Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii (December 7, 2014) – Star power prevailed at Kualoa Ranch as Patrick Smyth defended his title and Kimber Mattox won her first at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship today.
Smyth, who resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and runs for the Nike trail team, was the overall winner, completing the 21-kilometer championship course in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 39 seconds. Although challenged early by Brett Hales, the current XTERRA U.S. Trail Run Champion, Smyth was out-of-sight by the halfway point and crossed the line more than three-minutes ahead of Hales.
Mattox, who is from Bend, Oregon and was an All-American steeplechaser at the University of Oregon, was the first female and placed sixth overall with a time of 1:32:34. She caught Allie McLaughlin at about the six-mile mark and despite taking a nasty tumble on one of the tricky downhills, still managed to finish almost three minutes ahead of McLaughlin.
More than 1,500 runners from 20 countries and 40 states participated in the event on an “Aloha from Hawaii” postcard-type of day at Kualoa Ranch.
AGE DIVISION WORLD CHAMPIONS
The 2014 class of XTERRA Trail Run World Champions feature 25 men and women from around the world and across the U.S.
Standing out among them are Hawaii’s own Jakob Dewald (pictured), who won his third 15-19 division world title, Canadian Melanie McQuaid – the 3x triathlon World Champ from Canada who won her third trail run world title today, along with Wilhelm Northrop from Boise (45-49), Mike Heiliger from Canada (60-64), Lisa Gonzales-Gile from Colorado, and former Miss Hawaii Candes Gentry (35-39) who each won their second World Championship today.
One of the more remarkable performances came from 11-year-old Kasuga Watabe from Japan who not only won the 10-14 division in 1:51:52, she finished eighth overall among all women.
Also of note, Hawaii Sport Magazine founder/editor Christian Friis captured his first XTERRA Trail Run World Championship (after seven years of trying) in the 40-44 division. There was even a wedding proposal on the trails today (and the answer was unanimously yes).
Above all, Kualoa Ranch was once again the star of the show, provided trails and views that are one-of-a-kind.
“Having raced extensively in the U.S. and abroad, this event ranks up there as one of those on the "must-do" list,” said Nancy Hobbs, the Executive Director of the American Trail Running Association, who placed 2nd to her buddy Anita Ortiz in the 50-54 division today. “The course has it all...challenge, terrain changes, incredible scenery, gnarly single track, stream crossings, as well as tree roots and rocks to navigate. The course is truly a "trail" course with so much variety and challenge. It really was one of the tougher trail races I have done when combining the heat, humidity, terrain changes, slippery rock and mud, etc.”
PAUL MITCHELL XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLD CHAMPIONS (MEN)
|10-14||Kala'iku Kaneshiro||Pearl City, Hawaii||2:32:17|
|15-19||(3) Jakob Dewald||Mililani, Hawaii||1:38:42|
|20-24||Fermin Villagran||Honolulu, Hawaii||1:29:26|
|25-29||(2) Patrick Smyth*||Salt Lake City, Utah||1:16:39|
|30-34||Erick Agüero||San Jose, Costa Rica||1:41:29|
|35-39||Mark Torres||Lakewood, Colorado||1:37:56|
|40-44||Christian Friis||Kailua, Hawaii||1:43:13|
|45-49||(2) Wilhelm Northrop||Boise, Idaho||1:43:39|
|50-54||Ray Brust||Honolulu, Hawaii||1:45:54|
|55-59||Patrick Wallace||Danville, California||1:48:32|
|60-64||(2) Mike Heiliger||Squamish, Canada||2:10:07|
|65-69||Keith Campbell||Honolulu, Hawaii||2:13:06|
|70-74||Ellis Andrews||Penticton, Canada||2:17:25|
PAUL MITCHELL XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLD CHAMPIONS (WOMEN)
|15-19||Bailey Haugan||Fort St. John, Canada||2:13:47|
|20-24||Allie McLaughlin||Colorado Springs, Colorado||1:35:32|
|25-29||Kimber Mattox*||Eugene, Oregon||1:32:44|
|30-34||Caitlin Smith||Oakland, California||1:46:30|
|35-39||(2) Candes Gentry||Honolulu, Hawaii||1:55:09|
|40-44||(3) Melanie McQuaid||Victoria, Canada||1:53:24|
|45-49||Julie Robb||North Vancouver, Canada||2:02:49|
|50-54||Anita Ortiz||Eagle, Colorado||1:56:39|
|55-59||(2) Lisa Gonzales-Gile||Vail, Colorado||2:20:26|
|60-64||Sandra Vincent||Knoxville, Tennessee||3:25:07|
In addition to the 21K championship course, there were also 10K and 5K races staged at Kualoa Ranch on Sunday.
Jorge Mendez from Honolulu won the 10K race for the second year in a row, finishing in 35:35. Jordyn Smith from Eugene, OR was the top female in 42:42.
Kevin Enriques from Honolulu placed first in the 5K for the second year in a row with a time of 21:26, while Diana Eaton from Honolulu was the top female in 27:22.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is presented by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts and PowerBar. Sponsors include the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kualoa Ranch, Gatorade, Trail Runner Magazine, LifeProof, Hawaii Sport Magazine, Muscle Milk, XTERRA Fitness, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, Champion System, XTERRA Coffee, and Greenlayer.
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 25+ countries worldwide. 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 www.xterraplanet.com andwww.xterratrailrun.com.