XTERRA Greece Moves to Athenian Riviera

After three successful years at Lake Plastira, the XTERRA Greece Championship is changing locations and moving to the Athenian Riviera and the Municipality of Vouliagmeni.

The swim is taking place at the magnificent gulf of Vouliagmeni, the area that hosted the triathlon venue during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. During the bike & run course athletes will enjoy amazing views of the Saronic Gulf and the marvelous surroundings of the picturesque peninsula.

A few kilometers outside of Athens, participants will find a place where the urban landscape gives way to a unique seaside resort. The Municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni at the South suburbs of the city, with its photogenic stretch of mountains, rocky coves, mineral lakes, seaside resorts and sandy beaches with blue-flag certified clean waters, is the jewel of the Athenian Riviera.

“Combined with an ideal climate, it makes you feel as if you are on an endless summer holiday,” said race director Konstantinos Koumargialis.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the XTERRA Tribe in Athens for the 4th edition of the XTERRA Greece Championship.”

Registrations are open now at www.xterragreece.com.
Watch promo video here: https://youtu.be/NbC0fjzf7vQ

Cal Z Joins Exclusive Club with 6

Canadian XTERRA legend, exercise physiologist and owner of CriticalSpeed.com Endurance Coaching Business in Calgary, Alberta, Calvin Zaryski, is racing as fast now at 47-years-old as he did when he was 37-years-old and has six World Titles to show for it.

He becomes just the eight amateur racer to win more than 5 world titles in XTERRA’s 20 years, joining Ed Fattoumy (PC Division), Peter Wood (9), Wendy Minor (8), Tom Lyons (7), and Kent Robison, Barbara Peterson, and Cindi Toepel with six.

“My first XTERRA Worlds was back in 2004. I have done 10 World XTERRA Championships and have placed top 3 in every one unless a mechanical bike mishap occurred,” said Zaryski, who was the fastest North American amateur finisher this year.

XT: When did you take the lead?
I was third in my AG off the bike and knew I had to run fast and suffer more than ever. Within the first mile I caught number 2 and was happy to see that my legs and lungs were working well. I kept pushing hard on all the climbs, making sure I took my honey stinger gels and drank water. At about mile 3, near the final push to the top and half way into the run, I caught the number 1. He was walking with a camera man recording the melt down. After passing him, I knew I was not going to get caught but wanted to see what I had left in me…  I ran the 4th fastest amateur run split and 17th fastest overall.

Racing is like creating a piece of art. It represents you and your soul. Often only you truly knows how much effort has gone into the final outcome. I always want to feel proud of my art work and effort.

XT: Did you know who your main competition would be? 
I thought Tom Evans, fellow Canadian who won the age group last year, was competing. He did not race. But I knew France would be strong. There is always a dark horse at Worlds. And like last year, when I was 30 seconds from the lead on the bike, anything can happen. I had a catastrophic mechanical that forced me to run 5 miles with my bike, then another 6 miles to the finish line.

XT: What is it about you and this race?
I love racing internationally. The stakes are so high and there are so many unknowns. With such a deep field and international representation, you can honestly be proud that you are a World Champion in your age group. All you can do is prepare the best you can and execute on race day. Mother Nature tends to always have the last say regardless.

XT: When did you have to really dig deep?
I had to dig deep on all bike climbs and the entire run. I rode strong but conservative on the bike as I did not want a repeat of last year when I had a mechanical. I needed to get to the run without a mishap or lost time. The cautious descending and technical section put more importance on riding the ups hard but not too hard that I overheated or had nothing left on the run. I seem to be able to regulate my effort well in Maui to ensure a solid run.

XT: Who or what was your inspiration?
A good friend of mine, multiple World XTERRA AG Champion, Beverly Watson who is battling stage 4 Cancer, was one of my main inspirations. In general I raced this year for those close friends and family who are experiencing hardship and struggle.

XT: How did you celebrate?
CZ: I went Zip Lining in Kapalua and ate lots of chocolate chip cookies! Also had an amazing dinner at Dukes!

Introducing the New XTERRA Pan American Tour

XTERRA Pan Am Tour(Honolulu, HI) – TEAM Unlimited, owners and producers of the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon World Tour, today announced the formation of the XTERRA Pan American Tour which connects the sport’s major events in South, Central, and North America as well as the Caribbean.

The inaugural 10-stop series for both amateur and professional athletes starts March 20th at XTERRA Costa Rica and concludes September 17 with the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Ogden, Utah.  In between are two majors in the U.S., two in Canada, and one each in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.


20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Playa Reserva Conchal) *SILVER
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina (Dique Ullum, San Juan) *GOLD
7-May XTERRA Brazil (Ilhabela) *SILVER
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain (Pelham, AL, USA) *GOLD
25-Jun XTERRA Mine Over Matter (Milton, ON, CAN) *SILVER
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria (B.C., CAN) *SILVER
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek (Avon, CO, USA) *GOLD
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic (Barahona) *GOLD
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico (Tapalpa) *GOLD
17-Sep XTERRA Pan American Championship (Ogden, UT, USA)

“We’re evolving,” explained XTERRA World Tour managing director Dave Nicholas.  “While our roots are here in Hawaii, our sport is truly international. Creating the Pan American Series aligns our events in the Americas with our structure in Europe and Asia-Pacific regions, and provides a platform for our Canadian, Latin & South American friends to be part of a competitive regional series of events.”

The XTERRA Pan American Tour will feature Gold and Silver level events, just like the XTERRA European Tour, where Gold events award points on a 100-point basis and Silver races award points on a 75-point basis.

GOLD POINTS: 100-Point Basis

1=100, 2=90, 3=82, 4=75, 5=69, 6=63. 7=58, 8=53, 9=49, 10=45, 11=41, 12=37, 13=34, 14=31, 15=28

SILVER POINTS: 75-Point Basis 

1=75, 2=67, 3=61, 4=56, 5=51, 6=47, 7=43, 8=39, 9=36, 10=33, 11=30, 12=27, 13=25, 14=23, 15=21

Gold events offer the equivalent of $15,000 USD in elite prize money to the top seven men and women, plus 50 spots into the XTERRA World Championship for amateurs.

Silver races offer the equivalent of $7,500 USD in elite prize money to the top five men and women, plus at least 25 spots into the XTERRA World Championship for amateurs (the exception is XTERRA Brazil, which offers 50 spots to Worlds).

The XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Utah will offer $20,000 USD for the race and distribute an additional $60,000 USD in prize money to the top 10 men and women in the final XTERRA Pan American Pro Series rankings.

“I think it could really re-energize some of the pros that might be stale with the same races and open up to some other pro athletes to be competitive, especially in Mexico, Canada, Central and South America,” said XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh.

Elites and amateurs competing in the XTERRA Pan American Tour count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) from the first nine events plus whatever they get, or don’t get, at the XTERRA Pan American Championship race which will be scored at the 100-point level.  Five Scores Total.

Thus, the final point total combines an athletes best two Gold scores, best two Silver scores, plus their XTERRA Pan American Championship race points.

Athletes can race in as many of the five Gold events as they like, but just their best two will count at the 100-point level, with other Gold finishes counting at the 75-point level.

Example:  Athlete A finishes 1st at XTERRA Argentina, 3rd at XTERRA Brazil, 5th at XTERRA Oak Mountain, 2nd at XTERRA Mexico, and 6th at the XTERRA Pan American Championship.  Athlete A will count his best two Gold scores, Argentina = 100 and Mexico = 90. His Gold score from Oak Mountain will convert to Silver/75-point level points = 51. He gets 61 for Brazil, and 63 for Pan Am Champs. 365 points.

Amateur athletes need to race at least two (any two) XTERRA Pan American Tour majors listed in schedule above to be eligible for Tour honors at the end of the season.  Athletes from all nations are welcome to race in the one-day XTERRA Pan American Championship race as no qualification is necessary.

“This point structure gives amateurs and elites from all over the region a legitimate shot at the Pan Am Title,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.  “It also encourages exploration and an opportunity to discover some amazing places.”

Note: The XTERRA Pan American Tour will not replace the XTERRA America Tour for amateur athletes, it will supplement it.  The XTERRA Pan American Championship race will also double as the XTERRA USA Championship race and award national titles to the top American finisher in each division.  U.S. amateurs still have the opportunity to race for traditional regional championship titles by counting their best four scores in the XTERRA America Tour.

In addition, and new this year, every regional champion will earn a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship race in Maui.

Fedhealth XTERRA Kids photo credit Volume Photography

Kids Take Center Stage in New XTERRA South Africa Series

The organizers of South Africa’s leading off-road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA, are excited to introduce an XTERRA Kids event to both XTERRA Buffelspoort (North West Province) and XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay (Eastern Cape).

“Introducing an XTERRA Kids event to Buffelspoort and Nelson Mandela Bay has been long overdue,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Each year we are overwhelmed by the support that the XTERRA Kids receives in Grabouw. We have also received a number of requests from locals to host a kids event in Buffelspoort. We value the feedback and are very happy to announce that Buffelspoort, Nelson Mandela Bay and Grabouw will now follow the exact same event schedule, with the XTERRA Kids taking place on the Friday, XTERRA Full on the Saturday, XTERRA Lite and PUMA Trail Run on the Sunday. We are really excited by this change and look forward to welcoming families to all three events.”

Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “What made XTERRA really appeal to us, is the fact that it allows the whole family to be involved, whether in a team, in the kids events, or in the Lite and Full. Family values lie close to our hearts as a Scheme.”

Junior Warriors will be able to enter one of three age categories:  6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run),9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run) and 12-14 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run).

All Fedhealth XTERRA Kids entrants can look forward to receiving a fun goodie bag, while medals will be awarded to all finishers.

Learn more at www.fedhealth.co.za/xterra-2016-south-africa.

Amateur World Champs

Amateur Women World Champs Spotlight

We caught up with a bunch of this year’s amateur division women’s XTERRA World Champions and asked them questions like when they took the lead, how their day unfolded, and what the win meant to them.  Here is what they had to say…

Wendy Minor, 70-74, from Kamuela, Hawaii

Wendy Minor is a record-setter.  She won her first XTERRA World Championship in 1997, just a year after the sport was born, and won her 8th World Title at the 20th edition of XTERRA Worlds earlier this month.  She’s the first woman to 8, and also the first woman to win a World Title in the newly minted 70-74 division.  When asked how important that was to her, she said…

“The most important part of my racing day was in finding out that Charlotte Mahan had made the bike cut-off. That was the first thing I asked when I crossed the finish line. It was so important to me that there were TWO of us breaking in the 70-74 age group for women. In my opinion we both came in first….to be able to complete this brutal race at our age is simply a WIN. That is why I shared my first place spot on the podium with Charlotte,” said Minor.

Indeed Charlotte did make the cut-off, and finished the race, a remarkably accomplishment for both.

“I trained hard for this race, as I do for all races, because I wanted to have my A game going. I love this course, and to be able to relax half-way thru’ the bike and just enjoy the ride was a plus for all the training I had done,” said Minor.  “My thought had been to call this one my last race, as this is really tough at my age, but I’ll be back next year since I had such a good time out on the course, and I love the XTERRA family. So, I’ll see you next year!”

Cindi Toepel, 60-64, from Littleton, Colorado

Cindi Toepel is a 64-year-old superstar.  This was her 12th time in Maui and the sixth time she won an XTERRA World Championship.  Her first title came in 2005, which started a string of three straight, then she won in 2011 and again last year.

This year she had the unenviable task of going head-to-head against Hawaii great Lorenn Walker who has raced in Maui 15 times and won five times.

“We’ve been racing together for years and we are friend, but she is tough!” said Toepel.

Walker had the better swim but Toepel reeled her in on the big bike climb just before Razor Ridge and never looked back.

“I dug deep at the start of the bike and just didn’t let up till the finish line!”

Cindi said this year’s XTERRA Warrior award winner – cancer survivor David Desantis – served as her raceday inspiration, “and he came into the finish line right in front of me!”

Toepel celebrated with a glass of champagne, talked about the funny comments she got from the men she passed out on the trail “when they see my age group” and wanted to thank all the “brilliant volunteers” who make it happen.

Carol Rasmussen, 50-54, from Karlslunde, Denmark

In her second Maui attempt Carol Rasmussen took home her second Maui title.

“I did the double in 2012, and that year had to be evacuated from the hotel because of the Tsunami warning.  I slept on the backseat of our rental car the night before XTERRA Worlds.  I was pretty shaken up, and so thankful that I still was able to finish first back in 2012.  That year I shared the top step with Benoit Lalevee, same as this year,” said Rasmussen.

A teacher by trade, Rasmussen had an incredible season in 2015, two times European Champion in the OL- distance triathlon, a win in Alpe D’ Huez Triathlon in the age group +40 category, winner of XTERRA Møns Klint and 6th place at XTERRA Tisvilde.

In Maui she took the lead a few miles into the bike and never looked back.

“We are used to riding a lot of switchbacks with roots in Denmark, and I am known to be a climber, so I loved the MTB course. I felt I was passing other triathletes left and right all the time, so I actually had fun on my full suspension bike. I had a big lead before going out on the run, which was a lot slower this year with 58min compared to 53 in 2012, but it was also a lot hotter this year. I wasn’t running fast, but still passing so many who had to walk in the heat. As the course went downhill I enjoyed running the trails and passing the obstacles on the way. I had a bigger lead this year with 16min to the runner-up and was so happy about my wonderful day in Maui.  I really love to be a part of the XTERRA family and enjoy spending time with athletes from all over the world with the same passion for the sport.”

Libby Harrow, 65-69, from Fruita, Colorado

Libby stared racing XTERRA in 2001 and has competed in the World Championship 13 times. On November 1 she caught Kathy Frank at about mile two of the bike to take the lead and held it through the finish to pick up her 2nd World Title.

“XTERRA is family to me, especially, since I don’t have my own. Every time I compete in a race, I see my friends, and meet new ones. The venues are beautiful and the races are very well organized.  It has been an amazing experience watching the series grow worldwide and of course my dream would be to travel the world and race XTERRAS everywhere along the way!”

Sharon McDowell-Larsen, 55-59, from Colorado Springs, CO

Sharon McDowell-Larsen talks the talk and walks the walk. In her role as a leadership development executive with a PhD in exercise physiology she educates 3 and 4-star generals and admirals on how to be fitter and eat better.

Her performance at XTERRA Worlds this year proves she practices what she preaches – not just with words, but with her actions.

While 2015 was just her second year racing XTERRA, Sharon seemed destined for the sport…

“Back in the day I, like 30 years ago, I was pretty serious about doing road triathlons.  Then I moved to Colorado and discovered mountain biking so I focused on that for about 10 years.  I was also dabbling in trail running and adventure racing off and on.  Then I think I watched the XTERRA World Champs on TV and thought it looked like fun so I got back in the pool (that was painful) and qualified for and went to Maui in 2012 and placed 2nd.  Then I took off a year from competing to support my husband and his bid to do the Leadville 100 run, then decided to give the LV100 run a try myself the next year but it didn’t go so well (broke an ankle and just didn’t come back from that in time for the run).  So this year I decided to get back into XTERRA which I really love as I enjoy training for three things.  Luckily I hadn’t completely stopped swimming, so that wasn’t nearly as painful to get back to.  I’ve really had a good season and am very pleased with my results.  I think doing well also adds to the enjoyment!”

XTERRA: When did you take the lead?

McDowell-Larsen: I knew as soon as I got out of the water as no other bikes were out yet.  I am a pretty strong swimmer and was pretty confident that I would be in the lead out of the water.  I figured I had about a two-minute gap, which turned out to be the case. 

Did you know who your main competition would be?

I knew of most of the American women and knew that, given a good race (i.e. no flat tires or mechanicals or physical breakdowns) that I could beat them.  There were a couple women from NZ and Australia that I wasn’t sure about. 

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

Very cool.  Given how hard it can be to qualify, you know that even if the field is small (as it was in my case) that you are still racing against some of the best in the world.  It was a real honor. 

Did you ever have to really dig deep?

During the run for sure.  The run is always my weakest leg.  I am a former pro mountain biker and a good swimmer, but even though I do hard training for the run, it is hard for me to not lose time on the run.  And this run was particularly hard.  I think the heat really got to me.  I was starting to feel light headed and a bit nauseous.  My brain was telling my legs to push harder, but the message wasn’t getting through. It was like my brain and body weren’t connected.   Mostly my brain was telling me to stop and curl up in the fetal position by the side of the trail. 

I instinctively knew that if anyone in my age group passed me, I probably wouldn’t be able to respond.  So I broke the run up into segments, make it to the lake, make it to the road, make it to the tunnel and finally make it to the beach.  I kept telling myself to just go on autopilot, just do what I’ve done in training and to relax and not stress about how bad I was feeling.  That helped.  I also didn’t know what my gap was so I was running scared.  As it turned out it was bigger than I thought, even though I did lose some time on the run.  I was happy to have won, but I feel like I didn’t do a run that I was capable of….  So I think I have some unfinished business and will have to come back.  Next time I will do more run heat training.  I didn’t expect the heat to affect me like it did.  Lesson learned.  Frankly, I prefer altitude to heat and humidity.

Who or what was your inspiration?

I had just read the book Iron War about the Mark Allen and Dave Scott duel in Kona 1989.  That was inspiring to me.  It, the book, also talks a lot about the brain and how important it is to push your limits both in training and competition.  I think I am mentally pretty strong, but not like those guys. 

How did you celebrate?

Hugged my hubby… he knew how badly I wanted this.  It actually took a while to sink in that I had won.  I felt nauseous and light headed for about 30-40 minutes so I was mostly trying to get over that.  But then I was just really, really happy!

Susi Pawel, 30-34, from Dresden, Germany

Susie Pawel is a 30-year-old galvanizer from Germany racing in just her 2nd XTERRA ever.  In her first XTERRA she won the 30-34 title in her home country to qualify for Maui, as did her husband Torsten.

“It was cool to race against people from all over the world,” exclaimed Pawel.  “In my age group were people from New Zealand, USA (Maryland, California, Alaska and Washington), Sweden, France, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Australia and Guam…very international!”

While Pawel took the lead on the bike, she didn’t know it.  “I didn’t know anybody in my division and wasn’t sure if I was ever in the lead.  The craziest thing was, I had such a good run and caught so many men.  It was very funny when I learned I won my age group!”

She celebrated with her husband at the awards dinner, woke up early to watch the sunrise atop Haleakala, and had a champion’s barbeque back home two weeks later with all their friends and family who helped them with the travel and support to Maui.


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 Charly Sibille Montmorot, France 2:58:08
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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