On Saturday, October 26, XTERRA will continue the festive tradition of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. Held each year a day before the XTERRA World Championship, friends and family of XTERRA triathletes - together with T S Restaurants - gather together with local Maui runners and teachers to embark on one of the most amazing trail runs in the world. The races will be held at The Ritz-Carlton Resort, Kapalua, Maui.
Whether you choose the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K, the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K, or the Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K, you are taking part in an annual tradition that celebrates off-road adventures and Maui’s healthy lifestyle. Not only are the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs an opportunity to run on the same course as some of the best off-road triathletes in the world, but it’s a chance for family and friends of “XTERRA Worlds” competitors to be embraced by the magic of the XTERRA Tribe.
For children under 10, there is the Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki K, which is free. Six to 10-year-olds run about a half a kilometer while Keiki under five run 100 yards. Parents are welcome to join in.
Last year, former XTERRA Pan Am Champ, Emma Garrard and Hawaii’s David Balagso captured the Duke’s XTERRA Kapalua 10K titles. Garrard’s children participated in the Keiki K as well. This year, expect the same festive gathering of dedicated runners, friends and family, local teachers and educators, and the enthusiastic staff from TS Restaurants.
The true magic of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs is that every athlete who crosses the line experiences the mana of the islands and is celebrated as part of the XTERRA ohana. This is due -in large part - to the enthusiasm of T S Restaurants. Not only do they create the healthy and delicious food you will find in their Maui restaurants, but T S Restaurants – which include Hula Grill, Leilani’s on the Beach, Duke’s Beach House, and Kimo’s – support the local community by providing race entrees to almost 100 local Maui teachers and educators.
On October 26, T S Restaurants will have a competition to see which school is the fastest in the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K, which is determined by the fastest times.
Lisa Kerrick, who works at Hula Grill in Ka’anapali, explains that each winning school will receive a trophy and the fastest teacher in the race will receive his or her choice of a Hula Grill pizza party or Hula pie party.
“This is just part of the legacy of aloha and giving back,” said Kerrick.
Even more impressive than supporting teachers in Saturday’s race, each of the T S Restaurants in Maui support a school for the entire year. Duke’s sponsors Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary School, Kimo’s sponsors Lahainaluna High School, Leilani's sponsors Lahaina Intermediate, and Hula Grill sponsors King Kamehameha III.
“Right now, we are providing ukulele lessons and hope to add hula lessons for Kam III,” said Kerrick. “Whatever we can give them. We recently helped repave a sidewalk, and we get involved with all of their fundraisers. We love giving back and the best way to do that is through the influencers, who are the teachers.”
A dedicated marathoner, Kerrick also organizes teams of T S Restaurant employees to participate in the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K. Just like with the teachers, the fastest and fittest restaurants receive a trophy, which is coveted by all the restaurants.
“Hula Grill was the fastest restaurant last year, but the fittest went to Duke’s,” said Kerrick. “And let’s just say that we want that trophy back.”
Kerrick had her second baby a year ago, but she is still committed to her goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. She is equally committed to inspiring her co-workers to join her on runs and enjoy all that running has to offer, from improved fitness to the runner’s high.
“I really want Hula Grill to win, so I’m signing up as many of us for our 5K team as I can,” said Kerrick. “Right now, we have 70 runners on the Hula Team. So many of us will be running that we’ll have to close down the restaurant. Just kidding! More important than winning is the energy that XTERRA creates. Our employees are fired up! It's incredible to see our Ohana thrive on the trails.”