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.


Thomas Kerner

Tales from the (Maui) Trails

We checked in with some of this year’s XTERRA World Championship age group winners to see how their day’s unfolded…

“There were three moments I remember most,” said Dennis Brinson from Carson City, Nevada, who won the 55-59 division for the second time.

“First, the water was pretty angry and just as I was turning left at the first buoy… we were all over each other…and out of the chaos one swimmer said to me “sorry” for colliding with me. I don’t know why but it encouraged me in the middle of the skirmish.

The second event was when I caught up with my friend “Karl with a K” on the bike…he really took care of me for about three miles. Basically he was directing traffic…calling out to the riders ahead of us “get to the right”…which to my surprise, they did, which allowed us to scoot on by.

The last was an act of “considering others more important than yourself” and I was on the receiving end. So I was moving up on a fellow when he slipped out on the red dirt causing him to come off his bike. He was so concerned that he might have impacted me that he pushed me up the hill to make sure I didn’t come off mine.

I don’t know but it’s stuff like that that I remember most and talk about to others. Yes, winning is wonderful but there are greater heights to reach and these three guys opened my eyes to it.”

For Kelli Montgomery of Wallingford, Connecticut – winning Worlds (40-44) was the realization of a dream and result of a lot of hard work.                                                             She explains…

“My goal all season was to win the title at the end of the season.  I had a bad car accident on June 8th of 2013. A girl was texting and hit our car at 60 mph the day before Eagleman 70.3.  I broke some ribs, injured my jaw and neck and also got a head injury (vestibular concussion), which caused vertigo and vision issues and suffered from PTSD.  I worked really hard to recover from all of that over the past year and half.  So to come back from all of that to win the title is incredible to me!  I know a lot of hard work went into the win along with perseverance and determination!”

Boulder buddies Martha Buttner and Johnny Davis – business partner at Boulder-International, the exclusive US Importer for Squirt chain lube and bicycle products from South Africa – led a host of Coloradoans to World Titles.

Dennis Farrell of Littleton won the 50-54 division, Davis of Boulder won the 60-64 division, David Rakita of Durango won the 65-69 division, Buttner of Boulder won the 55-59 division, and Cindi Toepel of Littleton won the 60-64 divison.

For Davis, his first experience at XTERRA Worlds in Maui was a memorable one…

“Mixing outdoor junkies with a classy joint like The Ritz-Carlton, who would have thought! The first day we rode to the upper part of the practice course where it tops out on the ridge line I turned to my partner and asked, “Is this where God lives?”

It’s a question Davis had pondered more than once of late…as he explains it;

“I spent most of 2013 in and out of hospitals fighting for my life Exactly one year ago I lived in a halfway house, curing from illness, pondering my options for my returning health. I was always healthiest when competing…could I possibly ever return to it? I chose my bike to reclaim what I almost lost….then I chose XTERRA to play out my resurrection. On Oct 26 I stamped my bill of health….”In Spades!”

Canmore, Canada can claim a couple of XTERRA champions for their own this year as Brittany Webster captured the 25-29 division and Nadine Mueller won the 35-39 division.

Although success in sports is nothing new for Webster – a cross-country skier who just recently competed in the Olympic Winter Games – her prowess in the dirt caught her by surprise.

“For me, this was totally unexpected. It is only my second XTERRA ever. The first one I did was in Canmore and it was the qualifier. I had no idea I would be able to win this, so I am very, very happy. I would like to take it a bit more seriously next year!”

Not only was Brittany the winner of her division but she was also the fastest amateur female out of 172 age group women.

“That swim was Amazing!” exclaimed Webster. “I am not a swimmer, but I can surf… kind of:) So I just thought of that while I was swimming away. It kept me relaxed and smiling instead of hyperventilating.  The bike was a bit different. I bailed on the last corner of the single track really hard. It wasn’t until I began to run that I realized I’d hurt my knee pretty good. I had to walk up many of the climbs before it subsided and I was able to fully weight bear on it. Nothing a massage and hair cut at Paul Mitchell’s afterwards didn’t fix though! The beer didn’t hurt either!”

Thomas Kerner, the 20-24 champ from Germany, had perhaps the most dramatic race to a world title of anyone in the field…and he didn’t even know it.

“On the last trail downhill another competitor ran onto me, and I felt his breath on my neck,” said Kerner. “I didn´t know who he was, or what AG he was in. I just wanted him to not overtake me so we both kept up the pace on the last beach section. And uphill to the finish line we both fought really hard and we even finished in the same time. I was a little bit in front and as I turned around, I saw he was in my age group.  Three-minutes later I knew it was the fight for the World title.”

The other racer was Xavier Jove, who finished in second place by just 100ths of a second.

Martin Flinta from Sweden – who won the 2013 Outrigger Double award for having the fastest combined Ironman and XTERRA World Championship times – knows all about precious seconds. Last year he lost out on the title by 12 seconds. This year, determined to take the top spot, he chased down Rodrigo Altafina on the run and took the 40-44 title by 30 seconds.

The 2014 race meant title No. 9 for 71-year-old Peter Wood and we figure his secret to success is his pre-race ritual “a beer the night before.”

“I started the bike with one competitor in front….at our age, we are all friends and he yelled encouragement as I passed him on the first climb,” said Wood, a retired Kiwi living in La Jolla. “My greatest pleasure on that climb is the fragrent smell of the lilikoi fruit…I was tempted to stop and down at least one! On the run, my favorite part is when you are coming around the lake and there are a million golf balls on the right of the trail….I call it “the golf ball graveyard”. It is an honor to finish first in my age group and for that I thank XTERRA, the sponsors, the volunteers, and my wife, Carol, who has put up with me racing all these years.”

Flora Duffy

Ruzafa, Duffy win XTERRA World Championship

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(Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui, HI) – One elite became an instant legend in her home country and another solidified his status among XTERRA’s all-time greats at the 19th running of the XTERRA World Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Flora Duffy, who first dreamed of becoming a world champion when she was 8-years-old, became the first pro triathlete from Bermuda to win a world title and Ruben Ruzafa from Spain captured his third XTERRA World Championship and wrapped up a perfect season that featured nine straight wins, the XTERRA European Tour Championship, the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship and the XTERRA USA Championship.  Ruzafa and Duffy each received $20,000 for their respective victories.

More than 800 endurance athletes from around the world participated in the off-road triathlon, which started and finished at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua hotel on Maui. The course consisted of a 1-mile swim, a 20-mile mountain bike, and a 6- mile trail run.


It used to be all about the bike for Ruben Ruzafa, who has now posted the fastest bike split at all three XTERRA World Championship races he’s entered (and won) , but now he’s almost just as strong at swimming and running.

“I feel great, it’s incredible. Until you finish the race you don’t know if you are going to win. Today, I knew it was going to be hard because Josiah was really good. I am surprised because I swam very well… but Josiah did really well in the ride, and running of course he was very fast. So, it wasn’t until the end of the course that I knew he was not there.”

Ruzafa came out of the water less than one-minute behind the leaders and made all that up and more to take the lead on the bike by the six-mile mark when he passed the other 11 riders in front of him and finally Ben Allen. More importantly, his 20:51 swim split was 1:45 faster than his toughest opponent, Josiah Middaugh.

He extended the gap on Middaugh by 50-seconds on the bike and even though the American XTERRA icon ran more than a minute faster in the final leg of the race, it wasn’t enough. Here’s how Middaugh explained it…

“I knew I had to have a really good swim. I had a great start today and I had the best swim I’ve ever had here. I was a little over two minutes behind the lead, but really close to the people I was racing with but Ruben was off ahead with an even better swim. He wasn’t too far off the front. I caught the top 5 on the bike really early and I put together the best race I have done here. It wasn’t quite enough to win but I’m very happy with second. I feel like I pushed really hard all the way through. I feel like I emptied the tank like 50 times and put every single thing into this race. Best day I’ve had.”

Aussie Ben Allen came out of the water up front with Mauricio Mendez, was the first out on the bike course after a quicker transition and held the lead until Ruzafa caught him at around mile four. Middaugh passed 33 people in front of him before he passed Allen at mile 13 and moved into second. Allen stayed in third the rest of the way. Here’s what he said after the race:

“I’m so stoked to back up my third-place last year. It’s been a roller coaster ride but I’ve finished top 5 in every race and to come here and back it up, it just goes to show it wasn’t a fluke last year and shows me that I’m a force to be reckoned with in the sport of XTERRA. I mean, I really dug deep today and had the attitude that I had nothing to lose and gave it a crack.”

Dan Hugo, who won seven races on the XTERRA World Tour this year, also came in to the main event in fine form. Much like Middaugh, he was happy with his effort, if not the result that came with it.

“The guys set the bar exceptionally high, maybe the best expression of XTERRA we have ever seen,” said Hugo. “Salute and credit where due, especially my friend Joe in second, so sublime, he’s in the best shape and he must be recognized for that. Personally, I came in digging and I really wish there was more but it felt great. I wish it felt this way but I went quicker.”

In a finish for the ages, Mauricio Mendez from Mexico City (who turned 19 earlier in the week) edged Bart Aernouts and Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz by two seconds. Aernouts went on to finish 6th and Stoltz was 7th.

“Being fifth place in my first year as a pro is unbelievable. When I started running I just told myself that this was a fight with me, nobody else,” said Mendez, who moved up eight spots from 13th to 5th with a blistering run split of 38:50 that was second only to Middaugh.

Ruben Ruzafa

More Ruben Ruzafa Quotes

– “I knew that the run part would be really hard because Josiah runs really fast. I pushed the whole time because of him. I knew he was a really strong competitor.”

– “I feel great, it’s unbelievable. I go race by race and once again I’m really, really happy for me and for my family.”

– “Really special for me. I’ve been racing the whole season and I prepared the entire season for this. I knew that we were working in a good direction.”

– “The bike course is really tough, the run course is more tough because you come tired from the bike so the running is the worst.”

More Josiah Middaugh Quotes

– “You know, it feels good because I did everything that I could do today. I feel like I pulled out all my stops in my training and I put together the perfect race for me. You can’t control what other people do. Ruben was stronger today and I feel like I had the best race I’ve ever had here.”

– “Ruben was unbelievably tough. He had a little over two minutes going into the run, and I knew if I had a chance I would have to take a minute in the first half of the run. I tried as hard as I could to take it back but he was climbing just as fast as I was climbing and I was going for it, so yeah, he was super strong. I run downhill faster than he does and I knew I could make up a minute but I was just too far back.”

– “I’ll be a little pissed off with second but like I said, it was the best day I’ve had here just as far as really high intensity the whole way, really high energy all the way through, and the best preparation I’ve ever had for this race.”

– “It was hot but I felt like I managed the heat well, being hyper hydrated before the race started. I kept cool with some cold bottle and ice packs on my back, cold frozen bottles in my hands and I felt actually fine all the way through.”

More Ben Allen Quotes

– “Ruben caught me I think about mile 4 or 5 and I was so surprised he caught me so quickly. I was first at that stage and Ruben caught me and passed, credit to him he’s improved on his swim he’s a world champion so what do you expect. I’ll come back next year, I’ll work with my coach and we’ll go back to the drawing board and have another crack.”

– “Josiah caught me at mile 13, and he was flying. He had the look of determination on his face, I could see it. I told him to go for it. I tried to stay with him for as long as I could on the bike and not lose too much time to him and I did that and same on the run when Ii started, just tried to hold on for as long as I could.”

– “This place is so special; words can’t describe the feeling and the atmosphere, the people. It’s just one big party and all of us XTERRA athletes we really embrace this sport here, it’s the home of XTERRA its where it was born and breed, to come back here and put on a dream performance it’s a dream come true.”

More Dan Hugo Quotes

– “It was a special day being involved in Flora’s build up and execution so a lot of joy today. Brad, so much to take from, at the very top he had broken a pedal but still was just behind me. I looked around and thought maybe I’m a better tutor than I am a student.”

– “Beautiful day, as cool as it can be in Maui and the tacky course was exceptional. The single track was divine and it was such fun riding. Couldn’t have asked for better conditions. I just wish that somehow I could go quicker. Still, fantastic year. I’ll look back on 2014 with big smiles, quite the way from XTERRA South Africa to Maui, it’s been a dream-like year.”

– What now… “I plan to make up for a few things this afternoon, in excess, and then shoot to New York to run in the New York Marathon – a bucket list dream, and then fly to Bermuda, hit South Africa, then have a November month of holiday. I need to fuel the soul for a little bit.”

Pl Name Age Hometown Final Time Purse
1 Ruben Ruzafa 30 Malaga, Spain 2:29:56 $20,000
2 Josiah Middaugh 36 Vial, Colorado 2:31:11 $12,000
3 Ben Allen 29 North Wollongong, Australia 2:34:50 $7,000
4 Dan Hugo 29 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:36:28 $4,000
5 Mauricio Mendez 19 Mexico City, Mexico 2:38:55 $2,500
6 Bart Aernouts 30 Merksem, Belgium 2:38:56 $1,500
7 Conrad Stoltz 41 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:38:57 $1,000
8 Michael Weiss 33 Gumpoldskirchen, Austria 2:39:06 $800
9 Rom Akerson 30 Paquera, Costa Rica 2:39:40 $600
10 Bradley Weiss 25 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:40:09 $500

Also: Brice Daubord, Rob Woestenborghs, Jim Thijs, Ryan Ignatz, Albert Soley, Brendan Sexton, Tomas Kubek, Cedric Lassonde, Jan Pyott, Felipe Moletta, Jan Kubicek, Llewellyn Holmes, Chris Ganter, Matt Dewis, Francois Carloni, Romaric Delupine, Roger Serrano, Brad Zoller, Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, Cody Waite, Lubos Truhlar, Arthur Forissier, Ryan Petry, Yeray Luxem, Branden Rakita, Jeff Smith, Rory Downie, Nick Moore, Oliver Shaw, Asa Shaw, Joseph Miller, Grayson Keppler, Jon Heasman, Joshua Merrick, Nicolas Hemet, Takahiro Ogsawara, Yu Yumoto


It was only a little more than a year ago when Flora Duffy finished out of the top five at the XTERRA Mountain Championship and told herself, “never again.”

There was an again, fortunately, at Maui last year where she surprised herself with a 3rd-place finish. After that she went to South Africa – where XTERRA roars – and honed her skills in the craft of mountain biking and the results were remarkable. Combine the fitness she already possessed with some mad skills and Duffy turned into a dominant racer. She won everything except XTERRA Germany, and by big margins.

Nothing could stop her today, not a mechanical, not even a wicked crash that sent her flying into the bushes and ripped holes in her racing kit.

“I crashed so hard, I literally don’t know how I got back on my bike,” said Duffy. “You know how it’s a steep gnarly decent, I hit a root awkwardly and just flew into the trees head first with the bike on top of me. I was lucky I landed in the bushes. Then, five minutes later I had a mechanical. It was a hard day out there.”

It was even harder for all the elite women trying to keep up with Duffy. Last year’s women’s winner Nicky Samuels did her best, but said she lacked the fitness after her break from ITU racing.

“I had a break after the ITU season so I think 3rd is about where my fitness is, and to hold on to 3rd place was good enough for me,” said Samuels. “Flora probably pulled away at the 1k or 2k mark on the bike, so really soon. And I think she was pulling the same ground going down, so huge difference in her bike fitness and mine. Barbara (Riveros) passed me on the last descent and then pulled away.”

Riveros, who was the runner-up two years ago and finished fourth last year, worked her way back into the second spot this year.

“I’m very, very proud of Flora,” said Riveros. “I’m happy for her for getting the title for her country. She’s a role model. She’s very strong and I knew she was the big contender here and she more than proved that today so clap for her and congratulations to everyone.”

Emma Garrard continues to shine bright as America’s top female racer and improved on her fifth-place performance of a year ago with a fourth-place showing today.

“I was about 12th out of the water but there were some girls not too far ahead so that was kind of helpful,” said Garrard. “By the ridge I had kind of caught up to Jacqui and Susie but didn’t pass them and on the next climb I could see Melanie. Before we got to the single track at the end I made a move on Melanie and Kathrin. Susie wasn’t too far in front but I couldn’t catch her on the last section coming into transition. I was side by side with Susie and had no idea if Helena was behind us. I really hoped I could make it on the podium on the run but…”

Helena Erbenova was several minutes behind the leaders after the swim but coupled a great bike and run to work her way into fifth despite crashing on the bike.

More Flora Duffy Quotes

– “I’m super happy. This was my goal for 2014 to come out and win and it feels good to have executed and achieved my goal.”

– “It was super-hot. The swim was tough because it was choppy out there. Luckily I’m a strong swimmer and my choppy stroke works in that condition. Up on the bike it was super hard, I mean this is a brutal course in the best conditions. I crashed really hard seven miles in and just tried to forget about that. I had a mechanical and that’s just part of the race and you have to stay calm and keep pedaling because it’s a really long race. There’s plenty of time to make up time.”

– “I felt alright but I didn’t feel like I was riding my best. I didn’t feel sluggish but I just kept pedaling and felt smooth through the technical, that’s a strength of mine.”

– “I was really shaken (after the crash). This was the first time I had crashed that hard on the race and for it to happen in the world champs that messes with your head. You really just have to take a deep breath and calm down, realize these things happen in mountain biking on a super gnarly descent, and just get back on your bike. I think of it in the perspective that the girls behind you are having their own issues. No one is having a perfect race out there because it’s so brutal, just stay calm and keep pedaling.”

– “I kept getting all these time splits. At one point I heard 4 minutes then 5, then 3:15, but honestly on the run I felt super strong but of course the memories of last year were in my head where I totally cracked on that beach, totally cracked. So when I hit that beach and I felt really good, I was like alright…”

– “I’ve always dreamed of being a world champion so to finally get it done today is pretty cool.”

– “I knew it was going to be a tough day and I had to be at my best to cross this line first. I was leading for pretty much all of the race, and at the time splits I didn’t really know where everyone was so I tried to push it as hard as I can.”

More Barbara Riveros Quotes

– “It could be better, obviously, I’m very hard on myself. I just felt weak on the start, you know, I crashed a couple days ago and my shoulder was a bit sore but that’s no excuse for me. It was up and down throughout the race. I started not so fast and on the bike it was really hard to find my rhythm, I think I felt the girls were going to overtake me. There was a group of guys that did and then when we got on the peak of the climb and we started descending suddenly I see Nicky and I was like woah, she’s not doing that well because I was terrible but I think, you know, some guys overtook me so I tried to find the rhythm and be strong. I try to race a little bit downhill and got out of the course a few times, but that’s XTERRA, this is exciting you have to risk something.”

More Emma Garrard Quotes

– “The swim was hard for me, diving through the first wave I got some water in my goggles so that was hard but it seemed better than last year. I thought that it was in great condition, you had to focus on the climb. There were some breezy sections but I thought the bike went by pretty fast.”

– “I’m really honored to be called America’s best. Before the race I wasn’t feeling so great and a lot of people coming up to me wishing me luck and that meant a lot. I’m glad I could race well for all the XTERRA folks.”

Pl Name Age Hometown Final Time Purse
1 Flora Duffy 27 Devonshire, Bermuda 2:47:59 $20,000
2 Barbara Riveros 27 Wollongong, Chile 2:50:04 $12,000
3 Nicky Samuels 31 Wanaka, New Zealand 2:56:31 $7,000
4 Emma Garrad 33 Park City, Utah 2:56:54 $4,000
5 Helena Erbenova 35 Jablonec Nad Nisou, Czech Republic 2:57:56 $2,500
6 Suzie Snyder 32 Fredericksburg, Virginia 2:59:53 $1,500
7 Charlotte McShane 34 Mount Taylor, Australia 3:02:59 $1,000
8 Melanie McQuaid 41 Victoria, Canada 3:03:17 $800
9 Jacqui Slack 31 Stoke On Trent, Great Britain 3:03:45 $600
10 Carina Wasle 30 Kundl, Austria 3:04:54 $500

Also: Kathrin Muller, Chantell Widney, Danelle Kabush, Sandra Koblemueller, Lizzie Orchard, Shonny Vanlandingham, Mieko Carey, Susan Sloan, Maia Ignatz, Kara Lapoint, Sara Schuler, Maud Golsteyn, Genevieve Evans, Judy Van Den Berg, Dimity-Lee Duke, Penny Hosken, Sarah Backler, Louise Fox, Debby Sullivan, Caroline Colonna

Full Results | Photo Gallery | Highlight Video


Guillaume Jeannin from France was the top amateur finisher and placed 20th overall, and about a minute ahead of runner-up Lars Fricke.

Both Peter Wood and Ed Fattoumy picked up their 9th XTERRA World Championship crowns and are well positioned to get their 10th at next year’s 20th XTERRA Maui race.  Also of note, Dennis Brinson and David Rakita won their second titles.

Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 Maxim Chane Falicon, France 2:55:37
20-24 Thomas Kerner Burglengenfeld, Germany 2:53:27
25-29 Martin Kostelnicak Bratislava, Slovakia 2:52:58
30-34 Guillaume Jeannin Bergholtz-Zell France 2:46:21
35-39 Johann Mathis Le Tholy, France 2:57:34
40-44 Martin Flinta Molndal, Sweden 2:53:11
45-49 Tom Evans Penticton, Canada 2:54:41
50-54 Dennis Farrell Littleton, Colorado 3:11:00
55-59 (2) Dennis Brinson Carson City, Nevada 3:20:58
60-64 Johnny Davis Boulder, Colorado 3:40:27
65-69 (2) David Rakita Durango, Colorado 4:10:39
70-74 (9) Peter Wood La Jolla, California 4:43:18
Challenged (9) Fouad Fattoumy Honolulu, Hawaii 3:40:00

(#) denotes number of World Championships won – Top Amateurs

Brittany Webster from Canada was the top overall amateur woman, finishing 17th woman overall in 3:17:36.  Cindi Toepel (pictured above) and Hannah Rae Finchamp each won their fifth world title, while Judith Abrahams and Tamara Tabeek captured their second.

Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 (5) Hannah Rae Finchamp Alradena, California 3:30:52
20-24 Natia Van Heerden Hazyview, South Africa 3:29:08
25-29 Brittany Webster Canmore, Canada 3:17:36
30-34 Laurianne Levasseur Nantes, France 3:34:14
35-39 Nadine Mueller Canmore, Canada 3:25:57
40-44 Kelli Montgomery Wallingford, Connecticut 3:40:24
45-49 Riikka Vreeswijk-Kelja Gorinchem, Netherlands 3:30:27
50-54 (2) Tamara Tabeek San Diego, California 3:51:18
55-59 Martha Buttner Boulder, Colorado 4:05:10
60-64 (5) Cindi Toepel Littleton, Colorado 4:25:46
65-69 Linda Usher West Upton, Massachusetts 5:48:52
Challenged (2) Judith Abrahams Anchorage, Alaska 5:20:13

(#) denotes number of World Championships won – Top Amateurs


Bart Aernouts finished 10 seconds ahead of Michi Weiss today and 10-minutes ahead of him at Ironman Worlds for a combined time of 11:07:24 to win the 2014 Outrigger Hotels & Resorts elite double title and $2,500 prime today.

Janez Klancnik from Slovenia won the men’s amateur double in 12:42:03, 14-minutes ahead of Daniel Mannweiler of Germany; while Nicole Valentine of Maryland overcame a 16-minute deficit after Ironman to take the women’s amateur double over Kelley Hess.  Each earned a six-night stay at Outrigger Aina Nalu for their efforts.

Name Hometown IM Time Gender Division XTERRA Combined
Bart Aernouts Merksem, Belgium 8:28:28 Male PRO 2:38:56 11:07:24
Michael Weiss Gumpoldskirchen, Austria 8:38:27 Male PRO 2:39:06 11:17:33
Janez Klancnik Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia 9:35:40 Male 25-29 3:06:23 12:42:03
Daniel Mannweiler Bonn, Germany 9:41:31 Male 35-39 3:14:44 12:56:15
Stefan Kusurelis Brooklyn, NY, USA 9:50:00 Male 45-49 4:26:03 14:16:03
Matt Randall Invercargill, New Zealand 10:17:20 Male 35-39 3:09:34 13:26:54
Rudi Van Aelst Herentals, Belgium 10:27:45 Male 50-54 3:17:37 13:45:22
Luis Arriba Madrid, Spain 10:53:46 Male 45-49 3:26:33 14:20:19
Gary Lilley Calwell, Australia 11:05:06 Male 50-54 3:24:42 14:29:48
Cameron Paul Taupo, New Zealand 11:57:38 Male 20-24 3:11:17 15:08:55
Noel Mackisoc Kailua, Hawaii, USA 13:09:35 Male 50-54 4:12:09 17:21:44
Nicole Valentine Germantown, MD, USA 11:51:07 Female 30-34 3:37:14 15:28:21
Kelley Hess Colorado Springs, CO, USA 11:35:34 Female 30-34 4:03:02 15:38:36
Jodi Ruby LaVerne, California, USA 12:27:04 Female 50-54 4:01:55 16:28:59


Josiah Middaugh and Barbara Riveros posted the fastest runs on the Leilani’s Run Course, and each received $100 gift certificates.

Four other amateur competitors received $100 gift certificates to Leilani’s for their running times: JP Donovan, Brittany Webster (by one second), Jefferson Oishi and Kimberly Mufalli.


Daniel Neilson and Jessica Simpson were the winners of XTERRA Vortex full wetsuits for posting the fastest amateur swim times.


Winners of special back packs from Muscle Milk for the Muscle Milk U25 Prime were Thomas Kerner, Xavier Jove Riart, and Maxim Chane for the males, and Natia Van Heerden, Larissa Rabago, and Hannah Rae Finchamp for females.


The 19th annual XTERRA World Championship was the culmination of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe qualify to race at Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014.

Date Race Location / Pro Winners
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Braden Currie / Nicky Samuels
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Dan Hugo / Renata Bucher
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Leonardo Chacon / Shonny Vanlandingham
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road
Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Ben Allen / Carina Wasle
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Conrad Stoltz / Barbara Riveros
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Dan Hugo / Jacqui Slack
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Josiah Middaugh / Flora Duffy
24-May XTERRA Mauritius Sam Gardner / Karyn Southgate
25-May XTERRA Spain Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa / Coralie Redelsperger
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Dan Hugo / Flora Duffy
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Francois Carloni / Kathrin Mueller
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Dan Hugo / Cecilie Overbye
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario – Canadian Cross Tri Championship Sean Bechtel / Heather Pady
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria Brent McMahon / Melanie McQuaid
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Sergio Florian / Laurel Dudley
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Braden Currie / Helena Erbenova
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Josiah Middaugh / Chantell Widney
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Helene Erbenova
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Irving Perez / Fabiola Corona
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Kathrin Mueller
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Mathieu Signoretty / Brittany Webster
24-Aug XTERRA England Conrad Stoltz / Emma Garrard
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Conrad Stoltz / Kathrin Mueller
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Jean-Philippe Thibodeau / Claude Godbout
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Scott Hill / Charlotte McShane
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Flora Duffy
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Ruben Ruzafa / Flora Duffy

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

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2014 Pro Press Conference

2014 XTERRA World Championship Press Brief

We gathered some of the leading contenders to get their thoughts before the big race on Sunday. The men’s elite press briefing featured the reigning and two-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa from Spain, four-time XTERRA World Champ Conrad Stoltz from South Africa, Ben Allen from Australia, Dan Hugo from South Africa, and Josiah Middaugh from Colorado.

“It’s a lifetime dream of mine to come out on top at this race and I’ve got lots of motivation to do it this year,” said Middaugh.

You can listen to what all of them had to say here:

2014 Pro Men Pre-Race Press Conference

The women’s briefing included the reigning champ Nicky Samuels from New Zealand, Barbara Riveros from Chile, Emma Garrard from Utah, Kathrin Mueller from Germany, and Flora Duffy from Bermuda.

“I’ve dreamed of being a world champion since I was 8-years-old. It’s up there on any professional athletes ‘to-do list’ in sports, and it would be huge for myself and for my country,” said Duffy. Here is the link to the women’s chat:

2014 Pro Women Pre-Race Press Conference


In the lead-up to Sunday’s race the XTERRA crew sat down with some of the sports’ biggest names.

Conrad Stoltz went back in time to talk about his journey from a rookie XTERRA pro in his 20’s to being the most successful XTERRA racer of all-time and now in his 40’s…

“Just before that season (2001 when he won his first title) I had to sell cows to buy flight tickets. I drove my Dads old car, lived with my parents as a 28-year-old. And then I won a World Championship and got a $20,000 check, which I jumped in the Jacuzzi with at the after party so the check was all wrinkled and the ink was running, but that kind of money, especially in South African rand, was a fortune. In my mind it felt like rags to riches. It’s been a dream I wouldn’t have been able to envision back then. I’ve been really, really blessed with my career, and the sport, and the people around me, and the sponsors behind me.”

That’s just an excerpt from the interview, and you can catch the whole 20-minute conversation with Conrad and host of others by clicking the links below…

Conrad Stoltz
Josiah Middaugh
Kathrin Mueller (In German)
Mauricio Mendez
Flora Duffy
Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack
Barbara Riveros
Taylor Seavey
Emma Garrad
Hannah Rae Finchamp
Chantell Widney


Download the PDF of the XTERRA Worlds press guide  complete with pro bios, previews, past results, and start lists.

Kapalua Trail Run

Kapalua Trail Runs Draw More than 1,000 Runners


Fittingly, a Duke won the women’s title at the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10-kilometer trail run today.

Dimity-Lee Duke from Roelands, Australia; and Kelly Guest from Victoria, B.C., Canada captured the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K; Reid Hunter from Lahaina and Kalii Caldwell from Ogden, Utah captured the Hula Grill 5K titles; and hundreds of kids took part in the Kimo’s Keiki K trail runs on a beautiful morning at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

Both Guest and Duke are elite XTERRA triathletes, but only Duke will double up and race in tomorrow’s XTERRA World Championship.

Guest, who took the lead somewhere after the first mile, posted a winning time of 40:55 that was nearly a minute faster than that of Rod Baybayan of Waipahu, HI.

“I love it here, the atmosphere is just awesome,” said Guest, who has participated at XTERRA in Maui several times.  This year he’s in Maui primarily to be part of his friend’s wedding.  Still, he said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get out on the trails.

“The conditions were great out there for running.  There was really just one stretch of the downhill up by the lake that was slippery, the rest of it was nice hard-packed dirt, and soft sand. Trademark grueling XTERRA stuff,” said Guest.

For Duke, the run was a great way to preview the run course for tomorrow’s triathlon, which uses the exact same course.

“I hadn’t run that course before so it was an opportunity to see what it was all about,” said Duke, who finished 18 seconds ahead of runner-up Emilie Menuet from France with a winning time of 44:12. “Not too bad, a little slippery on the downhill sections but it dried out pretty good.  I’m really enjoying my XTERRA experiences this year. I have had the opportunity to race XTERRA Philippines and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship races; and now the opportunity to have a look at it from the World Championship perspective. The friendliness and atmosphere is second to none.”

T S Restaurants awards winners

Seven runners received gift certificates from T S Restaurants for their winning performances on Saturday.

Guest and Duke won $100 gift certificates to Duke’s Beach House for being the top overall finishers in the 10K while Chris Pierre and Angie Wideman-Powell earned $100 Duke’s certificates for being the top Maui finishers in the 10K

Hunter (who is from Maui) and Caldwell won $100 gift certificates to Hula Grill for being the fastest overall in the 5K; and Leigh Galarita earned $100 from Hula Grill for being the fastest in the 5k from Maui.

XTERRA Hawaii Series

The Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K was the second of four events in 2014-15 XTERRA Hawaii Trail Run Series. The top finishers in each age group received points toward the overall standings of the series. At the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion from the Hawaii Series will receive a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, which is held every September in Utah.

The four events in the XTERRA Hawaii Trail Run Series:
– XTERRA Gunstock Ranch Trail Run in October at Gunstock Ranch in Laie, Oahu.
– XTERRA Kapalua 5k/10k Trail Runs in Kapalua (happened today)
– XTERRA Freedom Fest 5k/10K in July at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu
– The XTERRA Adventure Fest 5K and 10K in August in Kapalua, Maui

The upcoming XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu December 7 is not part of the Hawaii Series, but is open to runners of all ages and abilities, from around the world. To register or learn more about it, please visit www.xterrakualoa.com.