PREVIEWING THE NEW KAPALUA TRAIL
By Amy Bennett Eck
Editor’s note: The inaugural XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, at Kapalua, Maui. The event will feature three separate runs – Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K, Hula Grill XTERRA 5K, and Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki K. Elite runner Amy Bennett Eck had a chance to preview the new 10K course, and below is her description. The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and registration is open online at www.xterramaui.com.
XTERRA is all about challenge, and the new XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs is nothing short of epic! With over 2,500 feet of climbing in less than seven miles ... you better be ready to work. You will escape to your own wonderland as you slalom through turns, make a technical descent through a row of trees, run around a lake, traverse the Mahana Ridge, and struggle across the beach to the finish.
The Valley Isle's unique and diverse climate makes the weather as irregular as the course. As trade winds come across the island, they are altered by the mountains, valleys and slopes to create varying wind speeds, cloud formations and rainfall. Be ready for anything -- scorching heat, heavy rain and mud, or chilling winds crossing the peak of the course. While the course is extremely tough, it is also amazingly beautiful. This is paradise.
XTERRA FOOTWEAR AT KAPALUA
XTERRA Footwear will be available at Kapalua, Maui, next week for the XTERRA World Championship. An XTERRA Gear store will be set up at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, and there will be several specials.
Most notable, the XT2.0 model will be on sale for $39 per pair. It is a great shoe that is lighter and more supportive than anything you may have tried before. With its exclusive 360Tech foot lock, the shoe seems to form to your foot, give you that custom feel.
It is the same shoe that NFL All-Pro safety Ed Reed (pictured) of the Baltimore Ravens uses for his preseason training, and he has been featured in ads promoting the XTERRA shoes. Reed has been wearing XTERRA Footwear for the past three years, and can’t see himself training in anything else. “They are the lightest, most comfortable shoes I have ever worn,” he said.
The XR1.0 running shoes will also be available on Maui next week. Most sizes will be available, although colors could be limited.
And here is a note from the management team at XTERRA Footwear:
“We would like to thank all the XTERRA fans for running with us so far this year, and thank them for their patience while waiting for the new colors and sizes. Due to some factory hiccups, there have been some delays, but everything is resolved and the new colors should be arriving before Thanksgiving. We thank everyone for their patience, and there will be a promo mailer going out as soon as they arrive. We will be doing 2 new colors in the XR1.0 models for women; for men, we will be redoing the Black/Slime model, and plan to add a new color.”
To view some of the selection of XTERRA Footwear and to order online, please visit www.xterrafootwear.com.
2010 TRAIL RUN WORLDS ON NBC UNIVERSAL
The 2010 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship will be televised nationally on NBC Universal on various dates and times throughout November and December.
The event was held on Dec. 5, 2010 at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii. Max King (pictured) of Oregon won it for the third consecutive year.
Check with your local cable or satellite provider for the station in your area. Here are the scheduled air dates and times:
Nov. 1 – 9:00 p.m.
Nov. 2 – 3:00 p.m.
Nov. 23 – 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 1 – 12:00 p.m.
Dec. 15 – 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 – 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 21 – 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 24 – 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 25 – 12:00 p.m.
2011 TRAIL RUN WORLDS OPEN TO EVERYONE
The 2011 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is scheduled for Dec. 4 at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
The 21-kilometer course will serve as the world championship course, but there will also be 10K, 5K and “adventure walk” courses available. And as you may have read above, there is always the chance you might appear on national television when it airs in 2012.
Online registration is open at www.xterratrailrun.com.
SOCAL SERIES SET TO START 2011-12 SEASON
The always popular XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series will begin its 2011-12 season this weekend with the XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run on Sunday, Oct. 16.
More than 500 runners are expected to participate in the event, which will feature two separate courses – an 18-kilometer long course and an 11-kilometer course. The 18K course will feature several grueling uphill climbs, and it will finish with a fast downhill run in the last mile.
It will be the first of seven races during the 2011-12 season for the SoCal Series.
Runners who register for the race will be eligible to win a random drawing for a roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines. The drawing will be done in December, and every runner has a shot at winning, regardless of finishing time for the race.
The SoCal region is the largest on the XTERRA Trail Run Circuit, with more than 4,000 entries expected to participate during the 2011-12 season. To register for a race or learn more about the series, please visit www.trailrace.com.
SoCal is one of 12 regions that will host an XTERRA Trail Run Series during the 2011-12 season. The others are Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Southern Ohio, Pocono, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
2011-12 XTERRA SoCal Series
Oct. 16, 2011 – XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run (18K/11K) at La Jolla, Calif.
Nov. 24, 2011 – XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot (15K/10K/5K) at Los Angeles, Calif.
Dec. 11, 2011 – XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run (17K/5K) at Laguna Beach, Calif.
Jan. 8, 2012 – XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run (21K/6K) at Newbury Park, Calif.
Feb. 5, 2012 – XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run (15K/5K) at San Diego, Calif.
March 2012 – XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run (15K/5K) at San Diego, Calif.
April 2012 – XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run (22K/6K) at Malibu, Calif.
WIN A FREE STAY IN HAWAII
There's still time to win a free stay in Hawaii. Outrigger Regency Beachwalk, located on the island of Oahu, is giving one lucky XTERRA Tribe member a free 3-night stay where you'll find yourself just steps from world-class shopping, international dining and of course the breath-taking beaches of Waikiki.
It's all part of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts XTERRA Tribe Promotion where every month through December, you have a chance to win a free stay in Hawaii at one of their Resort Condominium Properties throughout the islands of Hawaii.
Entries must be received by October 20, 2011 and certificate is good for stays through August 31, 2012. You can even use it during XTERRA Trail Run Worlds (December 4th).
ENTER TO WIN TODAY
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