XTERRA World Championship

Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Kapalua, Maui

$105, 000 USD Purse


The world’s premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim that starts at D.T. Fleming Beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, a 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike that climbs 3,500 feet up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5-miles) trail run that traverses forest trails, and beach sand.

WHO:  A sold-out field of 800 racers including 75 professionals and more than 700 amateurs  representing 46 countries, ages 14 (Bowen Satterthwaite) to 79 (Ron Hill).

WHEN:  9:00 a.m. HST on Sunday, October 23.

WHERE: At The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui’s northwest coast.

WHY:  The XTERRA World Championship race is the last in a series of more than 100 off-road triathlon races held in 30 countries and 38 U.S. States.  The concept is to provide a bona-fide world championship for amateur and elite off-road triathletes. For pros there is $100,000 in prize money at stake.

FUTURE DATES: October 29, 2017 | October 28, 2018 | October 27, 2019

  • World’s Premier Off-Road Triathlon

    This is the 21st year for the XTERRA World Championship on Maui, the birthplace of off-road triathlon.  The first XTERRA race was held here on November 3, 1996 and was televised on Fox Sports Net.  The demand for the sport of XTERRA exploded thereafter and there are now more than 50,000 competitors from all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide.

  • Winner Takes All

    It is a “winner take all” race, with one of the richest pro purses in multisport at $105,000, and it is awarded solely on the basis of the Maui performance. Since this race is a stand-alone event, it offers a unique opportunity to competitors as even those who have had a less than stellar season are given an opportunity to redeem themselves and earn the coveted title of XTERRA World Champion.

  • Filmed for TV

    This will be the 21st straight year a nationally (now internationally) broadcast one-hour show will be    produced on the event, which showcases Maui’s natural beauty. The 2016 XTERRA World Championship will be seen by more than six million viewers via national syndication (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX), Fox Sports Network, ESPN International, and European distribution. This year’s show will start its run in national syndication in mid-January 2017. See more at www.xterra.tv.



*Schedule is tentative. All events are at the host hotel, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, October 19

9am-2pm Registration and Packet Pick-up TRIATHLON ONLY, XTERRA Athlete Village Open

Thursday, October 20

9am-2pm Registration and Packet Pick-up, XTERRA Athlete Village Open

Friday, October 21

9am XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Swim Clinic – With Branden Rakita and Suzie Snyder.
Meet at the Beach House at DT Fleming Beach (bring your swim stuff to practice afterwards)
9am-5pm Registration and Packet Pick-up, XTERRA Athlete Village Open
2pm XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – MTB Clinic – With Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy.
3pm XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Run Clinic – With Mauricio Mendez and Lizzie Orchard.
6:30pm “Night of Champions” Dinner, Aloha Garden Ballroom (Free to World Championship competitors. Additional tickets available online and at registration until sold out).

Saturday, October 22

9am-12pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, benefit for the Challenged Athlete Foundation
9am Leilani’s XTERRA 2.5K Trail Run Start
9:10am Hula Grill XTERRA Kapalua 5K Trail Run Start
9:30am Duke’s Beach House XTERRA Kapalua 10K Trail Run Start
11am Kimo’s XTERRA Kapalua Keiki K Run (free for kids 10 and under)
11am XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – “Art of XTERRA” – With Ruben Ruzafa, Lesley Paterson, Braden Currie, and Barbara Riveros.

Sunday, October 23

9am XTERRA World Championship Start (see swim wave information)
10am-3pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, a benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation
7pm Awards Dinner, Aloha Garden Ballroom – free to World Championship competitors with orange/yellow wristband. Tickets available online and at registration until sold out.
9:30pm-2am Halloween Costume After Party – XTERRA Village. Free to XTERRA competitors, friends and family with orange/yellow wrist band. Picture ID required, Note: 21 and under welcome, but prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages.