WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLDS
Wow. In a word, that is perhaps the best way to describe the 2012 edition of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which was completed on Sunday, December 2, in Hawaii.
The most thrilling finish in XTERRA Trail Run history resulted in an unprecedented tie for first place between Ben Bruce and Joseph Gray. After 21 grueling kilometers through the picturesque landscape of Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu, Bruce and Gray crossed the finish line simultaneously, and video replays could not produce a conclusive winner.
As a result, they are the co-world champions for 2012. They each received $1,500 and 120,000 travel miles from Hawaiian Airlines (special thanks to Hawaiian Airlines for providing an extra certificate of 120,000 miles after learning about the tie).
The thrilling finish had the crowd at Kualoa Ranch abuzz for the rest of the day, and it extended into the running world throughout the week.
“That’s pretty crazy,” said Will Christian, who finished third in the race. “Two guys run this extremely tough course and then come in at the same time, I can see why that’s the first time ever for a tie. Like I said, it’s crazy.”
The women’s race wasn’t quite as dramatic, although there was also a bit of history made. Lucy Smith from Canada took the women’s title, and at age 45, is the oldest runner to win an overall title at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.
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10KM AND 5KM DRAW HUNDREDS TO KUALOA RANCH
Although the 21-kilometer championship course of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship grabs most of the attention, there were also 10K and 5K courses that drew close to 1,000 runners to Kualoa Ranch.
Richard Pender, 34, won the 10K with a time of 37:58. He is originally from New Zealand, but is currently a PhD student at the University of Hawaii. He placed second in the 10K in 2011.
Katherine Nichols, a recognized endurance athlete in Honolulu, placed 10th overall and was the first female with a time of 43:03.
In the 5K, Austin Warner and Jill Thompson took top honors. Warner is an assistant coach for the Hawaii Pacific University cross country teams. Thompson is a former collegiate runner at Georgetown University who now resides in Honolulu as a mother of three children.
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TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - INSPIRATION FROM TRAIL RUN WORLDS
By Rachel Cieslewicz
In so many people's lives today, it can be easy to fall into a thinking mode that all is not right in the world. Fortunately, XTERRA is an icon of what is right and beautiful. The 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship represented the culmination of another year of sacrifice, fun, community and commitment of thousands of athletes, race directors, volunteers, and family.
As always, the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship race was absolutely unforgettable. It is an amazing feat that XTERRA events celebrate all who come. All who take on the motto of "Live More" are individuals who matter and are cherished members of the XTERRA Tribe.
The Trail Run Worlds course at Kualoa Ranch is exceptionally unique. Yes, the course is challenging -- hot and humid, with gut-wrenching climbs and breathtaking descents. It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, while at the same moment, relentlessly brutal. It is a long 21k course that challenges even the most elite of athletes. Unique to XTERRA is, yes, this is a world championship course bringing together top runners to compete for the overall and age group titles. Yet, embraced are all, regardless of age and ability level to learn by experience what they are truly capable of. My favorite part of the race is lining up with hundreds of athletes literally from as young as the age of 10 years old, on up. We are all on the start line together regardless of ability. I love the opportunity to race with runners just learning, as well as some of the fastest in the world.
This year, my experience was incredibly inspiring. As sometimes happens, 2012 has been a challenging year of personal growth for me. The goal of racing worlds after missing last year due to an E Coli infection helped keep me focused on eating, sleeping and training properly. This healthy balance assisted me through life itself. Despite a variety of challenges along the way, knowing I was training for Worlds for purposes greater than myself, is what made my race extra special.
TEAM TO END AIDS RAISES $100,000+
Among the two-thousand participants in Sunday’s XTERRA Trail Run World Championship were two dozen runners representing the TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) endurance event training program benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles.
While TEAM TO END AIDS has been training runners and entering races since 1998, this was the team's first trail run, and was it ever a success!
“All I can say is WOW!” exclaimed Kerry Quakenbush, Director of Endurance Events for AIDS Project Los Angeles. “Our day was amazing in every way. Not only did all of our runners finish, but we raised more than $100,000 for AIDS Project Los Angeles. Our runners loved the Kualoa Ranch experience and were honored by the way the XTERRA staff gave them shout outs and tons of support.”
Perhaps the best example of that support was delivered by course sweep Hannah Roberts, who not only stayed with the last runner – Paula Lexington from T2 – but helped her cross the finish line in 5 hours, 34 minutes.
“She went above and beyond to encourage Paula and get her to the finish, and it made her incredibly happy” said Jennifer Baughman, Paula’s sister. “And keeping the finish open through to the last runner was awesome and very rewarding to all participants, particularly myself and some of the other runners from T2 who were some of the last to finish.”
While the entire team completed their mission at XTERRA, for two of the members the fun is not done. Edwin "Chachi" Camacho and Margaret Lorrie Drenk will both race in Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon on December 9.
To follow their journey, learn more about the organization, or make a donation, please visit www.t2ea.com.
HALEY, GORMLEY CONTINUE WINNING AT VICTORIA BRYANT
Matt Haley continued his amazing streak of wins and Tara Gormley got back on the winning track to highlight the latest race in the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.
Haley was the overall winner of the XTERRA Victoria Bryant Trail Run, which was completed on Saturday, December 1, at Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston, Georgia. He completed the 10-kilometer course in 38 minutes, 51 seconds, which was more than four minutes faster than any other runner in the field of around 200 participants.
Haley, 28, has entered the last four races in the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, and has won each one by a convincing margin. He resides in Buford, Georgia, and is a member of the Saucony Hurricanes running club.
Ben Smith of Danielsville, Georgia, placed second with a time of 43:14, and Brian Rogers from Loganville, Georgia, was third in 44:50.
Gormley placed an impressive fifth overall and was the first overall female with a time of 45:05. She has now placed first overall at 19 races in the XTERRA Georgia Series since 2008.
HULA GRILL TAKES RESTAURANT CHALLENGE
A race within the race at the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run back in October resulted in Hula Grill Kaanapali taking the T S Restaurants Challenge.
The T S Restaurants Challenge featured employees from four restaurants on Maui competing in the 10K course of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run. The restaurant with the best average time from five employees was declared the winner.
Hula Grill Kaanapali finished with an average time of 53:33, which was 50 seconds better than the time of runner-up Duke’s Beach House. The top runners from the winning Hula Grill team were Chris Pierre, Jon McGonagle, Roy Fox, Christina Farais, and Josh Gruber. Other members of the team were Gail Falkenbury, Jaime Vallee, Ryder Kelley, Holly VanRyn and Willie Lisk.
As the winning restaurant, Hula Grill will get to display a perpetual trophy in its establishment for the entire year.
Duke’s Beach House won it in 2011. Finishing third this year was Kimo’s Maui, and fourth went to Leilani’s on the Beach.
ROUNDING OUT THE YEAR
Although the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship was completed on Sunday, the races in the XTERRA Trail Run Series are ongoing. There are still two more races remaining on the 2012 calendar.
The XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run is scheduled for this Sunday, December 9, at Laguna Beach, California. The event has already reached its capacity of 500 runners, so there will be late registration. It will be the third of seven races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series.
On December 15, the XTERRA Coldwater Mountain Trail Run will take place at Anniston, Alabama. The event will feature two course options – a 15-kilometer long course and a 4K short course. Both courses are open to runners of all ages. Online registration is available at www.dirtyspokes.com. The event is part of the 2012-13 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.
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