Former XTERRA World Champion triathlete Nicolas Lebrun from France and Christine Schleifer of Germany captured the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua this morning.
Lebrun, who won XTERRA Worlds back in 2005, is retired from elite triathlon racing but is still a coach and a great runner.
He took the tape in 45:37, just three seconds ahead of Martin Diebold from Germany. Just a quick look at the results and you can tell it’s not your average Maui 10K race, as the top 10 finishers came from France, Germany, Korea, Argentina, China, Switzerland, Poland, the U.S. and Belgium.
“The trails were muddy from all the rain and some sections were very slippery but it was still a beautiful day,” said Lebrun, who serves as the technical director for the XTERRA European Tour and tomorrow will be one of the commentators for the live coverage of the triathlon which starts at 9am on. “The run course is very tropical, like you’re in a jungle, then goes to the beautiful beach next to the water. It’s a fantastic course.”
Jacob Fure from Lynnwood, Washington and Bailey Haugen from Canada took home the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K titles in 20:06 and 23:42, respectively. Jorn Van Der Veken from Belgium and Eden Newman from Makawao won the new Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K Trail Run in 13:57 and 19:32, respectively.
More than 1,000 runners from around the world took part in the 3.3K/5K/10K and Keiki K runs today (the Keiki K was not a timed event).