Kapalua Run

T S Restaurants Enter 5th Year of XTERRA Partnership

Honolulu, HI – For the fifth straight year T S Restaurants Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s will serve as title sponsors of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs in Maui and this year they’re really dressing things up.

As luck would have it the runs fall on October 31st, Halloween!, so Leilani’s is adding some hocus pocus and a costume contest for participants in the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run, Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run, and Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki K.

“We’ve had an absolute blast with these runs over the last few years but are taking things to a whole new level this time around,” said Ross Anderson, Vice President of Hawaii Operations for T S Restaurants. “It’s Halloween, XTERRA is turning 20, and the vibe is going to be off-the-charts with thousands of people in costume running around our home turf in West Maui.”

The Leilani’s XTERRA Halloween Costume Contest will reward runners sporting the most creative, funniest, topical/pop culture, and Hawaiian costumes along with the best group theme and keiki costumes with goodies and $100 gift certificates to use at their restaurants (details online at www.xterramaui.com).

“I simply can’t wait,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “Our good friends at T S Restaurants are bound and determined to have the most outrageous Halloween-themed trail party ever staged and I get a huge smile on my face every time I think about all the ghouls and goblins we’ll see running around Kapalua.”

Superheroes and supernaturals alike will be treated to picturesque and challenging courses that will take them from the safety of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and into a spooky forest, up a torturous climb, along a trick-or-treat of a trail to a beastly beach run and finally a frightful finish line.

“We are going to have a lot of fun with this run,” explained race director Dave Nicholas. “And even though our PR guys are getting carried away with the prose it’s still a legit run for real runners to go fast. Costumes are optional, although I think we’d all love to see an alien win it all this year.”

In addition to the trail runs a Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon will be held at the site of the race where one-and-all are welcome to 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 2,000 runners from around the world are anticipated to take on the spooky scrambles this year, and 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 will take home the coveted T S Trophy.

Last year Kimo’s captured the perpetual trophy, which is proudly displayed at the restaurant all year round. Hula Grill won in 2012 & 2013 and Duke’s Beach House won the inaugural challenge in 2011.

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

“It’s been a blast to see the teachers, along with a great representation from their respective student bodies, join in the runs,” said Anderson. “This year we hope to see twice as many students and teachers get in the spirit.”

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.”

Find more information, last year’s results, picture galleries, and links to registration online at: http://www.xterraplanet.com/maui/mauiTrailRun.html

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.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

XTERRA Travel Adds the Best of Beaver Creek

Connecting active travelers with active destinations, XTERRA Travel reaches the rarefied air of Beaver Creek, Colorado with the addition of the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa.

Located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, this true ski-in/ski-out resort continues to set the standard for luxury destinations.  All 190 – newly renovated guest rooms, are tastefully appointed with down comforters, marble bath amenities and signature products.

Experience 8100, a live action bar and grill specializing in local, natural and organic dishes featuring Colorado’s best microbrews, wines and spirits. Relax in the Water Sanctuary or one of 23 deluxe treatment rooms at Allegria Spa. Pamper yourself with gourmet s’mores served each day and signature ski valet service just steps from the gondola.

Whatever the season, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa offers an array of activities from snowshoeing and dogsledding to hiking and white water rafting during the summer months.

Now until December 10, 2015 enjoy a special XTERRA Travel introductory offer. Book two nights, and the third night is free with offer code:  SALEX3.

*Based on availability, this offer is valid from August 1 – Dec 10, 2015 Free night is removed from guest folio at time of check out.  Tax and resort fee apply to all 3 nights.

Plan your stay at www.parkhyattbeavercreek.com.

About XTERRA Travel

XTERRA Travel is a collection of travel partners and destinations connecting active travel with active people. From idyllic Indian Ocean island paradises to the snow-capped peaks of Utah’s Wasatch Range. XTERRA Travel will take you to your next #livemore moment. Learn more at www.xterra.travel.

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XTERRA’s Unsung Heroes

By Aidan, Summer, and DJ Quinn

Who are the unsung heroes of the XTERRA Trail Run Series? The volunteers are! Volunteers are invaluable, and give runners the encouragement they need to make it to the finish line, giving them emotional and physical support. Whether they’re giving you the fuel you need, cheering you on the entire way, or helping you push through that last mile, volunteers are there with every step. They make every XTERRA race happen, and keep them going strong.

Volunteers’ work often starts before race day, when they diligently mark the race courses, stuff race packets or even check the timing chips. Volunteers arrive early on the day of the race. Once there, they set up the race venue and registration to help arriving racers, while other volunteers head out to setup aid stations. Volunteers at the aid stations give much-needed fuel, support, and encouragement to tired racers, giving them the strength they need to finish the race. Volunteers put a lot of effort into cheering racers on, and when racers cross the finish line, they are there to give out well-deserved awards and nourishment. After all the runners have gotten their awards and gone home, volunteers are still hard at work cleaning up the race venue.

It would be near impossible for XTERRA to exist without its volunteers. From setting up early in the morning, to cleaning up after the race, the volunteers do it all. XTERRA appreciates their volunteers, and provides them with as much support as possible since they are truly the unsung heroes of XTERRA.

A great example of a hardworking and passionate XTERRA volunteer is our brother Devin. Most days Devin loves to sleep in as long as possible. Race days are completely different with him shooting out of bed before anyone else and always leading the charge out the door. As experienced XTERRA racer and volunteer (and our father) Don Quinn puts it, “It’s true, he likes to sleep. Sometimes it feels like we’re living with a grizzly bear: sleep, eat, sleep, eat. But on race morning he’s a completely different person. He rockets out of bed and is ready to roll before the rest of us are done shaking off the cobwebs.”

When we get to the race venue, Devin is eager and ready to get to work, no matter the hour of the morning. Once the race director assigns jobs, Devin sets to work with gusto, doing whatever is asked of him and often leading the assigned group. Sometimes Devin volunteers for ten or more hours in a row, out in the blazing sun, but he never quits or complains; he is always energetic and hardworking, whether he’s sweeping a course in 90 degree temperatures, or encouraging racers as they near the finish line, he gives it 100%. Devin is always looking for ways to improve upon existing methods, and his quick thinking combined with his strong work ethic makes him an ideal volunteer. As XTERRA racer and volunteer (and our mother) Mollie Quinn says of son Devin, “We are so proud of how hard he works, and all the support and encouragement he provides for the racers.”

Devin is a great volunteer, but he is just one example of the many hardworking people across the country who wake up at 3 A.M and volunteer for hours just for the joy of helping others.

XTERRA needs volunteers from all walks of life, all ages and all levels of experience to come and be a part of the team. If you have a few hours to spare for an upcoming XTERRA event, please email trailrun@xterraplanet.com with the race you are interested in helping and we will get you connected.

Devin, and all the other XTERRA volunteers are what make XTERRA great. So today we salute Devin and all the other volunteers that make it possible to run the races we love. Thank you!

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XTERRA Trail Run Worlds Dec. 6

The crown jewel of the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series is the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, and the majestic Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii has served as the host site since the creation of this prestigious event in 2008.

This year, the race is scheduled for December 06, 2015 and more than 2,000 runners from around the world are expected to gather at Kualoa Ranch on the northeastern side of the island of Oahu.

A 21-kilometer half-marathon course is considered the world championship course, and it takes runners through some of the most diverse – and scenic – terrain on the planet.

It is worth noting that there is no qualifying process to enter the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. It is an event open to runners of all ages, with skill levels that can range from elite to beginner. In order to accommodate the various levels, there will be various courses – the 21K championship course, a 10K, a 5K, and an “adventure walk.”

The trails at Kualoa Ranch are normally closed to the public, so it offers a rare opportunity for runners to experience the unique setting.

The 4,000-acre working cattle ranch reaches from the steep mountain cliffs to the sparkling sea, and the terrain varies from dense rainforest to broad open valleys, with close-up views of beautiful white sand beaches and awesome verdant cliff faces. The epic nature of Kualoa Ranch has served as a scenic backdrop for numerous television shows and Hollywood films such as Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, Tears of the Sun50 First Dates, and LOST.

The fastest runners on the 21K course will be competing for a $10,000 total prize purse (top seven overall men and top seven overall women receive money). Everyone who conquers the half-marathon championship course will earn a finisher’s medal, and the top three runners for every age group in the 21K, 10K and 5K will receive medals and other prizes.

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is the culminating event of the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series, which is a collection of more than 70 adventurous, off-road trail runs of various distances around the world.

Snowbird Trail Run

XTERRA Snowbird Runs August 29

In another gorgeous part of the Wasatch Range just south of Salt Lake City, Utah lies Snowbird Ski Resort, home to a great new trail race on August 29th that is perfectly suited to prepare runners for XTERRA Trail Run Nationals.

“There is new single track to Hidden Peak at the top of Snowbird Tram,” explained organizer Mitt Stewart, who also produces the Wasatch Trail Run Series.  “Its seven miles with 3,000-feet of elevation gain on one of the best and most beautiful trails in the Wasatch Range and perfect for running in that the pitch is never too steep.”

After finishing, participants ride the Snowbird Tram back down to the base where Oktoberfest festivities along with Awards ceremony will occur.

There are also 10K and 5K trail race options that weave thru aspen and spruce tree forests providing beautiful views of Little Cottonwood Canyon as well as views of the Salt Lake Valley. The 10K loop has about 1,000-feet worth of elevation gain and the 5K loop about 600-feet.

Learn more at http://runontrails.com/XTERRASnowbird.php

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Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals set for September 20th

By Devin P. Quinn
XTERRA Trail Running Intern

There’s no question about it—this year’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running National Championship promise to be the most exciting yet. On September 20th, amateurs and casual runners will have the unique opportunity to match steps with the nation’s elite as the course winds its way through the breathtaking mountain trails of the Snowbasin ski resort in Ogden, Utah. It all comes together this fall—a nationwide ensemble, an incredibly scenic course, and, of course, the inimitable atmosphere of an XTERRA racing event, all promising to make this race one of the most anticipated XTERRA events of the year.

I could feel the thrill of “Nationals” from the moment that I arrived at Snowbasin Resort for last year’s championships. The magnetic attraction and appeal of the event was easily evident in the presence of runners from every part of the country—virtually every state was represented. Regional champions had their hard-earned titles emblazoned on their race bibs, providing fodder for conversation as well as evidence of a free invitation thanks to XTERRA’s unique “Win Your Series and Race For Free” program. Having volunteered at many XTERRA races across the nation, I recognized many familiar faces—veteran racers and trail-running luminaries from every corner of America, gathered in this one place for a single epic event alongside ordinary running enthusiasts—mere mortals like you and me. It’s an irresistible formula that has drawn runners to Ogden for six straight years—and year seven promises to be more fun than ever.

Another key ingredient of the race’s undeniable allure is the backdrop—the superlative scenery of the Wasatch mountains. All three race courses—5K, 10K, and half-marathon—depart from the Snowbasin village at the foot of the mountainous terrain and wind their way upward for a challenging but hugely rewarding climb before descending back to the resort. A fantastic course awaits runners, with well-maintained trails, glorious panoramic vistas, and plenty of crisp, fresh mountain air. I speak from experience when I say that the Nationals course is easily one of the most beautiful routes that a runner could have the privilege of experiencing—if you love trail running, you won’t want to miss this course.

In fact, make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the wonderful opportunities offered at the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running National Championship! Offering amateurs the unparalleled opportunity to run the same race as today’s trail running greats, and set on a world-class course of superb trails and stunning panoramas, the race is certain to draw attendees and participants from every corner of the country to Ogden this September for a truly spectacular racing event.

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Merrick, Schymik win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km Trail Run

Photo Gallery / Complete Results

(Avon, CO) – Joshua Merrick and Anissa Schymik captured the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km trail run on a brisk but perfect running day in the mountains at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO with winning times of 1:16:34 and 1:38:13, respectively.

Merrick, one day removed from winning the overall amateur title at Saturday’s XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon made it a double today as he led from start to finish. Setting a blazing 6:29 pace, the Alamosa, Colorado resident, finished nearly nine minutes ahead of runner-up Alex Lieber from Boulder, Colorado.

“I just tried to go out hard to get a gap so I could relax and run my own race. Once I got away it was managing the hills, trying to get as much distance on the down where you’re relaxing as much as possible and trying to stay upright. It was wet out there.”

On racing yesterday, “It was just waking up this morning hoping my legs weren’t full of lead. Actually, I didn’t feel too bad today .. I was a little surprised.”

The 20km course featured more than 2,000-feet of vertical climbing.

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In the women’s race Schymik ran uncontested using her 26 years of trail running experience to put a gap of nearly 14 minutes between her and runner-up Leslie St.Louis from Morrison, Colorado.

“It was totally unexpected. The second lap was actually easier the first. Two laps courses actually work to your advantage for strategy and pacing.”

The Littleton, Colorado local added, “The course is gorgeous, through the aspens, through the wildflowers. The upper meadows area through the aspen is just beautiful.”

Today’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km Trail Run was the final of four races in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. The top runners in every age group for the 20km course of the Beaver Creek Trail Run received points toward the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series standings and each division champion was awarded a complimentary entry into the 2015 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to be held December 6 at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

Final series standings can be viewed here https://results.events.com/showview.html#/public-result/33.
For more information on the XTERRA Trail Running Series visit www.xterratrailrun.com.

More than 200 runners from 21 states and Mexico took part in today’s 20K, 10K and 5K races. Bryan Perrott and Alayna Szuch won the 10K while Jake Borel and Savannah Wimon took the 5K titles.

SPECIAL THANKS

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run was presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Travel, and sponsored by Beaver Creek Resort, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, XTERRA Optic Nerve, LifeProof, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, the town of Avon, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Utah Sports Commission, Salming, XTERRA Boards, and Outrigger Resorts.

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 2015 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 35 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.

Richmond Trail Runs

Fuentes, Tarquinio win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Richmond Half

Photo Gallery / XTERRA Richmond 21K Results / XTERRA Fugitive 10K Results

Photo Courtesy: Jesse Peters

(Richmond, VA) – Olympic marathon hopeful David Fuentes of Austin, Texas ran away from last year’s winner Bryce Livingston to win the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Richmond Half-Marathon on an incredibly hot morning in and around the James River Park System and Brown’s Island today.

Fuentes, 28, an NCAA All-America cross country runner out of St. Edwards University, posted a winning time of 1:20:28, more than five minutes ahead of Livingston.

“It was hot, rolling, bouldering, and a lot of fun,” said Edwards, who qualified for the Olympic trials in the marathon distance to be held February in Los Angeles.  “This was just my second trail race ever. I’m just trying to have some fun right now.  It’s good to mix it up like this.”

Ellen Tarquinio from Washington D.C. won the women’s race in 1:39:03, just 23-seconds ahead of runner-up Leia Lautzenheiser, a standout from Midlothian High School (class of 2009).

“It was fantastic, an urban adventure for sure with all the scrambling, bouldering, the rivers, and the tunnels were amazing,” said Tarquinio, who was running with a group of four women before taking the lead at about the halfway point.  “I didn’t see the second-place woman until we were on the bridge and then had to pick up the pace a bit.”

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Tarquinio was a rower in college and turned into a trail runner thereafter.  “Love running trails.  This was my first time doing this race and it was awesome.”

Several hundred runners from across the nation took part in today’s runs.  There was also a 10K race, won by Russell Reed of Onemo, VA in 39:28 and Jennifer Place of Southhold, NY in 50:14.

The run courses – both 21K and 10K – featured numerous obstacles, both man-made and natural. Perhaps the most noticeable were the “Mayan Ruins” stair climb, and the water crossings across the James River.  The trails also took runners in and out of lush forest areas and alongside some of the historic buildings in the city of Richmond.  The contrast has earned the event its “urban adventure” description.

The top runners in every age group in today’s 21K race received a free entry into the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii this December 6, 2015.

Tomorrow it’s the triathletes turn in Richmond, as the 17th annual XTERRA East Championship pro race gets underway at 7:50am with the amateur race to follow at 8:45am.  Follow the pro race on twitter @xterraoffroad #xterraRVA.

Learn more about the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series at www.xterratrailrun.com.

Learn more about XTERRA in Richmond at www.xterrarichmond.com.

SC series preview

XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series Preview

By Devin P. Quinn and Summer Quinn
XTERRA Trail Running Interns

Looking for a great trail running experience this summer? Then look no further than the upcoming XTERRA South Carolina trail run series! One of XTERRA’s most brilliant and dedicated race directors, Victoria Seahorn, has organized these two stellar upcoming races in the region– the XTERRA Harbison Half Marathon & 5K on July 12th, and the XTERRA Table Rock 15K and 5K on August 15th. These races are set against the backdrop of some of the state’s best scenery, and Victoria describes the combined atmosphere of XTERRA camaraderie and sweeping natural beauty as “a true XTERRA experience– and a true South Carolina experience.” Perfectly suited to all levels of running experience, the rugged scenic trails of Harbison and Table Rock promise to challenge and reward every runner on race day.

Besides the buoyant spirit present at any XTERRA event, the biggest draw to these races will no doubt be the setting– two of the Southeast’s most vibrant and popular parks. “Harbison State Forest has well packed and well shaded trails that are perfect for a summertime half marathon,”  Victoria notes, also praising Table Rock State Park as “incredibly beautiful and scenic with waterfalls and wildlife.” These XTERRA events are the only races allowed at Table Rock, a testament to XTERRA’s great relationship of trust and partnership with its host parks. Victoria regularly visits both of these parks with her family, and her deep respect for and familiarity with the magnificent venues shines through in her expert planning, as the races wind their way through the parks’ best trails and grandest scenery.

If there’s anybody with the expertise necessary to design a truly amazing race event, it’s Victoria Seahorn. Victoria has plenty of experience as a runner herself, having blazed her way through 30 marathons and many other races. As a mainstay of the nationwide running community, she has enjoyed running in locations across the country, but admits that the parks of South Carolina are undeniably a special place for a runner. Her first race as event director (a marathon in Atlanta, Georgia) was organized as a memorial for a friend who succumbed to breast cancer– 17,000 runners participated. Victoria still remembers directing that first race as “the experience of a lifetime.” Since then, she’s accumulated an impressive résumé of popular events in multiple states, including both road races and trail races. Under her direction, the South Carolina series promises to be an event that will draw runners from across the country.

With a superb race director and breathtaking scenery, the XTERRA South Carolina Series promises to be an event you won’t want to miss. There’s something for everyone, whether you come to compete, take in the natural beauty, or just soak up the fantastic atmosphere of an XTERRA trail race. You’re invited– so come and race with XTERRA South Carolina this summer!