The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch on December 2 will feature runners from 15 different countries and at least 36 different states.
Los Angeles, California, will be well-represented thanks to 25 runners from the TEAM TO END AIDS organization. They are entering the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship for the first time in an effort to raise funds to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Kerry Quakenbush, the Director of Endurance Events for the team, said: "I ran the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in 2009 and LOVED it. Many of our participants have been begging for a trail run destination event, so we decided to give this race a try."
TEAM TO END AIDS has been training runners and entering races since 1998, but this will be the team's first trail run. They have traveled to Hawaii several times in past years to run in the Honolulu Marathon.
To prepare for the grueling 21-kilometer course at Kualoa Ranch, the team has been training together once a week on various trails in Southern California. Each runner on the team is expected to help the organization raise funds for the cause.
Quakenbush said the team's goal is to raise $100,000 through this race trip. More runners from the TEAMTO END AIDS organization will fly to Honolulu the following week to participate in the Honolulu Marathon.
Two ambitious runners from the organization - Edwin "Chachi" Camacho and Margaret Lorrie Drenk - will race in both the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on December 2, and the Honolulu Marathon on December 9.
To learn more about the organization or make a donation, please visit www.t2ea.com.
To learn more about the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, please visitwww.xterratrailrun.com.