Kapalua Trail Runs Draw More than 1,000 Runners
Fittingly, a Duke won the women's title at the Duke's Beach House XTERRA 10-kilometer trail run today.
Dimity-Lee Duke from Roelands, Australia; and Kelly Guest from Victoria, B.C., Canada captured the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K; Reid Hunter from Lahaina and Kalii Caldwell from Ogden, Utah captured the Hula Grill 5K titles; and hundreds of kids took part in the Kimo's Keiki K trail runs on a beautiful morning at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
Both Guest and Duke are elite XTERRA triathletes, but only Duke will double up and race in tomorrow's XTERRA World Championship.
Guest, who took the lead somewhere after the first mile, posted a winning time of 40:55 that was nearly a minute faster than that of Rod Baybayan of Waipahu, HI.
"I love it here, the atmosphere is just awesome," said Guest, who has participated at XTERRA in Maui several times. This year he's in Maui primarily to be part of his friend's wedding. Still, he said he couldn't pass up the opportunity to get out on the trails.
"The conditions were great out there for running. There was really just one stretch of the downhill up by the lake that was slippery, the rest of it was nice hard-packed dirt, and soft sand. Trademark grueling XTERRA stuff," said Guest.
For Duke, the run was a great way to preview the run course for tomorrow’s triathlon, which uses the exact same course.
“I hadn’t run that course before so it was an opportunity to see what it was all about,” said Duke, who finished 18 seconds ahead of runner-up Emilie Menuet from France with a winning time of 44:12. “Not too bad, a little slippery on the downhill sections but it dried out pretty good. I’m really enjoying my XTERRA experiences this year. I have had the opportunity to race XTERRA Philippines and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship races; and now the opportunity to have a look at it from the World Championship perspective. The friendliness and atmosphere is second to none.”
T S Restaurants awards winners
Seven runners received gift certificates from T S Restaurants for their winning performances on Saturday.
Guest and Duke won $100 gift certificates to Duke’s Beach House for being the top overall finishers in the 10K while Chris Pierre and Angie Wideman-Powell earned $100 Duke's certificates for being the top Maui finishers in the 10K
Hunter (who is from Maui) and Caldwell won $100 gift certificates to Hula Grill for being the fastest overall in the 5K; and Leigh Galarita earned $100 from Hula Grill for being the fastest in the 5k from Maui.
XTERRA Hawaii Series
The Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K was the second of four events in 2014-15 XTERRA Hawaii Trail Run Series. The top finishers in each age group received points toward the overall standings of the series. At the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion from the Hawaii Series will receive a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, which is held every September in Utah.
The four events in the XTERRA Hawaii Trail Run Series:
- XTERRA Gunstock Ranch Trail Run in October at Gunstock Ranch in Laie, Oahu.
- XTERRA Kapalua 5k/10k Trail Runs in Kapalua (happened today)
- XTERRA Freedom Fest 5k/10K in July at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu
- The XTERRA Adventure Fest 5K and 10K in August in Kapalua, Maui
The upcoming XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu December 7 is not part of the Hawaii Series, but is open to runners of all ages and abilities, from around the world. To register or learn more about it, please visit www.xterrakualoa.com.