This weekend, on August 25th, XTERRA returns to paradise with XTERRA Hawai’i Island at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort on “The Big Island” of Hawai’i.
Last year, XTERRA Hawai’I Island had its debut under the experienced eyes of Janet Higa-Miller and Grant Miller, the founders of Aloha Sports Kona, which will host the race again this year. Higa-Miller toed the line in the original XTERRA race back in 1996 and went on to race in the XTERRA World Championship nine times.
In 2018, Jose Ricardo Graca and Bree Brown were the overall champs, and together, they led a talented group of off-road athletes into the finish chute in the wake of Hurricane Lane. This year, there are no hurricanes to worry about, but the course does XTERRA proud. The Millers created a race that celebrates sustainability, participation, preservation, education, and inspiration. Additionally, the race offers 25 qualifying slots for the XTERRA World Championship on October 27th.
The weekend will begin with a 5K on Saturday afternoon, August 24th. The following day, XTERRA Hawai’i Island kicks off with a half-mile open water swim, a 10-mile mountain bike ride, and a 5K run. Because of the commitment of the Millers to the culture of Hawai’i, expect not only a great race, but a beautiful tribute to the islands.
This year’s race at XTERRA Hawai’I Island also marks the official end of the 2018-2019 XTERRA America Tour season. The 2019-2020 XTERRA America Tour season will kick off with XTERRA Laguna Beach on September 8th and continue with XTERRA Fort Custer on September 29th.
Last weekend, XTERRA touched down on one of the most epic race courses in California with XTERRA Lake Tahoe on August 17th. Stefan Laursen was the men’s champ with a time of 3:12:40. Jason Lamoreaux was right behind him in 3:13:41 with the fastest bike split, while Todd Hinders was third in 3:18:19 with the quickest swim. Ryan Terry, who finished fifth, had the fastest run split of the day.
For the women, XTERRA elite Kara LaPoint was the first one to cross the line in 3:25:11. Sian Crespo was the first amateur and finished in 3:31:25. Kimberly Larson was second in 3:47:59 while Abbi Milner was third in 3:49:56.