Put Your Name on It!

Enter the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship 21km or the XTERRA Kualoa 5/10km trail runs by Friday, November 20 and you’ll score a personalized race bib. It’ll be a great souvenir of your adventure!  See you there!


When: Sunday, December 6, 2015 @ 9 a.m.
Where:Kaaawa Valley, Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, HI
What: 8th annual XTERRA Trail Run World Championship half-marathon, plus 5km and 10km trail runs, an adventure walk, and free kids runs.
2,000 runners from 20 countries and 40 U.S. States of all ages and skill levels from around the world.
Why: The last race in the 100-stop worldwide XTERRA Trail Run Series to determine the best-of-the-best.  Elite runners race for $10,000 in prize money, and each age division 15-19, 20-24, etc…crowns World Championship titles.
Visuals:  The race will be filmed and edited into a segment for a 2016 XTERRA Adventures TV show that will be seen by millions of viewers across the country.
Highlight Video: https://vimeo.com/113891121

Visit www.xterrakualoa.com for more information.

Kualoa Arrow

Another Hawaiian-Style XTERRA on Horizon

Since January, thousands of runners have taken part in the worldwide Paul Mitchell 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 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in one-month from now on December 6, 2015.

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 on the northeastern side of Oahu in the Hawaiian countryside.

The ranch terrain varies from dense rain-forest 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 2016 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.

Watch last year’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship highlight video here:

Haugan Kapalua

Walker, Haugan win XTERRA Kapalua 10km Trail Run

It was the fourth time Nick Walker has won the 10K.  He won three straight here in Maui from 2009-2011.

“It’s a lovely course, an amazing course.  Got married here last year and came back for our first anniversary.”  said Walker.

“I don’t know, this course just went up, up, and some more up,” said Haugen, who’s son Tate is the youngest racer in tomorrows XTERRA World Championship triathlon at just 14-year-old.

Conrad Stoltz, the four-time XTERRA World Champion triathlete from South Africa, who was inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame last night … finished 3rd.  Stoltz is retired now and will be providing commentary for tomorrow’s race online.

More than 1,000 runners from around the world took part in the 5K/10K and Keiki K runs today (the Keiki K was not a timed event).

Results are posted at http://jtltiming.com/running.htm

XTERRA Trail Run Worlds

Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Worlds Two Months Away on Dec. 6th

It’s championship season for XTERRA. The 20th running of the XTERRA World Championship for off-road triathlon is just a few weeks away and the world champs for trail running is only two months away.

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship returns to Kualoa Ranch on December 6 with one of the most scenic half-marathon trail races on the planet for the 8th straight year now.

The course itself is pure nature – secluded singletrack trails and dirt roads framed by a pair of dramatic knife-edged mountain ridges that drop into the ocean.  More than 2,000 runners from nearly every state in the U.S. and dozens of countries worldwide adventure to Oahu for the challenge.

“XTERRA Trail Worlds at Kualoa Ranch is one of my favorite running events of the year,” said local runner Sergio Florian, who is originally from Argentina but now lives right down the road in Kaaawa. “Not only is the scenery stunning, the course is super fun throwing a little bit of everything at you. The terrain varies from open grassy cow pastures to single track with lots of climbing to boot. It’s definitely not your average half marathon.”

In addition to the main event which dishes out $10,000 in prize money and attracts big name runners like Patrick Smyth and Kimber Mattox, there are also 5km and 10km fun runs, an adventure walk that explores the movie sets in the valley, and free kids races.

“I like to race and train in places that inspire me, which is why I prefer the trails to the roadway,” said Laurel Dudley, a Vermont-native who has made quite a name for herself in the Hawaii endurance sports scene over the last decade.   “Kualoa Ranch never ceases to inspire me even though I have been there upwards of 20 times. There is something about it that is truly magical. Trail Run Worlds is another awesome event and the 21K allows you to run through both valleys which is a little tortuous but also really beautiful.”

Kualoa Ranch has been used as a backdrop for numerous television and movie scenes, including Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, LOST and Hawaii Five-O.

Having the rare opportunity to run in one of Hawaii’s most pristine landscapes should be reason enough to jump into this event, but for runners looking for even more incentive, need only heed the advice of Florian and Dudley.

“It really is a fun activity for the whole family and offers a little something for everyone,” said Florian. “You can go hardcore and attack the 21k course or just do a mellow 5k taking in all the beauty around you. Kids are also welcomed! They have games and a kid’s race! Great way to introduce them to a healthy/active lifestyle.”

For Dudley, it’s all about the spirit, she said “training for and doing an XTERRA run is hugely motivating. It’s harder than a normal road race, but it is so much more fun! The best aspect of it is that regardless of how fast or slow you are, or whether it’s your first race or your 100th,  the spirit of the race casts no judgement and instills you with a sense of gratitude for being able to be outside and active in a beautiful place.”

Learn more at http://www.xterrakualoa.com or call toll-free to 877-XTERRA-1.

Paul Mitchell XTERRA Finishers Badge

The Paul Mitchell Badge of Honor

The 2015 Paul Mitchell digital XTERRA Finisher’s badges are all about recognizing athlete accomplishments. While simply participating and living the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle is reward enough, actually surviving the rigors of an XTERRA deserves a special shout out and it’s fun to see and read some of the stories from first-time racers and those just elated with their performance.

Here are what some of this year’s XTERRA Warriors had to say about their Paul Mitchell badge of honor…

“Completed Deuces Wild XTERRA with my 13-year-old son, his first. This will always be one of my most memorable XTERRA races.” – Alan Abeyta

“This badge means a full time working mother of three can do anything!” – Denise Kirkman

“From training with friends, to pushing myself beyond what I thought I was physically capable of, this was one of the most rewarding physical experiences I’ve ever had. And the ocean view was spectacular! I’m grateful that my first triathlon was XTERRA! I dedicate this race to Marene Hammitt, my dear stepmom with alzheimers, who hiked many mountains with me all through my youth. She was with me in this race every step of the way.” – Shannon Walker

“Finished, placed 3rd, even after wipeout off of the “elevator” drop! And THAT’S how I spent my 53rd Birthday! :)” – Penny Munz

“It was the biggest accomplishments of my life,” – Luis Salazar

“This was crazy amazing. So fun and great people. I love my dad for getting me hooked on triathlons. Overall, awesome,” – Anna Heustis

“My new RA Diagnosis doesn’t mean I have to stop, it just changes things a little,” – Jennifer Schrage

“Great day at Beaver Creek. Altitude and the 5,000 feet of total vert made it one of the hardest XTERRAs I’ve done,” – Bob Koehler

“This was the biggest challenge for me since I began running in 2010. There were many times I really didn’t think I would finish, but I did. Now I am asking what challenge is next?” – Andrea Rountree

“Hardest XTERRA I’ve done so far. Curt Gowdy,” – Kelci Weese

“This was my 1st XTERRA Off Road Triathlon and the beginning to a new love for the sport!” – Kenji Takanishi

“Loved doing this awesome race with two of my siblings and having the other two there to cheer us on!!!” – Katelyn Dickson

Read more stories here / Other XTERRA Finisher Badges


XTERRA Poinsett Trail Run 4/22km

By Summer Quinn

If you are looking for a new trail running experience this fall, head down to South Carolina where you’re sure to find one! Conveniently located near Sumter, about one hour from Columbia, and under two hours from Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Charlotte, Poinsett State Park is the host of this first-time trail race. XTERRA Poinsett will kick off the 2016 XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series. The race will be held on November 15th, includes 4K and 22K distances, and offers a discounted rate for members of the military and veterans. The race route is 100% off-road, and will challenge experienced and beginner racers alike.

Known as “the Mountains of the Midlands”, Poinsett State Park offers a diverse ecosystem, widely varying terrain, and scenic lake and stream views. “The park and structures came about from the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and offers some stunning overlooks of ponds, streams, and ravines,” says race director Geoff Duncan. The course is well-groomed, but does feature some off-camber sections. It is mostly single-track, and features several bridge crossings, stair sections, and some sections of moderately technical trail. The trail varies from loam, to sand, to clay/mud; a little something for everyone. Half marathon racers will experience a surprisingly hilly course, with some short, steady climbs, for an overall elevation gain of nearly 1,000 feet. Three stocked aid stations will be available along the route.

Awards are given to the top three finishers, men and women, of the 4K and 22K courses, as well as men and women forty years of age and older for the half marathon course. Series points will be awarded to the top 15 runners in each age group for the 22K.

Geoff has more than thirty races to his directing credit. “I enjoy the outdoors, am Co-Director of an amateur cycling team, Mt. Pleasant Velo, and enjoy cycling.” If you’re not quite up to racing, or wish to come out and support friends or family, Geoff would love to have you volunteer.

With a fantastic race director, series points up for grabs and amazing scenic terrain, this inaugural race shouldn’t be missed!

Learn more and register.


T S Restaurants Line-Up Concert Series During XTERRA Worlds Week

The Maui T S Restaurants, title sponsors of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs, will host a concert series featuring legendary Hawaiian music during the week of the 20th XTERRA World Championship events at Leilani’s on the Beach, Hula Grill and Duke’s Beach House

The concert schedule is as follows:
Thursday, October 29th | Leilani’s on the Beach
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. John Cruz
Friday, October 30th | Duke’s Beach House
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Raiatea Helm
Sunday, November 1st | Hula Grill Kaanapali
2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Walt Keale, Andrew & Jay Molina

Grammy winning musician, John Cruz is known for his soulful vocals and unique acoustic style of music. Cruz is a ‘Ki ho’alu’, slack key master and his album ‘One Of These Days’ was named one of Hawaii’s greatest albums of the new century by Honolulu Magazine. Don’t miss this unforgettable performance by John Cruz on Thursday, October 29th from 3:00 to 5:00p.m. at Leilani’s on the Beach.

Renowned songbird, Raiatea Helm is celebrated for her natural leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voice. Helm is an eight time Na Hoku Hanohano Winner, Grammy Nominee and winner of the Native Arts and Cultural Foundations ‘Fellowship in Music’ Award. Enjoy an evening with Raiatea Helm on Friday, October 30th, 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at Duke’s Beach House. Bring your chairs and blankets foradditional seating on the grass area.

Walt Keale, musical storyteller, is known for his original style. Keale’s music resonates the influence of Niihau, the bluegrass of the Dustbowl & the latino strings of jarocho, cumbia & ranchera. Father and son duo, ukuklele master Andrew Molina and electric bassist Jay Molina will open the show. Hula Grill hosts an incredible lineup on Sunday, November 1st from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The concert series is open to the public with seating in the restaurants. For more information please call or visit:

Leilani’s on the Beach, 808-661-4495, www.leilanis.com
Duke’s Beach House, 808-662-2900, www.dukesmaui.com
Hula Grill Kaanapali, 808-667-6636, www.hulagrillkaanapali.com

About T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California

Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S Restaurants owns and operates 14 restaurants in Hawaii and California, including in Hawaii: 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; and Duke’s Kauai and Keoki’s Paradise on Kauai. The California locations are Jake’s Del Mar, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, Sandy’s, Duke’s Huntington Beach, Duke’s Malibu and coming in October 2015, Duke’s La Jolla. For more information about T S Restaurants visit www.tsrestaurants.com.

Scott Dunlap

Our Favorite Blogger is Back!

Perhaps our favorite runner / writer on the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series is Scott Dunlap, winner of the 2009 National and World Championship titles in the 40-44 division.

The last few seasons, however, Dunlap has been chasing the long dreams, the ultras, and has won masters titles in just about every long-distance trail race you can imagine from 10-milers to 50Ks.

On Sunday, however, he came back to the Tribe to take part in the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship race and as much as we missed him, it looks like he missed us too…

“It had been a few years since I raced an XTERRA trail run, and I’ll be honest, I missed it,” wrote Dunlap on his incredibly popular blog, aptly titled atrailrunnersblog.com. “XTERRA has always been able to take their cool mountain community vibe and inject it with some polish, such as a blazing finish line chute full of top notch sponsors, professional prize purses, enough events for the whole family to get dirty, and a post-race video worthy of sharing. Even in this world of barbed wire obstacle and tough mudding insanity, XTERRA successfully sticks to their roots and consistently wins the hearts of a loyal group of outdoor warriors. The events are long enough to hurt, but not so long you can’t spend the afternoon meeting people and sipping beers at the end.”

Have a look at the videos, photos, and report for more on this year’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship:

Highlight Video // Photo Gallery // Report


Smyth, Stephen win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

Photo Gallery | Highlight Video

September 20, 2015 (Ogden, Utah) – Patrick Smyth and Liz Stephen won the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon titles in 1:13:55 and 1:28:39, respectively, on a picture-perfect day at Snowbasin Resort this afternoon.

It’s the second XTERRA National Title in three years for Smyth, and the second straight for Stephen.

In the men’s race Smyth, who is also a two-time Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Champion, took the lead early, kept pushing, and had more than three-minutes on runner-up Travis Morrison at the finish line.

“I was feeling good this morning so I figured I’d get after it and try to run away early,” said Smyth, who kick-started his trail racing career with XTERRA two years ago here at Snowbasin Resort by winning nationals.  “The course is in beautiful shape.  Now that I’ve run a lot of trail races all over the world it’s safe for me to say that this is definitely THE best, funnest, flowiest downhill out there.  You just zone out and before you know it you’ve knocked out three miles.”

The win is sweet relief for Smyth, who had to miss joining his USA teammates at the World Mountain Running Championship this weekend in Wales.

“I just took a new job in Santa Fe in July so it was too much time to ask to get off, plus Salt Lake City is home, my family is here, I love this course, and it’s a lot easier to get back to work tomorrow from here than from Wales,” explained Smyth.

Smyth works in GIS, computer mapping, and when asked how he’d map this course he said… “This would be a fun course to map.  On the course profile I would put an asterisk on the climb right where the false summit is and say “still a lot of burn to go” because you get to the aid station up there and you think you just have to run the ridge and it’s flat and easy-peasy, but it’s not.  It’s another grind to the top before you get to the sweet, awesome downhill.”

Behind Smyth in second-place Travis Morrison, a 23-year-old from Schaumburg, Illinois who ran at North Central College was thinking the same thing.

“The course here is awesome, super flowy, climbs were sweet, downhills were awesome.  It was sick!” exclaimed Morrison, who recently moved to SLC to attend the University of Utah to start his PhD in mechanical engineering.  “It’s flowing coming down, and fun to hit the berms because you can hit the corners real hard and keep your momentum…you could fly.”

On what he thought of Smyth, Morrison said… “He just kept opening it up, he’s a machine.  I’ve heard stories about him but never seen him run.  He’s real fit.  His fitness is through the roof.  It was fun to compete against him, but hearing that the gap kept opening up was a little demoralizing, but it was still fun. The views were beautiful, you could see the whole valley, real uplifting.”

Mike Popejoy from Flagstaff finished in third three minutes later followed by Richard Chelimo and Nathan Peters.


In the women’s race Liz Stephen, a two-time Olympic cross country skier who lives in Park City, captured the women’s championship title with time to enjoy the experience after a hard fought win last year against Kimber Maddox and two close second-place finishes in 2012 and 2011.

“A couple of years ago I was head-to-head with Lindsey Anderson the whole race and it was hard the whole time both mentally and physically,” said Stephen, who is training with the US Ski Team with sights set on South Korea in 2018.  “Today, I was smiling and really enjoying the run itself.   I absolutely love to run. Deep down I think I’m a runner at heart.  Skiing is darn fun too, but running is a one heck of a sport.”

Stephen said today was one of those magical days on the trail… “It literally couldn’t have been more perfect for running. Plus, it’s a well laid out course.  It’s really hard in so many ways but it’s up and then it lets you rest, and it’s flowy and wonderful, and gorgeous.”

In second-place, remarkably, was 11-year-old Alayna Szuch, a 6th grader at Evergreen Elementary School in Colorado.

“It was awesome to come out here, the course was really nice.  It was torture, but a lot of fun to come and race,” said Szuch, who donated the $600 she won for finishing second to charity in order to save her NCAA eligibility. “It was really pretty, and nice to run on top of the mountain here in Utah.”

Maggie Shearer finished third, followed by Rachel Cieslewicz and Elizabeth George.



Although the elite runners chase the overall crown at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, the event remains an age-group race.

Twenty-eight runners representing 10 different states took home age-group titles at the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals.

The home-state Utah runners led the way with nine champions, not including Kevin Tuck (formerly from Salt Lake City but now living in Phoenix, AZ).  Tuck, 59, was an impressive 19th overall, and this was his unprecedented seventh Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship age-group win.

Bob Evers (men 65-69) from Park City, Utah won his fifth straight XTERRA National title.  It was the third national crown for Stephen (25-29) and Tamara Tabeek, who also won the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon national championship yesterday.  Those who picked up their second national title today include Aimee Balzer from Reno, Nevada, Maggie Shearer from Newbury Park, California, and Taha Mahmood from Salt Lake City.

All of the age-group champions received a free entry to participate in the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 6 at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.

There were also 5K and 10K races today, captured by Tyler Woods from Riverdale and Sandra Daschner from Vienna, Austria (5K), and Dan Cushman from SLC and Bonita Gray from Layton (10K).

Below is a look at the champs, and for full results visit http://jtltiming.com/results/og-21.html

XTERRA National Champs (Male)    
Division Name Hometown Time
9-under Dallas Stricker Hattiesburg, MS 2:20:10
10 – 14 Joseph Urbanowicz Atlanta, GA 1:57:50
15 – 19 David Duncan Shingle Springs, CA 1:52:34
20 – 24 Travis Morrison Schaumburg, IL 1:17:29
25 – 29 * Patrick Smyth Salt Lake City, UT 1:13:55
30 – 34 Mike Popejoy Flagstaff, AZ 1:21:07
35 – 39 Albert Wint Salt Lake City, UT 1:34:09
40 – 44 Robert Ellerbruch Farmington, UT 1:32:41
45 – 49 Donnie Gray Layton, UT 1:33:39
50 – 54 Taha Mahmood (2) Salt Lake City, UT 1:35:00
55 – 59 Kevin Tuck (7) Phoenix, AZ 1:36:07
60 – 64 Ron Hendricks Castle Rock, CO 1:52:50
65 – 69 Bob Evers (4) Park City, UT 2:02:35
70 – 74 James Meskimen Truckee, CA 2:24:45
75 – 79 John Williams Culver City, CA 3:44:46
XTERRA National Champs (Female)    
Division Name Hometown Time
1 – 9 Alayna Szuch Evergreen, CO 1:45:32
10 – 14 Micala Schultz Fort Collins, CO 2:38:12
20 – 24 Alyssa Schrack Salt Lake City, UT 1:55:57
25 – 29 *Liz Stephen (3) East Montpelier,VT 1:28:39
30 – 34 Aimee Balzer (2) Reno, NV 1:52:33
35 – 39 Maggie Shearer (2) Newbury Park, CA 1:46:03
40 – 44 Caroline Szuch Evergreen, CO 1:49:22
45 – 49 Vicky Hadley Westfield, IN 2:13:22
50 – 54 Rainey Weaver Tempe, AZ 2:00:02
55 – 59 Tamara Tabeek (3) San Diego, CA 2:07:49
60 – 64 Anne Kilgore Salt Lake City, UT 2:10:05
65 – 69 Deborah Wagner Park City, UT 2:29:35
70 – 74 Dianne Rindt Ridgecrest, CA 2:47:28

Complete Results

Highlight videos & images from today’s race can be found at https://www.facebook.com/XTERRAplanet

The 2015 XTERRA Nationals weekend is presented by Paul Mitchell, the Utah Sports Commission, and XTERRA Travel. Sponsors include Outrigger Resorts, the GOAL Foundation, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, ENVE, Utah Media Group, the U.S. Forest Service, XTERRA Wetsuits, Snowbasin Resort, Muscle Milk, XTERRA Fitness, LifeProof, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, Greenlayer, Salming, and XTERRA Boards.