Anthony Snoble, the founder and master instructor at Victory Martial Arts Kempo Jui Jitsu system in New York, is in for a good fight next Sunday as he tries to win his first Hawaiian Airlines Double belt.
Snoble, a long-time XTERRA racer/ambassador, has qualified and raced in every XTERRA Worlds since 2002. This will be his first time, however, racing on a body that just logged 140.6 miles. He went 10:06:37 in his Kona debut on Saturday, giving him a nine-minute advantage over Brett Dunstan from Australia, a 23-minute head start against Chad Jarrett of California, and a 28-minute advantage over Patrick Clark – Hawaii’s lone doubler.
Dunstan didn’t race Worlds last year, but he did finish 3rd in the Kapalua 10K – same run course – turning in a super-fast time of 44:21. The other three guys all have times from the XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua last year to compare with Jarrett finishing in 3:00:18, Clark in 3:05:26, and Snoble in 3:18:01.
In the women's race Erica Dueger of New Hampshire has a 14 minute lead over Rebecca Fondermann of Germany.
The race is on, and both the men's and women's winner will receive 120,000 frequent flyer miles on Hawaiian Airlines, which flies to New York, all over the west coast, Asia, and the South Pacific.
Sebastian Kienle, the reigning Ironman 70.3 World Champ and 4th-place finisher at IM Worlds in Kona, appears to be the lone pro in the Double field - which means so long as he finishes he'll walk away with the $2,500 Hawaiian Airlines bonus.
"I've been doing XTERRA's since 2005 and absolutely love it," said Kienle. "And, I'm recovering very well. There is still some steam left."
Dirk Bockel, who was 10th in Kona, was hoping to race at XTERRA but after breaking his hand there was no way. For the women, Mary Beth Ellis (5th in Kona, top American) is scheduled to take part but has yet to confirm.
Here's a look at the tentative list of those that competed at Ironman Worlds on Saturday and are now in Maui getting ready for some fun at XTERRA Worlds next Sunday.
Name (Hometown) Division - IM Time
Sebastian Kienle (Hohenklinger, Germany) MPro - 8:27:08
Anthony Snoble (East Islip, NY) M35-39 - 10:06:37
Brett Dunstan (Geelong, Victoria, Australia) M40-44 - 10:15:33
Chad Jarrett (Costa Mesa, CA) M40-44 - 10:29:30
Patrick Clark (Aiea, Hawaii) M35-39 - 10:34:51
Jeff Bassett (Scottsdale, Arizona) M45-49 - 10:50:07
Erica Dueger (Concord, New Hampshire) F45-49 - 11:30:25
Rebecca Fondermann (Bonn, Germany) F30-34 - 11:44:16
Pablo Ureta (Huerta Grande, Argentina) M30-34 - 11:46:33
Carol Rasmussen (Karlslunde, Denmark) F45-49 - 11:54:58