RACE PREVIEW: 2011 XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLDS
Can anybody catch the King? Who will be the new queen? Those are the two main questions entering the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch.
This year’s world championship race is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, and a record field of more than 2,000 runners from around the world will participate.
In the men’s division, Max King of Oregon is considered the favorite, just as he has been for the previous three years. King is the three-time defending XTERRA Trail Run World Champion, and no other runner has come close to him during his reign.
As good as King has been the last three years, he may be having the best year of his career in 2011. He has already won several significant races this year, most notably the World Mountain Running Championship in Albania. He has also won the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, the USA Half Marathon Trail Championships, and the USA Mountain Running Championship, all at different sites.
Several contenders from last year are returning in 2011 for another shot at King. Hawaii’s Rivers Puzey (third place), Brandon Mader (fourth) of Alabama, Bruce Rahmig (sixth) from Colorado and Fujio Miyachi (eighth) of Japan will all be on the starting line next to King. Where they finish remains to be seen.
KUALOA RANCH IS THE REAL SHOWSTOPPER
Some of the best trail runners from around the world will participate in the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on Sunday, December 4. But once again, the site of the race will be the star of the show. The majestic Kualoa Ranch will host 2,000 runners for the event, and they will be treated to trails that are breathtaking in more ways than one.
Lee Saltonstall, a Hawaii-based runner, has been running in the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch every year since the first one in 2008, and she has two age-group world titles to show for it. “Each time the vistas overwhelm me with their magnificent beauty,” said Saltonstall, 64. “It’s difficult to stay focused on the trail because you just want to stop and gaze upon the surrounding ethereal mountains and valleys. Of all the trail races I have done, Kualoa Ranch is, by far, my favorite course to run. Challenging, for sure, but the setting embraces you with its bucolic beauty.”
Part of the lure is the mystery. The trails at Kualoa Ranch are normally closed to the public, and the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is one of only a handful of events that has been granted a permit to stage a race there.
Most of the time, the beautiful natural backdrop of Kualoa Ranch is reserved for filming of movies, television shows, or commercials. Among the credits are blockbuster movies such as Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, and hit television series such as LOST and Hawaii Five-O.
It has also become the perfect setting to determine the XTERRA Trail Run World Champions.
RUNNING FOR A CURE
More than 2,000 runners are expected to participate in the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. All of them will be running for a cause, and one of them – Andrea Huston -- fully understands how meaningful that can be.
The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship will serve as a benefit for the Hawaii Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the money will help support its mission to find a cure for diabetes.
Andrea Huston is one of more than 5,000 people in Hawaii living with type 1 diabetes, but it has not stopped her from living an active lifestyle – including participation in XTERRA Trail Runs and triathlons.
“Getting out there and accomplishing something like this makes anyone feel good, and it’s good for them,” said Huston, 34. “This is especially true for type 1s, who can literally see the health benefits by checking their blood glucose levels.”
Type 1 diabetes is a disorder of the body’s immune system. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily and constantly monitor their blood glucose levels. “When I exercise, my insulin is used much more efficiently,” Huston said. “Which means that I need to watch out for low blood sugars while I am out there.”
Huston completed the 10-kilometer course at last year’s XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 14 seconds. She said she felt fine both during after the race, and it even got her hooked on trail running.
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER
Online registration for the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is closed, but there is still one more chance to join the fun.
In-person registration will be held on Saturday, December 3, at the Waikiki Beach Walk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be no race-day registration. For more information, please visit www.xterratrailrun.com.
OTHER RACES THIS WEEKEND
Not every trail runner from across America could make the trip to Hawaii, so there will be two other XTERRA Trail Runs this weekend.
The XTERRA Victoria Bryant Trail Run in Georgia and the XTERRA Salt Fork Trail Run in Ohio are both scheduled for Saturday, December 3.
For more information on the Georgia race, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com. For more information on the Ohio race, please visit http://www.ohiooutside.com/salt-fork/index.html
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