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The 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, is two weeks away, so if you have not registered yet, now is the time.

Ben Bruce Kualoa RanchThis year’s race is scheduled for December 2, and it will once again be held at the incomparable Kualoa Ranch. It is open to runners of all ages and all skill levels, from anywhere around the world.

Regardless of what kind of shape you are in, the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship will have a course for you. There are four to choose from: the 21-kilometer championship course, the 10K run, the 5K fun run, and the “Adventure Walk.”

The fastest runners on the 21K course will compete for a $10,000 prize purse. The top runners in every age group for the 21K, 10K and 5K will receive medals and prizes.

The trails at Kualoa Ranch are widely regarded as some of the most scenic – yet challenging – on the planet. The grounds of the ranch have been used as a backdrop for such blockbuster movies as Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor and 50 First Dates.

CLICK HERE to register for the event.


By Rachel Cieslewicz

Rachel C SnowbasinThe 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is just over two weeks away! The most intense training in preparation for your race should be complete. Tapering for key events is important; it allows your body to be fully recovered from many miles of running, and the resulting breakdown of tissues.  When your body is given recovery from training, it builds itself back stronger than before.  When done appropriately, you will have your best race ever.  Many forget that there is more to tapering than just cutting back on mileage and intensity.

In order to achieve your ultimate form come race day, there are other key elements to rebuilding that are well worth the time commitment to your taper.  There are three in my mind that contribute the greatest to rest, recovery and feeling fantastic. They are proper sleep, complete nutrition and a positive mind. 



The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch on December 2 will feature runners from 15 different countries and at least 36 different states.

Team 2 End AidsLos Angeles, California, will be well-represented thanks to 25 runners from the TEAM TO END AIDS organization. They are entering the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship for the first time in an effort to raise funds to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Kerry Quakenbush, the Director of Endurance Events for the team, said: "I ran the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in 2009 and LOVED it. Many of our participants have been begging for a trail run destination event, so we decided to give this race a try."

TEAM TO END AIDS has been training runners and entering races since 1998, but this will be the team's first trail run. They have traveled to Hawaii several times in past years to run in the Honolulu Marathon.

To prepare for the grueling 21-kilometer course at Kualoa Ranch, the team has been training together once a week on various trails in Southern California. Each runner on the team is expected to help the organization raise funds for the cause.

Quakenbush said the team's goal is to raise $100,000 through this race trip. More runners from the TEAMTO END AIDS organization will fly to Honolulu the following week to participate in the Honolulu Marathon.

Two ambitious runners from the organization - Edwin "Chachi" Camacho and Margaret Lorrie Drenk - will race in both the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on December 2, and the Honolulu Marathon on December 9.

To learn more about the organization or make a donation, please visit www.t2ea.com.


Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, once again proved to be the perfect setting for an XTERRA Trail Run last weekend.

Brandon MaderBrandon Mader and Elena Linn were the overall winners, but close to 300 other runners got a chance to experience the award-winning trails at the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run on November 11.

“I've raced at Oak Mountain seven times and have yet to run the same course twice,” Mader said. “It's an adventure every time.”

Mader, who resides in Huntsville, was the overall winner, completing the 21-kilometer long course in 1 hour, 20 minutes, 25 seconds.

“Conditions were perfect, about 50 degrees and sunny,” he said. “Only about half the leaves have fallen so far, meaning the trails still had a clear path to follow and the rocks were still visible. Not too many slippery sections or hidden ankle attacks, which are more common in the first few weeks of the leaves falling.”

Linn was an impressive sixth overall and the first female with a time of 1:32:36. She finished about a mile ahead of the other females.

"I ran with the guy who got fourth overall for the first eight miles (until the hills hit), then he took off and passed me," she said. "The guy who finished fifth passed me the last half mile (again going up a hill). It was a good race with both of them. They were both very encouraging and friendly! I wasn't sure how far I was ahead of the other women. Once you're in the trails, it's hard to know where everyone else is."



The XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series got off to a fast start this month, with Eric Koenig and Jessica Wagner running to convincing wins in the season-opening XTERRA Wildhorse Trail Run.

XTERRA Florida Trail Run SeriesMore than 300 runners participated in the event, which was completed on November 6 at Dover, Florida. It was the first of three races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series.

Koenig was the overall winner of the 21-kilometer long course, finishing with a course-record time of 1 hour, 31 minutes, 57 seconds. He finished more than a mile ahead of the rest of the field.

"At the start and for most the race, a thick fog, hung in the air that made the weather cool and crisp - ideal for running," said Koenig, 23. "The course was mostly double-track over short grass with some sandy patches, and started around some soccer fields.  However, there was between 4 to 5 miles of single track or off-trail terrain.  The single track meandered through the forest and the off-trail terrain was often very technical, following faint game trails through brush, mud, and up and down steep, short, and often abrupt hills.  I often had to slow down substantially to look for the next flag marker in the off-trail sections.  It was hard to get a rhythm going in the technical part of the course.  I was even attacked by vines on a couple of occasions, which held me captive for up to 15 seconds."

Koenig took the lead after the first mile and increased his lead throughout the course. His pre-race goal was to finish in less than 1 hour, 30 minutes, but said after the race that he was satisfied with his time of 1:31:57, because the course offered many challenges.



After a successful first season in 2011-12, the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series is back by popular demand.

Vega AltaThe XTERRA Vega Alta Trail Run is scheduled for Sunday, November 18, at Cerro Gordo, Puerto Rico. It will be the first event of the 2012-13 season for the Puerto Rico Series.

"The trail is impressively beautiful - ocean-side dense palms and trees provide a jungle feeling, but a few vegetation openings with scenic beach views remind you that you are at the edge of the astonishing Atlantic sea shore," said Puerto Rico series director Efrain Cardona. "We are expecting over 300 runners."

The event will feature two courses - a 10-kilometer two-loop course, and a 5K single loop course. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

The Puerto Rico Trail Run Series made its debut on the XTERRA circuit a year ago, and has already shown tremendous growth since. Cardona estimated that the participation numbers increased by 300 percent from the start of last season.

"A lot of people are hearing about these races and want to come out and see what it's about," he said. "The ones who come out have a great time and want to come back for more."

To register for a race or learn more about the series, please visit www.xterrapr.com.


XTERRA GEORGIA SERIESThe first XTERRA Little Mulberry Trail Run is set for this Saturday, November 17, at Little Mulberry Park in Dacula, Georgia. It is the newest addition to the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.

The event will feature two courses, a 10K and a 5K, and both are open to runners of all ages and skill levels. The field has reached its capacity for the event, but there is a waiting list.

The Little Mulberry Trail Run will be the fourth of seven races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.

To register for a race in the series or learn more about it, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.


Thanksgiving is just a week away, which means it’s time for one of the most fun and popular races in the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series – the XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot at Calabasas, California.

Turkey TrotThis year’s Turkey Trot will once again take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, at Topanga State Park.

The event annually draws more than 700 runners, and another capacity field is expected this year. The event is open to runners of all ages, and there are three courses to accommodate the various levels of runners – a 15K long course, a 10K and a 5K.

The Turkey Trot is the second of seven races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series.

To register for a race or learn more about the series, please visit www.trailrace.com.


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Each month through December we will be offering a free 3-night stay for you and a guest at one of Outrigger Hotels and Resort's Hawaiian properties. Sign up today for your chance to win a free 3-night stay in Hawaii at the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort on Kauai.

Entries must be received by November 30, 2012 and certificate is good for stays through May 01, 2014.


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