Dan Hugo

Save the Date: 2015 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship

XTERRA returns to Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia for the 2nd annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 18, 2015.

XTERRA Asia-Pacific and Australian champion titles will be up for grabs along with age group slots to the 2015 XTERRA World Championship in Maui.

The event will be televised for Australian and overseas audiences and carries a $50,000 in pro prize monies.

Fun for the entire family! The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship weekend will include a shorter distance sprint off-road triathlon, trail runs and a host of free kids events.

Please save the date and look for event registration to open in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing you on the South Coast next April.

Learn more at www.xterraasiapacific.com and check out our new facebook page for the Asia-Pacific region.

David Mulligan

2014 XTERRA Trail Run Series Regional Champions

The “regular season” of the XTERRA Trail Run circuit came to a close for the 2013-14 season last weekend. It was a season that featured more than 70 races across the country, with 16 regions hosting a series.

With the season complete, more than 240 runners can now claim to be an XTERRA Regional Champion for the 2013-2014 season. See the complete listing here.

They come in all ages – from Tai Ward in Utah’s 9-and-under division to Jesus Romero in the Georgia Series; Adrian Wolford in the Texas Series; and John Williams in the SoCal Series who all competed in the 75-79 division year-olds

The 16 regions on the 2013-2014 schedule were Alabama, Arizona, Atlantic, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. In order to be considered a “region,” at least three races needed to be completed in that area.

In addition to those 16 regions, numerous individual races were held in other states such as Arkansas, Hawaii, Nevada, and Iowa.

All of the XTERRA Regional Champions received invitations to compete at the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 21. That will be followed by the 2014 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, on December 7.

Both of those championship events are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and registration is available at www.xterratrailrun.com.

ARIZONA

Female

25-29 Carmen Enns Tempe, AZ
30-34 Maureen Needham Peoria, AZ
35-39 Erin Kennedy Phoenix, AZ
40-44 Jessica Sabo Goodyear, AZ
45-49 Barbara Berastegui Phoenix, AZ
50-54 Stephanie Whitman Chandler, AZ
55-59 Kay McCormick Phoenix, AZ
60-64 Kim Lorenz Cave Creek, AZ
65-69 Dena Brinkman Chandler, AZ

Male

25-29 Ryan Guerena Phoenix, AZ
30-34 Adam Livingston Phoenix, AZ
35-39 Phillip Slama Phoenix, AZ
40-44 Travis Rappleyea Phoenix, AZ
45-49 Bryan Dunn Fountain Hills, AZ
50-54 Manny Ortiz Waddell, AZ
55-59 Mark Thurston Flagstaff, AZ
60-64 Dan Brenden Phoenix, AZ
65-69 Robin Lorenz Cave Creek, AZ

SOCAL

Female

20-24 Kristy Burkey Temecula, CA
25-29 Laura Schaefer Newcastle, CA
30-34 Allison Lees Oceanside, CA
35-39 Robyn Dunn Hermosa Beach, CA
40-44 Josephine Nagal Chula Vista, CA
45-49 Erica Hawkes Irvine, CA
50-54 Amy Hutner Los Angeles, CA
55-59 Erin Fry Anaheim Hills, CA
60-64 Kathleen Rydgig Oxnard, CA
65-69 Cheri Uno Los Angeles, CA
70-74 Carol Rice Pasadena, CA

Male

15-19 Greg Abrams Newbury Park, CA
20-24 Ivan Zarate II Walnut, CA
25-29 Jason Flaig Oxnard, CA
30-34 Matthew Dixon San Diego, CA
35-39 Lindsay Hamoudi San Diego, CA
40-44 David Tien South Pasadena, CA
45-49 Jeffrey Dinkin Pasadena, CA
50-54 Eric Rignot La Crescenta, CA
55-59 Ron Paquette Los Angeles, CA
60-64 Rich Robertson South Pasadena, CA
65-69 Gordon Dooley Laguna Beach, CA
70-74 Hans Unger Sylmar, CA
75-79 John Williams Culver City, CA

FLORIDA

Female

25-29 Carmen Barroso Brandon, FL
30-34 Jen Senior St. Petersburg, FL
35-39 Erin Volz Orlando, FL
40-44 Jessica Rutherford St. Petersburg, FL
45-49 May-Li Cuypers Largo, FL
50-54 Nancy Buonanni Merritt Island, FL
60-64 Theresa Gentile Leesburg, FL

Male

20-24 Jimmy Patterson Tampa, FL
25-29 Ethan Upton Tampa, FL
30-34 Mason Reidenbach Casselberry, FL
35-39 Jason Sciandra Cape Coral, FL
40-44 Jay Chancellor Lutz, FL
45-49 Erick Bertram Brandon, FL
50-54 Eric Palacio Tampa, FL
55-59 Rance Blair Tampa, FL
60-64 Mike Miller The Villages, FL
65-69 John Mitchell Altamonte Springs, FL

ALABAMA

Female

10-14 Lissa Miller Madison, AL
15-19 Ella Engstrom Madison, AL
20-24 Emilee Rochester Parmer Woodland, AL
25-29 Amberjean Goodman Dothan, AL
30-34 Ashley White Woodland, AL
35-39 Sarah Grappo Birmingham, AL
40-44 Sunny Workman Pelham, AL
45-49 Hayley Long Oxford, AL
50-54 Teresa Phillips Gadsden, AL
60-64 Luvern Blackwood Trafford, AL

Male

10-14 Cannon Kvicala Madison, AL
15-19 Aiden Cadieux Clanton, AL
20-24 David Olsen Birmingham, AL
25-29 Mike Sottilare Birmingham, AL
30-34 Dustin Chasse Anniston, AL
35-39 Gene Hood Attalla, AL
40-44 Jay Crosby Madison, AL
45-49 Steve Phillips Owens Cross Roads, AL
50-54 Matthew Holdbrooks Trussville, AL
55-59 Jim Copeland Attalla, AL
60-64 Bill Hancock Wetumpka, AL
65-69 Don Burkett Mineral Bluff, GA
70-74 Larry Ballard Gadsden, AL

GEORGIA

Female

20-24 Becky Lynn Athens, GA
25-29 Holly Stewart Atlanta, GA
30-34 Abby Barnard Kennesaw, GA
35-39 Kristi Rhine Monroe, GA
40-44 Kari Bradley Decatur, GA
45-49 Kim Walker Lawrenceville, GA
50-54 Carrie Dix Roswell, GA
55-59 Lori Brown Suwanee, GA
60-64 Sherry Bilodeau Roswell, GA

Male

10-14 Korey Shively Madison, AL
20-24 Austin Ukanna Decatur, GA
25-29 David Durkin Roswell, GA
30-34 Matt Haley Buford, GA
35-39 David Jimenez Watkinsville, GA
40-44 Joe Juarez Alpharetta, GA
45-49 Paul Koster Marietta, GA
50-54 Chris Adkins Snellville, GA
55-59 Phillip Webster Bethlehem, GA
60-64 Mark Compton Watkinsville, GA
65-69 Donald Burkett Mineral Bluff, GA
75-79 Jesus Romero Snellville, GA

VIRGINIA

Female

30-34 Christina Arrington Powhatan, VA
35-39 Jen Morse Richmond, VA
40-44 Bobbie Jo Carroll Glen Allen, VA

Male

35-39 Jarod Davis Richmond, VA
40-44 Jason Ford Midlothian, VA
45-49 Tim Clinton Midlothian, VA
50-54 Joseph Meyers Montpelier, VA
55-59 Clark Jackson Charlottesville, VA
60-64 Dave Solliday Virginia Beach, VA

ATLANTIC

Female

25-29 Kay Sheldon Bel Air, MD
30-34 Kathryn Bohn Wilmington, DE
35-39 Nikki Sothoron Wexford, PA
40-44 Maureen Chiari Wilmington, DE
45-49 Monika Bachmann Upper Marlboro, MD

Male

30-34 Benjamin Hall Manchester, MD
35-39 Adam Davidson Wilmington, DE
40-44 Don Quinn Madison, SD
50-54 Edward Rybczynski Havre de Grace, MD
55-59 Richard Dollins Ellicott City, MD

POCONO

Female

20-24 Betsy Hockman Lansdale, PA
25-29 Nikita Kolbeck Wyoming, PA
30-34 Tabbitha Dunn Monroeton, PA
35-39 Molly Goldsmith Nanticoke, PA
40-44 Elissa Schoening Cresco, PA
50-54 Jill Hildebrandt Wapwallopen, PA
55-59 Kay Kelchner Millville, PA

Male

15-19 Jared Murphy Unionville, PA
25-29 Tradelle Ward Hoboken, NJ
30-34 Sean Davies Hanover Twp., PA
35-39 Joseph Dombroski Bloomsburg, PA
40-44 John Horvath Canadensis, PA
45-49 Keith Austin Sweet Valley, PA
50-54 Lee Kelchner Millville, PA
55-59 James Simmons Wyoming, PA

PUERTO RICO

Female

20-24 D’marlyd Salort Gurabo, PR
30-34 Rosa Vasquez Caguas, PR
35-39 Angelika Rodriguez Dorado, PR
40-44 Johana Montalvo Cayey, PR
45-49 Adriana Nieves Clearwater, FL

Male

15-19 Juan Betancourt Cayey, PR
20-24 Gabriel DeJesus Caguas, PR
25-29 Emanuel Sanchez Luquillo, PR
30-34 Waldemar Galarza Florida, PR
35-39 Armando Vengoechea Toa Alta, PR
40-44 Melvin Tirado San Juan, PR
45-49 Terrance McIntyre Arecibo, PR
50-54 Luis Beaz Coto Laurel, PR
55-59 Donald Nieves Clearwater, FL

SOUTH CAROLINA

Female

25-29 Aubrey Lonsberry Fort Gordon, GA
30-34 Candace Zipf Aiken, SC
50-54 Jane Montgomery Martinez, GA

Male

20-24 Thomas Aulbach Simpsonville, SC
40-44 Daniel Kimball Tega Cay, SC
50-54 Dave Hale Columbia, SC

TEXAS

Female

10-14 Kaytlynn Welsch Alvin, TX
25-29 Elizabeth Peroutka Huntsville, TX
30-34 Tracie Akerhielm Denton, TX
35-39 Elizabeth Slator Houston, TX
40-44 Heidi Bailey Van, TX
45-49 Shay Robertson League City, TX
50-54 Lisa Berman Houston, TX
55-59 Beverly Scott Alvin, TX
60-64 Anesha Godden Missouri City, TX

Male

15-19 Christian Perez Waco, TX
25-29 Tony Cao Spring, TX
30-34 Mike Allen Cypress, TX
35-39 Chris Rains Austin, TX
40-44 Steve Allen Huntsville, TX
45-49 Robert Elliott Houston, TX
50-54 Jonathan Beene New Braunfels, TX
65-69 Lenord Burns Angleton, TX
75-79 Adrian Wolford Mustang, OK

UTAH

Female

9 and under Tai Ward Layton, UT
10-14 Leilani Ward Layton, UT
25-29 Hilary Greene Park City, UT
30-34 Veronica Dawson Salt Lake City, UT
45-49 Blanca Gray Layton, UT
55-59 Marty Smith Liberty, UT

Male

9 and under Lotatoa Ward Layton, UT
15-19 Kendall Sedgwick Park City, UT
25-29 Michael Corbin Highland, UT
30-34 Eric Bowman Provo, UT
35-39 Jason Hurley Aspen, CO
40-44 Rory Cullen Park City, UT
45-49 Donnie Gray Layton, UT
60-64 Bill Wavering Layton, UT

COLORADO

Female

25-29 Amanda Harneck San Antonio, TX
30-34 Laura Nichols Colorado Springs, CO
35-39 Kari Taylor Colorado Springs, CO
40-44 Kelly Crymble Ogallala, NE
45-49 Danielle Spivey Colorado Springs, CO
50-54 Trina Ehrenerg Eagle, CO

Male

30-34 Joshua Grange Denver, CO
35-39 William Walker Secker Colorado Springs, CO
40-44 Daniel Trigo Aurora, CO
45-49 Brian Dale Littleton, CO
50-54 David Mulligan Colorado Springs, CO
55-59 Greg Peak Salida, CO
60-64 Randall Rapetti Camino, CA

TENNESSEE

Female

30-34 Sarah Richardson Johnson City, TN
35-39 Glynetta Vogt Johnson City, TN
40-44 Tammy Huffman Cleveland, VA
50-54 Jill Campbell Kingsport, TN
55-59 Patti Turpin Bristol, TN

Male

20-24 Brady Adcock Pfafftown, NC
25-29 Kyle Gibson Johnson City, TN
30-34 Matthew Hitechew Newland, NC
35-39 David Armstrong Gray, TN
40-44 Raymond Jones Greenville, TN
45-49 Terry Jones Jonesborough, TN
50-54 Doug Strickland Kingsport, TN
55-59 Wesley Miller Fall Branch, TN
60-64 George Triplett Mountain City, TN

HAWAII

Female

20-24 Elise Laub Kailua, HI
25-29 Molly Ashkenas Honolulu, HI
30-34 Jennifer Philpot Lahaina, HI
40-44 Vanessa Schwabenland Kihei, HI
45-49 Nicola Gifford Wailuku, HI
50-54 Kip Payne Lahaina, HI

Male

10-14 Kai Payne Lahaina, HI
25-29 Bryan Vesce Kaneohe, HI
35-39 Christopher Dudley Lahaina, HI
40-44 Shawn Rogers Honolulu, HI
45-49 Chris Pierre Lahaina, HI
50-54 Greg Gifford Wailuku, HI
55-59 Joey Sena Kula, HI
65-69 Gordon Dooley Laguna Beach, CA

MASSACHUSETTS

Female

25-29 Sara Hunt Putnam, CT
30-34 Kristen Legendre Uxbridge, MA
35-39 Susan Macleod Newton, MA
40-44 Michelle Roy Hampton, NH
45-49 Lori Muhr North Grafton, MA
50-54 Bekkie Wright East Hartford, CT

Male

30-34 Antoine Dubois-Rande Cambridge, MA
35-39 CJ Norgaard Wayland, MA
40-44 Eugene Cheung Canton, MA
45-49 Rich Victor Mendon, MA
50-54 Jim Grady Auburn, MA
60-64 Jeff Hattem Natick, MA
Conrad Stoltz

Stoltz, Garrard win XTERRA England Championship

Photos / Complete Results

Conrad Stoltz and Emma Garrard captured the XTERRA England Championship on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, Surrey.

It was a landmark victory for Stoltz, his 50th career XTERRA championship win.  For Garrard, it was her first, made all the more special with a big cheering section full of family.

In the men’s race Stoltz came out of the water near the leaders (Richard Stannard was first out of the water) then blew the competition completely out of the water. He had a big lead at the 5K mark on the bike and then built on that.  Funny thing was, he was bleeding everywhere, but not from crashing.  The course is so tight and twisty in the forest his arms and legs just kept brushing the bush, not that he noticed.  His bike split was more than three minutes faster than the next best time of Francois Carloni.

Behind him a great mix of XTERRA’s elite were battling for second with last year’s champ Ben Allen, Yeray Luxem, Francois Carloni and Roger Serrano trading places.  Heading into the bike-to-run transition (well behind Stoltz) it was Luxem, Serrano, Allen, and Carloni … but then Kris Coddens got to the run and chased them all down with the fastest split of the day by more than two minutes.

Emma Garrard

All the while the women were having their own all-out battles.  Last year’s winner Jacqui Slack led out of the water and early on the bike and was looking strong.  A few hundred twists in the forest later and Garrard was in the lead with Chantell Widney not far behind.  Then came along Helena Erbenova on a mission to win her fourth XTERRA European Tour Championship of the year.  Those three – Garrard, Widney, and Erbenova – put on quite a show and it couldn’t have come at a better venue as the XTERRA England course cuts through the “arena” dozens of times so spectators and announcers can really get into the action.

Ultimately it came down to the run and a “refuse-to-lose” attitude from Garrard.  She posted the fastest run split by almost two minutes to capture her first major victory after four runner-up finishes in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series (including one to Widney last month in Colorado).

XTERRA England was the 10th of 11 races in the European Tour, which concludes next Sunday at the XTERRA Denmark Championship in Tisvilde.

More stories and photos from an epic day in England to come…

Elite Men
Pl Name Time
1 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 2:07:44
2 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:11:41
3 Yeray Luxem, BEL 2:12:04
4 Ben Allen, AUS 2:12:54
5 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:14:11
6 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:17:09
7 Matt Dewis, GBR 2:17:31
8 Jan Pyott, SUI 2:18:30
9 Richard Stannard, GBR 2:19:22
10 Liam Lloyd, GBR 2:19:37
Also: Beau Smith, Branden Rakita, Rory Downie, Grayson Keppler, Graham Wadsworth, Doug Hall, Asa Shaw, Rhys Davey
Elite Women
Pl Name Final
1 Emma Garrard, USA 2:24:29
2 Helena Erbenova, CZE 2:26:27
3 Chantell Widney, CAN 2:28:21
4 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:32:48
5 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:32:55
6 Maud Golsteyn, NED 2:37:29
7 Louise Fox, GBR 2:43:02
8 Jessica Roberts, GBR 2:44:54
9 Bethan Fowler, GBR 3:05:12
10 Natasha Berry, GBR 3:14:42
Also: Nicole Oliveri

The XTERRA England Championship is sponsored by RentalCars.com, XTERRA Wetsuits, PowerBar and Squirt.

About TEAM Unlimited

TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.  It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2014 will offer 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.

2014 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA England Championship is the 31st of 36 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship 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
24-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 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 Tisvilde
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii

 

XTERRA Quebec

History will be Made at XTERRA Quebec

XTERRA history will be made on August 31 at XTERRA Quebec – XTERRA’s first race in Eastern Canada.

The race takes place at picturesque Lac Delage, where over 1,000 man hours have been spent on 10km of trail building – all specifically for XTERRA.  It is truly a mountain biker’s playground.  Less experienced riders take heart – the Discovery race will be modified to avoid the more technical sections. This course is sure to become an XTERRA legend.

Close to 300 athletes are already on the start list and you be there too. Online registration is open until August 26, so don’t delay.

Learn more and register here: http://www.xterraquebec.ca/insc_ligne_an.html

CEO Challenge - Mike Byam

CEO Challenge at the XTERRA World Championship

The CEO Challenge at the XTERRA World Championship, offers a truly unique experience for C-level executives who are looking for a new perspective on endurance racing.  In addition to toeing the line with the world’s best offroad triathletes, the CEO Challenge package includes exclusive invitations to private events, pre-race strategy lunch, the Night of Champions and Awards dinners, entry to the famed Halloween costume party, and 5 days / 4 nights luxury accommodations at the host hotel – the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

Click here for more information http://www.ceochallenges.com/triathlon/2014-xterra-world-championship-maui

Kapalua Trail Run

T S Restaurants Blazing Trails with XTERRA

Four T S Restaurants on the island of Maui – Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s – have renewed their role as title sponsors of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs for the fourth consecutive year.

The events, known as the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run, Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run, Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run, are scheduled for Saturday, October 25, at Kapalua, Maui.  Leilani’s XTERRA Run Course and Leilani’s Run Prime Awards, will go down on the main event – the XTERRA World Championship on Sunday, October 26.

“We at T S Restaurants are proud to be involved with XTERRA on our home turf in West Maui,” said Ross Anderson, Vice President of Hawaii Operations for T S Restaurants. “We feel like our beachfront restaurants are a natural fit for XTERRA athletes and their families.  XTERRA has also become a big part of our own family’s lifestyles as our employees train for and run in the events.”

To drive home the partnership with its employees T S Restaurants created a race within a race dubbed “The T S Restaurants XTERRA Challenge.”  Each of the four restaurants will field a team of five runners and the team with the fastest cumulative time in the 5K race will take home the coveted TS Trophy.

“We love having T S Restaurants leading the way for our XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs,” XTERRA President Janet Clark said. “It’s been so much fun seeing their team competition take hold and all the smiling faces that ensue on race day.  It is truly a great opportunity for both Maui residents and visitors to the island.”

Last year Hula Grill captured the perpetual trophy, which is proudly displayed at the restaurant all year round, for the second time in a row (Duke’s Beach House won the inaugural challenge back in 2011).

All four T S Restaurants also sponsor local teachers with complimentary entries into the run.

“We love partnering with the local schools on healthy, active, outdoor initiatives like this,” said Anderson.  “It’s been a blast to see the teachers, along with a great representation from their respective student bodies, join in the runs.”

Runners will be treated to picturesque and challenging courses that will take them from the beach, up to the mountains, and then back to the beach.  In addition, a Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon will be held at the site of the race. Runners and their families can get their hair cut by professional Paul Mitchell stylists, with all donations benefitting the Challenged Athlete Foundation.

The Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run is for boys and girls ages 10 and younger. It is free, although parents must be present to sign a waiver form at the site of the race. Race distances will vary from 100 yards to 1 kilometer, depending on the age of the child. Parents are welcome to stay on the course as well.

More than 1,000 runners from around the world participated in the event last year.  Both courses started at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, then traversed up and down the West Maui Mountains, and then along D.T. Fleming Beach, before heading back to The Ritz-Carlton.

“As far as views go, you can’t beat this race,” said two-time 10K winner Willie Schefer said.

LINK TO COMPLETE 2013 RESULTS / LINK TO 2013 PHOTO GALLERY

The Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run and Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and online registration is available at http://www.xterraplanet.com/maui/mauiTrailRun.html.

The Leilani’s XTERRA Run Course primes are awarded to the competitors with the fastest run times during the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon.  The XTERRA World Championship held on Sunday, October 26, is the pinnacle event of more than 100 off-road triathlons held in 25 countries.

Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s are four of Maui’s finest restaurants, and all are located within a short driving distance of Kapalua.

“The unique feeling and setting of West Maui is exhibited at each of these four restaurants, and it is in keeping with what the XTERRA athletes and their families have come to expect when they get to the island of Maui,” XTERRA President Clark said. “Dining at any, or all, of these restaurants can only enhance the experience for our athletes, whether it be eating a pre-race meal or celebrating with a post-race meal.”

About T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California

Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S Restaurants owns and operates 13 restaurants in Hawaii and California, including Duke’s Waikiki and Hula Grill Waikiki on Oahu; Kimo’s, Leilani’s on the Beach, Hula Grill Kaanapali and Duke’s Beach House on Maui; Duke’s Kauai and Keoki’s Paradise on Kauai; and Jake’s Del Mar, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, Sandy’s, Duke’s Huntington Beach and Duke’s Malibu in California.  For more information about T S Restaurants visit www.tsrestaurants.com.

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 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25countries worldwide.  In the U.S. alone nearly 200,000 participants took part in the XTERRA lifestyle last year.  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.

XTERRA Nordic Swim

Busy Two Weeks for XTERRA Nordic Series

A few weeks ago there was a great New York Times article about “taking triathlons into the wild” that featured XTERRA races as well as a grueling swim/run challenge.  What it didn’t mention is that our XTERRA Nordic Series team is producing the inaugural XTERRA SwimRun on Saturday in Tonsbert (a week before the XTERRA Denmark Championship race in Tisvilde).

The XTERRA Swimrun “to the World’s End” combines 50km of trail running with 8,000-meters of open water swimming between 20 islands in the breathtaking Oslofjord Archipelago.

“The race starts at Ringhaugstranda and ends at World’s End, the southernmost tip of the island of Tjørne,” explains event director Steen Aagaard Walter.  “Every time you get to a new island, you run over it and swim to the next island. The longest swim stage is 1,200m and the longest run stage is 8km. In total you will cover 50km of running and 8,000m of swimming. XTERRA Swimrun is a unique race in the most stunning skerries. You compete in teams of two persons, and the first team to reach World’s End wins. We have women’s, men’s and mixed teams. You only need a partner, a wetsuit and a pair of running shoes to compete.”

The race offers great nature experiences and a fierce battle against the elements. There are three cut-off times and five aid stations with food and fluids. Here, Walter describes the course details:

“Starts at Ringhaugstranda, swim south towards the Bolærne archipelago. After the Bolærne archipelago, the course will take you west towards Gåsøy, Hvaløy and Bjerkøy. After Bjerkøy, you will reach Nøtterøy, and then it is time for a longer run stage to Vrengensundet. When you have crossed Vrengensundet, the longest run stage of the race is waiting. You run south via a beautiful coastal path towards Engø Gård. Afterwards, it is time for a short swim to the island of Hvasser. From Hvasser, you move south towards the beautiful Sandø to complete a run stage before you move back to cross Hvasser. The last stage passes the race hotel, Havna Hotell, before moving south towards World’s End.”

Walter expects the fastest teams to complete the challenge in 6-7 hours, and has capped registration at 100 teams.

“It’ll be tough, that’s for sure,” said Walter.  “Rocks, forest paths and open water with waves and currents make the course very challenging. In return, it is extremely beautiful.”

Learn more at xterraswimrun.com.

Next is XTERRA Denmark on August 31.  The venue is set in Tisvilde, just short of an hour drive from Copenhagen Airport.
West of Tisvildeleje – just outside Denmark’s fifth biggest forest – is Tisvilde Hegn, a kilometer-long stretch of white sands and child-friendly beaches with clean seawater, sand dunes and woods.

“It’s absolutely the perfect setting for a testing and beautiful XTERRA course,” said Steen Walter.

You can view more about the Specialized MTB course: 2 Loops of 15km, pretty technical course with a few gravel sections here: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=astaikclgjwotuhv

More info on the ECCO Biom Run course: 2 loops of 5km, a combination of small hills, sand and a few step decents makes this one pretty challenging, here: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=lppogtjdvevgspel

There are 41 qualifying slots into XTERRA Worlds to the top amateur finishers.  The tentative start list can be viewed here: http://www.sportstiming.dk/Event/Participants.aspx?Id=1184

EPC Tips Recovery Ride

EPC Tips – The “Recovery Ride”

The “Recovery Ride,” an important but often neglected training session.

Late summer is often a time of intense training blocks as athletes put their final touches on their training programs as they approach their final “A priority” events of the year. Along with intense training sessions also comes the need for very easy training (recovery sessions). In order to be able to go hard on your hard days you need to go easy on your easy days. These easy days, often referred to as “active recovery”, give your body a chance to heal, repair damage, and grow stronger. It’s crucial to take these easy days as seriously as your hard days if you really want to see improvement in your fitness.

The “recovery ride” is the quintessential active recovery session. Here’s how to do it PRO style.

  • Put on the sharpest kit you have (the more ‘white’ the better)
  • Jump on your road bike and cruise through/around town in a small gear with a high cadence
  • Resist the urge to ‘race’ your fellow bike path competitors that are passing you
  • At the turnaround point of your ride, stop for a cappuccino & muffin at your favorite coffee spot
  • Spin home

Total time should be 60-90 minutes and you should feel fresher and more energized upon return than when you departed. In all seriousness, make these rides EASY and fun. Just enough effort to get the blood moving, but slow enough that casual commuters are leaving you in their dust. These easy days will allow you to recover more quickly and ready yourself for more hard work in the days that follow.

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Vachery Estate

The Woodstock of XTERRA – Vachery Estate Offers One-of-a-Kind Race Destination

A wild weekend – literally and figuratively – is in store for several hundred XTERRA warriors taking part in Sunday’s XTERRA England Championship race on the storied grounds of Vachery Estate in Cranleigh.

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.  On a private estate, no less, where huge open fields of grass will welcome hundreds of campers, bands, caterers, and racers.

The atmosphere is teeming with excitement and the course itself is simply terrific.  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.

“It’s awesome, I love it,” exclaimed four-time XTERRA World Champion Conrad Stoltz after pre-riding just the first third of the bike course.  That’s exciting to hear coming from a self-proclaimed “course snob.”

The run is just as fun, crossing over creeks, hopping over logs.  There will certainly be a primal feeling for those being chased, as well as those being chased down by others through the dark, cool forest.

The championship distance combines a 1.5K swim / 30K bike / 11K trail run.  There is also a half-distance sprint race option.

Spectators are in for quite a treat as well with both the bike and run courses filtering through the “arena” several times making it quite easy to track the action.  They are certain to bear witness to a race worthy of the hype as the field is steeped in both quality and quantity featuring 37 elites representing 13 countries including some of the fastest triathletes from the United Kingdom.

The men’s race features the iconic “Caveman” Conrad Stoltz of South Africa – a seven-time world champ – who is shooting for his unprecedented 50th career XTERRA Championship race victory.

His challengers include last year’s XTERRA England Champion Ben Allen from Australia and five of the top eight ranked elites in the XTERRA European Tour; Francois Carloni of France (3rd), Yeray Luxem of Belgium (4th), Asa Shaw of the UK (5th), Jan Pyott of Switzerland (6th), and Kris Coddens of Belgium (8th).  Carloni won XTERRA Greece this year, Shaw was second to only Ruben Ruzafa at XTERRA Worlds last year, and all of those guys have finished on the podium within striking distance of the top step at some point.

The men’s field also features Roger Serrano of Spain – who has shown flashes of brilliance this season –Americans Branden Rakita and Noah Wright, and a wealth of home grown ringers.

Some of England’s top “roadies” are taking to the trails in hopes of cracking into XTERRA’s gauntlet of off-road specialists.  There’s Joe Skipper – who finished 2nd at Ironman UK this year and won the Vachery Road Triathlon last year.  Rhys Davey, training partner and roommate with one of the worlds best triathletes Jonathan Brownlee.  Davey was 4th at the Ironman UK 70.3 this year.  Richard “the Fish” Stannard is in the field and certain to be at the front coming of the water.  He’s won several aquathon world titles and holds all kinds of British Masters records..  Greg Shrosbee was 5th at XTERRA England last year.  Rory Downie, Doug Hall, and Graham Wadsworth are all proven XTERRA racers that will feel right at home on their mountain bikes through these twisty trails.  Three-time British Duathlon Champion (2011, 2012 and 2013) Mark Buckingham will give it a go, as will elite mountain biker Henry Sleight, Rich Sumpter, and young-guns Matt Dewis, Liam Lloyd, and Beau Smith.  Clearly plenty of guys for the hometown crowd to pull for on Sunday.

Men

Name, Age, Hometown

Ben Allen, 29, Wollongong, Australia
Mark Buckingham, 29, Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Francois Carloni, 29, Frejus, France
Kris Coddens, 33, Torhout, Belgium
Rhys Davey, 23, Leeds, United Kingdom
Matt Dewis, 22, Loughborough, United Kingdom
Rory Downie, 25, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Doug Hall, 26, Marshfield, United Kingdom
Liam Lloyd, 20, Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
Yeray Luxem, 28, Merksem, Belgium
Jan Pyott, 32, Oberageri, Switzerland
Branden Rakita, 33, Colorado, USA
Roger Serrano, 23, Cataluna, Spain
Asa Shaw, 30, Frejus, France (United Kingdom)
Greg Shrosbree, 23, Poole, United Kingdom
Joe Skipper, 26, Lowestoft, United Kingdom
Henry Sleight, 25, Banbury, United Kingdom
Beau Smith, 20, Carnforth, United Kingdom
Richard Stannard, 40, Surrey, United Kingdom
Conrad Stoltz, 40, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Rich Sumpter, 32, Galgan, France (United Kingdom)
Graham Wadsworth, 31, Bristol, United Kingdom
Noah Wright, 40, Texas, USA

The women’s race promises to be just as exciting, highlighted by last year’s winner Jacqui Slack from Stoke-on-Trent.  She’ll have lots of familiar faces to deal with as six of the top 10 women in the XTERRA European Tour are on the start line.  Chief among them is Helena Erbenova, the two-time XTERRA European Tour Champion who has a chance to win a third Tour title if she can capture Sunday’s England Championship then the XTERRA Denmark Championship on August 31.

Chantell Widney from Canada has had a magnificent season, winning the XTERRA Mountain Championship in the Colorado Rockies last month to go with three top four finishes on the XTERRA European Tour this season.  America’s best Emma Garrard is here with her own contingent and while she’s fighting for the overall her cousin Nikki, father Dick, and brother Ross will be racing as a relay team in the sprint race.

Brigitta Poor (6th in XET) from Hungary, Maud Golsteyn (8th) of the Netherlands, Lenka Cibulkova of the Czech Republic, and Nicole Olivari from Italy are up for the challenge along with a host of British female elites featuring Louise Fox (10th in XET), India Lee, Bethan Fowler, Jessica Roberts, and Natasha Barry.

Women

Name, Age, Hometown

Natasha Barry, 33, Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Lenka Cibulkova, 33, Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic
Helena Erbenova, 35, Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
Bethan Fowler, 35, Caldicot, United Kingdom
Louise Fox, 33, Lower Early, United Kingdom
Emma Garrard, 33, Utah, USA
Maud Golsteyn, 34, Nieuwstadt, Netherlands
Alice Hector, Windsor, United Kingdom
India Lee, 26, Winchester, United Kingdom
Nicole Olivari, 19, Montese, Italy
Brigitta Poor, 25, Sopron, Hungary
Jessica Roberts, 25, Northallerton, United Kingdom
Jacqui Slack, 31, Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
Chantell Widney, 34, Alberta, Canada

Pros are fighting for their share of the $15,000 USD race purse plus XTERRA European Tour points towards the final standings split of $20,000 USD to the top performers in the Series.  The XTERRA England Championship is the tenth of 11 events on the European Tour.

For amateur racers there are 41 qualifying spots into the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui this October 26. For all involved, win or lose, there will be a big party with live music, drinks, and dancing after the race and loads of competitors are camping overnight so its sure to be a festive scene.

“Surrey offers great freedom and space,” said Surrey resident and famous Beatles drummer Ringo Starr to Surrey Life Magazine recently.  “There’s no nicer view than an uninterrupted vista over the immaculate Surrey countryside.”

Some 500 XTERRA racers will have their own chance to experience said countryside this weekend.

For more information visit www.xterraengland.com (Note: New registration available on-site only from 2-6pm on Saturday, August 24 at Vachery Estate).

The XTERRA England Championship is sponsored by XTERRA Wetsuits, PowerBar, Rentalcars.com and Squirt Lube.

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