Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship
THE CROWN JEWEL OF TRAIL RUNNING
KUALOA RANCH, OAHU, HAWAII | DECEMBER 06, 2015 – 9:00AM
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 06, 2015 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 Sun, 50 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).
A 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.
RACE MORNING PARKING
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 5 – Waikiki Beach Walk, Waikiki
9am-5pm Registration and packet pick-up at Waikiki Beach Walk
10am XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – hosted by defending XTERRA Trail Run World Champs Patrick Smyth and Kimber Mattox
2pm XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – hosted by David and Megan Roche
Sunday, December 6 – 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
PACKET PICKUP AND REGISTRATION
SATURDAY IN WAIKIKI, SUNDAY AT KUALOA RANCH
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. 5 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.
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. Event shirts are limited. Only athletes signing up by October 31, 2015 are guaranteed a shirt.
THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
Where and when can I pick-up my race packet?
We’ll be at the Waikiki Beach Walk (the grassy area next to Yard House at 226 Lewer’s Street) in Waikiki on Saturday from 9am-5pm for packet pick-up and new race registration. If you know anyone that wants in but has not yet signed-up tell them to come down to Waikiki on Saturday by 5pm as online registration is now closed. Note: We are not able to transfer registrations or provide refunds, but you are able to switch race distances if necessary when you pick up your packet.
Parking for Packet Pick-up in Waikiki on Saturday:
Be adventurous and find your own in Waikiki or valet park at the Embassy Suites (enter from Beachwalk street) which offers validated parking between 10am – 3pm with same day receipt of $20. Find parking coupon here: http://www.waikikibeachwalk.com/dine.aspx
Can I pick-up my friends packet?
Yes, if they signed themselves up with our online registration.
Can I pick-up my packet on race morning?
Yes, you can pick up your packet on race morning at Kualoa Ranch between 7-8:30am, but we are not taking new registrations on raceday.
Where exactly is Kualoa Ranch?
From Waikiki and downtown Honolulu take the H-1 Freeway west to the Likelike (Highway 63) exit. Take the Likelike Highway towards Kaneohe through the Wilson tunnel. Look for the Kahekili exit on the right. It curves to the left and you will head north until you reach Kualoa Ranch. Go past the main ranch entrance (do not park at main ranch entrance) for about one-mile and follow XTERRA parking signs into Kaaawa Valley.
Will there be traffic in the morning?
Yes, so please come early, set-up and relax!
When do the parking gates open on Sunday?
The gates open at 7 a.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 on race morning. 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 so please go with the flow.
Can I still get on the shuttle from Waikiki?
Yes, you can. For $25 a 60-passenger school bus will take you from Waikiki to the Ranch and back in hassle-free comfort. Pick-up is at 7am at the Waikiki Beach Walk on Lewer’s Street, you’d arrive a little before 8am, and the first bus will head back to the same spot from Kualoa Ranch at around 12:30pm. The last bus will head back around 2:30pm. Good way to save on parking, gas, rental car, and directional worries! Buy your shuttle tickets at packet pickup in Waikiki on Saturday.
Do you know what the weather is supposed to be like?
Perfect! Actually, we’re really not sure at this point but for the latest weather updates watch our friend Guy Hagi at Hawaii News Now this week, and prepare for wet conditions.
Is the course wet and muddy?
Runners in the 21K will get their feet wet as the course traverses a couple of stream crossings. The 5K and 10K courses should be fairly dry (depending on rain over the next couple days) but count on some mud in the single track sections.
What time does my race start?
The 21k championship race starts at 9am.
The 5K will start at 9:10am.
The 10k at 9:20am.
The adventure walk at 9:25am.
The free kids runs start at 10:45am.
Be mindful of where your race goes. All three runs head in the same direction but have different cut-offs to head back towards the finish. Find the course map at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html
Where do I line-up at the start?
There is no official lineup formation at the starting line, but as a common courtesy, the elite runners (you know who you are) should be allowed to line up in the front of the slower runners (you know who you are). The 10K and 5K races should follow the same guidelines with faster runners in the front.
Can I wear my iPod?
NO. 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.
How can I learn more about the race?
Go to XTERRA University!
Reigning XTERRA Trail Run World Champs Patrick Smyth and Kimber Mattox are the featured speakers at this year’s XTERRA University clinics. They both take place on Saturday (the day before the race) at the Waikiki Beach Walk. Registration and packet pick-up will be held in the same location, so it will be a good chance to grab your race number and listen to some expert advice. The clinics, presented by Paul Mitchell, are free and open to runners of all ages. Each session will allow time for runners to ask questions of the featured speakers.
Do you have someplace I can leave my jacket/bag/keys during the race?
Yes, if you need to leave anything like car keys, special food or clothing we will have a bag drop at the wood shelter near registration. No valuables please, and make sure your bag or keys are marked or tagged with your race # and name using stickers/baggies and markers supplied at the Bag Drop.
Will there be any food out there?
Yes! The Kualoa Ranch kitchen will be out in the valley with breakfast items (Wraps, Muffins, Fruit, Coffee & Tea) in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. They’ll grill burgers and also have Chili & Rice and Veggie/Turkey Wraps for sale. We’ll also have Kona Ice serving premium tropical shaved ice; the finest icy treat on the planet.
Do I need to pick up a race chip?
NO. JTL Timing uses a manual system, which has proven over the past 15 years to be the most accurate timing system we’ve ever worked with. Note there is a tag at the bottom of your race bib, don’t remove it as this is part of the timing system.
Where are the aid stations?
There will be two aid stations for the 5K race, three for the 10K, and nine for the 21K. Locations are identified on the race map. Gatorade and water served at all stations, and PowerBar gel packs available at key spots. Please do not trash the course. Dispose of cups and gel packs in designated areas.
How do I sign-up my child for the free kids run?
Not until Sunday morning. You can sign your child up at the XTERRA Kids Zone tent being run by the crew at Outrigger Hotels and Resorts starting at 9am (until 10:30am). They’ll get a race bib just like the runners and can have fun in the kids’ area and run in the kids’ race too – where everyone wins and gets a medal! Distance is age appropriate – this is all about fun!
Is there anything else to do for kids?
Yup! 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 net, and drawing/coloring areas. Outrigger Hotels & Resorts will also give away tattoos and other prizes for the children.
Thank your volunteers; we simply couldn’t do it without them. Even better, join us! Volunteer check-in is at the XTERRA Expo at Kualoa Ranch- Kaaawa Valley Entrance. All volunteers will receive an XTERRA event t-shirt, drinks, and lunch.
How do I get to Jimmy Buffett’s for the after-party on Sunday night?
The post-race party is scheduled for Sunday evening, December 6, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. with video highlights at 8pm at Jimmy Buffet’s restaurant and bar at the Waikiki Beachcomber hotel (2300 Kalakaua Avenue). It’s a great chance to meet other runners from around the world and swap stories from the race. 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.
Get a cool new hair-do while you’re at it!
Pro stylists from Paul Mitchell will be cutting hair from 9:00am until 1pm on race day at Kualoa Ranch for just $15, and 100% of that will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation – helping physically challenged athletes reach their athletic goals.
Hey, I couldn’t stick around for awards, can you mail my medal?
No, sorry, you must be present or have a friend pick it up for you at awarding.
Rick Kent and his team of photographers from Enduro Photo are the official athlete photographers of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. Your photos will be available shortly after the race at www.myxterraphotos.com.
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. We’ll have lots of vendors out at the ranch, including our friends from Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, the Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, PowerBar, Muscle Milk, XTERRA Gear, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, and Planet Sun keeping you protected.
And please, leave your dog at home (we love ‘em too, but remember it’s a working cattle ranch and the cowboys would rather them not be there).
What if I’ve got a problem and really need to talk to someone?
Well, if it’s related to the race feel free to call the TEAM Unlimited offices until Friday at 808-521-4322 or contact Emily toll-free at 877-983-7721.
PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS
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
5KM TRAIL RUN/WALK, 10KM TRAIL RUN
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
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.
XTERRA KIDS SPRINT (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.
OUTRIGGER HOTELS & RESORTS KIDS ZONE (FREE)
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.
PAUL MITCHELL CUT-A-THON
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.
POST RACE PARTY
The XTERRA World Trail Running Championship post-race party will be on Sunday evening, December 6 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!
OFFICIAL HOTEL – OUTRIGGER RESORTS
Outrigger Resorts is the official host hotel of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. Discounted XTERRA athlete rates are available through 12/21/2015. Book now as these hotels will sell out.
For Discounted Rates Use Promo Code: XTOAHU
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.
RENTAL CAR DISCOUNTS FOR XTERRA ATHLETES
Join us for an exciting morning of XTERRA racing at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA World Trail Run Championship at Kualoa Ranch on Sunday, December 06, 2015. 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.
8AM VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN FOR TRAIL RUN EVENTS:
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
8:30AM VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN FOR XTERRA Kids Zone (9AM-2PM)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 www.myxterraphotos.com.