Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell Named Title Sponsor of XTERRA U.S. Trail Run Series

Honolulu, HI – John Paul Mitchell Systems, the world’s largest privately owned professional salon hair care company, will extend their partnership with XTERRA – producers of the world’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series – by becoming the Title Sponsor of the nationwide XTERRA U.S. Trail Run Series.

The 2014-2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series will feature more than 80 runs in 20+ states across the U.S. ranging from 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers.

“We have really enjoyed seeing the number of events and participants in XTERRA’s trail run series grow through the years and are happy to support its continued expansion and vision of perpetuating the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle,” said Julie Solwold, the Vice President of Global Sports and Events for John Paul Mitchell Systems. “We have great synergy with the XTERRA team, participants, and community. It’s really a commitment to caring for people and the planet.”

Paul Mitchell is the longest-tenured sponsor in the history of XTERRA, with the relationship dating back 20 years. They will also be a presenting sponsor of the 2015 XTERRA America Tour and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race in New South Wales, Australia.

“XTERRA is really based on relationships, with each other and our environment, and by far our relationship with the Paul Mitchell team has been the longest and strongest,” said XTERRA CEO Tom Kiely. “We are most appreciative to John Paul DeJoria, Julie Solwold and the entire Paul Mitchell family for helping us share the ‘Live More’ lifestyle far and wide.”

Runners in the 2014-2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series have more than 18 regional series to run in. Each regional series produces anywhere from three to seven races where runners accumulate points towards winning series championships. Age-group results are tabulated after each race, and the cumulative results at the end of the season determine the final series points. Series champions are then awarded free entry into the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship – an off-road half-marathon held each September.

At the end of the year, runners from all over the world unite at Kualoa Ranch on the majestic island of Oahu for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in December.

About John Paul Mitchell Systems

Founded in 1980 by John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell, John Paul Mitchell Systems produces more than 100 professional salon products—from award-winning styling and care products to cutting-edge heat styling tools and professional hair color—and is available in over 80 countries worldwide. Learn more at paulmitchell.com

Topanga Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day Trail Run in SoCal

If you want to run in the XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot at Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park on Thanksgiving Day, you better get to the registration site soon at www.trailrace.com.

The field is nearly at capacity for the race on November 27. 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 2014-15 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. To learn more about it, please visit www.trailrace.com.

Courtney Atkinson

XTERRA ANZ Double Award Debuts This April

Among the many adventure-rich journey opportunities on this year’s XTERRA World Tour is a gem in Oceania with XTERRA New Zealand in Rotorua on April 11 and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in New South Wales, Australia the following Saturday on April 18.

This year XTERRA will recognize all those who do both, and the fastest pro and age group male and female finishers will be recognized with special “Double” trophies.

Early-bird rates are in effect now for the Asia-Pacific Championship, held just a few hours south of Sydney in the beach side town of Callala Beach, on pristine Jervis Bay, New South Wales.

Up for grabs is $50,000 AUD in pro prize money and the title of Asia-Pacific champion in every division.  The event will also serve as XTERRA’s Australian Championship – giving Aussies the chance to grab this very special national title; and it’ll be televised for international distribution.

Learn more and register at www.xterraasiapacific.com

Jacqui Slack

XTERRA England Will Double as XTERRA European Championship

The final weekend on the 2015 XTERRA European Tour will also be its most celebrated as XTERRA Denmark – to be staged on Saturday August 29, and XTERRA England, to be staged August 30 at Vachery Estate in Cranleigh – will end the season with two great choices for athletes.

England has been designated the one-day European Championship race. The title means more prize money for pros – $25,000 USD elite purse, and an opportunity for amateur competitors to stake claim at being the best in Europe on top of being the best in the U.K.

The two races are also the last chance in Europe for amateurs to secure one of the 75 qualifying spots (25 from Denmark and 50 from England) into the 20th edition of the XTERRA World Championship in Maui.  For elites they are the culminating events in the 12-stop European Tour that dishes out an additional $20,000 USD to the top performers in the series.

“Two great races, and the chance for the adventurous type to do both.  I can tell you we are thrilled to have Denmark back in Tisvilde and also delighted to host the European Championship on the storied grounds of Vachery Estate,” said XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas. “Our experience last year in England was superb, from the course itself to the spectating. We felt like we established something special and are excited to share that with the worldwide endurance sports community.”

On offer is the rare chance to swim, ride, run, race, eat, sleep, and dance in the serene and seductive ancient wooded countryside of Surrey. All on a private estate, no less, where huge open fields of grass welcome hundreds of campers, bands, caterers, and racers.

The European Championship distance combines a 1.5K swim / 30K bike / 11K trail run on Sunday. There is also a half-distance sprint race option and athletes can join together to tackle either triathlon as part of a relay team.  New they year, XTERRA will host 5K and 15K trail runs on Saturday and rumors abound about a bonfire and movie night.

“It’s awesome, I loved it,” exclaimed four-time XTERRA World Champion Conrad Stoltz after last year’s race at Vachery Estate.

It starts with a swim in the strictly private and extraordinarily clean spring fed Vachery Pond. A special ramp has been built just for the event to allow access for swimmers, officials and water safety.           The bike course – thanks to great efforts led by Surrey-bred XTERRA pro Sam Gardner (the first Brit to win a major XTERRA) – has riders twisting in-and-out and up-and-down the dense tree-lined forests. It’s incredible how much turning is involved, most on perfectly tacky dirt. The run is just as fun, crossing over creeks, hopping over logs. There is certainly a primal feeling for those being chased, as well as those being chased down by others through the dark, cool forest.

Spectators are in for quite a treat as well with both the bike and run courses filter through the “arena” several times making it quite easy to track the action.

The event was dubbed the “Woodstock of XTERRA” last year in large part to the massive amount of camping available in the wide-open fields, and one can expect that atmosphere to get even better this time around. To make things even sweeter race weekend falls on England’s summer bank holiday (Monday off) and the annual Wings & Wheels celebration nearby treats the XTERRA crowd to amazing aerial displays from the Red Arrows and others.

Registration is open now with early bird and loyalty discounts in effect through December 31, 2014.

Sign-up for the Championship or Sprint triathlons.

Sign-up for the 5/15km Trail Runs

 

XTERRA Maui

At-Large Registration for Maui Opens Dec. 1

At-large registration for the 2015 XTERRA World Championship will open December 1, 2014 at 9am Hawaii Time (11am PST, 2pm EST).

To enter the at-large pool interested athletes must register at www.xterramaui.com and pay for the race. Slots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis until all slots have been filled.

The limited number of slots sell-out in a matter of minutes, and then a (free) first-come, first-served wait list will be created.

The 2015 race promises to be an all-time classic as athletes and crew prepare to celebrate XTERRA’s 20th year in Maui.

The event will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Kapalua, Maui.

David Roche and Megan Deakins

Unstructured Training Leads to Adventure and Results

By DJ Quinn

David Roche has a unique approach to running: “Some days I run 10 miles at a 5:20 pace, other days its 10 miles at a 9:20 pace”(which still sounds pretty fast to me!).  This unstructured  philosophy has led to a string of impressive results: the lung-busting Hyner View 25k, and the Rothrock 30k Trail Challenge, both of which David won by 17+ minutes; and 5th place in the Montana Don’t Fence Me In race against a loaded field of competitors; and have him sitting in 5th place in this year’s Mountain Cup standings.

Of course this is not surprising for the 2012 USA track & field 10k trail champion.  David credits his fiance and unofficial coach, Megan Deakins, for much of his success.  “I used to have a general plan, with track workouts and everything, until I met Megan and saw her approach.  She just runs.”  In fact, while she doesn’t have the national championship to match David, he says Megan is actually the faster runner and the results speak for themselves.  She put nearly 18 minutes into her nearest competitor at last weekends Earth Conservancy Half in Pennsylvania, quite impressive considering the number of elite challengers.  Even more, she also raced the Montana Don’t Fence Me In alongside David, and finished 1st overall among women setting a course record along the way, to go with a growing number of course records, as well as a road half-marathon PR of 1:16.

Although they currently live on opposite sides of the country (David lives in Washington D.C; Megan in California), they still manage to run together several times a week when they can, oftentimes staying together for the warm-up and cool-down, while going their own ways for the runs themselves.  When asked how they manage workouts, David says, “I think the key for couples is to leave ego at the door.  Relationships and training runs are not competitions and its all about no-strings-attached support.”  Megan agrees, “When you are perfectly happy to run through 90+ minutes with just mutual stomach gurgle, that’s when you know you have found true love.”

While neither David nor Megan like to set concrete goals when it comes to racing, they both are high in the standings in the Mountain Cup series, and have just accomplished one major goal of qualifying for the U.S Mountain Running Team.  Which means, they will be traveling to Italy later this summer to represent Team USA.

Meanwhile, both were impressed by XTERRA Mocanaqua (Earth Conservancy Half), their most recent race.  David says, “XTERRA is amazing! Both Megan and I loved the venue, the people, and the vibe. We are hoping to compete at XTERRA Nationals, and possibly even Worlds this year!” Megan adds, “ XTERRA Poconos was my first XTERRA race. It was incredible! From the incredible volunteers, to the precise trail markings, to the combination of technical climbs mixed with runnable, flat sections, I enjoyed everything about the race.” There is some evidence however, that David and Megan may be almost human despite their near-superhuman race results.  When asked about her goals, Megan says, “I’ve decided that for myself, formal running goals are stupid.  In January, I had laid out a whole bunch of running goals complete with track PRs and the hopes of running a road marathon for an Olympic Trials Qualifier.  A week later, at 7PM, when it came time to hit 6 x 1 mile on the track after waking up at 5AM and standing in the anatomy lab all day, I instead went home, ate a pint of ice cream and crossed off every goal on the list.  I am not good enough, and my medical career and family life are too important to justify running for anything other than fun. Now my running goals are the following: adventure, go up, love the experience, celebrate with ice cream and beer. Hopefully, those informal goals will take me to some pretty amazing places.”

That, of course, is the true beauty of the unstructured running philosophy: It’s all about running for fun, and enjoying the journey.  So how do we normal humans accomplish this same goal of fun mixed with our own awesome results? David sums up his mentality: “Trail racing isn’t about competition with other people so much as it’s about competition with yourself and the terrain. XTERRA and some of the other races provide this extremely exciting opportunity for self-exploration, and exploration of amazing places.  Also, it provides an exciting opportunity for beer with friends. Which is what I’d say is what trail racing is all about.  In conclusion, my goal is to have beer with friends in really cool places!”  Sounds like more XTERRA races are in their future.

XTERRA Announces Alliance with W Partners

XTERRA Announces Alliance with W Partners

Honolulu, HI – TEAM Unlimited, owners of the XTERRA World Tour, announced a strategic and exclusive partnership with Chicago-based W Partners, to manage their sales and marketing efforts to secure a new title sponsor and other high level corporate partnerships for XTERRA.

The alliance with XTERRA grows the W Partners platform into the world of endurance sports and a $575B outdoor recreation industry.

Tom Kiely, TEAM Unlimited CEO, said “I have known, and respected, Wally Hayward for many years and it has long been my wish that we would be working together. Now that W Partners is expanding beyond their initial client with the Chicago Cubs & Hickory Street Capital, they have accepted XTERRA as the next building block of their company. By virtue of this new alliance with Wally and the W Partners team, the XTERRA star will shine brighter and we could not be happier.”

Wally Hayward, W Partner CEO, said “I have been fortunate to experience many XTERRA Championships on Maui and it’s very impressive to see the global growth of XTERRA over the last 10 years with now over 300 events in 25 countries.  We believe the XTERRA community is a great demographic for brands trying to connect and engage with lifestyle enthusiasts in the United States and around the world.  We believe W Partners can help fuel XTERRA’s growth and create winning partnerships by aligning with brands that share a similar vision and mission.”

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.  It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2014 produced more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25 countries worldwide.  In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990.  View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.

About W Partners

W Partners is a Chicago-based sales and marketing company focused in the world of sports and entertainment.  Founded in 2013 as a joint-venture with the Ricketts family, W Partners has negotiated some of the leading partnerships in the marketplace.  W Partners clients include Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Choose Chicago, Hickory Street Capital, Entertainment Cruises and the James Beard Foundation Awards.  Sam Coghill and Wally Hayward were formerly with the Chicago Cubs as Head of Corporate Partnerships and the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer respectively, before leaving to create W Partners. To request more information on W Partners or any of its clients please contact info@wpartnersus.com.

Kualoa Rope Trail

Another Hawaiian-Style XTERRA on Horizon

Since January, thousands of runners have taken part in the worldwide XTERRA Trail Run Series and through the trials of these 100+ races some of the world’s top trail runners have emerged and are headed to Oahu to race in the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.

The main event is an adventurous half-marathon (13.1-mile/21km) that starts at the base of Kaaawa Valley at Kualoa Ranch.

Established in 1850, Kualoa Ranch is a family owned and      operated 4,000 acre working cattle ranch, spread from the steep mountain cliffs to the sparkling sea. Located on the northeastern side of Oahu in the Hawaiian countryside, it is less than an hour from Honolulu.

The ranch terrain varies from dense rainforest to broad open valleys and from beautiful white sand beaches to awesome verdant cliff faces. It is truly a paradise for outdoor recreation with many places accessible only by horseback, on an all terrain vehicle or by hiking.

There are two major areas of the ranch: the northern half of the ranch including Ka’a’awa Valley which contains most of the movie locations sites, and the southern half that includes Hakipu`u Valley, the 800 year-old Moli’i fishpond, and Secret Island.

If the ranch’s views look  familiar, that’s because Kualoa Ranch has been the site of many television shows and Hollywood films such as Jurassic park, Windtalkers, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, Tears of the Sun and 50 First Dates. TV shows include  Hawaii Five-O, Magnun P.I. and the hit show LOST.

Kualoa Ranch will be further exposed by the race itself, which is being filmed and edited into a segment for a 2015 XTERRA Adventures TV series that will be seen by millions of viewers across the country via national syndication starting in May and online at XTERRA.TV.

You can check out the promo piece for worlds at www.XTERRA.TV.

Patrick Smyth

Patrick Smyth will Return to the Ranch, Defend XTERRA Trail Run World Title

Patrick Smyth will return to Kualoa Ranch to defend his XTERRA World Championship half-marathon trail run title on Dec. 7.

“The course at Kualoa Ranch is amongst the most memorable, beautiful I’ve ever run on,” said Smyth, who hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. “That played a big role in my decision to come back, but more than anything I want to repeat as World Champ!”

Since focusing his running efforts on trail races last year Smyth has quickly made a name for himself as one of – if not the best – trail runners in the U.S.

Last year he won the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship in his first-ever trail race, then backed it up with a win at XTERRA Worlds (upsetting 5x champ Max King in the process).

This year Smyth won the U.S. Trail Half-Marathon Championships in Bellingham, Washington and was the top American (10th overall) at the World Mountain Running Championships held in Cassete de Massa, Italy in September.

“Those two races have been pretty huge for me,” said Smyth, who was a 7-time All-American across cross-country, indoor and outdoor track at Notre Dame. “The international field in Italy was incredibly deep and competitive, so I was thrilled to come away with a top-American, top-10 finish.”

Smyth is also thrilled to return to Hawaii, saying XTERRA Trail Run Worlds “is the culmination of my 2014 season. I’ve been gearing all my recent training towards this race. Afterwards I’ll turn my focus towards the U.S Cross Country Championships in Boulder, CO in February.”

Smyth said what he remembers most about last year’s race was “the beautiful setting, sweating profusely, and the crazy jungle descent at around 9-miles.” And his best advice for newcomers is to “try to take advantage of the few two-track open sections. They’re good opportunities to open up the stride and run fast over what is otherwise a very technical course… But more than anything take in the views and enjoy the experience!”

Learn more from Smyth about the course and running in general at the free XTERRA University trail running clinic to be held at 2pm during registration and packet pickup on Saturday, December 6 at the Waikiki Beach Walk.

www.xterrakualoa.com