THE BIG FINALE: XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The biggest XTERRA Trail Run event of the year is a little more than a month away. The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii, and runners of all ages and skill levels can participate.
The event will feature a $10,000 prize purse, including $2,000 each for the men’s and women’s champions. Around 1,500 runners from around the world are expected to participate, and online registration is open.
There is no qualifying process for the race, so any runner from anywhere could runaway with an XTERRA World Championship. The 21-kilometer course will serve as the championship course, but there will also be 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer courses available for less-experienced runners.
The beauty of Kualoa Ranch is a draw in itself. It has served as the backdrop for several television shows and Hollywood movies, including Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates and LOST.
MORE THAN 700 RUN NEW COURSE AT KAPALUA
Even on a new course, Nick Walker and Yvonne Van Vlerken were able to maintain a tradition.
Walker and Van Vlerken were the overall winners at the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Kapalua, Maui. More than 700 runners from around the world registered to participate in the event, which featured a 10-kilometer course, a 5-kilometer course, and a 1-kilometer children’s course. All three courses started and finished at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua resort hotel.
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Walker won the Duke’s Beach House 10K with a time of 40 minutes, 42 seconds. It was the third consecutive year that he won an XTERRA 10K race on Maui. In 2009 and 2010, he won it when the race was staged at Makena. The event moved to Kapalua this year.
“I loved it, it was an amazing course,” said Walker, who is from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. “I really liked all the single track and all the twists and turns.”
As the winner of the 10K race, Walker received a round-trip airfare on Hawaiian Airlines. He also won airfare in 2009 and 2010, and used it to return to Maui for the XTERRA Trail Run. He said he will continue the tradition so that he can defend his title again in 2012.
11-YEAR-OLD MAKES HEADLINES AT HULA GRILL 5K
In addition to the Duke’s Beach House 10K, the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run was also completed on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.
Joe Morgan of Lahaina, Maui, was the first overall finisher, completing the course in 21 minutes, 4 seconds. “Beautiful course,” he said. “Great to be in my backyard. What a great place to win a race.”
But it was the female winner who received the most attention. Eleven-year-old Emily Armstrong of Spokane, Washington, was the first female finisher for the 5K, with a time of 26:19.
More than 200 females from around the world participated in the Hula Grill 5K, and Armstrong beat them all. And she did it by a significant margin, as the runner-up female was nearly two minutes behind.
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In addition to the Duke’s Beach House 10K and Hula Grill 5K, there was also the Kimo’s Keiki K, which drew more than 100 youth runners, ages 10 and younger.
T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California served as the title sponsor for the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. The event also served as a benefit for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui.
MADER, LINN DOMINATE ALABAMA TRAIL RUN
Brandon Mader and Elena Linn ran away with the top honors at the XTERRA Monte Sano Trail Run last weekend.
Mader was the overall winner, and Linn (pictured) was the top female for the 15-kilometer course at Huntsville, Ala. More than 200 runners participated in the event, which was completed on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Monte Sano State Park.
Mader completed the course in 1 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds, to win it for the second consecutive year.
“The course was beautiful because the weather was perfect, and the leaves have just started changing so there was good color,” said Mader, who is from Huntsville. “The footing is very technical and you are hardly ever running in a straight line so it's a difficult course to navigate. There is also never a point where you're running on flat ground after the first mile so it's a challenge to keep a consistent pace.”
Mader raced to an early lead and stayed in front the entire way. Eric Charette placed second with a time of 1:05:39; David O’Keefe was third in 1:07:25.
Linn was an impressive fourth overall and dominated the women’s field. She finished with a time of 1:11:25, which was more than nine minutes ahead of the next female.
XTERRA SOCAL SERIES UNDERWAY
James “JJ” Timphony started entering races in the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series last year, and he’s catching on fast.
Timphony was the overall winner of the XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run on October 16 at Malibu, Calif. He completed the 18-kilometer course in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 41 seconds. Timphony, 24, has entered three XTERRA SoCal Trail Runs in the past year, and won two of them.
“I really loved the trail; it was incredible and very beautiful,” said Timphony, who is from Pasadena, Calif. “The race was tough, and was a challenging one, especially with the other contenders. They started to catch me on the last miles.”
Timphony led practically from start to finish, and completed the course more than a minute ahead of his closest competition.
In the women’s division, Victoria Fernandez (pictured) of Oxnard, Calif., is apparently an even faster learner. She placed sixth overall and was first among the females. It was Fernandez’s first XTERRA Trail Run.
FRIENDS FIGURE OUT "REAL" FINISH AT OHIO RACE
Friendship and sportsmanship were on display at the XTERRA Barkcamp Trail Run earlier this month. The event featured two courses (21K and 10K), and it was completed on October 1 at Belmont, Ohio.
A mix-up in course directions for the 21K created some confusion, but it was not enough to prevent the “real” winners from emerging.
The overall winner was unquestioned. Lanson Relyea completed the 21K course in 1 hour, 58 minutes, 54 seconds, and led practically from start to finish. It was the first overall victory of his trail running career.
“The course was wet and sloppy and hilly … and awesome,” said Relyea, who is from Moon, Pa. “It had rained for the entire week previous, including the morning of the race. The mud made it essential to run under control, and there were several sections where I sank in the mud up to my shins.”
Relyea built a significant lead early in the course, but it got interesting later when he retraced his steps to track down a course marshal.
“At mile 11, I ran back to a water station to make sure I was going the right way,” he said. “By the time I got back to the right direction, second place was right behind me. I did have to kick it in a bit to make sure I held my lead.”
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