Former XTERRA World Champion triathlete Nicolas Lebrun from France and Christine Schleifer of Germany captured the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua this morning.
Lebrun, who won XTERRA Worlds back in 2005, is retired from elite triathlon racing but is still a coach and a great runner.
He took the tape in 45:37, just three seconds ahead of Martin Diebold from Germany. Just a quick look at the results and you can tell it’s not your average Maui 10K race, as the top 10 finishers came from France, Germany, Korea, Argentina, China, Switzerland, Poland, the U.S. and Belgium.
“The trails were muddy from all the rain and some sections were very slippery but it was still a beautiful day,” said Lebrun, who serves as the technical director for the XTERRA European Tour and was one of the commentators for the live coverage of the triathlon. “The run course is very tropical, like you’re in a jungle, then goes to the beautiful beach next to the water. It’s a fantastic course.”
Jacob Fure from Lynnwood, Washington and Bailey Haugen from Canada took home the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K titles in 20:06 and 23:42, respectively. Jorn Van Der Veken from Belgium and Eden Newman from Makawao won the new Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K Trail Run in 13:57 and 19:32, respectively.
2016 marked the sixth straight year T S Restaurants Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s served as title sponsors of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs.
Held in conjunction with the 21st running of the XTERRA World Championship triathlon, the Kapalua runs are an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to get involved and experience the legendary XTERRA run course.
“They are all awesome races, and the vibe around The Ritz-Carlton rocked on Saturday morning,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.
In addition to the trail runs a Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon was held at the site of the race where runners and spectators got their hair cut by professional Paul Mitchell stylists, with all donations benefitting the Challenged Athlete Foundation.
More than 1,000 runners from around the world took part in the events, and both the overall and top Maui finishers in each race were rewarded with T S Restaurant gift certificates worth $100.
In addition, employees from T S Restaurants held a race within a race dubbed “The T S Restaurants XTERRA Challenge" in which each of the four restaurants fielded a team of 10 runners; and the team with the fastest cumulative time from their best five runners in the 5K take home the coveted TS Trophy.
This year Kimo’s captured the perpetual trophy for the third straight year and have it proudly displayed in their restaurant for all to see. The winning team members included Hailey and Koral Gill, Patrick Hannon, Cassie Jacinto, Jeremy Meis, Steve Pisacano, Megan Price, Megan Whitfield, and Victoria Zupancic.
Find more information, this year’s results, and photos visit http://www.xterrakapalua.com.
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, Duke’s La Jolla, Duke’s Huntington Beach and Duke’s Malibu in California. For more information visit www.tsrestaurants.com.