More Than Just a Number

Stroll along the sandy shores of D T Fleming Beach on Sunday and you’ll see hundreds upon hundreds of the fittest people on the planet, each with their own unique number tattooed on their arm.

For the pros, the number represents where they finished at last year’s race. The reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh will don No. 1; and last year’s women’s winner Flora Duffy will wear No. 61. For the amateurs, their race number is indicative of what age division they’re in. For example, No. 100 is Morgan Fortin, the youngest female in the field at 15-years-old; and No. 822 is Ron Hill, the senior statesman of XTERRA at 79.

For timing purposes, the numbers are identifiers, a way to track how fast No. 133 can swim, bike, and run. Of course, there’s more to No. 133 than her bike split. No. 133 is Tory Sigmond, a 27-year-old from Dillon, Colorado and for her, this trip isn’t all about the race …

“In April 2015, after more than eight months of being bedridden with an undiagnosed pain, my Mom was diagnosed with Stage IV adenocarcinoma and was given 1-to-2 years to live,” explained Sigmond.

Upon hearing the news, she quit her job on the other side of the world and moved back to Colorado to be with her Mom.

“When I got there she was complaining about how cancer deprived her of much of her life over the last few months and she missed the outdoors, so on our way back from radiation we stopped and walked on trails. Seven minutes out and seven minutes back with a sitting break in the middle.”

The nature stops became a regular part of their therapy, and when Tory jokingly asked her mom if she wanted to run a 5K with her, she said yes.

“Even though I had been joking she was completely serious,” she said, so they made it a goal. Gradually, the mother-daughter walks grew in length and duration and even included some running, and by July 2015 she was ready to tackle the tough challenge of the XTERRA Beaver Creek 5K trail run.

“She smashed it,” said Tory, and a year later they were back at the same race and she beat her time by nine-minutes.

“A new goal was needed so I asked my mom, what about Maui? She had never been to a warm ocean before, and why not a Hawaiian-style 5K!”

Why not indeed. Tory and Mom will race the 5K on Saturday together, then Mom can sit back, relax and watch her daughter take on the XTERRA World Championship triathlon on Sunday.

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We were privileged to read the stories of dozens of XTERRA Warriors and are inspired by their dedication, perspective, and strength. Here are few of their stories, in their words …

No. 646 – Michael Ross, MD, 45, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA

I remember lying in the hospital bed and seeing a news story about a colon cancer survivor who did a triathlon. At the time, I was 3 days into a diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer. That was just two years ago.

After surgery, seven months of chemotherapy, and surgery again, I walked out of the hospital cancer-free. The immediate gratification of being alive and getting to spend time with my family was overwhelming. I couldn’t believe I had dodged this bullet.

Then, this summer, after 14 months’ cancer-free, I got some bad news. The cancer was found again on routine follow up scans. Amongst the thoughts I had were, “Will I ever be able to race again?”

I am currently undergoing an experimental treatment for colon cancer. Although I was told that Stage 4 colon cancer has a high mortality rate, I hope to be racing XTERRA for many more years. I can handle the physical part of treatment and the effects the cancer has on my body; I find the emotional strain to be the toughest part. Sometimes I have trouble sleeping at night but training for XTERRA has really helped me overcome the stress of the cancer.

My entire family will be there cheering me on, and I hope to inspire my sons to overcome their own fears both now and in the future.

No. 205 – Becca Johnston, 42, Lahaina, Maui

This event got me back in to racing! I had been a crazy endurance athlete when I was younger, but had fallen out of sports in general for about 10 years. I live in Lahaina, so when XTERRA first came to Kapalua, I didn’t really know what it was, but watching it unfold brought back so many good memories, I really wanted to compete. But, I was so out of shape that I only entered the 10k trail run and barely survived! And I used to be a competitive skier and trail runner! I was so fired up after that disaster that the next summer I completed my first full Ironman (my very first triathlon, in celebration of my 40th birthday) and have since completed several Ironmans and XTERRA races, including the Maui WC, and I am faster, stronger, and feel better now than I did 20 years ago. As a boat captain and open ocean/whale researcher, I’m always asked what it is like to work out in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles from the nearest humans and there are simply no words to describe what it’s like out there it if you haven’t seen it. It is something that must be experienced. XTERRA is the same way, you have to live it, breathe it, survive it. You can’t describe it.

No. 786 – John Davis – 62, Boulder, Colorado, USA

This is my second triathlon. It is special because of what I have had to personally endure just to get to the shore line in Maui. It is special because I overcame by believing in, and attaining physical control of my circumstances.

In June of 2014 I was diagnosed with a terminal degenerative neuromuscular disease called Motor Neuron Disease. At the time I was walking aided with trekking poles and an AFO brace that I wore on my right foot to keep me from falling. In July 2014 one of my doctors told me to move or die.

In May 2015 I underwent major spine surgery. L3, L4, L5 spinal fusion, stenosis, synovial cysts as well severe arthritis. July 2015 I was on the trail in Beaver Creek when you were hosting the XTERRA 2015 Mountain Championships and I met a volunteer on the trail who explained the event. On that day, I decided I would compete in my first ever triathlon in 2016. And I did! I got to meet XTERRA President Janet Clark and share my story!

Everyone has a story and I feel blessed to be able to share mine with the tribe. It connects me with everyone who is taking their first step, cycle, or stroke in completing their first triathlon, or attaining a goal of moving up in the ranks.

But…I never imagined with my background in collegiate athletics, that I would ever be sidelined and not be able to use athletics as a connecting tool with my clients and friends. However, I have been sidelined, endured chronic pain, have had a team of doctors tell me not to move because the movement was creating more pain and injury. Thus, I was falling frequently due to complete atrophy and muscle weakness. According to my team of doctors, my days were numbered and I was told to get my house in order. Fortuitously, I did have that one doctor that I trusted; He said “John, you have to move or you will die!” So my stand out is that I trusted that if I moved, I would possibly improve my situation, my life, and again connect with people. I believe I exist to impact people with stories. That a story and a connection can make someone else’s life richer.


Flinta, Stockton Top Amateur Returners

Trying to guess who will win the overall amateur titles at the XTERRA World Championship is a tough task. With hundreds of the fastest XTERRA age group competitors representing every country on the World Tour, there’s just no way of telling who is coming in healthy, happy, and fast as ever.

History, however, can tell us who has done well here before.

In the men’s amateur chase Martin Flinta from Sweden (pictured), the reigning and two-time XTERRA 40-44 World Champ, is the top returner from last year. He finished third amateur, 24th overall, with a time of 2:57:10.

Other first-page finishers include 20-24 winner Charly Sibille from France (2:58:08), 35-39 champ Oscar Garcia from Argentina (2:59:28), 15-19 champ Hayden Wilde from New Zealand (2:59:46), 30-34 runner-up Alexandre Montel from France (3:00:57), and six-time 45-49 champ Cal Zaryski from Canada (3:01:09).

There’s a lot of new names ready to jump in the conversation as well like Kiwi Lewis Ryan who was the overall amateur champ at the XTERRA Pan America and Asia-Pacific Tour finales, Cedric Wane from Tahiti who was the top amateur at XTERRA Beaver Creek, Xavier Dafflon who was the top amateur at XTERRA France, and some of America’s best including Nelson Hegg, Garren Watkins, and Rife Hilgartner.

Trust we missed some contenders, and they’ll let us know on Sunday afternoon!

In the women’s race the reigning and 3x 40-44 XTERRA World Champ Mimi Stockton is the top returner. The 44-year-old mother of three from Michigan was the third amateur last year (behind Julie Baker and Liz Gruber who both turned pro) with a time of 3:29:06. Other top returners include Lydia Hale from New Zealand (3:41:44), and Kelli Montgomery from Connecticut (3:41:48).

Clara Clemmensen, who won the 15-19 division, is back in Maui along with her entire family, as is 45-49 champ Catherine Gance from France, 50-54 champ Carol Rasmussen from Denmark, 60-64 champ Cindi Toepel from Nevada (she says this is her last race), 65-69 winner Libby Harrow from Colorado, and 8x winner Wendy Minor (70-74) from the Big Island.

Some of the girls looking to add their name to the list of champions include Josie Sinclair from New Zealand, Ana Creus from Spain, and Americans Courtney Kaup from Vermont, Anne Usher from Oregon, and Jennifer Razee from Colorado.

Every year in Maui we see a new star emerge, and trust 2016 will be no different.


XTERRA Worlds This Sunday in Maui

When you think of Maui, cascading waterfalls, white sand beaches, and breathtaking sunsets come straight to mind but this magical Hawaiian island is also the birthplace of the most notorious off-road triathlon in the world… XTERRA.

From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years it has transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona fide way of life for thousands of intrepid triathletes across the globe.

A fitting representation of this “XTERRA Tribe” – more than 800 athletes from 46 countries – are in Kapalua and on Sunday they’ll put their mental and physical toughness up against Mother Nature at the 21st edition of XTERRA Worlds.

Follow the race live with streaming coverage at, on twitter @xterraoffroad and on starting at 8:40am Hawaii time. The race starts at 9am with elite men, followed by elite women at 9:01am, then age group waves starting at 9:04am. Note: 9am in Hawaii is 12 noon PST, 3pm EST, 9pm in Paris, 6am in Sydney, 5pm in Rio, and 9pm in Cape Town).

Find unofficial live results at: Official results after event posted to

Click here for a PDF of the XTERRA Worlds Press Guide complete with pro bios, previews, past results, start lists, and more.


Tinley Talks

Twenty years ago triathlon legend Scott Tinley was among a select group of pioneers to race in the inaugural AquaTerra off-road triathlon in Maui. Ten years ago he was inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport. This year, he is back in Maui to race, teach an XTERRA University clinic on the “Socio-cultural History of Triathlon,” and give us his view on how off-road triathlon got started in the first place…

QnA with Scott Tinley, October 2016

XTERRA: Everyone knows you had a major role in the very first off-road triathlons. Tell us how you got the idea and what you did?

ST: In the mid 90’s my race performances were slipping a bit but I was having a blast racing mountain bikes and trail runs on my off weekends. For some reason—perhaps because I grew up riding off road motorcycles and had always loved to run trails–I found some skills that allowed me to do well in these singular events. Quite selfishly, I thought, “why not an off road triathlon?” I spoke with a handful of race directors at the time and we agreed that it might catch on since it addressed a few of the challenges in the sport at the time. RDs were concerned about drafting enforcement, the rising cost of closing municipal roads, and generally dealing with vehicular traffic as well as the post-honeymoon blahs within the sport of triathlon. So, I called for a meeting among race directors in Kona during the week before Ironman, 1994. Most of the top RDs in the sport attended including representatives from Ironman, USTS, the Chicago Triathlon, the San Diego and Los Angeles events, as well as ancillary races such as Bermuda, St. Croix, and most importantly, Tri-California.

The general consensus was that off road was a good idea but at the time not one of the bunch were willing to take the leap. Several months later, the same group met again in the offices of Velo News in Boulder, Colorado and we set out a plan to look for a major series-wide sponsor. That never happened. Only Terry Davis from TriCalifornia was interested and cornered me. “Well, ST, if you can come up to the Central Coast and lay out a course, get a bunch of people there, and generally ‘host’ the event then I’ll do the rest.” That’s how it started. In October of 1995 we held the first legitimate off road triathlon.

Then, sometime in August of 1996, a kid called me from this group based in Honolulu. They had been producing lifeguard-style ocean events and were dabbling in mountain bike events. He was interested in putting on an event the week before Ironman® on Maui and wanted my opinion on whether it should be a 10k road race or an ocean swim or even—if they could make it work since they had access to a private ranch with great trails near a hotel in which they had uh…connections—a mountain bike race? Or maybe a separate combination of all three.

“Holy shit!” I offered. “Why not an off-road triathlon? You guys have all the elements in place. But do it the week after the event.”

“Why not before?”

“Because we all want to come and party with you folks. And that ain’t happening the week before Ironman®.”

A few days later his boss Tom Kiely rung me up and suggested he’d had the same ideas. Let’s do it. And so we did.

XTERRA: Is your off-road tri still going? How long has/had it been going on for?
ST: Terry, his crew, and I put that series of events on every year for 21 straight until the water in the reservoir at Lake Lopez ran so low in 2016 there was nothing but mud. After a few good rains, we’ll be back in biz. Stay tuned.

XT: What are your thoughts on the evolution of off-road triathlon and its future?
ST: Certainly, TEAM Unlimited is largely responsible for everything that the sport is today. It seems to be growing but slowly and against small barriers that need removal. I so hope that the entire ethos of off road multisport will gain the stature that it deserves. Gawd that sounds so PC. In any case, part of the problem lies in the fact that many people in the multisport world are either freaked out by dirt or think the only way to heaven is through an Ironman® distance event. XTERRA is not a brand but a way of thinking about moving across a natural terrain.

XT: What’s your best memory from the first race in Maui, 1996?
ST: Naked football before the awards ceremony. I don’t remember anything after that.

XT: Are you still teaching?
ST: Yes, at a famous university in San Diego but I don’t want to say for fear that Dave Nicholas might stumble into my classroom one day asking for the $50 I owe him from some long forgotten bar tap.

XT: What made you want to jump back into the mix this year and what’s the goal for race day?
ST: I’m not really sure. It seemed like a good idea a few months ago. You know, go back to Maui, revisit your past, find your inner-child again. Play naked football at sixty years old. All of which is bullshit. I suppose I’m in decent shape and won’t have to walk too much on the run. And I do owe Dave that fifty bucks.

Wendy Minor

The Local XTERRA Tribe

Maui triathletes Gerry Clark – who won the 30-34 division in 1997 – Joe Alueta, and Steve Fisher are the only three racers to have done all 20 XTERRA World Championship races since the inaugural 1996 event, and they’re all back to do it again in 2016.

“1996 seems so far away in time,” said Fisher, who is famous for training with his parrot Hi’ilani. “I am very proud to have been there from the beginning and really respect all the work TEAM Unlimited has down to make XTERRA so awesome.”

Scott Brand, 48, a biomedical engineer at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children will be racing the XTERRA World Championship for the 18th straight year. More than just the joy of “shredding volcanic downhills,” Scott says XTERRA is what keeps him in check health-wise each year.

“Every year I lose about 20lbs preparing for the race. In 2013 I lost 60lbs. Everyone at work asked me what I did, and I tell them XTERRA Training. I love the spirit of XTERRA. The staff, volunteers and athletes are always giving, supportive, and really cool. I will be an XTERRA age group World Champion one day, even if I have to race till I’m 150 years young.”

Lorenn Walker has done 16 XTERRA Worlds, and won her division five times during a six-year stretch between 1999-2004. There are only two Hawaii racers who have won more than five, Wendy Minor and Ed Fattoumy.

Minor (pictured above) won her eighth title in 2015, and was the first women’s 70-74 division champion.

Then there is Fouad “Ed” Fattoumy who has won the physically challenged open division XTERRA World Title 10 times in 11 years since 2005. Ed emigrated from Morocco more than a decade ago, and was in a hit-and-run accident with a car while riding his bike. The accident left him with spinal cord damage and chronic fatigue. The effects, similar to that of Spinal Stenosis – a condition due to narrowing of the spinal cord causing nerve pinching which leads to persistent pain in the buttocks, limping, lack of feeling in the lower extremities, and decreased physical activity, hasn’t stopped him from winning and flashing that brilliant smile of his.

Marcy Fleming, an extraordinary 55-year-old woman from Kailua, is racing XTERRA Worlds for the sixth time since 2004 and also doing the “Double” by competing in both the Ironman and XTERRA World Championships. Marcy is the only local woman and one of just 16 athletes doing both races but what makes her story so interesting is that her great grandfather is D.T. Fleming, the plantation manager of Honolua Ranch (now known as Kapalua) in the early 1900s. The beach where it all starts is named after Mr. Fleming.

“He was a pioneer in Hawaii Agriculture and believed that Hawaii needed to diversify its agricultural base, he transitioned Honolua out of cattle ranching and into Pineapples,” explained Fleming. “On the lands where will be riding, he grew everything from mangoes to watermelons. DT spoke fluent Hawaiian, and in the 1940s and ’50s, enabled his company’s employees to obtain mortgages and buy house lots in West Maui. There are two arboretums that bear his name, one on West Maui and the other at Puu Mahoe in Haleakala. His son, my grandfather, was a doctor on Maui who continued his tradition of giving back to the community. I’m proud to be riding on these lands and think that both DT and Dr. Jim would appreciate that XTERRA is doing much to diversify tourism in Hawaii.”

Another local athlete who knows the area quite well is Ryan Kirkham, the Principal of Maui Preparatory Academy.

“The bike course goes right around our school, so yeah, XTERRA is literally in our backyard,” said Kirkham. “As a family, we have played the role of spectators several times at this race. After a few years of watching in awe, I wasn’t sure if I should (a) be inspired by these tremendous athletes or (b) be embarrassed to call myself a human being. I guess (a) won out.”

Kirkham isn’t the only educator in the bunch. We also have Maui High School science teacher Mitch Wendorff, who is also doing the double.

And the title of Hawaii’s fastest XTERRA racer has to go to Sergio Florian, 36, who won the local qualifier at XTERRA Freedom Fest for the third straight year and was Hawaii’s top finisher last year in 175th place overall.

Florian, who was born in Argentina, moved to Southern California at the age of 12 and has been living in Kaaawa since 2007, says we should look out for Jacob Pembrook, a lifeguard on Kauai.

“He’s super excited about racing XTERRA the last few years, and was 3rd at Freedom Fest this year and looking strong.”


Quick Facts on XTERRA Worlds

WHAT IS IT: The world’s premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim that starts at D.T. Fleming Beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua … a 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike that climbs 3,500 feet up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5-miles) trail run that traverses forest trails, and beach sand. Top pros finish in roughly two-and-a-half hours.

WHO RACES IN MAUI: A sold-out field of 800 racers including 75 professionals and more than 700 amateurs representing 46 countries, ages 14 (Bowen Satterthwaite) to 79 (Ron Hill). 95% of the field is from out of state. See Competitor Stats below.

WHEN: The XTERRA World Championship starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 23. The XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs are on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: At The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui’s northwest coast.

WHY: The XTERRA World Championship race is the last in a series of more than 100 off-road triathlon races held in 30 countries and 38 U.S. States. The concept is to provide a bona-fide world championship for amateur and elite off-road triathletes. For pros there is $100,000 in prize money at stake.

HOW THEY QUALIFIED: Pros must race an XTERRA World Tour event & amateurs enter through one of four means:
1. Earn a slot by qualifying as one of the top finishers in their age group at an XTERRA Championship race in the Philippines, South Africa, Saipan, Costa Rica, Argentina, Malta, New Zealand, Reunion Island, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, Greece, Tahiti, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, France, Italy, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Japan, Denmark, and Alabama, Colorado, and Utah in the United States. For those “lucky-you-live-Hawaii-guys” there was a local qualifier, XTERRA Freedom Fest at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu.
2. Won their regional championship during the course of the XTERRA America Tour.
3. Age Group Champions from the previous year were provided a slot to defend their crown.
4. The at large drawing – a limited number of slots were offered on a first-come first-serve basis in December, 2015.

XTERRA BACKGROUND: This is the 21st year for the XTERRA World Championship on Maui, the birthplace of off-road triathlon. The first XTERRA race was held here on November 3, 1996 and was televised on Fox Sports Net. The demand for the sport of XTERRA exploded thereafter and there are now more than 50,000 competitors from all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide.

TELEVISION: This will be the 21st straight year a nationally (now internationally) broadcast one-hour show will be produced on the event, which showcases Maui’s natural beauty. The 2016 XTERRA World Championship will be seen by more than six million viewers via national syndication (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX), Fox Sports Network, ESPN International, and European distribution. This year’s show will start its run in national syndication in mid-January 2017. In addition, the award-winning XTERRA Adventures TV series, XTERRA USA and World Championship broadcasts are available as a video subscription for Prime members on Amazon Video. Four seasons (32 shows) of the half-hour episodes of XTERRA Adventures, and the 2012-through-2015 XTERRA USA and World Championship triathlon races are available now and 2016 shows will be added soon.

ECONOMIC IMPACT: Direct visitor expenditures from the 2015 XTERRA World Championship were $6 million. The average length of stay on Maui is 6.8 nights (8.5 nights in Hawaii), the average party size is 2.7, and 56% of the field had a household income of more than $100,000 (expenditure source: DBEDT and post event online survey).

HOW TO WATCH: Log on to for race information and race coverage starting at 9am Hawaii time (12pm PST, 3pm EST, 9pm in Paris, 6am in Sydney, and 4pm in Rio). Also on twitter @xterraoffroad, #xterramaui and on Facebook.

Countries Represented: 46
Argentina (21), Australia (25), Austria (5), Belgium (13), Bermuda (1), Brazil (38), Canada (62), Chile (14), China (2), Colombia (5), Costa Rica (13), Czech Republic (9), Denmark (19), Dominican Republic (5), France (66), French Polynesia (11), Germany (15), Hong Kong (2), Italy (18), Japan (22), Luxembourg (2), Malaysia (2), Malta (1), Mexico (20), Morocco (1), Namibia (1), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (36), Nicaragua (2), Peru (1), Philippines (4), Poland (5), Portugal (1), Singapore (5), Slovakia (1), South Africa (9), South Korea (5), Spain (9), Sweden (8), Switzerland (6), Thailand (2), Trinidad and Tobago (1), United Kingdom (10), United States (302)

United States Represented: 38
Breakdown: Alabama 3, Alaska 8, Arizona 8, Arkansas 1, California 60, Colorado 56, Connecticut 1, Florida 3, Georgia 10, Guam 1, Hawaii 37, Idaho 5, Illinois 5, Indiana 1, Kansas 1, Kentucky 2, Maine 1, Maryland 2, Massachusetts 6, Michigan 7, Montana 2, Nevada 5, New Hampshire 1, New Mexico 4, New York 4, North Carolina 6, Ohio 2, Oregon 6, Pennsylvania 7, South Carolina 1, South Dakota 1, Texas 10, Utah 7, Vermont 3, Virginia 9, Washington 12, Wisconsin 1, Wyoming 1

By Age Group
Women 15-19: 5
Women 20-24: 9
Women 25-29: 24
Women 30-34: 21
Women 35-39: 37
Women 40-44: 30
Women 45-49: 28
Women 50-54: 22
Women 55-59: 13
Women 60-64: 3
Women 65-69: 4
Women 70-74: 1
Women 75-79: 0
Physically Challenged Women: 2
Organizer Challenge: 1
Pro Women: 21
Total: 228
Men 15-19: 20
Men 20-24: 30
Men 25-29: 35
Men 30-34: 58
Men 35-39: 56
Men 40-44: 73
Men 45-49: 93
Men 50-54: 66
Men 55-59: 43
Men 60-64: 25
Men 65-69: 8
Men 70-74: 3
Men 75-79: 4
Physically Challenged Men: 7
Organizer Challenge: 4
Pro Men: 50
Total: 585
Oldest Male: 79, Ronald Hill – Hayden,Idaho
Oldest Woman: 71, Wendy Minor – Kamuela, Hawaii
Youngest Man: 14, Bowen Satterthwaite – Eden, Utah
Youngest Woman: 15, Morgan Fortin – Albuquerque New Mexico

maui podium

Updated Elite Start List

We got some sad news this week from Chilean star Barbara Riveros who had a mountain bike crash and suffered a slight fracture to her foot that will force her to sit-out XTERRA Worlds for the second year in a row.

“I’ll get back there and give it another try, I just need to be patient,” said Riveros, who has finished runner-up in Maui twice and was one of the women’s favorites for next Sunday’s race.

Here’s a look at the updated elite men’s and women’s start list, sorted by country.

ARGENTINA: Lucas Mendez, Maximiliano Morales
AUSTRALIA: Ben Allen, Courtney Atkinson, Alex Hunt
AUSTRIA: Michi Weiss
BRAZIL: Diogo Malagon, Felipe Moletta, Juscelino Vasconcelos
CANADA: Karsten Madsen
CHILE: Felipe Barraza,
COLOMBIA: Rodrigo Acevedo, Victor Arenas
COSTA RICA: Rom Akerson, Leonardo Chacon
DENMARK: Anders Bregnhoj
FRANCE: Julien Buffe, Francois Carloni, Anthony Pannier
GERMANY: Sebastian Kienle
HONG KONG: Jason Hsieh
ITALY: Mattia De Paoli
JAPAN: Takahiro Ogasawara
KOREA: Kaon Cho
MEXICO: Mauricio Mendez, Francisco Serrano
NEW ZEALAND: Braden Currie, Kieran McPherson, Sam Osborne, Cameron Paul, Alex Roberts
SOUTH AFRICA: Bradley Weiss
SPAIN: Ruben Ruzafa, Roger Serrano
SWEDEN: Sebastian Norberg, Jari Palonen
USA: JP Donovan, Chris Ganter, Ben Hoffman, Ryan Ignatz, Ian King, Sam Long,
Brian MacIlvain, Josiah Middaugh, Ryan Petry, Branden Rakita, Will Ross, Noah Wright

AUSTRIA: Carina Wasle
BERMUDA: Flora Duffy
BRAZIL: Melania Giraldi, Isabella Ribeiro
CANADA: Joanna Brown, Katharine Carter
CZECH: Helena Erbenova
FRANCE: Myriam Guillot-Boisset, Morgane Riou
GREAT BRITAIN: Lesley Paterson, Jacqui Slack
JAPAN: Mieko Carey
MEXICO: Michelle Flipo
NEW ZEALAND: Lizzie Orchard
USA: Julie Baker, Caroline Colonna, Sarah Graves, Maia Ignatz, Kara LaPoint, Suzie Snyder, Jennifer Todd

Find full XTERRA Worlds Participant List as of 9.29.16 here.


Kienle, Hoffman Highlight Outrigger Resorts Double Chase

Two of the top four men at the Ironman World Championship – Sebastian Kienle from Germany who finished 2nd and Ben Hoffman (pictured above) from the U.S. who was 4th – are set to square off again Sunday at the XTERRA World Championship for the Outrigger Resorts Double title.

Hoffman won the Double last year and Kienle won it in 2012. This year Kienle finished Kona in 8:10:02, and Hoffman was less than three minutes behind him in 8:13:00.

“Should be a good battle with Sebi for the double this year,” said Hoffman. “Spoke to him at the awards banquet and he is looking forward to it as well. Hopefully the legs will come around in time!”

Last year Hoffman finished 10th overall at XTERRA and took the double with a combined time of 11:55:18. The last time Kienle raced in Maui in 2012 he finished 14th overall and took the double crown with a time of 11:03:38.

Kienle, the 2014 IM World Champion and 2012-13 IM 70.3 World Champ, first raced XTERRA in 2005 and won XTERRA Germany in 2006. The year Kienle won in Kona, Hoffman was second. “The Hoff” has been racing XTERRA since 2008, and has been in the top 4 at the Mountain Championship in Colorado each of the last five years.

In the amateur men’s chase former double champ Pablo Ureta of Argentina has a six-minute lead on Olivier Lyoen of France, and in the women’s competition Virginia Sellers of Canada has roughly a half-hour jump start on Janie White of Arizona.

The Outrigger Resorts Double award is given annually to the pro and amateur man and woman with the fastest combined XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time. Elites are awarded $2,500 and the top amateur man and woman win a 4-night stay at a Maui Outrigger Resort.

Here’s a look at this year’s doublers (tentative as of 10.14.16)

Name Hometown Division IM Time
Sebastian Kienle Muehlacker, Germany Elite M 8:10:02
Ben Hoffman Boulder, CO, USA Elite M 8:13:00
Michi Weiss Gumpoldskirchen, Austria Elite M 8:49:54
Pablo Ureta Cordoba, Argentina M35-39 9:37:49
Olivier Lyoen Pertuis, France M35-39 9:43:46
Filipe Aragao Brasilia, Brazil M30-34 9:50:35
Andrew Sellars Vernon, B.C., Canada M45-49 9:58:10
Arnaud Bouvier Digne les Bains, France M50-54 10:12:45
Virginia Sellars Vernon, B.C., Canada F40-44 11:34:44
Karsten Olsen Fredericia, Denmark M60-64 11:52:00
Mark Alderman Rutland, VT, USA M50-54 11:57:37
Janie White Paradise Valley, AZ, USA F55-59 12:04:27
Megan Arthur Hamilton, New Zealand F40-44 12:42:24
Mitchell Wendorff Wailuku, HI, USA M30-34 13:29:15
Scott Perrine Gilbert, AZ, USA M45-49 13:58:41
Marcy Fleming Kailua, HI, USA F55-59 15:29:44

The Course in Maui

The XTERRA World Championship starts with a 1.5-kilometer rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. The mountain bike is one big 20-mile loop with 3,500-feet of climbing that goes up-and-down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains more than a dozen times, and the run features a whole lot more climbing (1,200-feet) along dirt trails, through oleander forests, and into 60-foot high ironwood evergreens.

To get a better feel for what the course is like we asked some of the pros what they thought…

Suzie Snyder, USA – “I think the course is challenging and there’s no faking any weakness you might have, right from the start in the swim. The rough ocean swim can take a lot out of you if you’re not strong in the water, the bike course is well rounded with hard climbs, descents, some technical challenges that require good skills, and of course some places that are wide open where you can show off your fitness. The run course is relentless in the climbing, which demands as much mental toughness as physical and can break your spirit if you let it.”

Bradley Weiss, RSA – “I love it. I am a smaller athlete who loves going uphill in any format and Maui has plenty of climbing.”

Carina Wasle, AUT – “If you go fast all courses are hard. Here it is lots of climbing, which I really prefer. When you come to the top you think yeah it’s downhill now, but it is still a very long way to go and there are some more climbs to do. The hardest part for me are the never-ending last 8km on the single trail. The little climbs and all the corners need lots of concentration and with tired legs that hurts a lot. My favorite part is the run. It is very beautiful and just awesome to run.”

Branden Rakita, USA – “It’s very demanding. The swim is usually choppy and the shore break can really toss you around if there is a good swell. The bike course will really test your fitness and your ability to dose out your effort. The last couple miles you get a little check to see how well you can handle your bike when you are tired. The run is brutal for the first half with all the climbing, you just want to get in to a good rhythm and keep hydrated and try to stay as cool as possible. then I get to my favorite part with the downhill, you can really fly if you have the legs weaving through the trees and jumping and ducking underneath others.”

Lesley Paterson, GBR – “It’s tough, it’s gritty, it’s got loads of climbing and definitely the strongest athlete wins on the day. There’s nowhere to hide!”

Courtney Atkinson, AUS – “It’s just brutal and hard, but fun. You can lose a lot of time in the second half of the race if you’re not prepared.”

Kara LaPoint, USA – “The Maui course brings so many unique challenges, from the difficulty of the course itself with big, relentless hills – and lots of them! – to the environmental challenges of heat and humidity – to the rough water of the ocean swim, to the extra pressure of this being the World Championship race.”

Francisco Serrano, MEX – “It’s the beauty of Hawaii that I love, nice ocean swim, hard bike and run.”

Jacqui Slack, GBR – “The course improves every year, the bike course continually becomes more challenging and it’s exciting to see what changes there will be.”

Sam Osborne, NZL – “The course is tough, there’s no doubt about that and with the heat mixed in, it makes for a really hard day. The favorite part is the racing, live for that stuff.”

Maia Ignatz, USA – “I love this course. It’s Maui, it’s beautiful, yet brutal, it is a true test of your fitness and perseverance. It’s World Championship worthy.”