For the fourth straight year the XTERRA Kapalua 5km and 10km Trail Runs on Saturday, October 25 will provide a chance for one-and-all to get dirty and experience the challenge of XTERRA’s grueling run course.
T S Restaurants of Maui serve as the title sponsor for the events, and the races are officially called the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K, the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K, and the Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run.
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.
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).
Collectively there will be more than 100 restaurant employees and the teachers they support running in the two races.
“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.”
In all, more than 1,000 runners from around the world participated in the event last year. Both courses start at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, then traverse up and down the West Maui Mountains, and then along D.T. Fleming Beach before heading back to The Ritz. They are as picturesque as they are challenging.
“As far as views go, you can’t beat this race,” said two-time 10K winner Willie Schefer.
The 10K men’s and women’s winners and the top male/female Maui residents (if different) will each receive $100 Duke's Maui gift certificate, while the 5K winners and top Maui racers will receive $100 gift certificates to Hula Grill. There are also prizes and medals for the top 3 in each division and all keiki runners receive a medal. Plus, Leilani’s XTERRA Run Course primes will be awarded to the competitors with the fastest run times during the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon.
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.
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 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 registration is available on-site at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua starting Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 22. Learn more at http://www.xterraplanet.com/maui/mauiTrailRun.html.