Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship

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XTERRA Trail Run Worlds

The crown jewel of the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series is the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, and the majestic Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii has served as the host site since the creation of this prestigious event in 2008.

This year, the race is scheduled for December 07, 2014, and more than 2,000 runners from around the world are expected to gather at Kualoa Ranch on the northeastern side of the island of Oahu.

A 21-kilometer half-marathon course is considered the world championship course, and it takes runners through some of the most diverse – and scenic – terrain on the planet.

It is worth noting that there is no qualifying process to enter the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. It is an event open to runners of all ages, with skill levels that can range from elite to beginner. In order to accommodate the various levels, there will be various courses – the 21K championship course, a 10K, a 5K, and an “adventure walk.”

The trails at Kualoa Ranch are normally closed to the public, so it offers a rare opportunity for runners to experience the unique setting.

The 4,000-acre working cattle ranch reaches from the steep mountain cliffs to the sparkling sea, and the terrain varies from dense rainforest to broad open valleys, with close-up views of beautiful white sand beaches and awesome verdant cliff faces. The epic nature of Kualoa Ranch has served as a scenic backdrop for numerous television shows and Hollywood films such as Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, Tears of the Sun50 First Dates, and LOST.

The fastest runners on the 21K course will be competing for a $10,000 total prize purse (top seven overall men and top seven overall women receive money). Everyone who conquers the half-marathon championship course will earn a finisher’s medal, and the top three runners for every age group in the 21K, 10K and 5K will receive medals and other prizes.

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is the culminating event of the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series, which is a collection of more than 70 adventurous, off-road trail runs of various distances around the world.

Note: You must be present to receive your awards at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. Awards will not be mailed after the event. Also, as a course rule for safety purposes, headphones are not allowed to be worn by runners. Everyone who enters by October 31 is guaranteed an official event t-shirt.



By Race director “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas

The start for all three distances is at the Kaaawa Valley base camp.  Runners leave on a hard packed dirt road and within ¼ mile face their first task – a long, undulating ¾ mile climb.  At the one-mile mark 5K runners will head down a pasture and back towards the ocean and the finish line (see turquois line on map).  World Champ 21K and 10K runners will continue on the upper road until heading steeply downhill, some on road, some on grass to the fantastic remains of the “lost city of Atlantis” (from the movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson).

XTERRA Trail Run World Championship Course MapA hard right after the Atlantis Temple and runners head into a dark, dry creek crossing before heading back on some sweet single track on the ridgeline. Interesting note: this section of single track was created years ago for the legendary Hawaiian Mountain Tour bike races.  It’s high pasture that dips into volcanic gulches to rise again into the sun.  You’ll do this several times before the 10K heads to the finish.  For the 21K world champ runners, the fun has just begun.

Back on dirt roads and past a cave from the movie Pearl Harbor it is time to catch a bit of breath as you move from one valley to another.  After aid station three, runners will head into construction for the new Kualoa Tropical Gardens and onto some up-and-down single/double track.  Here runners venture deep into forest, and out on the edges with spectacular ocean overlooks and finally a dip into a dark, tropical rain forest with three stream crossings.  If it looks familiar, think about scenes from the recent movie “Battleship”.

Now runners might be thinking this isn’t so bad … until the terrain starts to climb.  Easy at first and then brutally steep, and totally exposed to the sun.  Just as you think it has leveled, the lie comes true and it is up again.  At last a feed station that appears to be a dead end.  But we are taking you up narrow single track – by narrow we mean a foot at most – to the spine that separates Hakipu’u and Kaaawa valleys.  You’ll wish you could stop as you can see a thousand miles of blue Pacific no matter which way you turn.  Then the single track plunges steep downhill where nobody goes except on this day.  Muddy, rutty, steep drop offs, slimy and slippery.  We’ve put ropes to help you stay upright and I guarantee you will use them.  The good news?  It is only ¼ mile.  At the bottom you’ll find the terrain familiar as you return to the back of Kaaawa Valley and run that gorgeous, fast and soft singletrack to the finish.

Note that there is no pre-running allowed. Also, no headphones, earbuds, iPods or MP3 players allowed during the race. Sorry, we like to run with ours too but it’s not allowed during the race.  In particular at this race, Kualoa Ranch has their regular bus, ATV, and horseback tours running through the valley and it is imperative you are aware of what’s happening around you.


There will be two aid stations for the 5km/3.1-mile race (at 1.7 and 2.5 miles), three for the 10km/6.20-miler (1.7, 2.5, 3.2, 4.7, and 5.8mi) and nine for the 21km/13.1-miler (1.7, 2.5, 5.7, 7.7, 10.3, 12.2, and 12.7).  Gatorade and water served at all stations, and PowerBar Energy Gel packets available at key spots.


The gates open at 7a.m. It is $5 per car, and to help speed things up you can prepay and get a parking pass at packet pick-up in Waikiki on Saturday.  If you can’t come Saturday, please bring a $5 bill.  Note that if you are coming from town the entrances are past the main ranch house. We’ll have two entrances into the middle of Kaaawa Valley – the traditional surf gate entry for those coming from town and another entry for those coming from the North Shore.

Please note that when traffic starts to back-up at “surf gate” volunteers will waive you down to the next gate.  The distance to parking is the same and will relieve traffic on Kamehameha Highway.

Be ready to show your yellow parking pass.


Max King – 1:16:36 – 2010
Sally Meyerhoff – 1:28:58 -2010


Bring sunscreen, a chair, umbrella, maybe some mosquito repellent, a towel, change of clothes, patience (while you’re in line to park) and a cooler!  You’ll have easy access to your car to retrieve whatever you need, and we’ll also have a bag check at the ranch.  Leave your dog at home.

RAIN OR SHINE - The race will go on.  We actually think it’d be very cool if it rained.  Can you imagine how much fun we’d have slipping and sliding down the muddy slopes in the Valley.  It’d be like a scene straight out of an Indiana Jones adventure!  We’ll have a wash area for you to clean-up regardless.




Saturday, December 6 – Waikiki Beach Walk, Waikiki

9am-5pm       Registration and packet pick-up at Waikiki Beach Walk

10am              XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – hosted by Amy Eck with a course overview and race-day tips followed by running drills and CORE for trail runners.

2pm                XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – hosted by defending XTERRA Trail Run World Champ Patrick Smyth

Sunday, December 7 – Kualoa Ranch

7:00am           Packet pickup at Kualoa Ranch

8:00am           Expo Open

8:45am           Hawaiian Blessing with Clifford Naeole, followed by Race Briefing

9am-2pm       XTERRA Kids Zone challenge stations open

9am-1:30pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, benefit for Challenged Athletes Foundation

9:00am          Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship start

9:10am          XTERRA 5K Run start

9:20am          XTERRA 10K Run start

9:25am          XTERRA Adventure Walk start

9:30am           Projected 5km winner

10:00am         Projected 10km winner

10:20am         Projected World Championship winner (1st woman 10:30am)

10:45am        XTERRA Kids Sprint (free)

11:00am         XTERRA 5km and 10km Awards ceremony

12:00pm         XTERRA World Championship race awards ceremony

1pm                Expo Close

2:30pm           Last 21K finisher

6:30pm          XTERRA After Party – Jimmy Buffets, Waikiki

8:00pm           Video highlights at After Party


Experience the best of both worlds.  Registration and packet pick-up will take place in the heart of Waikiki at the Waikiki Beach Walk on Lewers Street on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9am-5pm (on the grassy area next to the Yard House on Lewers Street), while the race site for Sunday is Kualoa Ranch – a sacred place untouched by development.

Note: You can also pick-up your packet race morning at Kualoa Ranch starting at 7 a.m. (but there is no raceday registration).

Parking for Packet Pick-up:  Be adventurous and find your own in Waikiki or valet park at the Embassy Suites (enter from Beachwalk street) which offers free lunch parking – Valid daily, between 10am – 3pm with same day receipt.


More information about Waikiki Beachwalk

Google Maps Directions

Shuttle from Waikiki – For $25 a 60-passenger school bus will take you from Waikiki to the Ranch and back in hassle-free air conditioned comfort.  Pick-up is at 7am at the Waikiki Beach Walk on Lewers Street, you’d arrive a little before 8am, and the buses head back to the same spot from Kualoa Ranch at 1pm.  Good way to save on parking, gas, rental car, and directional worries!

Parking at Kualoa Ranch – $5 per vehicle.
To speed up your entry to Kualoa Ranch, please purchase a pass at packet pickup in Waikiki and display it on your dashboard.

We are offering a discount for Students and Active Duty Military. Valid ID must be shown at packet pickup. Only the first 2000 runners total from all races (5/10/21km) are guaranteed a tee-shirt, so sign-up now to make sure you get yours. Late Entrants (on or after November 20) may not receive a shirt.




All 21K age group winners will receive a commemorative long-sleeve champions tech-tee, and there are a ton of great product prizes for top 3 men and women in each division for the 21k, 10k and 5k races from Paul Mitchell, PowerBar, Lifeproof, Muscle Milk and more.

Muscle Milk is offering an addition award to the top 3 men and women under the age of 25.

Note: You must be present to receive your awards at the XTERRA Trail Run Worlds. Awards will not be mailed after the event.

$10,000 Prize Purse Breakdown




Although not considered championship races, XTERRA will also host a pair of fun and beautiful 5km and 10km trail runs that take you from the base-to-the-back of majestic Kaaawa Valley.


The adventure walk is perfect for those just wanting to take in the epic scenery of Kualoa Ranch, as this hosted stroll cruises past many of the movie sights in the valley.  It’s about a mile-and-a-half and easily paced.

Kids under 10 can join the Adventure Walk for free.


The XTERRA Kids Sprint is a fun way for the keiki to compete just like their parents in a supportive environment where everyone is a winner.  The runs are free for kids 12 and younger, and the race distances will vary from around 100 yards to 1 kilometer, depending on the sizes and ages of the children. A parent or guardian must be present to sign a waiver form each child. Parents of the younger children can run alongside their children during the sprint.


The Outrigger Hotels & Resorts XTERRA Kids Zone will be open from 8 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m., and it will offer children a chance to participate in numerous games and activities. Several challenge stations will be set up, including an obstacle course, climbing wall, and drawing/coloring areas. Outrigger Hotels & Resorts will also give away tattoos and other prizes for the children.

XTERRA UNIVERSITY Presented by Paul Mitchell

There will be two sessions at Waikiki Beach Walk on Saturday – one at 10 a.m. hosted by Amy Eck with a course overview and race-day tips followed by running drills and CORE for trail runners. The other at 2pm hosted by defending XTERRA Trail Run World Champ Patrick Smyth. These elite runners will offer expert advice on trail running and preparation for the race. The clinic, presented by Paul Mitchell, is free and open to runners of all ages and skill levels. Each session will allow time for runners to ask questions of the featured speakers.


Pro stylists from Paul Mitchell will be cutting hair from 9:00am until 1pm for just $15, and 100% of that will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation – helping physically challenged athletes reach their athletic goals.


Jimmy Buffet's at the Beachcomber

The XTERRA World Trail Running Championship post-race party will be on Sunday evening, December 7 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm at the famous Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber Restaurant (2300 Kalakaua Avenue).

Come join us to see video highlights of the race and an opportunity to swap stories with other racers from all different parts of the world! Entertainment will be from 6:30 to 8:00 PM where we will be giving away amazing prizes after the video highlights.

There will be happy hour drink specials all night and a special $20 XTERRA menu including: burgers/fried, pulled pork sandwich/fries, gourmet greens with chicken or fish tacos.

See you there!



Outrigger Hotels and Resorts

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is the official host hotel of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. XTERRA athlete rates are as follows. Book now as these hotels will sell out.

Ala Moana Hotel – from $145/night
Ohana Waikiki East – from $149/night
Ohana Waikiki Malia – from $149/night
Outrigger Reef on the Beach – from $219/night
Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach – from $239/night

Prices do not include applicable taxes.


Kualoa Ranch is only 45 minutes from Waikiki. To get there, take the H-1 Freeway west to the LIKELIKE Highway / Route 63. Proceed up the LIKELIKE Highway and through the Wilson Tunnel. Descend towards Kaneohe town and exit onto KAHEKILI Highway / Route 83, heading north. You will go straight through the light at the end of the KAHEKILI exit.

Continue along Kahekili Highway – note that the road becomes Kamehameha Highway as you pass the historic “Hygienic Store” in the village of Kahalu`u. In about 10 minutes you will see signs indicating you are approaching the Kualoa Ranch entrance which will be on your left as you round the curve past Mokoli`i Island (Chinaman’s Hat). Parking at Kualoa Ranch is $5 per vehicle. To speed up your entry to Kualoa Ranch, please purchase a pass at packet pickup in Waikiki and display it on your dashboard.

Detailed Map with Directions – PDF


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Join us for an exciting morning of XTERRA racing at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA World Trail Run Championship at Kualoa Ranch on Sunday, December 07, 2014. Amateur and professional runners will be competing for cash and the Paul Mitchell XTERRA World Trail Running Championship title. We are looking for people who have a few hours to spare to help with the event. We need volunteers for the following times and events. Volunteer Check-In will be at the XTERRA Expo at Kualoa Ranch- Kaaawa Valley Entrance.  All volunteers will receive an XTERRA event t-shirt, drinks, and lunch.


Paul Mitchell XTERRA World Trail Run Championship (21km trail run) –   9AM start
XTERRA 5km/10km trail run –  9:10AM  start

Run volunteer positions:      

  • Course Marshal (direct runners)
  • Aid Station (Hand-out water/ Gatorade to runners)
  • Finish Line/ Athlete Recovery (cut-up & stock food at the finish line)

*     Run volunteers will be needed for up 4 hours

Kids Zone volunteer positions:     

  • Registration (sign-in kids )
  • Course marshal (assist with obstacle course and kid’s races)

 *        Kids Zone volunteers will be needed until 2pm

What experience or qualifications are required to be an XTERRA volunteer?

  • No experience necessary
  • You must be at least 15 years old, or 12, if accompanied by an adult
  • You must have a willingness and desire to help others
  • You must have a few hours to spare

Please email or call the XTERRA Volunteer Coordinator with any questions:  email . Or just show up at the times posted above and we will find you an exciting spot. Hope to see you there!



Rick Kent and his team of photographers from Enduro Photo are the official athlete photographer of the XTERRA America Tour. Athlete photos will be available shortly after the race.

You can request to be notified when your photos will be ready at

Registration is now open. For questions or more information, call toll-free 877-XTERRA-1 or email


Our Facebook event page is a good way to connect with other racers, get event updates and let people know that you competing at XTERRA Trail Run Worlds.

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Outrigger Hotels and Resorts

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is offering XTERRA athletes rates from $145 per night at their great properties on Oahu. Book your room now to lock in these low rates.

Japanese Registration

Jimmy Buffet's at the Beachcomber

The XTERRA World Trail Running Championship post-race party will be on Sunday evening, December 7 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm at the famous Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber Restaurant (2300 Kalakaua Avenue).