Patrick Smyth

Smyth, Mattox win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship

(Kaaawa, HI) – Patrick Smyth from Santa Fe, New Mexico and Kimber Mattox from Eugene, Oregon both successfully defended their titles to capture the 8th annual Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship half-marathon on a gorgeous day at Kualoa Ranch in Kaaawa, Hawaii on the Island of Oahu.

It’s the third title in as many years for Smyth “the fastest man on dirt” who is also a two-time XTERRA USA Champion and has won back-to-back U.S. Trail Half-Marathon titles as well.

“That was a lot of fun,” said Smyth, who took the lead early and never let up.  His winning time of 1:20:16 was four minutes slower than his winning time last year, but still two-minutes faster than runner-up Daniel Jones, the XTERRA New Zealand National Champ.

“The first bit at the start is good running, even though its uphill, because it has good footing and it’s double track and you can kind of get rolling,” said Smyth, who’s on the U.S Mountain Running team and the Nike trail team.  “I just tried to go out hard and put the hurt on early and then hold on and hope I didn’t overcook it.  It’s nice to have the lead, especially on the back side.  When it got muddy I was able to enjoy it, get down in one piece, and look around and enjoy it rather than stress.  That downhill is nuts, you just have to go head first and kind of squish down.  That was a lot of fun.”

Smyth won’t have long on the islands to enjoy his three-peat as he heads back to New Mexico and his full-time job in computer mapping tonight so he can be back in the office tomorrow.

“I have good coworkers that are really understanding. They’ve been good about letting me get out and go for it. And, we’re a conservation organization so to be able to come to amazing places like this that are the pinnacle of conservation efforts is really pretty cool.  It was nice also to have my girlfriend Liz come out this time, way better to enjoy Hawaii with her.”

Smyth now turns his attention back to the road with a build-up to the Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles, California in February.

As for Jones, he knew what he was up against running with Smyth, and said he was “beyond stoked” to cross the line in second.

“I raced Pat’s teammate in Brazil a few weeks ago and so I knew Patrick would be the one to beat, especially when he took it out at the start.  He was next level compared to the rest of us, and it was a good experience to race against him.” said Jones, who comes from the same home town, Whakatane, of this year’s 15-19 XTERRA World Champion triathlete Hayden Wilde and other well-known multisport racers like Sam Clark.

“It was an awesome course, a bit of everything.  The views going around the course were incredible.  By the time we got to the muddy downhill I was really in my element.  I was battling it out for second for the first 4 or 5K on the single track, and at one point at about 9K I had 45-seconds to one-minute and felt strong so I pushed it hard on the back half.”

Jones, who graduated with an MBA in finance from Sam Houston State University in Texas in May, will get to work on his career as a financial analysis for PWC in Wellington, New Zealand this February.

“I’d still like to race some, though, and the XTERRA Wellington Trail Series will be a great place to start.”

Alex Pilcher from Derby, Great Britain finished in third in 1:28:30, six-minutes behind Jones.

“Great course, really undulating and the second half was tough, and really steep,” said Pilcher, who’s been traveling around the U.S. on a bit of a running vacation with his cousin. “It was my first time in Hawaii, and I can tell you this is a really beautiful island.  But the heat and humidity is just brutal.”

Florian Neuschwander from Germany and Niam Macdonald from New Zealand finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in 1:29:31 and 1:34:19.  As proof of the international status of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, runners from six different countries landed in the top 10.

Kimber Mattox

 

MATTOX WINS AGAIN

In the women’s race Mattox pretended she was a dinosaur from the Jurassic era running wild through the jungles to propel herself to another XTERRA World Title.

“Last year I imagined I was being chased by dinosaurs, but this year I got some advice to pretend I was the dinosaur, so I did,” smiled Mattox.  “It was like Polina (Carlson) and I were the girl dinosaurs trying to chase down the boy dinosaurs in front of us.”

Mattox indeed had company early as the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Champ Polina Carlson ran nearly stride-for-stride with Mattox through the first 10 miles.

“We stayed together for the first 10-miles and then she got away at the hardest part of the course, the big uphill,” said Carlson.  “I tried to stay with her but she’s amazing and has a lot of power and then I tried to catch her but she was too quick.”

Mattox, who like Smyth is a member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team and placed 6th this year to help Team USA to a bronze medal, said she had to remind herself to just keep moving forward.

“Anytime you have to start walking, you’re wondering ‘how is it you’re racing and walking,’ but in a tough race like this as long as you keep moving forward that’s the goal,” said Mattox.  “It was tough.  Polina and I were pretty much together the whole race until that last uphill.  We were both struggling, but I had a little more in my legs and got a bit of a lead.  Once you get to the top from there to the end it’s all about who can stay on their feet and keep moving forward.”

Mattox finished with a winning time of 1:36:44, nearly four-minutes ahead of Carlson who placed second in 1:40:24.

“It was a lot muddier but amazingly I only fell one time this year. The climbs are tough but I love how you pop out and you’re looking over the ocean.  It gives you a little reward at the top of each hill.  It was fun to be out there with Polina too.  I felt like I was working with her and that was really fun, a really great experience.  I was also thinking about Christmas, and that when I got to that line it was Christmas vacation for me,” said the USATF Trail Half Champion.

For Carlson, she said that even though she finished second it was still her most enjoyable race.

“It was such an amazing event, so much fun.  Trail running, especially out here, is so unpredictable and it was extremely muddy which was the most challenging part for me.  I crashed at least 15 times, can’t you tell,” smiled Carlson, as she looked down at her mud-covered body.

Coming in third was Penelope Freedman of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in 1:47:18.

“I loved it.  I’ve been training so hard but nothing could compare me for the heat and the humidity and the mud which was out of this world but I just absolutely loved it,” said Freedman.  “I loved the friendliness of all the people, it’s just been the most incredible experience.  It’s been my dream to come here so I’m just elated right now.  I was prepared for the climb, but it was funny, when the guy said watch your step I fell down, like in the movie.  I just had the attitude to slide down, get down. I’ve followed Kimber and Polina online so to be able to meet them and run with them was really very cool.”

Reegan Ellis from Newport, Australia finished fourth, just edging Ashley Jensen from Boston who rounded out the top five.

MALE
Place Name Time Hometown Prize
1 Patrick Smyth 1:20:16 Sante Fe, New Mexico $2,000
2 Daniel Jones 1:22:20 Whakatane, New Zealand $1,000
3 Alex Pilcher 1:28:30 Derby, Great Britain $750
4 Florian Neuschwander 1:29:31 Frankfurt, Germany $500
5 Niam Macdonald 1:34:19 Feilding, New Zealand $300
6 Kenneth Stover 1:35:09 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii $250
7 Andreas Sembrant 1:35:53 Uppsala, Sweden $200
FEMALE
Place Name Time Hometown Prize
1 Kimber Mattox 1:36:44 Eugene, Oregon $2,000
2 Polina Carlson 1:40:24 Kailua, Hawaii $1,000
3 Penelope Freedman 1:47:18 Steamboat Springs, CO $750
4 Reegan Ellis 1:49:56 Newport, Australia $500
5 Ashley Jensen 1:50:27 Boston, Massachussetts $300
6 Dulia Daly 1:52:34 Napier, New Zealand $250
7 Kasuga Watabe 1:53:16 Kanagawa, Japan $200

   

Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship

AGE DIVISION WORLD CHAMPIONS

The 2015 class of XTERRA Trail Run World Champions features 28 men and women from six different countries and 10 U.S. states.

Standing out among them was Hawaii’s own Ed Bugarin, who won his fourth XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.  Bugarin won his first world title in the 55-59 division in 2009, he won two in the 60-64 division, and now he’s got his first in the 65-69 age category.

Wilhelm Northrop picked up his third title in the 45-49 division, and Nancy Andrade (Kapaa), Ellis Andrews (Penticton, Canada), Dan Walker (Haleiwa, HI) Kasuga Watabe (Kanagawa, Japan), and Christian Friis (Malmo, Denmark) all collected their second world championship crowns.

One of the more remarkable performances came from the 12-year-old Watabe, who not only won the 10-14 division in 1:3:16, she also finished seventh overall among all women.

Also of note, Hawaii Sport Magazine founder/editor Christian Friis is back in Hawaii and ran XTERRA Trail Run Worlds for the eight straight time.

Above all, Kualoa Ranch was once again the star of the show, providing trails and views that are one-of-a-kind.

MALE      
Division Name Hometown Time
1-9 Dallas Stricker Hattiesburg, Mississippi 2:41:51
10-14 Daniel Kirkland Gilbert, Arizona 2:37:52
15-19 Niam Macdonald Feilding, New Zealand 1:34:19
20-24 Colton Barber Waipahu, Hawaii 1:46:08
25-29 (3) Patrick Smyth* Santa Fe, New Mexico 1:20:16
30-34 Alex Pilcher Derby, Great Britain 1:28:30
35-39 Sergio Florian Kaaawa, Hawaii 1:42:54
40-44 (2) Christian Friis Malmo, Denmark 1:45:41
45-49 (3) Wilhelm Northrop Boise, Idaho 1:47:10
50-54 Kawika Carlson Honolulu, Hawaii 1:48:05
55-59 Todd Marohnic Volano, Hawaii 1:57:22
60-64 Len Hall Enfield, New England 2:07:59
65-69 (4) Ed Bugarin Honolulu, Hawaii 2:27:11
70-74 (2) Ellis Andrews Penticton, Canada 2:17:25
75-79 (2) Dan Walker Haleiwa, Hawaii 5:02:10
PC Michael Stoddard Wahiawa, Hawaii 2:48:34
FEMALE      
Division Name Hometown Time
1-9 Abigail Osness Long Beach, Mississippi 3:30:45
10-14 (2) Kasuga Watabe Kanagawa, Japan 1:53:16
15-19 Brianna Glynn Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 3:29:59
20-24 Kelly Wolf Mesa, Arizona 2:00:19
25-29 (2) Kimber Mattox* Eugene, Oregon 1:36:44
30-34 Penelope Freedman Steamboat Springs, CO 1:47:18
35-39 Reegan Ellis Newport, Australia 1:49:56
40-44 Tina-Marie Poulin South Portland, Maine 2:08:58
45-49 Jane Hewett Juliaetta, Idaho 2:07:19
50-54 Amy Vasquez Honolulu, Hawaii 2:12:03
55-59 Andina Faragher Canberra, Australia 2:15:25
60-64 Diane Kelly Wilmington, North Carolina 4:03:47
65-69 (2) Nancy Andrade Kapaa, Hawaii 3:17:41

(#) Denotes number of XTERRA World Titles
*Overall Champs

5/10KM WINNERS

In addition to the 21K championship course, there were also 10K and 5K races staged at Kualoa Ranch on Sunday.

Nathan Carlson (husband to Polina) from Kailua won the 10K race in 36:11 and Phaelen French from Warner Robins, Georgia was the women’s winner (5th overall) in 44:58.

Kevin Enriques from Honolulu placed first in the 5K for the third year in a row with a time of 20:27, while Laura Simons from Kailua was the top female in 26:17.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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Amateur Men World Champs Spotlight

In the last few weeks we’ve heard from the amateur women who won XTERRA World titles in Maui last month … here we share our QnA with some of the amateur men’s champs:

Hayden Wilde, 15-19, from Whakatane, New Zealand (pictured above at right)

The 18-year-old from New Zealand turned in a blistering run to catch last year’s 15-19 World Champ Max Chane in the late stages of the race to win his division and finish 31st overall.

“This was my first time in Maui and just my second-ever XTERRA race so I really had no clue what I was up against. All I knew was that if they were racing in Maui, they must be fast.”

XT:  What did you think of the field?
HW: This was the first time I ever raced people on the world stage at my age, and it was awesome. I had no exceptions in this race, I just wanted to finish and do my best.

XT:  What did you think about the swim course?
HW:  Kiwis love to surf the waves so I really wanted big waves on race day, but being my first ocean swim it was a very cool experience just the way it was.  I’ve only been swimming for 4 months so to come out top 20 I was very happy.

XT: Who was your inspiration out there?
HW: My inspiration was the people back home in Whakatane as they helped me from the start to get to Maui and I didn’t want to let them down. Also my family, I really wanted to do them proud. By doing well at Worlds I was really chuffed.

XT: How’d you celebrate?
HW: I rang all my friends and family at home telling them the news, then went back to the hotel and just relaxed. Now I’m planning on coming back to defend my title and can’t wait to race the boys again as its awesome to be racing the best in the world.

Martin Flinta, 40-44, from Molndal, Sweden

The 42-year-old electrical engineer has known nothing but success in Maui.  In his first-attempt two years ago he won the amateur Double title (fastest Ironman and XTERRA World Champ times) and the last two years he’s captured the 40-44 crown.

XT: When did you take the lead?
MF: I was in the lead from middle of the bike then a guy pass me just before the nice part with single tracks. Then I pass him on the run after 3 miles, just before it started to go downhill.

XT:  Did you know who your main competition would be?
MF: I only know my countryman and sometimes teammate Jari Palonen. He finish 2nd at XTERRA Sweden two minutes after me and 3rd this year, but this time almost 10 minutes behind me. The course is harder on Maui and has more competitors!

XT: How cool was it to race against people from all over the world who were in your age group?
MF: It’s always very cool and it makes it feel like a real world championship, as it is

XT: When did you have to really dig deep?
MF: The middle uphill is always hard. I pushed hard to pass so many as possibly when it was wider there

XT: Who or what was your inspiration?
MF: The nature, at just have a chance to be out there is a privilege

XT: Coolest thing that happened on race day?
MF: I got a Swedish flag on the finish line from a friends little child and finished top 3 of all non PRO

XT: Are you planning on coming back to defend your crown next year?
MF: Yes, I think so. Is not only about the race. Is about the island of Maui and the week there is always awesome!

XT: What do you do when you’re not racing XTERRA?
MF: My main sport is Adventure Racing, I am the captain of the World Champion team Thule Adventure. We do team races all around the World. Follow us on www.thuleadventureteam.com. On the team is also the 3-time XTERRA European Tour Champion Helena Erbenova.

Benoit Lalevee, 50-54, from Saint Nazaire, France

2015 was a banner year for Benoit, a channel manager for schneider Electric in France.  In a span of five weeks he won both the 50-54 ITU Cross Triathlon and XTERRA World Championship titles.

“I took the lead (but without knowing it) in the early part of the bike. Accelerations to overtake competitors and the heat put me in overheating mode and I had to manage the speed of progression. I quickly overtook my friend Nath and we did a big part of the bike part together. Arriving in the bike park, I saw I was in the 1st place as the complete row of my age group was empty,” said Lalevee, who has races XTERRA for four years and won the 45-49 division in Maui in 2012.

“I continued to manage during the trail to avoid problems and stop. Just before mile six, in the last climb, my friend Nath came back from the rear and overtook me, it was not possible for me to speed up. I was so tired when I passed the finish line that I forgot to savor the moment but was happy to see my friends Nath and Yannick arrived one minute before.”

Bruce Wacker, 65-69, from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

“This was the strangest Worlds yet for me,” explained Mr. Wacker, owner of three XTERRA World Championships now.

“About two months ago I went on a drastic low carb diet and ended up losing muscle mass and 25% power on a measured ride since December of last year. I was also having little cramps all the time, asleep, awake, regardless of activity or lack thereof. I was told it would level out in 2 to 6 weeks. Then I looked further and the limit went out to two years. Two weeks before XWC I went back to my old diet but was so discouraged that I almost didn’t go.

I knew David Rakita would be there and I have raced him for years and never won. He beat me by about 1:30 last year. Another friend from Kona, Gerd Weber is a much stronger road cyclist and just did Ironman Kona, but I had no idea of his mountain biking/trail running. Then there’s the random unknown foreigner that could come out of nowhere. So I figured I was a solid 3rd without surprises, but not expecting a podium finish.

I can never keep track of my competition. I had a good swim and it turns out was second out of the water and ahead of Rakita, but didn’t know it. I saw one or two calves with my category number go by me on the bike, but was paying more attention to the trail. I walked a lot of hills, but am pretty fast on the downhills and passed a lot of people, but some of them repassed on the uphills. At the end of the bike I had no idea where competition was until I came into transition.

Entering transition my mind was blown and for a split second I thought the race was already over or I’d morphed to another planet. There were no bikes on the racks around mine! I’ve never seen that before! Even if it was unreal I figured I’d better keep on until somebody or something stopped me. By the time I had my running gear on Rakita had showed up and we left transition together.

A word about the beginning of the run: The first year I won at Kapalua it was because the run is very similar to where I used to train on Pikes Peak, an unrelenting climb that is like a tough old friend. I haven’t lived in Colorado for 4 years, but starting the run this year I felt that same familiarity because it was so hot, just like my favorite training run along the beach at Kona!

So, I started the run just a few feet ahead of Rakita and just hammered up the hills as is my habit. I didn’t even try to look back for a while and never did see him. My big worry was the downhills because I’d felt a little cramping at the end of the bike and knew I could seize up if I pounded down the run too hard. I tripped once and both hamstring and quad spasmed a little. After that I favored my right leg on all the downhill features. As usual a bunch of people passed me on the downhills, but I never saw Rakita and ended up gaining 13 minutes on the run for a solid win and a big pleasant surprise!”

XTERRA USA Championship

RVA, Vegas, U.S. & Pan Am Tour FAQs

The December 2, 2015 announcement of the new XTERRA Pan America Tour created a lot of excitement, and a lot of questions.  We’ll try to set the record straight in this first set of “Frequently Asked Questions” …

Question: Does the Pan Am Tour replace the America Tour?

Answer:  No, the XTERRA America Tour is still on with more than 50 races confirmed for 2016 and more to be added.  There is also a new XTERRA Pan American Tour with 10 races that amateurs from around the world can take part in.  Two different series, two sets of rules.  Both can be found in this PDF: http://www.xterraplanet.com/uploadedfiles/XAT_RULES.pdf.

Q: Will this new structure hurt the local XTERRA Points Series?

A: No.  The XTERRA America Tour is designed to support local races.  We do this by requiring you to compete in at least one event in your region.  We require you to count 2 in region.  Your best 4 scores count and if you win your regional championship you qualify for Maui.  That opens doors for racers who aren’t the fastest, but are into the sport and want to race.

Q: How can you let Richmond go, it’s one of the oldest and most popular races?

A: The Richmond race is one of the all-time greats, no doubt.  It’s at our roots, and is our longest-running race outside of Maui at 17 years.  We helped start and establish those trails.  Some of our best friends in life are there.  Trust us, it hurts.  Without a destination sponsor to offset the production and marketing cost we can’t continue.  We are forever grateful for the support of Salary Shield and Luck Stone which kept RVA alive over the last several years.  We’re open to support for next year and the future, and are also exploring opportunities with other organizations to produce that event.  Until then, heed the advice of Dr. Seuss … “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Q: WTH? XTERRA isn’t XTERRA without Richmond!

A: We hear ya.  But would add that XTERRA is a lifestyle, a spirit.  And, there is nothing stopping you from riding those sweet trails in Richmond whenever you want.  The James River Park System is expertly managed and well kept year-round.

Q: Have the costs of hosting events at Brown’s Island gone up significantly and made it cost prohibitive? Perhaps there are too many other events happening at the venue for XTERRA to get the date they wanted?

A: There is some truth to the first part.  It’s expensive to rent and operate on Brown’s Island.  And there are all sorts of logistic problems to try and stage the event at another RVA spot and use the same trails.  We’ve considered, reviewed, evaluated, and kicked dirt around at numerous alternative spots with no success.  As for the second part of question, getting the date wasn’t a problem.

Q: So, now with Richmond and Vegas out, will they offer more Maui slots at each regional event?

A: We now have more qualifying spots and opportunities available for Americans than ever before.  There are 51 Maui Qualifying spots available at XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, XTERRA Beaver Creek in Avon, CO, and the XTERRA Pan American/USA Championship in Ogden, Utah.  New this year, we have 208 qualifying spots available to every regional champion – man and woman ages 15-19 thru 75+ in all eight regions.

Q: I assume the Vegas event just wasn’t big enough?

A: We raced in Vegas for seven years and while participation numbers were fairly steady, we were not able to secure a destination partner and registration fees do not cover the cost of operation.

Q: In theory, Richmond and/or Vegas could come back if a promoter wants to take it over, right? It just won’t be a regional championship?

A: In theory, yes, and we’re actually working on that now and hope it will happen.

Q: For AG athletes who may not be traveling to the Pan Am events are there “replacement” events for Richmond and Vegas in the same regions that are in the works (particularly in the North East)?

A:  No, but we’re always reviewing and considering destinations interested in joining the XTERRA Tour.  And as a side note for Americans in the Northeast looking at other race opportunities to secure a Maui spot, try Quebec or Ontario, eh.

Q: Why can’t you make an existing XPS race into a championship race for each region?

A: We have actually tried this in the past.  In 2009 we created the Cup Series with this format and it just didn’t work out for the athletes or the organizers.

Q: Do I have to race outside the U.S.?

A: No, the America Tour still exists.  Read rules doc here: http://www.xterraplanet.com/uploadedfiles/XAT_RULES.pdf

Q: Did you just make it harder for Americans to get to Maui?

A: No, there are more qualifying spots and opportunities available for Americans than ever before.  There are 51 Maui Qualifying spots available at XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, XTERRA Beaver Creek in Avon, CO, and the XTERRA Pan American/USA Championship in Ogden, Utah.  New this year, we have 208 qualifying spots available to every regional champion – man and woman ages 15-19 thru 75+ in all eight regions.

Q: How do I qualify for Utah?

A: You don’t need to.  No qualification necessary. All countries welcome.

Q: What happens if I win in Utah?

A: If you’re an American, you’ll be both the XTERRA USA and XTERRA Pan American Champion.  You’ll also be the USA Champion if you’re the top American in your division.  This is how it works at our European and Asia-Pacific Championship races as well.

Q: I have a question about qualifying for Worlds. I see that the Regional Champs can get a slot but are there still slots for Worlds available at the U.S. Pan Am Tour races? And how many for each age group?

A: There are 51 Maui Qualifying spots available at XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, XTERRA Beaver Creek in Avon, CO, and the XTERRA Pan American/USA Championship in Ogden, Utah.  Here’s the breakdown on the 51 spots available in Alabama, Colorado, and Utah…

Division Men Women Total
15-19 1 1 2
20-24 2 2 4
25-29 2 2 4
30-34 3 2 5
35-39 3 2 5
40-44 3 2 5
45-49 3 2 5
50-54 3 2 5
55-59 2 2 4
60-64 2 2 4
65-69 2 2 4
70-74 1 1 2
75+ 1 1 2
Total 28 22 51

 

Q: Do amateurs need to do at least two gold events?  …Pelham and Beaver Creek, or maybe Dominican Republic race for us South Floridians. The downside is they are turning their back on regional races.

A: Neither the Pan Am or America Tour requires amateurs to race in two gold events.  It is required in the Pan Am Series to race any 2 of the 10 to be eligible for Pan Am Tour honors.  It is required in the America Tour to race in at least one event in your region to be eligible for regional honors.

Q: Best 4 (2 Gold & 2 Silver) Pan Am Events count for points? Not many Age Groupers have the budget/time to compete in that. Will these Pan AM Tour Races in the states (Pelham & Beaver Creek) at least still count for XPS Points like they have in the past?

A: Yes. Amateurs competing in the XTERRA Pan American Tour count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) from the first nine events PLUS whatever they get, or don’t get, at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race which will be scored at the 100-point level.  Five Scores Total.  Thus, the final point total combines an athletes best two Gold scores, best two Silver scores, plus their XTERRA Pan American Championship race points.

We agree and understand that not many amateurs have the budget/time to do five races, but some do and will have a blast at it.  And, we hope by the time the Pan Am Championship race happens there are several amateur divisions that are close enough in points that it will come down to that race, a bona-fide playoff.

Yes to last part of the question, Pelham and Beaver Creek count at 100-point level in America Tour like they have in the past, and if you do both, just your highest score counts at 100pt level.  The other would count at 75-point level.

Q: One question I see is it says “If you race at both Alabama and Colorado 100-point XPAS races, only your best finish counts at 100 points – any other finishes earn points at the same rate as XTERRA Point Series (XPS) events.” … Does that mean that if you do both events only 1 of them will count as Gold Races?  Meaning that someone has to go out of the United States to have 2 Gold Event points to be considered a Regional Champ?

A: No, you don’t have to leave the country to be a regional champ.  This question actually refers to two different series, the America Tour and the Pan America Tour.  To be a regional champ (America Tour) you MUST do one race in your region.  You must count 2 races in your region.  You can count your best four scores.  If you do both Alabama and Colorado championship events you can only count one at 100-point level.  The other will revert to 75-point level.

For the Pan America Tour, amateur’s count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) from the first nine events PLUS whatever they get, or don’t get, at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race which will be scored at the 100-point level.  Five Scores Total.  Thus, the final point total combines an athletes best two Gold scores, best two Silver scores, plus their XTERRA Pan American Championship race points.  However, amateurs need only race in any 2 of the 10 Pan Am events to be eligible for Pan Am Tour honors.

Q: Isn’t it expensive to travel to all these Pan American Tour stops?

A: Well, travel costs vary depending on airport, dates, etc…but do some searches before you give up. As an example, from Miami you can fly to Guadalajara cheaper than to Las Vegas.

What’s your question?  Email info@xterraplanet.com.

XTERRA Greece

XTERRA Greece Moves to Athenian Riviera

After three successful years at Lake Plastira, the XTERRA Greece Championship is changing locations and moving to the Athenian Riviera and the Municipality of Vouliagmeni.

The swim is taking place at the magnificent gulf of Vouliagmeni, the area that hosted the triathlon venue during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. During the bike & run course athletes will enjoy amazing views of the Saronic Gulf and the marvelous surroundings of the picturesque peninsula.

A few kilometers outside of Athens, participants will find a place where the urban landscape gives way to a unique seaside resort. The Municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni at the South suburbs of the city, with its photogenic stretch of mountains, rocky coves, mineral lakes, seaside resorts and sandy beaches with blue-flag certified clean waters, is the jewel of the Athenian Riviera.

“Combined with an ideal climate, it makes you feel as if you are on an endless summer holiday,” said race director Konstantinos Koumargialis.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the XTERRA Tribe in Athens for the 4th edition of the XTERRA Greece Championship.”

Registrations are open now at www.xterragreece.com.
Watch promo video here: https://youtu.be/NbC0fjzf7vQ

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Cal Z Joins Exclusive Club with 6

Canadian XTERRA legend, exercise physiologist and owner of CriticalSpeed.com Endurance Coaching Business in Calgary, Alberta, Calvin Zaryski, is racing as fast now at 47-years-old as he did when he was 37-years-old and has six World Titles to show for it.

He becomes just the eight amateur racer to win more than 5 world titles in XTERRA’s 20 years, joining Ed Fattoumy (PC Division), Peter Wood (9), Wendy Minor (8), Tom Lyons (7), and Kent Robison, Barbara Peterson, and Cindi Toepel with six.

“My first XTERRA Worlds was back in 2004. I have done 10 World XTERRA Championships and have placed top 3 in every one unless a mechanical bike mishap occurred,” said Zaryski, who was the fastest North American amateur finisher this year.

XT: When did you take the lead?
CZ:
I was third in my AG off the bike and knew I had to run fast and suffer more than ever. Within the first mile I caught number 2 and was happy to see that my legs and lungs were working well. I kept pushing hard on all the climbs, making sure I took my honey stinger gels and drank water. At about mile 3, near the final push to the top and half way into the run, I caught the number 1. He was walking with a camera man recording the melt down. After passing him, I knew I was not going to get caught but wanted to see what I had left in me…  I ran the 4th fastest amateur run split and 17th fastest overall.

Racing is like creating a piece of art. It represents you and your soul. Often only you truly knows how much effort has gone into the final outcome. I always want to feel proud of my art work and effort.

XT: Did you know who your main competition would be? 
CZ:
I thought Tom Evans, fellow Canadian who won the age group last year, was competing. He did not race. But I knew France would be strong. There is always a dark horse at Worlds. And like last year, when I was 30 seconds from the lead on the bike, anything can happen. I had a catastrophic mechanical that forced me to run 5 miles with my bike, then another 6 miles to the finish line.

XT: What is it about you and this race?
CZ:
I love racing internationally. The stakes are so high and there are so many unknowns. With such a deep field and international representation, you can honestly be proud that you are a World Champion in your age group. All you can do is prepare the best you can and execute on race day. Mother Nature tends to always have the last say regardless.

XT: When did you have to really dig deep?
CZ:
I had to dig deep on all bike climbs and the entire run. I rode strong but conservative on the bike as I did not want a repeat of last year when I had a mechanical. I needed to get to the run without a mishap or lost time. The cautious descending and technical section put more importance on riding the ups hard but not too hard that I overheated or had nothing left on the run. I seem to be able to regulate my effort well in Maui to ensure a solid run.

XT: Who or what was your inspiration?
CZ:
A good friend of mine, multiple World XTERRA AG Champion, Beverly Watson who is battling stage 4 Cancer, was one of my main inspirations. In general I raced this year for those close friends and family who are experiencing hardship and struggle.

XT: How did you celebrate?
CZ: I went Zip Lining in Kapalua and ate lots of chocolate chip cookies! Also had an amazing dinner at Dukes!

XTERRA Trail Run Worlds

Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Worlds This Sunday

The 8th annual Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship returns to Kualoa Ranch on Sunday, Dec. 6, with one of the most scenic half-marathon trail races on the planet.

The course itself is pure nature – secluded singletrack trails and dirt roads framed by a pair of dramatic knife-edged mountain ridges that drop into the ocean.  More than one thousand runners from nearly every state in the U.S. and dozens of countries have traveled to Oahu for the challenge.

“Kualoa Ranch never ceases to inspire me even though I have been there upwards of 20 times,” said Laurel Dudley, a Vermont-native who has made quite a name for herself in the Hawaii endurance sports scene over the last decade.

“There is something about it that is truly magical. Trail Run Worlds allows you to run through both valleys which is a little tortuous but also really beautiful.”

Kualoa Ranch has been used as a backdrop for numerous television and movie scenes, including Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, LOST and Hawaii Five-O.

“XTERRA Trail Worlds at Kualoa Ranch is one of my favorite running events of the year,” said local runner Sergio Florian, who is originally from Argentina but now lives right down the road in Kaaawa.

“Not only is the scenery stunning, the course is super fun throwing a little bit of everything at you. The terrain varies from open grassy cow pastures to single track with lots of climbing to boot. It’s definitely not your average half marathon.”

In addition to the main event which dishes out $10,000 in prize money and attracts big name runners like Patrick Smyth and Kimber Mattox, there are also 5km and 10km fun runs, an adventure walk that explores the movie sets in the valley, and free kids races.

Having the rare opportunity to run in one of Hawaii’s most pristine landscapes should be reason enough to jump into this event, but for runners looking for even more incentive, need only heed the advice of Florian and Dudley.

“It really is a fun activity for the whole family and offers a little something for everyone,” said Florian. “You can go hardcore and attack the 21k course or just do a mellow 5k taking in all the beauty around you. Kids are also welcomed! They have games and a kid’s race! Great way to introduce them to a healthy/active lifestyle.”

For Dudley, it’s all about the spirit, she said “training for and doing an XTERRA run is hugely motivating. It’s harder than a normal road race, but it is so much more fun! The best aspect of it is that regardless of how fast or slow you are, or whether it’s your first race or your 100th,  the spirit of the race casts no judgement and instills you with a sense of gratitude for being able to be outside and active in a beautiful place.”

While online registration is closed, runners and walkers can still sign-up on Saturday in Waikiki (at the Waikiki Beach Walk from 9am-to-5pm) or Sunday from 7-8am before the race at the ranch.

Learn more at http://www.xterrakualoa.com or call toll-free to 877-XTERRA-1.

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Introducing the New XTERRA Pan American Tour

XTERRA Pan Am Tour(Honolulu, HI) – TEAM Unlimited, owners and producers of the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon World Tour, today announced the formation of the XTERRA Pan American Tour which connects the sport’s major events in South, Central, and North America as well as the Caribbean.

The inaugural 10-stop series for both amateur and professional athletes starts March 20th at XTERRA Costa Rica and concludes September 17 with the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Ogden, Utah.  In between are two majors in the U.S., two in Canada, and one each in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

2016 XTERRA PAN AMERICAN TOUR

20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Playa Reserva Conchal) *SILVER
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina (Dique Ullum, San Juan) *GOLD
7-May XTERRA Brazil (Ilhabela) *SILVER
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain (Pelham, AL, USA) *GOLD
25-Jun XTERRA Mine Over Matter (Milton, ON, CAN) *SILVER
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria (B.C., CAN) *SILVER
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek (Avon, CO, USA) *GOLD
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic (Barahona) *GOLD
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Tapalpa) *GOLD
17-Sep XTERRA Pan American Championship (Ogden, UT, USA)

“We’re evolving,” explained XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas.  “While our roots are here in Hawaii, our sport is truly international. Creating the Pan American Series aligns our events in the Americas with our structure in Europe and Asia-Pacific regions, and provides a platform for our Canadian, Latin & South American friends to be part of a competitive regional series of events.”

The XTERRA Pan American Tour will feature Gold and Silver level events, just like the XTERRA European Tour, where Gold events award points on a 100-point basis and Silver races award points on a 75-point basis.

GOLD POINTS: 100-Point Basis

1=100, 2=90, 3=82, 4=75, 5=69, 6=63. 7=58, 8=53, 9=49, 10=45, 11=41, 12=37, 13=34, 14=31, 15=28

SILVER POINTS: 75-Point Basis 

1=75, 2=67, 3=61, 4=56, 5=51, 6=47, 7=43, 8=39, 9=36, 10=33, 11=30, 12=27, 13=25, 14=23, 15=21

Gold events offer the equivalent of $15,000 USD in elite prize money to the top seven men and women, plus 50 spots into the XTERRA World Championship for amateurs.

Silver races offer the equivalent of $7,500 USD in elite prize money to the top five men and women, plus at least 25 spots into the XTERRA World Championship for amateurs (the exception is XTERRA Brazil, which offers 50 spots to Worlds).

The XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Utah will offer $20,000 USD for the race and distribute an additional $60,000 USD in prize money to the top 10 men and women in the final XTERRA Pan American Pro Series rankings.

“I think it could really re-energize some of the pros that might be stale with the same races and open up to some other pro athletes to be competitive, especially in Mexico, Canada, Central and South America,” said XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh.

Elites and amateurs competing in the XTERRA Pan American Tour count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) from the first nine events plus whatever they get, or don’t get, at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race which will be scored at the 100-point level.  Five Scores Total.

Thus, the final point total combines an athletes best two Gold scores, best two Silver scores, plus their XTERRA Pan American Championship race points.

Athletes can race in as many of the five Gold events as they like, but just their best two will count at the 100-point level, with other Gold finishes counting at the 75-point level.

Example:  Athlete A finishes 1st at XTERRA Argentina, 3rd at XTERRA Brazil, 5th at XTERRA Oak Mountain, 2nd at XTERRA Mexico, and 6th at the XTERRA Pan American Championship.  Athlete A will count his best two Gold scores, Argentina = 100 and Mexico = 90. His Gold score from Oak Mountain will convert to Silver/75-point level points = 51. He gets 61 for Brazil, and 63 for Pan Am Champs. 365 points.

Amateur athletes need to race at least two (any two) XTERRA Pan American Tour majors listed in schedule above to be eligible for Tour honors at the end of the season.  Athletes from all nations are welcome to race in the one-day XTERRA Pan American Championship race as no qualification is necessary.

“This point structure gives amateurs and elites from all over the region a legitimate shot at the Pan Am Title,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.  “It also encourages exploration and an opportunity to discover some amazing places.”

Note: The XTERRA Pan American Tour will not replace the XTERRA America Tour for amateur athletes, it will supplement it.  The XTERRA Pan American Championship race will also double as the XTERRA USA Championship race and award national titles to the top American finisher in each division.  U.S. amateurs still have the opportunity to race for traditional regional championship titles by counting their best four scores in the XTERRA America Tour.

In addition, and new this year, every regional champion will earn a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship race in Maui.

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Thanksgiving Day Trail Race

The field is nearly at capacity for the race on November 26. It will feature three courses – a 15K, 10K and 5K. All three courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

The race starts at 8 a.m., and the course closes at 11 a.m. so that everyone can make it home in time for a Thanksgiving meal, but not until you indulge in the race’s traditional hot egg breakfast with coffee and all the fixin’s. (It also features their famous XTERRA Beer Garden).

The runs are the third of eight races in the 2015-16 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. To learn more about it, please visit www.trailrace.com.

Be sure to put this race on your calendar next year.