Four T S Restaurants on the island of Maui – Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s – have renewed their role as title sponsors of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs for the fourth consecutive year.
The events, known as the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run, Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run, Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run, are scheduled for Saturday, October 25, at Kapalua, Maui. Leilani’s XTERRA Run Course and Leilani’s Run Prime Awards, will go down on the main event - the XTERRA World Championship on Sunday, October 26.
“We at T S Restaurants are proud to be involved with XTERRA on our home turf in West Maui,” said Ross Anderson, Vice President of Hawaii Operations for T S Restaurants. “We feel like our beachfront restaurants are a natural fit for XTERRA athletes and their families. XTERRA has also become a big part of our own family’s lifestyles as our employees train for and run in the events.”
To drive home the partnership with its employees T S Restaurants created a race within a race dubbed “The T S Restaurants XTERRA Challenge." Each of the four restaurants will field a team of five runners and the team with the fastest cumulative time in the 5K race will take home the coveted TS Trophy.
“We love having T S Restaurants leading the way for our XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs,” XTERRA President Janet Clark said. “It’s been so much fun seeing their team competition take hold and all the smiling faces that ensue on race day. It is truly a great opportunity for both Maui residents and visitors to the island.”
Last year Hula Grill captured the perpetual trophy, which is proudly displayed at the restaurant all year round, for the second time in a row (Duke’s Beach House won the inaugural challenge back in 2011).
All four T S Restaurants also sponsor local teachers with complimentary entries into the run.
“We love partnering with the local schools on healthy, active, outdoor initiatives like this,” said Anderson. “It’s been a blast to see the teachers, along with a great representation from their respective student bodies, join in the runs.”
Runners will be treated to picturesque and challenging courses that will take them from the beach, up to the mountains, and then back to the beach. In addition, a Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon will be held at the site of the race. Runners and their families can get their hair cut by professional Paul Mitchell stylists, with all donations benefitting the Challenged Athlete Foundation.
The Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run is for boys and girls ages 10 and younger. It is free, although parents must be present to sign a waiver form at the site of the race. Race distances will vary from 100 yards to 1 kilometer, depending on the age of the child. Parents are welcome to stay on the course as well.
More than 1,000 runners from around the world participated in the event last year. Both courses started at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, then traversed up and down the West Maui Mountains, and then along D.T. Fleming Beach, before heading back to The Ritz-Carlton.
“As far as views go, you can’t beat this race,” said two-time 10K winner Willie Schefer said.
The Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run and Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and online registration is available at http://www.xterraplanet.com/maui/mauiTrailRun.html.
The Leilani’s XTERRA Run Course primes are awarded to the competitors with the fastest run times during the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon. The XTERRA World Championship held on Sunday, October 26, is the pinnacle event of more than 100 off-road triathlons held in 25 countries.
Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s are four of Maui’s finest restaurants, and all are located within a short driving distance of Kapalua.
“The unique feeling and setting of West Maui is exhibited at each of these four restaurants, and it is in keeping with what the XTERRA athletes and their families have come to expect when they get to the island of Maui,” XTERRA President Clark said. “Dining at any, or all, of these restaurants can only enhance the experience for our athletes, whether it be eating a pre-race meal or celebrating with a post-race meal.”
About T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California
Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S Restaurants owns and operates 13 restaurants in Hawaii and California, including Duke’s Waikiki and Hula Grill Waikiki on Oahu; Kimo’s, Leilani’s on the Beach, Hula Grill Kaanapali and Duke’s Beach House on Maui; Duke’s Kauai and Keoki’s Paradise on Kauai; and Jake’s Del Mar, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, Sandy’s, Duke’s Huntington Beach and Duke’s Malibu in California. For more information about T S Restaurants visit www.tsrestaurants.com.
About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988. It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25countries worldwide. In the U.S. alone nearly 200,000 participants took part in the XTERRA lifestyle last year. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.