T S RESTAURANTS EMPLOYEES SET TO RUN AT KAPALUA AGAIN
Hula Grill out to defend title of "race within a race"
The Hula Grill Kaanapali restaurant is known for its fresh fish and seafood, spectacular views of the beach, and … fast runners.
The proof is in the trophy that sits atop the restaurant's bar, declaring Hula Grill as the winner of the 2012 T S Restaurants Challenge at the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. Hula Grill beat out three other T S Restaurants on Maui (Duke's Beach House, KImo's, Leilani's On The Beach) to claim the perpetual trophy.
Hula Grill will be back to defend its title at the 2013 XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs, which is scheduled for October 26 on the grounds surrounding the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. More than 30 employees from the restaurant have been training in recent months for the event.
"Our General Manager, Orrin Cross, is a strong supporter of health and wellness," explained Hula Grill team captain Lisa Olmos. "He agreed to sponsor any runner from Team Hula who met with me on our weekly runs. We meet every Wednesday and run the trail (at Kapalua). All those who have been running on Wednesdays get their race fees paid by Hula Grill."
Group raised $99,000 last year, and has already surpassed it this year
TEAM 2 END AIDS made a difference at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in 2012, and they'd like to make a bigger difference this year.
Close to 50 runners from TEAM 2 END AIDS will make the trip from California to Hawaii to participate in the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on November 24 at Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.
TEAM 2 END AIDS - or T2 for short - is an endurance event training program based in Southern California that benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles. Last year, T2 brought 25 runners to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, and they raised $99,000 from that race alone. They also returned to Southern California with stories and photos that spread throughout their running community.
"When we decided to mix things up a bit last year and add our first trail race with XTERRA, people really liked the idea, but I'm not sure they understood what made trail races different than other races," said Kerry Quakenbush, the Director of Endurance Events for T2. "After the XTERRA race last year, people started sending back photos and feedback on their wonderful experience with XTERRA at Kualoa Ranch. That's when word got around on social media sites and new people wanted to give trail running a try. The trip to Oahu for this race is awesome. You get the best of the tourist parts of the island (Waikiki, etc.) and you get the gorgeous scenery of the North Shore."
T2 already has 45 runners signed up for the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and the fundraising effort for the race has already surpassed last year's total. "We are already at $119,000 this year and would ideally like to hit $175,000," Quakenbush said.
A MEMORABLE RACE AT FORT YARGO
Haley, McCurdy take overall titles; proceeds benefit Sarazen family
The XTERRA Fort Yargo Trail Run was a memorable experience for Matt Haley, Deanna McCurdy, and just about everyone else who participated in the event on Saturday, October 12.
More than 300 runners from five different states participated in the event, which was held at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia. Every registered runner contributed to a worthy cause, as all proceeds from the event were donated to the family of the late Geoff Sarazen.
Sarazen was a long-time friend and supporter of the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, and he unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. His wife, Chalise, and children Britt, Bryce and Mary Landis all participated in the 5K short course at the Fort Yargo Trail Run.
The event also featured a 13.6-kilometer long course, and Haley and McCurdy were the overall winners.
Haley was the overall winner, and he did it in convincing fashion. The Buford, Georgia, resident completed the course in 53 minutes, 6 seconds, which was nearly seven minutes faster than the other top runners.
"It really had a little bit of everything for everyone, fast sections of hiking trail and fire roads, twists and turns, up and down, everything," Haley said. "Overall, it was a great course."
WASHINGTON SERIES IS UNDERWAY FOR 2013-14 SEASON
Runners from 12 states and Canada participate in Harvest Trail Run
Runners from 12 different states and Canada gathered at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, Washington, last weekend for the XTERRA Harvest Trail Run. It was the opening race of the 2013-14 season of the XTERRA Washington Trail Run Series, and more than 170 runners participated.
Eric Garner from Kirkland, Washington, was the overall winner. He completed the 21-kilometer half-marathon course in record time of 1 hour, 30 minutes, 52 seconds.
"The course was really challenging, as the four major climbs didn't allow much recovery," Garner explained. "But it was fun and well-marked, and made really good use of the available trails. Conditions were near perfect. Some rain the night before and morning of left a few slippery spots, but conditions during the race were dry and cool and perfect for a fall race in the woods."
Garner's winning time was more than four minutes faster than the previous course record, and he finished nearly five minutes ahead of the other top runners in the field.
"I got a bit impatient and took the lead a minute or so in," he said. "I didn't notice the gap; probably wasn't paying attention to it."
Garner ran the course like an expert, but it was surprisingly his first time entering a trail race of any kind, let alone an XTERRA Trail Run event. He is an experienced runner, but all of his previous races came on the roads or tracks.
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FAMILIAR NAMES PREVAIL AT SOCAL OPENER
Baldwin, Shearer take top honors at Point Mugu
More than 500 runners participated in the XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run last weekend at Oxnard, California. It was the opening event of the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, but the winners were familiar names.
Patrick Baldwin, who was the top-ranked overall runner in the SoCal Series last season, finished first overall at Point Mugu with a time of 1:09:26.
Maggie Shearer, who was the top-ranked female in the SoCal Series last season, captured the women’s division with a time of 1:21:50.
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FLORIDA SERIES OPENER COMING UP
The XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series is set to begin its 2013-14 season on November 3, when the XTERRA Wild Horse Trail Run takes place at the Keith Waller and Sydney-Dover parks near Tampa.
The event is unique in that it offers four courses for runners to choose from: a 21-kilometer half-marathon, a 10-mile course, a 10K course (6.2 miles), or a 4-mile course. All of the courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, although only the results from the 21K course will count for points toward the overall series standings.
All finishers of the 21K course will receive an embroidered Florida Series running cap, as will the top finishers from the other three courses.
All competitors from all the courses are invited to stay for the post-race pancake breakfast and awards party at the race site. To register for the race or to learn more about it, please visit www.tamparaces.com.
The Wild Horse Trail Run will be the first of three events in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series. The next events will take place in the spring of 2014, so now is the time to sign up for the Wild Horse Trail Run (or wait four months until the next race).
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