As soon as you toe the line of any XTERRA race, you instantly become a member of the XTERRA Tribe. And like any tribe, we have traditions that uphold the XTERRA values of community, camaraderie, and connection. You may be familiar with the tradition of the pre-race Hawaiian blessing, which this year will be performed by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw. It is a way of asking permission to enter the rainforest and for protection along the journey. What’s so special about traditions is that they create feelings of continuity that in turn become commemorated and celebrated each year. More importantly, it is a reminder that we must also look out for each other out there on the trail.
One of the traditions we are most proud of is the Paul Mitchell Cut-A-Thon. Held at XTERRA Oak Mountain, XTERRA Beaver Creek, the XTERRA National Championship, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, the XTERRA World Championship, and the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, the Paul Mitchell Cut-a-Thon is an easy way to get beautiful – inside and out. For just $15, you can get a haircut or braids by a local Paul Mitchell stylist. And because all proceeds benefit The Challenged Athlete Foundation, you know that your money is truly going towards something beautiful.
This year, XTERRA triathlete and trail runner Craig Vogtsberger, will be competing in the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship for the first time ever. Seventeen years ago, during his National Guard training, Craig was wedged and crushed between two Humvees and sustained significant physical trauma as well as brain, spinal, and nerve injuries. Despite these challenges, Craig has gone on to compete in some of the most challenging XTERRA races in the world, including XTERRA Beaver Creek and the XTERRA World Championship.
Paul Mitchell also supports XTERRA University Clinics, which feature advice and specific tips on training, competition, gear, and how to run the course. Held at the same location as packet pick-up at the Waikiki Beach Walk on Saturday, December 1st, XTERRA University Clinics take place at 10AM and again at 2PM.
Saturday December 1 at Waikiki Beach Walk (227 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815)
10am - XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell
Featuring 25-29 division XTERRA World Champ Andy Wacker and trail runner Karley Rempel
2pm - XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell
Featuring 2017 women’s champ Dani Moreno, plus local stars Jono Blodgett and Melanie Koehl