triathletes on the planet. They raced 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.
A picture perfect 80 degree island day greeted the competitors this morning as they awoke to clear blue skies, light tradewinds and calm turqouise water. The smooth water made for fast swims as Great Britain's Julie Dibens was the first person to exit the swim followed by Switzerland's Olivier Marceauto, a repeat of their XTERRA Guam warm-up performances.
Marceau led the men's field from start to finish with a commanding time of 2:27:16. His victory marks his 4th victory in row at Saipan. Runner-up Sam Gardner finished roughly ten minutes behind at 2:37:04. After exiting the swim in 15th positon, Gardner reeled in the field with the fasted bike to secure second position over Aussie Andrew Noble.
Dibens led the women's race for most of the bike leg but unlike XTERRA Guam the week before could not hold off the determined Swiss, Renata Bucher. Bucher made her move and posted her Saipan three-peat with a time of 2:45:08. She was followed by Dibens at 2:48:57 and Jamie Whitmore, USA, at 2:51:24.
Top 5 Men
Top 5 Women
WHERE IS IT:
GETTING TO MAUI:
SAIPAN SPORTS FEST, MARCH 16 - MARCH 25, 2007
Come for XTERRA and stay for the Tagaman Triathlon on March 24. In between is a week-long Saipan Sports Festival that includes clinics focusing on triathlon preparation, sports nutrition, goal setting and year-round training, plus swims, rides, runs and lots of fun in the sun!
For more information contact the Marianas Visitors Authority at 1-670-664-3200 or for Tagaman registration, visit http://www.tagaman.com
XTERRA University Camp
March 14-15, 2007
Spend two days on-site with the sport's leading pros, learning the ins and outs of the Saipan course and the secrets to successful XTERRA racing. Athletes at every level will gain from the experience. Part lecture and part practical, it is a great way to prepare for race day. Click the overview tab above for details on the camp/race package.
XTERRA Trail Runs
March 16, 2007 - 5PM
XTERRA Saipan is not just for multi-sport athletes. Runners will revel in the challenges of the XTERRA Sunset Scramble Trail Run. The 5K is perfect for families, while the 10K is for the more serious runner.
March 17, 2007
The XTERRA Sport race packs all the thrills of an XTERRA into half the distance. The 750-meter swim, 20K mountain bike and 5K trail run is perfect for first-timers or for those seeking a less-demanding XTERRA challenge.
XTERRA Kids Bike Race
March 17, 2007 - 9AM
The free Kid's Bike Race will give local and visiting youngsters alike the opportunity to compete like their parents in a positive and fun environment. Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy this unique island mini-course where everyone's a winner.
Pacific Islands Club Double
For true endurance junkies, the Double is a contest combining the 2007 XTERRA Saipan Championship and the 2007 Tagaman Triathlon. It awards the male and female with the fastest combined XTERRA and Tagaman times with seven free nights accommodation and complimentary gold card (includes Free Sports, Activities, Rental Equipment and Lessons plus 3 meals daily). Team Unlimited will also award a $500 cash prize.
March 24, 2007
The course begins in the crystal clear waters at the Pacific Islands Club and transitions to one of the world's most beautiful bike courses. Cyclists will cover the entire island, including stunning views of Suicide cliff, Bird Island and the challenging hill climbs nearby. After returning to majestic Micro Beach for transition number two, racers enjoy a flat, fun course along the western lagoon and through historical American Memorial Park. Top male and female finishers receive a return airfare for 2006 on Continental Airlines. Cash prizes for the top six males and females in the open division, with unique Tagastone trophies to age group winners.
March 25, 2007
The Tagakids race will be held in a flat area with one small hill climb. It goes through the southern-most island villages and back to the Pacific Islands Club. Handcrafted Tagastone trophies go to the age group winners. All participants receive a T-shirt. For more information:
Wednesday, March 14th
9am-5pm - XTERRA University Camp - Day 1
Thursday, March 14th
9am-5pm - XTERRA University Camp - Day 2
Friday, March 16th
1pm-5pm - XTERRA and Trail Run registration and packet pick-up at Micro Beach
Saturday, March 17th
6:30-8am - XTERRA registration and packet pick-up at Micro Beach
Sunday, March 18th
1pm - Post Race BBQ at Ladder Beach
Monday, March 19th
12pm - Tank 2 Tank Swim (meet at A.J.’s Restaurant)
Tuesday March 20th
Paintball Wars at Middle Road
Wednesday, March 21st
11:45am – Tank 2 Tank Swim (meet at A.J.’s Restaurant)
Thursday, March 22nd
1pm – Best Ball Golf Tournament - Lau Lau Golf Resort
Friday, March 23rd
11:45am - Tank 2 Tank Swim (meet at A.J.’s Restaurant)
Saturday, March 24
3-5am – Tagaman Registration at PIC
Sunday, March 25th
6:30am – TagaKids Triathlon (south parking lot of PIC)
*Event schedule is subject to change. As of 1/31/07
Note that reservations for the Pacific Islands Club should be early to receive the XTERRA rate of $85 / night plus tax. Check the travel tab for details.
Why Race in Saipan?
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' 176 square miles of terrain sits nestled in the Western South Pacific where the average temperature is 84 degrees. The scenery is spectacular. Ocean temperatures average 82 degrees. Tropical showers and cool trade winds make for nearly perfect conditions, whether you are racing or enjoying some of the many outdoor adventures found only in Saipan. Find out more at http://www.mymarianas.com
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XTERRA Saipan has finished. Switzerland's Olivier Marceau and Renata Bucher win.View Complete Results
A photo gallery by Rich Cruse is available from the 2007 XTERRA Saipan Race.
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