TIPS FOR THE TRAIL: XTERRA NATIONALS
By Rachel Cieslewicz
XTERRRA nationals are coming right up. You have just a few more weeks of training before a well deserved taper. Now is the time to plan ahead so when race time comes all you have to do is wake up ready to fly. The biggest details creating your best race ever are arranging travel now, dialing training and nutrition, catching up on sleep, and getting excited for an epic weekend of fun.
XTERRA KAPALUA TRAIL RUNS
It’s not like you need a good excuse to devise a plan to go to Maui, but just in case you do – we’ve got two ideas – the XTERRA Kapalua 5k and 10k trail runs on October 22nd based out of the Ritz-Carlton on Maui’s insanely beautiful northwest coast.
The course itself is green, in-and-out of the forest, and very challenging. It all starts on a big, green lawn at the Ritz, and the real fun starts when the course passes under the highway through a short tunnel and heads up the mountain.
Runners will face about three-kilometers of uphill, wandering through an overgrown golf course, along dirt trails, through Oleander forests and alongside 60-foot high ironwood evergreens to an unexpected mountain lake at the 650-foot level. Racers will lose that altitude running a slalom course through the old Kapalua Village golf course, which is now overgrown -- fabulously treed and with high green Bermuda grasses -- then suddenly into the open with fantastic views of the Pacific. As runners return to the 250-foot level there is a 200-meter technical, steep downhill into a gully where they'll jump over and duck under fallen trees and end up in a huge, rocky dry creek – at least we hope it will be dry!
The adventure continues through thick elephant grass, into a Cook pine nursery, up a short rope-assisted scramble to a paved road that curves and climbs 100 feet to the head of a neat, narrow single track downhill with switchbacks that drop all the way down to the beach. We simply had to throw in a calf busting 250-meter soft-sand scramble back to the resort. Ahh, but the race isn't over yet until runners climb the final 300-meters along a hedge protecting an ancient Hawaiian Heiau to the finish.
The finish is just a few feet away from three amazing resort pools where runners can take a dip and a moment for themselves to turn around and gaze out at the Island of Lanai and the blue Pacific Ocean. Post race participants can get anything they’d like at the Ritz pool bar, and just up the road but still inside Kapalua is the Honolua Store where there are tasty grinds for cheap. Later that night runners can take a quick drive into fabulous Lahaina, Maui's old whaling town and sample its best restaurants that include Kimo's, Hula Grill, Leilani’s on the Beach, and of course – Dukes!
Stick around because on Sunday, the world’s best will take on the XTERRA World Championship of off-road triathlon. It’s a perfect getaway weekend…join us!
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NEW! XTERRA FINISHER MEDALS FOR UTAH
The ultimate XTERRA racing weekend is just six weeks away when the XTERRA Utah and XTERRA National Championship off-road triathlon and trail running races unfold at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah on Sept. 24-25, 2011.
We expect more than 1,000 racers for the various events – and every single competitor that crosses the line will get an “XTERRA Survivor” finisher’s medal made by Terryberry.
Terryberry is also the official source for jewelry designed exclusively for the XTERRA tribe. XTERRA logo jewelry is designed by Terryberry with the help of 3-time XTERRA World Champion, Julie Dibens, and each piece is made in the USA with quality materials. From rugged to refined, check out styles of rings, neck chains, charms, and bracelets for women and men. Some items can be customized with your name, finish time, and date.
Shop now at www.xterrajewelry.com.
XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES RESULTS
Charles Novak, 43, and Kelly Zaleski, 21, won the XTERRA Girdled Road 10K at Concord Township, OH in 42:41 and 49:31, respectively. The race was the fifth of seven events in the XTERRA Northern Ohio Trail Run Series. Next up is the XTERRA Oak Hill 8K in Boston Township on Aug. 27. Complete Results
In Southern California Patrick Reaves and Lisa Love won the XTERRA Snow Valley half-marathon trail run in 1:33:08 and 2:05:06 while Phillip Gandhi and Jessica Tomazic won the 10km race in 46:29 and 59:28, respectively. Complete Results
In the woods of Hanover, New Hampshire Andrew Lantz and Katie Weng won the XTERRA STOAKED 14K in 53:51 and 1:08:24. Complete Results
SUCCESS AT SNOW VALLEY
So often the focus of post-race reports is about the men’s and women’s overall winners, and rightly so. It is nice, however, to see the hard working men behind the scenes earn some recognition once in a while. That was the case this week when XTERRA Snow Valley race directors Gary McMurtrey and Mark Rinaldi earned high-praise from tri-magazine writer AJ Johnson.
“When a race is run by a director with passion, who used to or still races, it shows in organization, prizes, course and general atmosphere. Some races are so well run and so thought out that you know the guys behind the scenes have been through a bad race experience themselves and want to avoid that for their own event. In the case of XTERRA Snow Valley, this couldn’t have been more true,” started Johnson in the piece.
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CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
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