The 2017 XTERRA World Championship captured the beauty and mystery of Maui, the ferocity of the elements, and the dig-down-deep grit necessary to complete this incredible adventure.
While the week began with torrential rain that flooded the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and knocked out power all over the island, the day of the race was sunny with a light breeze and gentle swells. The course recovered spectacularly from the storm, but as in every XTERRA, the real hurt was unleashed by the competitors.
This year, Bradley Weiss and Flora Duffy were dealing out pain to anyone who tried to match their truly epic performances. Weiss rode the wave of a breakout swim, which allowed him to shine on the run and the bike, while Duffy put in the fastest swim, bike, and run splits for the women.
But the real story of the 2017 XTERRA World Championship lies in the personal narratives of the competitors, from 16-year old Tate Haugan to 80-year old Ron Hill. Over the upcoming weeks we will share some of the adventures of these brave XTERRA warriors who committed to the path to Maui.
In the meantime, here are some of our favorite memories of this year's 2017 XTERRA World Championship.
The XTERRA World Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell, the Maui Visitors Bureau, Outrigger Resorts, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, Suunto, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, XTERRA Boards, Maui Motorcyle, Kapalua Resorts, and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.