At-Large Registration for Maui Open Dec. 1

At-large age group entry for the 2016 XTERRA World Championship will open December 1, 2015 at 11am Hawaii Time (1pm PST, 4pm EST, 7pm Brazil, 9pm in London, 8am, Dec. 2 in Sydney, 6am Dec. 2 in Tokyo and 5am Dec. 2 in Manila).  *Adjust to your time zone accordingly.

The event will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Kapalua, Maui.

To enter the at-large pool interested amateur athletes must register 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.  If the At Large entry shows full, please list yourself on the free “Waiting List” option that will also be offered.

We look forward to seeing you on Maui.  Live More!


Tales from the Trails: The Top 3 Amateur Women

We caught up with some of this year’s amateur division XTERRA World Champions and asked them a bunch of questions like when they took the lead, how their day unfolded, and what the win meant to them. Here’s what the top three amateur women had to say (and we’ll get deeper into the field in the weeks to come…)

Julie Baker, 35-39 and Overall Amateur Champ, from Sonora, California

Julie is a 38-year-old soil scientist currently working on mapping soils at Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nationals Parks who was racing in Maui for the first time.

“I’ve been racing XTERRA pretty consistently since 2012, except for last year (2014) when I was injured,” said Baker. “I think my introduction to XTERRA though was back in the day (2003) when a friend and I decided we wanted to try triathlon and did a sprint race at Half Moon Bay.”

She came into Maui off a remarkable performance at the XTERRA USA Championship where she finished 5th overall and top amateur, but wasn’t sure what she could expect against an all-star cast of competitors from around the world…

XTERRA: Did you know who your main competition would be?  Had you beaten them before or had they beaten you?

Baker: I didn’t really know much about my age group, especially women from other countries, but I was expecting to have a close race with Liz Gruber.  We finished 1-2 at a couple races this year, and she was right behind me at the USA champs at Snowbasin, and the previous time I raced there, in 2013, she passed me on the run to win.  She is a great runner and I kept expecting her to overtake me, but once I started downhill on the run I thought I could probably hang on.

When did you take the lead?

I think just a little way into the bike, I came around a corner and saw a girl sprawled out in the woods, picking herself back up.  I thought I was still chasing another, because someone said I was third out of the water, but by the time I got to the first climb people were saying I was in the lead, so I must have passed the other girl in transition.

How cool was it to race against people from all over the world who were in your age group?

It was amazing how far people come to do this race, and how psyched everyone was to be there!  It was also awesome and humbling to race on the same course with such great elite athletes.

Did the calm waves help you or help your competition?

Probably better for the competition.  Anything that makes the swim tougher, longer, harder is probably in my favor.

When did you have to really dig deep?

I think the whole course was very challenging, whether it was steep climbs that took their toll physically, or the twisty downhills and obstacles which required mental focus, to the hot conditions which needed planning and preparation to stay hydrated and healthy.  Great job to everyone who came out to race and push themselves and see what they can accomplish!

Anything you’d like to add?

Big thanks to all the volunteers, at this race and every race throughout the season.  Thanks for keeping us safe, pointing us in the right direction, keeping us hydrated, and seeing to all the countless details so we can get out on the trails and see what we’re made of.

Thanks to my mom and Brad for being so supportive and coming out to this race with me, and to all my friends at home who believed I could do it, and to Mike, Tim, and the gang in Sonora who pushed and encouraged me every workout.

Liz Gruber, 25-29, from Colorado Springs (Pictured Above)

Liz won Worlds for the third time this year and was also part of the notorious Ninja Turtles gang, which finished runner-up to some swim instructors from Sweden at the Halloween Costume Party.

She’s a 26-year-old nurse in the Pediatric ICU who started racing XTERRA in 2012 and has won in Maui every chance she’s had (skipped 2014 for nursing school).

XTERRA: Liz, when did you take the lead?

Gruber: I’m not sure where I took the lead for my age group; I wasn’t looking that closely for numbers on calves.  Plus it’s pretty hard to read them when you’re whipping around on the bike course!  A friend said I was 7th overall woman early on in the bike and when I came to the mud pit section on the course I jumped off and ran cyclocross-style through it.  I passed about 4 women in that short section so I believe I took the age group lead then and third overall. I ran one more woman down in the 1st mile of the run to place 2nd overall amateur woman.

Did you know who your main competition would be?

I knew that Julie Baker from California was going to be one of my main competitors; she beat me by less than a minute at the U.S. Championship and I knew she was going to bring her best to Maui.  Being the World Champs, I knew there would also be a lot of other wicked fast women out there from other countries I hadn’t competed against yet.  Last year, the top 3 overall amateur women were all in my age group, 25-29, and non-American, so I figured I’d have to get top 2 overall and really bring my A-game to hope to win my age group!

How cool was it to race against people from all over the world who were in your age group?

This is one of the biggest reasons I love to race XTERRA World Champs so much!  I made a couple amazing new friends and we are already scheming plans for epic mountain bike and adventure trips in Canada, New Zealand, the U.S., and more!

Did the calm waves help you or help your competition?

Living in Colorado Springs, I have been able to live and train at 6000+ft, so swimming at sea level with its bountiful, sweet sweet oxygen felt great!  The calm waves didn’t help or hinder me, however. I came out of the water about the same distance back from my competitors as I did at U.S. Nationals.

When did you have to really dig deep?

The bike at Worlds is just plain punishing; scorching heat, relentless hills, and a single track battlefield.  I knew that this race is often won and lost on the bike, so I definitely dug deep out there to try to stay focused, eat and drink as much as possible, and not get too dazed in the heat and humidity.

Who or what was your inspiration?

I truly love the sport, the people, and adventuring in the outdoors.  When times got hard and strained this year I would reach out to my amazing training buddies and best friends, and they would always be so incredibly encouraging and continue to believe in me.  One of my closest friends and XTERRA pro, Kara Lapoint, is one of my main supports and a huge inspiration to me this year.  She battled through breaking and having surgery on her hand, a torn ligament, sickness, crazy life/work stuff, and so much more to come out and crush it at Worlds and place in the top 5 for the U.S Pro Series!  I’m so proud of her and feel beyond pumped for next year and another great season of racing!

Craziest, weirdest, funniest thing that happened on race day?

Coming straight out of accelerated nursing school to Worlds, I’ve been pretty short on cash, so I actually slept on a friend of a friend of a friend’s couch during my trip at Worlds.  It was great because it was free housing with a great host, but less ideal because they didn’t have air conditioning.  It got hotter every night leading up to race day, and after sweating all night two nights before the race, I knew I couldn’t go into race day dehydrated.  I ended up having a place to stay that was air conditioned the night before the race, but it made for an exciting day before the race!

How did you celebrate?

Man, did we have a great time celebrating!  Not only was I celebrating the World Champ win, I was also celebrating finishing nursing school, passing my nursing state boards, and scoring my dream job as a Pediatric ICU nurse!  My closest XTERRA friends and I lived it up at the banquet dinner, dressed like crazy-awesome Ninja Turtles for the Halloween party, won 2nd place at the costume contest to win a 6ft long board, and danced our hearts out.  I was also able to stay a few extra days after the race in Hawaii and loved swimming with the sea turtles in the awesome waves, cliff jumping, and exploring Maui and Lanai with amazing friends and family.

Are you planning on coming back to defend your crown next year?

I am planning on racing Worlds next year and will be looking to cat-up to pro.  This race is one of the most epic races in the world and I wouldn’t want to miss it for anything!

Anything else??

It has been so exciting and motivating to be able to race the XTERRA American Tour over the last few years.  Since I’ve moved three times into three different XTERRA regions, I’ve been able to race my heart out over a wide variety of regional courses and terrain; from racing with swarms of stinging jellyfish in the Puget sound, to riding high above Sapphire-blue Lake Tahoe on the Flume Trail, to climbing and descending through jacked rock and aspen-painted hillsides in the Rocky Mountains.  What a great way to explore the amazing trails and countryside of the U.S.!  Keep it up, XTERRA!  You continue to inspire! 

Mimi Stockton, 40-44, from Stevensville, Michigan

Mimi is a 43-year-old stay at home mom and personal trainer that teaches all kinds of classes at a small fitness boutique called Maddog Revolutionary Fitness in her hometown.  She’s been racing XTERRA for six years now, it was her fifth try in Maui and she picked up her third World Title.

XTERRA: When did you take the lead?

Stockton: It wasn’t until I was halfway through the bike that I knew I was having the race of my life. A couple of people said, “There are only two in front of you.” I knew one of the two was Liz Gruber (who is much younger than me) but I didn’t know who the other one was, so I figured if I kept up my pace and didn’t crash, I had a chance of either coming in 1st or 2nd in my age group. I ended up passing Liz on the bike and came into T2 in second place overall. Never in my life have I come into T2 and seen no bikes on my rack!!! I was very pumped (but tired!). 

Did you know who you’re competition would be?

Yes, I knew who I thought were going to be my top 5 competitors. One of course was Kelli Montgomery, the world champ from last year, and the other three were Americans who did really well at Nationals. The last one was a woman from France (who ended up coming in 3rd in my age group this year) who beat me at the ITU Cross World championship race in Sardinia in September. I wasn’t thrilled with my results in Italy and so I felt I had a lot to prove in Maui.  But I also felt to a certain extent that I was the one to beat, I was the one with the target on my back that everybody would be chasing. I like being in that position, because it motivates me like nothing else and keeps the fire burning inside me. 

What’s it like to race against all the international competitors?

Since I typically only race in the USA (this year being the exception when I raced in Italy), it’s always special to race against people from all over the world.  For the most part, I know my competition in the US, but there are so many competitors from all over the world who are wild cards.  They definitely add an element of surprise to the race!  And of course, there’s nothing quite like meeting athletes who are just like you that live half way around the world.  

When did you have to really dig deep?

Around mile 3 of the run, just before the majority of the climbing ended, I thought I was going to lose it.  I pushed really hard (too hard) the first couple of miles and I started hallucinating and seeing things in the woods that obviously weren’t there (like bears).  I walked for a bit, grabbed a bit of water and then tried to calm down before running again.  Just those 30 seconds helped me tremendously and I was back on my way (thankfully down hill!).  I swear though, Big Foot was behind one of those trees.  I’d bet my life on it.  

What was your inspiration?

I find inspiration in all kinds of things and people.  I guess I’ve always simply taken for granted that my mind is overwhelmed with ideas, questions, possibilities and at times seemingly absurd dreams incessantly.  When I look outside, I am overtaken by the majesty of everything that I see around me. Life is about so much more than just me.  The beautiful landscape that is Maui is inspiring; the athletes from all walks of life and with all kinds of stories to tell are inspiring; the notion that my kids look up to me is inspiring.  I dream big and I go for it today, because nobody is promised tomorrow. 

Weirdest thing that happened on race day?

Definitely seeing Big Foot lurking behind the tree.  

How did you celebrate?

I went for a celebratory run of course…a run to the market to get some Kona Brewing Big Wave Ale.  And I gave myself the day off after the race.  Ha!

What’s your favorite quote?

By Mae West, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


One Man’s Race

In the coming weeks we’ll share the stories of how all the amateur world champions won their divisions in Maui.  This week, we wanted to share one man’s story of his race day, No. 674 – Matt Kaplan – in his own words…

“XTERRA Worlds is something I’ve kicked around for many years and am glad that I finally got the opportunity to dedicate the training time to come to the race well prepared.  It was a really incredible experience to be there and feel that I’m a part of the XTERRA family.

I finished the race but it certainly wasn’t the way I’d imagined.  Unfortunately, my body didn’t cooperate as I’d hoped and I tore my calf muscle in my right leg, only three miles into the bike ride.

It was on a slippery slope where multiple cyclists unclipped and began walking up the hill.  I did the same, and as I mounted a cyclist trying to stay on their bike rode through. I gave them a little push to keep them upright and get through the crowd.  As I did that, I pushed off my back foot (downhill foot), slipped on the mud and the sudden flexing and slipping caused a painful “pop” deep inside my calf muscle that was followed by searing pain.  Although my good karma of helping a fellow racer was well received, I knew something was quite wrong, but also thankfully knew it wasn’t my achilles.

I pulled off the course, and hobbled back to the aid station just 20 yards downhill at the junction of the upper and lower bike course where I spoke with Nicole and I think Chris (the big wave surfer who oversees the course layout).  They were awesome and were ready to support me in whatever I needed.  Nicole gave me some Advil and I talked through some options with Chris.  I really couldn’t stomach the idea of heading down the mountain and calling it a day.  This event has been a bucket list item for me for so many years and after over three months of training, dedicating the time and circling this event as “the one” … a DNF was not going to be an option.

I realized that if I kept my foot in a “tippie toe” position, always staying on the ball of my foot, I just had minimal pain.  So, I hopped back on the bike, made sure to only use the ball of my foot for the down stroke of my pedals, and then on the run I became a hobbling forefoot runner to avoid the injury and the pain.

My time was about 90 mins slower than I’d hoped for, but hell, this is XTERRA and I gutted it out and got it done!!! Plus, I’ve got a pretty badass story to tell about my adventure.

I now can proudly call myself an XTERRA World Championship FINISHER and am honored to display my finisher’s badge!

I’ve already spoken with one friend who is an orthopedic surgeon and another who is a physical therapist, both of whom assure me that the torn gastrocnemius muscle in my calf will completely mend and be back to normal strength and flexibility in the a few weeks.

Thank you again for the incredible opportunity and amazing experience!  It is one that I will always cherish and remember.  I just may need to come back some year and try to get it done at full strength. :)

Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Duffy win XTERRA Worlds

November 1, 2015 (Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii) – Josiah Middaugh, 37, from Eagle-Vail, Colorado and Flora Duffy, 28, from Devonshire, Bermuda won the 20th XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon elite titles on an incredibly scenic day in Kapalua, Maui.

It’s the first XTERRA World Title for Middaugh after 15 attempts, and he becomes the first American to win Worlds since Michael Tobin back in 2000.  For Duffy, the win marks a perfect season with five straight wins, her second XTERRA World Championship in a row, and 12th XTERRA major victory in her last 13 attempts since the start of 2014.

Middaugh and Duffy each received $20,000 for their respective victories.  The total purse was $100,000, and the event was filmed for international distribution.

More than 800 endurance athletes from 43 countries participated in the off-road triathlon, which started at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, continued with a 20-mile mountain bike that traversed the West Maui Mountains, and finished with a 6.5-mile trail run.



After 15 years of trying Josiah Middaugh has his world title.

“15th time’s a charm,” Middaugh said to the crowd as he crossed the line, barefoot, holding the finish tape and an American flag with his son Porter and daughter Larsen by his side (his oldest son Sullivan and wife Ingrid were watching in admiration).

“I haven’t planned a single thing beyond this day so this is the end and the beginning right here, it’s amazing.”

The men’s race started out as expected with all the fast swimmers getting an early jump … Courtney Atkinson, Ben Allen, Jens Roth, Mauricio Mendez and Sam Osborne were the first to hit the 20-mile bike course.

What wasn’t expected was how well Middaugh would swim.  He was still two minutes behind the swim leaders, but more importantly he was side-by-side with Ruzafa.  Last year he was 1:41 down on Ruzafa coming out of the water.

“You never know how you are going to feel, you always feel sluggish the morning of the race. I felt good in the water though and I was psyched to come out with Ruben,” said Middaugh.

Those two worked their way to the front of the pack on the bike in no time and after a crash set Middaugh back Ruzafa pounced.

“I felt really good on the bike,” said Middaugh.  “I was riding with Ruben and then I had a spill on an off-camber corner.  It was a little wet, lost my front tire and went down. It was just enough to lose 20 seconds to Ruben, and I was able to stay in that gap but some people filled in – Paco (Francisco Serrano) and Braden (Currie).  Then I came down and washed out over another corner, turned the handlebars over and was then 45 seconds behind Ruben and I was just trying to keep it.  Last year he put 45 seconds on me on the last five miles, this year he put one-minute on me.  Nothing you can do, he’s an amazing rider.”

Ruzafa did indeed put some time on the pack, but the effort took its toll.

“At the top of the climb I passed Josiah and I put some time into him and arrived 1:45 at T2, but my body was not the same and I exploded on the run,” he explained.

Braden Currie and Francisco Serrano also had their share of misfortune.  For Currie, it was a false alarm.

“I was disappointed with myself on the bike,” said Currie. “Ruben shot past me and got away from me.  Josiah caught me up a long climb and we rode together for a while and then I thought I got a flat but it was just a piece of grass in my spokes, but I stopped to check it out and by the time I looked up Josiah was gone.  That was my chance of holding his wheel, about three-quarters through the bike.”

For Serrano, it was a broken seat that went flying off halfway through the ride.

“My seat went poof, and was gone,” he said.  “I was hurting with no way to sit down, no way to grab water bottles but this is the biggest race of the year so I couldn’t let it go.  I pushed hard and tried to make it to the top five … I was close.”

Indeed he was, finishing 6th just 30 seconds behind Atkinson who ran his way into 5th.

Back to the front of the race, Middaugh was 1:40 down and then went to work.

“I caught Ruben right before the lake at the big climb.  I was making back 20-30 seconds a mile on him.  I was shocked.  Last year he was climbing at the same speed as I was.  I was charging as hard as I could, I was lifting my knees and pumping as hard as I could go and I knew I was coming back on him.  It felt good.”

Middaugh said he also felt inspired.

“I was looking for some shoes to wear for this race because I don’t have a shoe sponsor.  I found the Saucony Shay online.  Ryan was a childhood friend of mine and he was an unbelievable runner. He collapsed and died in the Olympic trials in 2007 and he was the best runner I have ever known.  It was a big inspiration to have those shoes on my feet and I felt like it gave me some wings.”

While Middaugh didn’t post the fastest run – that honor went to Mauricio Mendez and his 40:51 split which propelled him from 8th at T2 to 4th at the finish line – he did have the biggest dream come true.

“A couple years ago I knew I had to win it now,” said Middaugh. “I had to stop saying “one of these years” and start saying “This year…This year I’m going to win this race.  I felt it more than ever this year and knew I could do it, I knew I had to do it.”

Braden Currie, who had been battling with Middaugh all year on the American Tour, turned on the jets in the run and finished runner-up, his best showing yet in Maui.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all.  The last split I got was three minutes down towards the top, and I thought that was that and I was happy with third but then all of a sudden I saw Ruben halfway down the downhill and he was sort of in a box and I think he maybe overheated,” said Currie.

As for Ruzafa, who had his 15-race win streak broken and his chance to become the only elite man to win three in a row disappear, he was just happy to finish.

“When Josiah passed me on the run I had to stay strong just so I could finish,” said Ruzafa.  “Then I started to cramp on the downhill and Braden passed me.  I tried to keep my speed so I could make it to the finish and finally in third is okay this year for me and I’ll try again next year.  Lucky I started to feel better and started running harder again to hold Mauricio back.”

More quotes from the men:

Josiah Middaugh

On getting out to a fast start on the run … “I was going to have to run my ass off to even have a chance so I wanted to take it all back right away to see if I could do it.”

“I crashed twice on the bike, I crashed once on the run.  That’s where I lost Ruben, crashed twice and lost him.”

“I feel it’s people behind me, not people I’m going to let down. They believed in me, I believed in myself and I believed in all the training I’ve done and I felt like I could do it.”

Braden Currie

“I know Josiah is just so consistent and strong.  I was blown away to see Ruben in the run but I also knew he would’ve been pushing his absolute hardest on the bike to get away from us.”

I know I was about 1:10 off Josiah and 2:30 off Ruben into the run.  I thought that was going to be it.

“I got a split of 2:10 at the top of the climb on the run, so Josiah had put 40 seconds on me on the climb so I thought it was pretty hopeless.”

“It was really tough racing.  I know that I made huge improvements and that’s the big thing.  I haven’t taken any step backwards in a few years.  Stoked with my mountain biking now to know that I can match it with those guys and push them hard enough that they are at their absolute limit.  So yeah, Josiah is older than I am and I’ll catch him one day.”

Mauricio Mendez

“I’m really happy.  Moved another step forward (he was 5th last year).  All the time I went hard.”

“I was 8th off the bike and caught Francisco, Courtney, Rom, and not sure who else.”

“That was cool, I was feeling good.  When I was on the beach and saw Ruben so close I tried to catch him but couldn’t.  I’m very grateful.  Looking forward to next year, a top three I hope for and I’ll train for that.”

Courtney Atkinson

“Pretty happy.  Last time I was here I was off about 10 minutes on the bike, today I was about 5 so half is good.  Unless you do that race you have no idea how taxing and hard it is.  You get to another hill on the bike and just say no, it can’t be.”

“XTERRA Maui, its one hell of a race I tell you.  I was very fit this year.  I always said I wanted to race Maui at least one more time while I was competitively fit.  Whether I am competitively fit next year and can come back again and do it who knows, but I’m happy with that, very happy.  Time to party.”

Ben Allen
“One race doesn’t define a season.  Jumped on the bike and just didn’t have the legs.  That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.  I’ll go back to the drawing board.”

“Josiah always says you don’t really learn anything from winning.  I’ll learn from this and come back and hopefully do better.”


Pl Name – Age, Hometown Final Time Purse
1 Josiah Middaugh – 37, Eagle-Vail, Colorado 2:35:32 $20,000
2 Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, New Zealand 2:38:30 $12,000
3 Ruben Ruzafa – 31, Malaga, Spain 2:40:40 $7,000
4 Mauricio Mendez – 20, Mexico City, Mexico 2:40:54 $4,000
5 Courtney Atkinson – 36, Mermaid Waters, QLD, Australia 2:42:27 $2,500
6 Francisco Serrano – 35, Monterrey, Mexico 2:42:57 $1,500
7 Yeray Luxem – 29, Merksem, Belgium 2:44:45 $1,100
8 Rom Akerson – 31, Tambor, Costa Rica 2:45:07 $800
9 Nicolas Fernandez – 32, Pelissane, France 2:46:51 $600
10 Ben Hoffman – 32, Boulder, Colorado 2:49:56 $500

Also: Jens Roth, Olly Shaw, Fabien Combaluzier, Ben Allen, Albert Soley, Jan Pyott, Arthur Forissier, Damien Guillemet, Will Ross, Branden Rakita, Pierre-Yves Facomprez, Brodie Gardner, Rodrigo Altafini, Juan Carlos Nieto, Noah Wright, Jim Thijs, Cameron Paul, Rory Downie


Flora Duffy


Flora Duffy was determined.

“I had the big target on my back, and I came here with a mission.  I wanted to defend, and got away with that by the skin of my teeth today,” said Duffy.  “I really struggled.  Hit a tree, slide out on a corner, fell in a big mud puddle, and all the while the time gap between me and Lesley was getting smaller and smaller.”

Duffy had the fastest women’s swim split (5th overall) and was 3:45 up on two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson out of the water.  Paterson posted the best bike split to pull back a couple of minutes and was seemingly in striking distance heading out on the run.

“There were moments out there when I questioned it,” said Duffy.  “I really, really struggled on the bike this year, not sure why I just couldn’t stay on my bike, it wasn’t flowing. You have one of those days that everything goes wrong, that was my day. There were times on that run when I had no idea if I could hold on.”

Paterson was in a similar spot in second place.

“I was going for it on the bike, that’s where my strength is,” said Paterson.  “I came off on the run and went for it and then I blew.  It was really hot, it was brutal, and I deal with heat pretty well.”

In the end Duffy took the tape in 2:54:17, five minutes in front of Paterson.

“It was a crazy day out there,” she said.  “I had a good swim and set myself up perfectly.   On the bike it was all about perseverance for me.  I kept crashing and picking myself back up, and I had Lesley charging hard from behind.  Every split I got it was closer and closer.  It was a tough day.  For everybody it’s tough. You have obstacles you have to get over.”

Emma Garrard had a great race of her own to finish in third position, yet another step forward in her amazing progression through the years (she was 5th two years ago, and 4th last year).  Garrard was once again the top American finisher.

Myriam Guillot-Boisset used a great run to move into fourth and Lizzie Orchard had the best race of her XTERRA career to finish in 5th.

More quotes from the women:

Flora Duffy

“It was so great to come down the finish chute and repeat as world champion.  I was pretty glad to put my hands up for the win.”

“XTERRA has really given me a new lease into triathlon.  I’m so glad I found it.  I love racing XTERRA.   Sometimes it’s not even about winning, it’s about getting through the course.  The amount of challenges you have to go through, its character building.  Intense, hard, fast racing which is what I love.  I’m really, really thankful I stepped into the XTERRA realm.”

“That run is brutal, literally about survival.”

Lesley Paterson

“I spent a lot of matches on that bike.”

Referring to Flora Duffy “She doesn’t have a weakness.”

“I am lucky, I’ve spent the last few years getting over injuries and illness.  Felt honored just to be in the fight.”

“Four minutes out of the water.  Passed Jacqui to move into second at about mile two on the bike.  We gave each other a little woohoo.”

“I am totally happy, this time last year I was sitting in a hotel watching the race from San Diego and wishing I was there. I was smiling and whipping and hollering all the way around even though I was breathing out my arse…”

Emma Garrard

“I think I had a fairly good swim, in front of Lesley, didn’t feel great on the bike, just one gear, she flew by me early on and I let her go.”

“Rode steady.  Caught up with Jacqui to get into third about mile three/four on the ride.  Jacqui caught me on the descent and we went back and forth – which we’ve done the last few years.  She wasn’t far behind me coming out of T2.”

“I was worried about Carina and Jacqui on the run. I was pretty far back from Lesley and Flora, and I didn’t get any splits so I was worried about someone taking third from me.”

“It was tacky out there, but really hot.  The run had a lot of shade, however, which was good.”

“I’m super happy.”


“I don’t believe it, it’s kind of a dream.”

“I love hot weather, so I was happy with the conditions today.”

“I passed a couple girls and then Myriam came flying past me on the climb.  I could see Carina running fast coming up from behind.  It was really exciting.  Today went pretty well.”


Pl Name – Age, Hometown Final Time Purse
1 Flora Duffy – 28, Devonshire, Bermuda 2:54:17 $20,000
2 Lesley Paterson – 35, Sterling, Scotland 2:59:16 $12,000
3 Emma Garrard – 34, Park City, Utah 3:03:28 $7,000
4 Myriam Guillot-Boisset – 36, Brindas, France 3:07:27 $4,000
5 Lizzie Orchard – 29, Epsom, New Zealand 3:09:57 $2,500
6 Carina Wasle – 31, Kundl, Austria 3:11:23 $1,500
7 Helena Erbenová – 36, Jablonec, Czech Republic 3:17:12 $1,100
8  Jacqui Slack – 32, Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom 3:18:04 $800
9 Renata Bucher – 38, Lucerne, Switzerland 3:19:34 $600
10 Susan Sloan – 34, Benoni, South Africa 3:20:44 $500

Also: Elisabetta Curridori, Maia Ignatz, Kara LaPoint, Verena Eisenbarth, Alena Stevens, Fabiola Corona, Debby Sullivan, Christine Jeffrey, Laurel Dudley.



Christophe Betard from France was the top amateur finisher and placed 20th overall, just 23-seconds ahead of Martin Kostelnicak of Slovakia.

It’s the second straight-year Kostelnicak (pictured above) has won the 25-29 title, and he was the third amateur overall last year.

Martin Flinta (who was fourth amateur last year) was third amateur this year and won the 40-44 division for the second time.  Benoit Lalevee also won Worlds for the second time (50-54) while Bruce Wacker won the 65-69 division (his third title) and Ed Fattoumy won the physically challenged division for the 10th time in 11 years.

Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 Hayden Wilde Whakatane, New Zealand 2:59:46
20-24 Xavier Jove Riart Ponts, Spain 2:57:23
25-29 (2) Martin Kostelnicak Bratislava, Slovakia 2:56:23
30-34 Christophe Betard Epinal, France 2:56:00
35-39 Oscar Garcia Pilar, Argentina 2:59:28
40-44 (2) Martin Flinta Molndal, Sweden 2:57:10
45-49 (6) Calvin Zaryski Calgary, Canada 3:01:09
50-54 (2) Benoit Lalevee Saint Nazaire, France 3:10:28
55-59 Philippe Costet Vandoeuvre, France 3:27:02
60-64 Peter Dann Eagle, Colorado 3:44:07
65-69 (3) Bruce Wacker Kailua Kona, Hawaii 4:17:57
70-74 Steffen Neuendorff Wald-Michelbach, Germany 5:46:54
PC (10) Fouad Fattoumy Honolulu, HI 3:47:12


Julie Baker won the overall amateur XTERRA World Championship women’s title and finished 13th overall, less than one-minute ahead of Liz Grubber.  Those two were the top two amateurs (and 4th/5th overall at the USA Championship in September as well).

It’s the third-time Gruber has won her division (25-29) in Maui, and Mimi Stockton (40-44) also picked up her third title.  Carol Rasmussen (50-54) and Libby Harrow (65-69) won their second, Cindi Toepel won her sixth, and Wendy Minor won her eighth.

Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 Clara Clemmensen Taastrup, Denmark 3:55:55
20-24 Larissa Rabago Guadalajara, Mexico 3:40:48
25-29 (3) Elizabeth Gruber Colorado Springs, Colorado 3:26:44
30-34 Susi Pawel Dresden, Germany 3:39:15
35-39 Julie Baker Sonora, California 3:25:51
40-44 (3) Mimi Stockton Stevensville, Michigan 3:29:06
45-49 Catherine Gance Cergy, France 3:57:43
50-54 (2) Carol Rasmussen Karlslunde, Denmark 3:44:32
55-59 Sharon McDowell-Larsen Colorado Springs, Colorado 3:51:56
60-64 (6) Cindi Toepel Littleton, Colorado 4:23:31
65-69 (3) Libby Harrow Fruita, Colorado 6:01:00
70-74 (8) Wendy Minor Kamuela, Hawaii 6:17:18


Ben Hoffman won the 2015 Outrigger Resorts elite men’s double award and $2,500 prime today and finished 10th overall.  His combined time was 11:55:18 (9:05:22 IM + 2:49:56 XTERRA).

Arnaud Bouvier from France won the men’s amateur double in 13:28:52, just over five minutes faster than Jorg Schneider of Germany; while Nicole Valentine of Maryland won the women’s double for the second straight year despite racing through an injury. Each earned a six-night stay at an Outrigger Resort in Maui for their efforts.

Name Hometown Division IM Time XTERRA Time Total
Ben Hoffman Grand Junction, CO Pro 9:05:22 2:49:56 11:55:18
Arnaud Bouvier Digne les Bains, France M 45-49 10:10:35 3:18:17 13:28:52
Jorg Schneider Altenriet, Germany M 45-49 10:08:11 3:26:21 13:34:32
Nicole Valentine Germantown, MD F 30-34 10:25:49 3:44:49 14:10:38
Mike Johnston Wanaka, New Zealand M 45-49 10:56:31 3:17:26 14:13:57
Megan Arthur Hamilton, New Zealand F 40-44 11:43:22 3:50:32 15:33:54
Uta Knape Ludwigshafen, Germany F 40-44 11:36:17 4:07:20 15:43:37
Janie White Paradise Valley, AZ F 55-59 11:49:45 4:22:08 16:11:53
Marina Klemm Berlin, Germany F 40-44 13:04:35 4:07:35 17:12:10
Rob Kronkhyte Tahoe City, CA M 55-59 14:27:48 4:15:22 18:43:10
Richard Byyny Denver, CO M 40-44 15:48:52 3:30:04 19:18:56


The XTERRA World Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell, Maui Visitors Bureau, XTERRA Travel, and Outrigger Resorts, and sponsored by Muscle Milk, Kapalua Resort, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, T S Restaurants, Hawaii Tourism Authority, LifeProof, Kona Brewing Company, XTERRA Boards, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Greenlayer, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, XTERRA Fitness, Salming, Cycle City, and XTERRA Wetsuits


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More Stories from the XTERRA Tribe

We read a lot of great stories about our XTERRA Warriors racing in Maui this year.  Here is one of our favorites, from Deanna McCurdy from Littleton, Colorado:

“Everyone has a story. Over the years I have learned that usually the most successful people are those who overcame insurmountable odds and pressed onward to accomplish a dream. Our family has a dream, one that some believe is just a fantasy in our heads. You see, we have a daughter with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. She cannot speak, has balance and coordination issues which makes simple skills like walking up and down stairs or even standing on uneven surfaces challenging. She suffers a seizure disorder, a sleep disorder, and has global developmental and cognitive delays. This sweet 7-year-old, however, has a smile that will light up a room, has never met a stranger, and has the most joyous spirit of any child I have ever met. We truly believe that one day, our daughter will have the ability to talk with her own voice, play with her sister and friends like other children, and run her own race in life.

After her birth and diagnosis at 16-months-old, I spent hours and hours running on the trails, trying to process what her condition would mean to us, how much our hopes and dreams for the future would change, and even if we would ever be able to do things we always wished to do as a family like hiking, camping, and taking trips to explore new places. Never did I imagine that those hours of running on the trails, learning how to keep going after sleepless nights, hospitalizations and doctor visits, and meeting others in this new-to-me special needs world would take us on the most incredibly amazing adventure of our lives.

We discovered XTERRA two years ago when I entered a Dirty Spokes Productions XTERRA Trail race in Georgia, our home state. It was the last race of the series, but served as the introduction to the most encouraging, positive, passionate group of people I have ever met. After doing well at that race, Dayton Morinaga, writer for XTERRA trail run news, encouraged me to sign up and come out to Utah for the National Trail Race. Dayton shared with the XTERRA community our story. When we arrived in Utah, we were embraced as part of the XTERRA family. How can you not have a great race when you are loved and encouraged by people you have just met? I remember standing along the shore the day before our race, watching the US Off-road Triathlon Championship race take off, thinking to myself, there is no way I could ever do that! Fast forward 2 years, a move from Georgia to Colorado, entering my first XTERRA mountain triathlon here in Colorado this past summer, then another and another, only to find myself standing on that same shoreline, my Georgia-raised blood chilled to the bone and tingling with anticipation, ready to attempt the Championship race with my husband alongside.

While not the perfect race from “rookie” mistakes like misplacing my bike in transition, breaking a chain during the climb up to Sardine Peak which made me lose precious minutes of time, I was able to pull from the deeper level of strength –something that my daughter taught me I had, to come back in the race. As Josiah Middaugh says, “You swim with your arms, you bike with your legs, and you run with your heart.” My legs and heart worked extra hard that day, and maybe my daughter will never understand how I did at that race, but that is okay with me. Her unconditional love and ability to find joy in the smallest of things, such as a tiny leaf or puddle on the ground, reminds me that what we do truly is a gift. Both of my daughters and my husband will be waiting for me at the finish line in Maui and no matter how I do, their smiles and hugs will be the best finisher award this mom could ever receive.

Through our adventures with running and triathlon over the past few years, we have watched so many other parents and family members of special needs children get out the door, defy the limitations of the life they have been given, and cross their own finish lines. I never realized we could make an impact on others through our own struggles and victories. I don’t know what our future holds, how many more years we can travel and race with our daughter, but I do know one thing… dreams do come true if you believe passionately and work hard for them. This is why I love XTERRA – it is so much more than a race. It is a philosophy that each athlete, staff member and volunteer embodies on how to embrace life and truly LIVE MORE!

Read more stories from XTERRA Warriors here:



From Around the World to Kapalua

The sandy, muddy, bumpy, rocky, and rutted-out trails to Maui have taken competitors to some of the most exotic locales in the world, from Ilhabela to Italy.   From near and far, here’s a look at where some of the racers are coming from to compete in Sunday’s XTERRA World Championship …

Kapalua to Qualifying location Miles
XTERRA Adventure Fest Kapalua, Maui 0
XTERRA Freedom Fest Ka’aawa Valley, Hawaii 87
XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada 2,638
XTERRA West Las Vegas, Nevada 2,701
XTERRA USA Ogden, Utah 2,951
XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Canada 3,041
XTERRA Mountain Beaver Creek, Colorado 3,211
XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa, Mexico 3,413
XTERRA Saipan Saipan, CNMI 3,789
XTERRA Guam Piti, Guam 3,883
XTERRA Japan Hokkaido, Japan 3,961
XTERRA Ontario Ontario, Canada 4,280
XTERRA Southeast Pelham, Alabama 4,301
XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua, New Zealand 4,392
XTERRA Motatapu Motutapu, New Zealand 4,398
XTERRA Costa Rica Guanacaste, Costa Rica 4,766
XTERRA East Richmond, Virginia 4,779
XTERRA Quebec Quebec, Canada 4,785
XTERRA Asia-Pacific Callala Beach, Australia 5,192
XTERRA Philippines Cebu, Philippines 5,297
XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela, Brazil 6,730
XTERRA Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 6,874
XTERRA Malaysia Putrajaya 6,915
XTERRA Denmark Tisvilde, Denmark 7,068
XTERRA England Cranleigh, England 7,242
XTERRA Germany Zittau, Germany 7,450
XTERRA Czech Spindelvruv, Czech 7,523
XTERRA France Xonrupt, France 7,565
XTERRA Switzerland Vallée de Joux, Switzerland 7,641
XTERRA Portugal Golega, Portugal 7,780
XTERRA Spain La Manga, Spain 8,089
XTERRA Italy Orosei, Italy 8,115
XTERRA Greece Lake Plastira 8,444
XTERRA South Africa Grabouw, South Africa 11,507


Countries Represented: 43
Argentina (5), Australia (20), Austria (4), Belgium (13), Bermuda (2), Brazil (14), Canada (62), Chile (5), China (1), Costa Rica (6), Czech Republic (7), Denmark (9), France (66), French Polynesia (8), Germany (20), Greece (4), Guam (21), Hong Kong  (2), Italy (12), Japan (28), Luxembourg (1), Mexico (20), Netherlands (3), New Caledonia(1), New Zealand (43), Norway (1), Philippines (12), Poland (1), Portugal (2), Puerto Rico (1), Reunion (5), Singapore (3), Slovak Republic (3), Slovenia (1), South Africa (5), Spain (24), Sweden (10), Switzerland (16), Thailand (2), Turkey (1), United Kingdom (13), USA (310), Uruguay (1)

United States Represented: 43
Breakdown: Alabama (2), Alaska (6), Arizona (4), Arkansas (2), California (73), Colorado (51), Connecticut (2), District of Columbia(1), Florida (5), Georgia (8), Hawaii (50),
Idaho (5), Illinois (4), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Maryland (2), Massachusetts (8), Michigan (4), Minnesota (1), Montana (1), Nevada (8), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (5), New York (3), North Carolina (3), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (8), Pennsylvania (4), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (10), Utah (12), Vermont (1), Virginia (5), Washington (5), West Virginia (2), Wisconsin (2).

By Age Group
Women 15-19: 6 – Women 20-24: 12 – Women 25-29: 17
Women 30-34: 28 – Women 35-39: 30 – Women 40-44: 36
Women 45-49: 30 – Women 50-54: 21 – Women 55-59: 14
Women 60-64: 3 – Women 65-69: 3 – Women 70-74: 2
Legends: 3 – Pro Women: 20

Men 15-19: 18 – Men 20-24: 27 – Men 25-29: 36
Men 30-34: 56 – Men 35-39: 72 – Men 40-44: 93
Men 45-49: 87 – Men 50-54: 65 – Men 55-59: 50
Men 60-64: 16 – Men 65-69: 14 – Men 70-74: 4
Men 75-79: 2 – Physically Challenged Men: 3
Legends: 5 – Pro Men: 31

Oldest Male: 78, Ronald Hill -€“ Hayden,Idaho – 78
Oldest Woman: 70, Charlotte Mahan- Lenoir City, Tennessee
Youngest Man: 14, Tate Haugan-Fort St. John, B.C.,Canada
Youngest Woman: 15, Heather Horton-€“ Draper, Utah

Ruben Ruzafa

XTERRA World Championship Elites

Have a look at the beautiful men and women elites racing in Sunday’s 20th XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon in Maui here (portraits by Jesse Peters).

Find pre-race interviews, press conference clips, profiles and more at www.Facebook.com/XTERRAPlanet

Bib # (place at last years WC) – Name – Age, Hometown
1 (1) – Ruben Ruzafa – 31, Malaga, Spain
2 (2) – Josiah Middaugh – 37, Eagle-Vail, Colorado
3 (3) – Ben Allen – 30, North Wollongong, NSW, Australia
4 (5) – Mauricio Mendez – 20, Mexico City, Mexico
5 (9) – Rom Akerson – 31, Tambor, Costa Rica
8 (13) – Jim Thijs – 35, Huldenberg, Belgium
9 (14) – Ryan Ignatz – 37, Boulder, Colorado
10 (15) – Albert Soley – 27, Barcelona, Spain
11 (19) – Jan Pyott – 33, Stechelberg, Switzerland
12 (23) – Chris Ganter – 37, Boise, Idaho
14 (32) – Arthur Forissier – 21, Saint Etienne, France
15 (34) – Yeray Luxem – 29, Merksem, Belgium
16 (35) – Branden Rakita – 34, Colorado Springs, Colorado
17 (37) – Rory Downie – 26, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
18 (39) – Olly Shaw – 23, Rotorua, New Zealand
19 – Rodrigo Altafini – 41, Sao Paulo, Brazil
20 – Fabien Combaluzier – 38, Ardeche, France
21 – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, New Zealand
22 – Pierre-Yves Facomprez – 32, Nievre, France
23 – Nicolas Fernandez – 32, Pelissane, France
24 – Damien Guillemet – 29, Normandie, France
25 – Ben Hoffman – 32, Boulder, Colorado
28 – Juan Carlos Nieto – 33, Cordoba, Spain
29 – Sam Osborne – 24, Rotorua, New Zealand
30 – Cameron Paul – 25, Taupo, New Zealand
31 – Will Ross – 26, Anchorage, Alaska
32 – Jens Roth – 27, Trier, Germany
33 – Francisco Serrano – 35, Monterrey, Mexico
34 – Noah Wright – 41, Austin, Texas
35 – Courtney Atkinson – 36, Mermaid Waters, QLD, Australia
36 – Brodie Gardner – 29, Marcoola, QLD, Australia

Flora Duffy

Bib # (place at last year’s WC) – Name – Age, Hometown
61 (1) Flora Duffy – 28, Devonshire, Bermuda
63 (4) Emma Garrard – 34, Park City, Utah
64 (5) Helena Erbenov – 36, Jablonec, Czech Republic
67 (9) Jacqui Slack – 32, Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom
68 (10) Carina Wasle – 31, Kundl, Austria
69 (15) Lizzie Orchard – 29, Epsom, New Zealand
70 (18) Susan Sloan – 34, Benoni, South Africa
71 (19) Maia Ignatz – 35, Boulder, Colorado
72 (20) Kara LaPoint – 28, Truckee, California
73 (21) Sara Schuler – 34, Boulder, Colorado
74 (30) Debby Sullivan – 34, Rocklin, California
76 – Renata Bucher – 38, Lucerne, Switzerland
77 – Fabiola Corona – 35, Mexico City, Mexico
78 – Myriam Guillot-Boisset – 36, Brindas, France
79 – Christine Jeffrey – 42, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
80 – Lesley Paterson – 35, Sterling, Scotland
81 – Jess Simson – 31, Wanaka, New Zealand
82 – Alena Stevens – 33, Tatranska, Slovakia
83 – Elisabetta Curridori – 24, Sardegna, Italy
84 – Verena Eisenbarth – 30, Passau, Germany
85 – Laurel Dudley – 34, Honolulu, Hawaii

Conrad Stoltz - Hall of Fame

Stoltz Inducted to XTERRA Hall of Fame

The most decorated XTERRA triathlete of all-time, Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz from South Africa, became the 10th inductee into the XTERRA Hall of Fame at the Night of Champions dinner in Maui last night.

The reception he received was goose-bump worthy … a well-deserved standing ovation from an adoring crowd. His acceptance speech was equally memorable.

“XTERRA has been an integral part of my life,” said Stoltz, holding back tears. “We always talk about XTERRA being family, and it is. It really is. What Tom and Dave and Julie created is simply amazing, and I’m beyond grateful.”

Stoltz collected an unprecedented 53 career championship wins and seven world titles (4 from XTERRA and 3 from ITU) in his illustrious 15-year career.

As impressive as his credentials are, he is more beloved worldwide for his warm smile and welcoming demeanor than his fearless downhill skills.

Watch his Hall of Fame tribute video.

“Last Call for the Caveman” Tribute: http://www.xterraplanet.com/2015/08/last-call-for-the-caveman/

Retirement Video: https://vimeo.com/137660263



Overend competed in the first-ever XTERRA in 1996, finishing third.  In ‘97 he was second, and in ‘98 and ‘99 he won consecutive World Championships at the ripe young age of 42 & 43.


Tinley competed in XTERRA’s inaugural event and was one of the early ambassadors for the sport, helping to get high level pro’s and big media attention for the first-ever XTERRA World Championship.


In the early years of the sport Weule won more XTERRA races than anyone, compiling 19 XTERRA titles, two US. Pro Series crowns (1999 and 2000), and the 2000 World Championship.


Riccitello won the inaugural XTERRA World title over triathlon great Mike Pigg. Afterwards, he said “Man this race is a bitch, but it’s the true spirit of triathlon – athlete vs. the course”.


Tobin dominated XTERRA for years, with 16 wins and the 2000 World Championship to his credit. He’s the last American man to win off-road triathlon’s greatest race.


Kain had an epic duel with Michellie Jones in the inaugural XTERRA of 1996 but came up 12 seconds short. In 1999 “Sharoo” won it all in style by doing the hula across the finish line in a grass skirt.


Schumaker is perhaps THE pioneer of XTERRA racing. In the early years he was a factor in just about every race, and he also introduced the sport to the triathlon world by writing about his experiences.


Whitmore won 37 championships in a dozen different countries, including the XTERRA World Championship in 2004. She is still today the most successful female pro the sport has ever known.


Nicolas “The Professor” Lebrun from France was a major and consistent force in XTERRA racing in Europe and in America with 90 top five finishes in 13 years including 32 wins and four European Tour Championships. The crowning moment in his XTERRA career was in Maui in 2005 when he won the XTERRA World Championship.

Dave Desantis - XTERRA Warrior

XTERRA Warrior Dave Desantis

Since 2003 XTERRA has honored a member of its Tribe that has shown exemplary courage in the face of adversity, gone above and beyond to help the greater community, or personified the “Live More” spirit.

This year, at the Night of Champions dinner on Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua the honor went to Dave Desantis (No. 743) from Milton, Massachusetts.

In the summer of 2013, Desantis was diagnosed with stage 3C melanoma. He was told he had at most, a year to live.  He tried every available remedy and medication over the next year, and finally his grapefruit sized tumors shrank – and miraculously, were gone just a few months short of the 2014 World Championship.

He raced at XTERRA Worlds in Maui last year with his niece Rachel, who was instrumental in his care and getting him ready to race.

“My favorite XTERRA memory was laying in the medical tent, receiving an IV, at last year’s Worlds and hearing the announcer say:  Rachael Desantis is sprinting to the finish in her first XTERRA Worlds!”

In February this year, he traveled to the Philippines where he qualified to race in Maui.  Then, in March, he found out the tumors were back and growing. He cancelled his trip to XTERRA Costa Rica and started chemotherapy. He lost 30lbs (13.6kilos) and the tumors were removed this summer – he now boasts over 300 stitches from various surgeries.

With no progression in the cancer since then, he has been building his strength and trying to gain weight. Sunday he’ll be with you all on the start line at D T Fleming beach celebrating life and his passion for the XTERRA family.

“Just trying to gain weight, get stronger and be INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL to be able to stick my toes in the surf at D.T. Fleming beach on morning of November 1st,” he said.