XTERRA is celebrating what would have been the 25th edition of the XTERRA World Championship weekend from November 5-9, 2020 with “Maui No Ka Oi” themed VR races - a benefit for the Surfrider Foundation, and an Aloha Friday Live Show on Facebook.
Maui No Ka Oi translates to "Maui is the best" - a saying rooted in early Hawaiian chants and songs from the 18th century that holds special meaning to the XTERRA Family.
“Through this pandemic we’ve realized how much the XTERRA ohana (family) means to us,” said XTERRA President, Janet Clark. “And while we may not be able to host thousands of racers from 50+ countries on-site in Maui this year, we can still honor the sport, its birthplace in Maui, and our XTERRA ohana from across the globe with a big on-line gathering.”
Clifford Nae’ole, the Hawaiian cultural advisor for The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – the host venue for XTERRA Worlds - will open the celebrations with a traditional blessing and chant on “Aloha Friday” November 6 at 8am Hawaii time (10a PT, 1p ET, 7p CEST) on Facebook.com/XTERRAPlanet.
Hosted by XTERRA MC Chun de Stockel, the Aloha Friday Live Show will serve as XTERRA’s official kickoff and countdown to 2021 – its 25th Anniversary season - with special guests, giveaways, performances, and video presentations.
Among the promotions, XTERRA will provide one lucky viewer of the Live Show an entry into any XTERRA race – triathlon or trail run - anywhere in the world in 2021*.
The celebrations also include a variety of XTERRA Maui No Ka Oi VR racing opportunities from a duathlon featuring a 5K run, 30K bike, and 10K run to a Sprint distance Du, and Trail Runs of 5K, 10K, 21K distance or the 5x5K relay team option.
Entry is FREE to all VR events which will be held over five days from November 5-9, and runners can log their times any day over that time frame.
For the speedsters XTERRA is offering up the “Take on Tommy” challenge. XTERRA announcer and racer, Tommy Morwood from Australia, will run the XTERRA Maui No Ka Oi 5K VR race on his treadmill during the Aloha Friday Live show and anyone who enters “I’ll take on Tommy” into the comments section then posts a faster time than Tommy by November 9 will win a free Maui Gold Pineapple or Maui XTERRA Hat**.
The XTERRA Maui No Ka Oi VR events are a benefit for The Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches.
Learn more, sign-up, and access FAQs at www.xterraplanet.com/no-ka-oi.
*To be entered to win participants simply need to watch the live show in real-time or later (either way) and type their dream race into the comment box. A winner will be chosen at random on November 10 at 10am Hawaii time. Prize is race entry only and other restrictions apply, click here for official rules.
**Maui Gold Pineapples can only be shipped to continental U.S. locations; all other winners will receive the Maui XTERRA Hat. Click here for official rules.