October 28, 2018
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui
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ALOHA AND WELCOME TO MAUI
The world’s premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim that starts at D.T. Fleming Beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, a 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike that climbs 3,500 feet up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5-miles) trail run that traverses forest trails, and beach sand.
WHO: A sold-out field of 800 racers including 75 professionals and more than 700 amateurs representing 46 countries.
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. HST on Sunday, October 27, 2019.
WHERE: At The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui’s northwest coast.
WHY: The XTERRA World Championship race is the last in a series of more than 100 off-road triathlon races held in 30 countries and 38 U.S. States. The concept is to provide a bona-fide world championship for amateur and elite off-road triathletes. For pros there is $100,000 in prize money at stake.
WORLD’S PREMIER OFF-ROAD TRIATHLON
This will be the 24th year for the XTERRA World Championship on Maui, the birthplace of off-road triathlon. The first XTERRA race was held here on November 3, 1996 and was televised on Fox Sports Net. The demand for the sport of XTERRA exploded thereafter and there are now more than 50,000 competitors from all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide.
WINNER TAKES ALL
It is a “winner take all” race, with one of the richest pro purses in multisport at $105,000, and it is awarded solely on the basis of the Maui performance. Since this race is a stand-alone event, it offers a unique opportunity to competitors as even those who have had a less than stellar season are given an opportunity to redeem themselves and earn the coveted title of XTERRA World Champion.
FILMED FOR TV
This will be the 24th straight year a nationally (now internationally) broadcast one-hour show will be produced on the event, which showcases Maui’s natural beauty. The 2019 XTERRA World Championship will be seen by more than six million viewers via national syndication (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX), Fox Sports Network, ESPN International, and European distribution. This year’s show will start its run in national syndication in mid-January 2020.
FUN FOR SPECTATORS
The XTERRA Spectator Village will be open in the finish area and offers fun for the whole family including a bounce house and face painting for the kids, games for everyone, live race reports, music, food and beverage and great viewing of the finish line.
HOW TO QUALIFY TO RACE IN MAUI
There are 43 races in 33 countries where amateurs can earn a qualifying spot to race at the 23rd edition of the XTERRA World Championship to be held October 27, 2019 in Kapalua, Maui.
The number of qualifying spots varies per race. See the 2018 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series Schedule and slot breakdowns per race below. Athletes have two weeks after the race to claim their spot, at which time unclaimed spots roll to the next eligible athlete.
Amateur racers can also earn a qualifying spot to Maui by winning their division in the XTERRA European Tour, XTERRA Pan America Tour, and XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour. These spots do not roll.
Those racing in the XTERRA America Tour can earn a Maui spot by winning their regional championship. Roll downs will be permitted in instances where the regional champion has already qualified and registered to race at XTERRA Worlds. There are no deferrals.
PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED ATHLETES
Physically challenged athletes are required to compete in at least one XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series race then request an entry by emailing info [at] xterraplanet.com.
Professional athletes are required to compete in at least one XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series race then request an entry by emailing pro [at] xterraplanet.com.
The at-large pool for the 2019 race (if offered) is tentatively scheduled to open on Dec. 1, 2018.
For further information email info [at] xterraplanet.com.
QUALIFYING SLOTS PER DIVISION
Gold events will award 51 Maui slots as follows:
Men – 29 Women – 22
15-19, 1 15-19, 1
20-24, 2 20-24, 2
25-29, 2 25-29, 2
30-34, 3 30-34, 2
35-39, 3 35-39, 2
40-44, 3 40-44, 2
45-49, 3 45-49, 2
50-54, 3 50-54, 2
55-59, 2 55-59, 2
60-64, 2 60-64, 2
65-69, 2 65-69, 2
70-74, 1 70+, 1
– Slot will roll down among the top 5 until filled.
Silver events will award 26 Maui slots as follows:
– One to the first-place person in each age group noted above.
– Slot will roll down among the top 3 if the first-place person declines.
Our dedicated team of volunteers across the US and abroad has been key to bringing the XTERRA experience to more people in more places. As the sport grows the need for volunteers increases. This year we need people to help with pre-race and race-day activities. Please e-mail our volunteer [at] xterraplanet.com (volunteer) coordinator. Tell us what you’re interested in doing and what your availability is. We’ll try to find a place for you at XTERRA. We hope you can join us!
Men’s Record Book
Swim Record: Glenn Wachtel (USA) 18:10 (2000)
Bike Record: Michael Weiss (AUT) 1:17:30 (2011)
Run Record: Jan Rehula (CZE) 33:14 (2004)
NOTE: Course records mean little as routes change thru the years.
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Kapalua, HI – 10/29
- Bradley Weiss 2:32:09
- Mauricio Mendez 2:33:24
- Ruben Ruzafa 2:33:45
- Flora Duffy 2:47:47
- Barbara Riveros 2:56:11
- Laura Philip 2:57:24
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Kapalua, HI – 10/23
- Mauricio Mendez 2:49:38
- Ruben Ruzafa 2:51:02
- Ben Allen 2:53:49
- Flora Duffy 3:14:59
- Lesley Paterson 3:24:58
- Suzie Snyder 3:29:03
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Kapalua, HI – 11/1
- Josiah Middaugh 2:35:32
- Braden Currie 2:38:30
- Ruben Ruzafa 2:40:40
- Flora Duffy 2:54:17
- Lesley Paterson 2:59:16
- Emma Garrard 3:03:28
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Kapalua, HI – 10/26
- Ruben Ruzafa 2:29:56
- Josiah Middaugh 2:31:11
- Ben Allen 2:34:50
- Flora Duffy 2:47:59
- Barbara Riveros 2:50:04
- Nicky Samuels 2:56:31
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Kapalua, HI – 10/27
- Ruben Ruzafa 2:34:34
- Asa Shaw 2:36:01
- Ben Allen 2:36:24
- Nicky Samuels 2:57:48
- Lesley Paterson 3:00:14
- Flora Duffy 3:00:19
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Kapalua, HI – 10/28
- Javier Gomez 2:26:50
- Josiah Middaugh 2:27:40
- Conrad Stoltz 2:30:03
- Lesley Paterson 2:44:11
- Barbara Riveros 2:48:18
- Mari Rabie 2:53:55
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Kapalua, HI – 10/23
- Michael Weiss 2:27:00
- Dan Hugo 2:27:33
- Eneko Llanos 2:28:26
- Lesley Paterson 2:45:59
- Marion Lorblanchet 2:48:08
- Helena Erbenová 2:51:51
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Makena, HI – 10/24
- Conrad Stotlz 2:31:07
- Franky Batelier 2:36:14
- Michi Weiss 2:36:45
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Eneko Llanos (11:02:46),
- Shonny Vanlandingham 2:58:20
- Julie Dibens 2:59:33
- Marion Lorblanchet 3:06:11
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Eneko Llanos (12:09:36),
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Makena, HI – 10/25
- Eneko Llanos 2:37:22
- Nico Lebrun 2:38:17
- Michi Weiss 2:40:24
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Eneko Llanos (11:15:17),
- Julie Dibens 2:56:42
- Lesley Paterson 3:04:16
- Melanie McQuaid 3:05:46
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Makena, HI – 10/26
- Ruben Ruzafa 2:37:36
- Michi Weiss 2:38:10
- Brent McMahon 2:40:56
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Eneko Llanos (11:03:39),
- Julie Dibens 3:03:57
- Danelle Kabush 3:04:56
- Shonny Vanlandingham 3:10:49
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Sibylle Matter (13:12:08)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Makena, HI – 10/28
- Conrad Stoltz 2:40:54
- Olivier Marceau 2:42:05
- Brian Smith 2:42:35
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Eneko Llanos (11:17:17),
- Julie Dibens 3:01:24
- Melanie McQuaid 3:09:52
- Jamie Whitmore 3:11:37
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Erika Csomor (13:12:50)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Makena, HI – 10/29
- Hamish Carter 2:42:36
- Olivier Marceau 2:42:55
- Seth Wealing 2:44:05
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Eneko Llanos (11:09:17),
- Melanie McQuaid 3:07:53
- Danelle Kabush 3:15:58
- Sibylle Matter 3:19:50
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Sibylle Matter (13:24:06)
Women’s Record Book
Swim Record: Raeleigh Tennant (AUS) 18:31 (2000)
Bike Record: Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 1:29:27 (2011)
Run Record: Erika Csomor (HUN) 38:18 (2004)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Makena, HI – 10/23
- Nicolas Lebrun 2:38:19
- Eneko Llanos 2:41:41
- Brent McMahon 2:42:01
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Peter Reid (11:10:09),
- Melanie McQuaid 3:07:16
- Sibylle Matter 3:08:00
- Jamie Whitmore 3:13:51
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Kate Major (12:51:01)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Wailea, HI – 10/24
- Eneko Llanos 2:28:44
- Olivier Marceau 2:29:45
- Josiah Middaugh 2:33:28
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Peter Reid (11:27:59),
- Jamie Whitmore 3:01:35
- Melanie McQuaid 3:04:25
- Danelle Kabush 3:05:19
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Heather Fuhr (13:18:17)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Wailea, HI – 10/26
- Eneko Llanos 2:32:56
- Nicolas LeBrun 2:36:31
- Justin Thomas 2:37:31
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Peter Reid (11:03:50),
- Melanie McQuaid 2:57:08
- Jamie Whitmore 3:01:14
- Candy Angle 3:06:09
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Heather Fuhr (12:42:03)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Wailea, HI – 10/27
- Conrad Stoltz 2:22:55
- Eneko Llanos 2:23:57
- Nicolas LeBrun 2:27:37
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Peter Reid (11:18:23),
- Candy Angle 2:57:33
- Jamie Whitmore 2:59:10
- Shari Kain 3:03:20
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Ariane Gutknecht (13:30:26)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Wailea, Maui – 10/22
- Conrad Stoltz 2:28:48
- Kerry Classen 2:37:02
- Jimmy Riccitello 2:37:31
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Cameron Widoff (11:54:30),
- Anke Erlank 3:00:59
- Cherie Touchette 3:11:51
- Kerstin Weule 3:12:37
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Wendy Ingraham (13:37:04)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Wailea, Maui – 10/22
- Michael Tobin 2:30:53
- Mike Vine 2:33:10
- Michael Pigg 2:33:43
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Peter Reid (11:05:07)
- Kerstin Weule 3:07:04
- Melanie McQuaid 3:09:17
- Uli Blank 3:17:32
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Beth Zinkland (13:15:26)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Wailea, Maui – 10/31
- Ned Overend 2:32:50
- Michael Tobin 2:34:26
- Jimmy Riccitello 2:35:54
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Olivier Bernhart (11:05:09)
- Shari Kain 3:04:19
- Kerstin Weule 3:06:27
- Jody Purcell 3:08:42
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Uli Blank (13:09:57)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Wailea, Maui – 10/11
- Ned Overend 2:24:46
- Wes Hobson 2:29:16
- Michael Tobin 2:31:22
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Peter Reid (10:59:49)
- Sue Latshaw 2:58:49
- Uli Blank 3:00:05
- Caroline Rahner 3:06:27
The Hawaiian Airlines Double: Wendy Ingraham (12:58:32)
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Wailea, Maui – 10/26
- Mike Pigg 2:28:48
- Ned Overend 2:32:12
- Jimmy Riccitello 2:34:49
- Cameron Randolph 3:04:25
- Lesley Tomlinson 3:04:31
- Sue Latshaw 3:11:32
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Wailea, Maui – 11/3
- Jimmy Riccitello 2:27:42
- Mike Pigg 2:31:13
- Ned Overend 2:33:39
- Michellie Jones 3:04:53
- Shari Kain 3:05:05
- Sian Welch 3:20:55
Note: 1998 was the first year for the “double”
Date: Sunday October 28th, 2018
Start Time: 9am HST (GMT-10), 12PM PST, 3PM EST
Schedule of Events
*Schedule is tentative. All events are at the host hotel, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, October 23
|9am-2pm||Registration and Packet Pick-up TRIATHLON ONLY, XTERRA Athlete Village Open|
|10am-2pm||Upper Bike Practice Course Open (must be a registered athlete and sign in/out to use course - no new entry after 2pm)|
|12-2pm||Registration and Packet Pick-up TRIATHLON AND TRAIL RUN, XTERRA Athlete Village Open|
Thursday, October 24
|9am-2pm||Registration and Packet Pick-up, XTERRA Athlete Village Open|
|9am-2pm||Upper Bike Practice Course Open (must be a registered athlete and sign in/out to use course - no new entry after 2pm)|
|4pm||XTERRA Elite Athlete Annual Meeting, Amphitheater|
Friday, October 25
|5:45am||“Hiuwai and E ala E” - Sunrise Hawaiian “Cleansing & Rejuvenation” Ceremony - open to all athletes, friends and family who wish to participate (Wear swim gear, meet at the Beach House Lawn at D.T. Fleming Beach. Please be on time – we start promptly at 5:45)|
|9am||XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Swim Clinic with Sam Osborne and Suzie Snyder. Meet at the Beach House at DT Fleming Beach (bring your swim stuff to practice afterwards)|
|9am-2pm||Upper Bike Practice Course Open (must be a registered athlete and sign in/out to use course - no new entry after 2pm)|
|9am-5pm||Registration and Packet Pick-up, XTERRA Athlete Village Open|
|2pm||XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – MTB Clinic with Josiah Middaugh and Brigitta Poor|
|3pm||XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Run Clinic with Mauricio Mendez and Lesley Paterson|
|6:30pm||Aloha Friday Welcome Reception at Aloha Garden Ballroom - Free to World Championship competitors with wristband. Additional tickets available at registration until sold out.|
Saturday, October 26
|7-8am||XTERRA Village Open - Registration for NEW Trail Run Entries|
|7-8:30am||XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run Packet Pickup (pre-registered athletes only)|
|9am-12pm||Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Cut-a-thon, A benefit for the Challenged Athlete Foundation|
|9am||Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K Trail Run Start|
|9:10am||Hula Grill XTERRA Kapalua 5K Trail Run Start|
|9:30am||Duke’s Beach House XTERRA Kapalua 10K Trail Run Start|
|9am-4pm||Triathlon Registration and Packet Pick-up, Triathlon Timing Chip pickup. XTERRA Athlete Village|
|10:30am||XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run Awards Ceremony|
|11am||Kimo’s XTERRA Kapalua Keiki K Run (free for kids 10 and under)|
|11am||Run and Lower Bowl Bike Course Open. Upper Bike Course Closed.|
|11am||XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – “Art of XTERRA” at Aloha Garden Ballroom with Ruben Ruzafa, Bradley Weiss, Carina Wasle and Melanie McQuaid.|
|12pm||Mandatory Competitor Briefing – Aloha Garden Ballroom|
Sunday, October 27
|7-8:30am||Transition Open for set-up|
|7-8:30am||Body Marking, Swim Cap and Timing Strap Distribution Open|
|9am||XTERRA World Championship Start (see swim wave information)|
|10am-3pm||Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Cut-a-thon, a benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation|
|1:30pm||Elite Awards for top 5 Men/Women (finish area)|
|2:15pm||Cut-off at T2|
|3pm||Transition closed – all gear removed|
|6:30-10pm||Awards Dinner, Aloha Garden Ballroom - Free to World Championship competitors with wristband. Additional tickets available at registration until sold out.|
|10pm-2am||After Party – XTERRA Village. Free to XTERRA competitors, friends and family with wristband. Picture ID required,
Note: Sorry, 21 and over only.
Monday, October 29
|9am-12pm||Lost & Found, Board Room at the Ritz-Carlton|
*Practice on the bike course - Must be a registered athlete and sign in/out to use course. No new entry after 2pm. Must be off the course by 3pm. Practice is NOT permitted on the upper course (mile 3.5 to mile 15) outside of designated hours.
SWIM DISTANCE: 1.5-kilometers (0.93 miles)
MOUNTAIN BIKE DISTANCE: 32 Kilometers (20 miles) on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains
TRAIL RUN DISTANCE: 10.5 Kilometers (6.5 miles)
The XTERRA World Championship course is perpetually evolving. In 1996 the race featured point-to-point swim, bike, and run legs over sharp lava rocks and dry, dusty bowls on Maui’s south shore. This year it’ll traverse wet forest trails, pineapple fields, and ridgelines high above the northwest coast.
It’s the seventh year of racing on Maui Land & Pineapple Company’s private 22,000-acre oasis, and improvements to the trail structure have been made each season. Competitors will be treated to more single track trails on the bike and another half-mile of twisting, technical trail running before they reach the finish line.
It all starts with a 1.5-kilometer rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Once on the bike riders navigate from the Ritz to a ridge line – down to a ravine – and back up again, like a tropical roller-coaster ride through paradise.
The bike is one big 20-mile loop with 2,800-feet of climbing that goes up-and-down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains more than a dozen times. Course designers are striving to find the perfect balance of passing opportunities early with skillful riding opportunities later on.
“It’s an honest endurance challenge, that is for sure,” said race director “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas.
“The original Maui course was brutal. The first one was just about who could survive, really, and even the run was pure torture with a mile of slogging through soft sand. This course is not just for survivors, but for those with the skills and endurance to ride the bike well and fast, and still have enough left in their legs to climb some more and more importantly, descend some steep downhills on a really challenging trail run.”
The signature spot on the Maui course is at the five-mile mark on the bike as riders pop out on a narrow ridge with hundred foot drop-offs on either side. From the top you can see all around the vast West Maui Forest Reserve and over the deep blue Pacific Ocean to the neighbor islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i.
“The views are simply spectacular,” Nicholas explains. “And don’t worry, if I didn’t fall off – neither will you. In fact, when you come early to preview the course, bring your camera with you. The scenery is something that not many people get a chance to see.”
Once on the run competitors will be faced with a whole lot of climbing while they weave along dirt trails, through oleander forests, and into 60-foot high ironwood evergreens to an unexpected mountain lake at the 700-foot level.
“It descends like a slalom course through high green Bermuda grasses and opens up in spots to expose fantastic views of the Pacific,” said Nicholas. “Obstacles are everywhere, including a technical, steep downhill into a gully where racers will have to jump over and duck under fallen trees, navigate a rocky dry creek, head through thick elephant grass, and along a narrow single track trail with switchbacks that drop all the way down to the beach. The final test of skill and endurance is a calf-busting 250-meter white sand beach run.”
Important: The course is 100% on private land, and we ask XTERRA athletes to respect the landowner’s wishes not to ride the upper course outside of the scheduled and approved pre-ride opportunities (see schedule). The upper course routes through active farms, stables, horse trails, and zip line tours. Mountain bikers are considered trespassers by these, and other businesses, and you could be subject to arrest if you are found trespassing, as well as disqualification from the race. The first 3.5 miles and last 5.5 miles of the bike course known as “The Lower Bowl” are always available, simply be respectful of regular users playing Frisbee, walking dogs, jogging, etc.
The entire run course is also available anytime from sunrise to sunset, except Saturday during the XTERRA Kapalua 2.5k/5k/10k races from 9am-11am.
START AND SWIM
The race starts with a 1.5-kilometer rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; and will feature wave starts beginning with pro men and women, followed by age group men, then age group women. A short beach sprint mid-race between and “M” shaped course gives spectators a chance to pick out their friends and family from the field.
WAVE SWIM STARTS
There will be wave starts for this year’s race starting with elite men and women, then four age-group waves. Also, be aware that there could be high surf at the swim beach. We recommend you practice swimming in and out of the surf break before race day.
Start Times Note: Times may change. Changes will be announced at the athlete briefing.
|1||Elite Men and Women||9:00 AM|
|2||Age-group Men 39 and Under||9:05 AM|
|3||Age-group Men 40-49||9:10 AM|
|4||Age-group Men 50+, Challenged Men and Organizers||9:15 AM|
|5||Age-group Women||9:20 AM|
XTERRA follows USA Triathlon rules regarding wetsuits and speedsuits.
NO WETSUITS ALLOWED for PROS and AGE GROUPERS.
SPEED SUITS or SKIN SUITS ARE PERMITTED.
Bike bottles will be available on course – option of water or Gatorade – at two exchange locations at roughly mile 8 and mile 15. There will be five aid stations on the run, each roughly a mile apart, serving water and Gatorade.
*Course is subject to change.
Here is some advice from our elite racer Ben Allen on tires: A fast tread xc tire is the best with clingy edges. Maxxis ikon or Schwalbe racing Ralph are very good. Also WTB wolverine is a great tire too. These tires offer a fast rolling moderately spaced tread pattern that combines plentiful working edges that cling to hard packed surfaces and the outside knobs that let you shred the sandy & grassy corners. Top three tire brands specifically for Maui: Maxxis, Schwalbe, WTB.
FULL BIKE COURSE PRACTICE HOURS
The first 3.5 miles and last 5.5 miles of the bike course known as “The Lower Bowl” will be open, marked, and ready to ride on Saturday, October 20, simply be respectful of regular users playing Frisbee, walking dogs, jogging, etc.
The entire run course is available anytime from sunrise to sunset, except Saturday during our XTERRA Kapalua 2.5k/5k/10k races from 9am-11am.
Below are the practice hours for the Upper Bike Course. Remember, you have to pick-up your packet at registration and put your bike plate on to ride the full course.
Bike mile 3.5 and bike mile 14 (the start of the last 5.5 miles) are at about the same location. This is where sign/in, sign/out to the full course will be located.
On Saturday, October 26, only the Lower Bowl will be open for practice, and not until the trail runners have cleared the course at roughly 11am.
Again, the upper course will be closed on Saturday, only the first 3.5 miles and the last 5.5 miles of the bike course will be open.
Registration and display of bike number is required for all competitors and guests on the upper course. Guests can access the full course by purchasing a $15 USA Triathlon insurance license at registration. Check in and out with monitor at gate. No new entry after 2pm, and bikers must be clear of mile 14 by 3:00pm and officially signed out by the course monitor.
Do NOT exit the bike course at any location other than the official entry and exit location which is Mile 3.5/14 which will have the person with the check in/out sheet.
Note: The course is 100% on private land, and we ask XTERRA athletes to respect the landowner’s wishes not to ride the FULL course outside of the scheduled and approved pre-ride opportunities which start on October 24 (see schedule for times). The full course routes through active farms, stables, horse trails, and zip line tours. Mountain bikers are considered trespassers by these, and other businesses, and you could be subject to arrest if you are found trespassing, as well as disqualification from the race.
ON ROAD RIDING
We recommend you head north from Kapalua on Highway 30 – a mile north the road turns into a winding country road with plenty of hill and gorgeous scenery. The village of Kahakola is 14 miles away.
RUN PRACTICE COURSE
The run course is part of the Village Walking Trails and is open to the public. You can run any day between sunrise and sunset except Saturday, October 26. The course will be closed until 11am for the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. Follow the Red Arrows.
D.T. Fleming Beach: This is where the swim will be held and we encourage you to practice on the days leading up to the race. Surf conditions can be rough. Please obey lifeguard instructions.
Napili Bay: offers a sheltered spot for swimming and you may see turtles.
Lahaina Aquatics Center: The pool is located at the corner of Highway 30 and Shaw Street on the southern edge of the town of Lahaina, and is a 15-20 minute drive from Kapalua. The pool is typically set for 25 meter swimming. Admission is free and the pool is open 10am-4pm Monday – Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday. A Masters Swim is available for $5 fee at 5:30am Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 6:30pm Tuesday and Thursday.
TRAIN WITH WHAT’S ON COURSE
Lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available on course at all aid stations. Endurance Formula has nearly two times the sodium and three times the potassium of traditional Gatorade. Newly reformulated, it now contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners and a new, lighter flavor.
Reception and Dinner
Friday, 6:30pm - Aloha Friday Welcome Reception, Aloha Garden Ballroom
On Friday evening, the XTERRA Tribe will be treated to a Hawaiian-style welcome reception featuring live island music and dance, 'ono food, and special presentations celebrating the traditions of XTERRA.
A living legend will be inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame, and a member of our racing 'Ohana who has shown exemplary courage in the face of adversity will be honored with the Dave DeSantis XTERRA Warrior Award.
There will also be highlight videos to entertain and inspire; and the chance for one-and-all to connect with friends both new and old.
Your race entry includes entry to the event and friends and family may purchase a ticket for $84 Adult/$42 Child 5-12. Children 4 and under are free.
Sunday, 6:30-10pm - Awards Dinner, Aloha Garden Ballroom
Celebrate your accomplishment of competing on Maui at this gala dinner. Your race entry includes entry to the event and friends and family may purchase a ticket for $84 Adult/$42 Child 5-12. Children 4 and under are free.
Top finishers in each division will step up to the podium, relive your race with the famed race highlight video, and rock out with a live band.
Sunday, 10pm-2am - After Party, XTERRA Expo Village
Party on at the XTERRA After Party - known as the greatest after party in triathlon. Sorry, 21 and over only.
It is a “winner take all” race, with one of the richest pro purses in multi-sport at $105,000 USD and it is awarded solely on the basis of the Maui performance. Since this race is a stand-alone event, it offers a unique opportunity to competitors as even those who have had a less than stellar season are given an opportunity to redeem themselves and earn the coveted title of XTERRA World Champion.
The Double award is given annually to the pro and amateur man and woman with the fastest combined XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time. Elites are awarded $2,500. Amateur winners will be awarded a commemorative bike jersey.
DAVE DESANTIS XTERRA LEGACY GRANT
Made possible by 2015 XTERRA Warrior award recipient Dave DeSantis, the Dave DeSantis XTERRA Legacy Grant provides one man and one woman, each year for five years (2018-2022), an opportunity to experience an international XTERRA race. Travel funded by the grant is designed to support recipients with financial need to go after their boldest XTERRA travel dream, and result in a connection with the global XTERRA community through a shared love of the "Live More" spirit.
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGE GROUP AUTOMATIC QUALIFIER
All age group World Champions are offered the opportunity to defend their title at the following XTERRA World Championship. Sign up to race by December 1st.
XTERRA WORLD CHAMPION BIKE JERSEY
XTERRA World Champions in all divisions are eligible to purchase an official World Champion bike jersey. You will be emailed purchase information.
HOST DESTINATION – KAPALUA RESORT
The XTERRA World Championship is headquartered at the Kapalua Resort, which will serve as base camp for off-road triathlon’s greatest day.
Race expo will be at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, KAPALUA
The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua showcases a stunning, fully-renovated destination resort offering 463 guestrooms, including 107 residential suites, boasting warm-hued wood floors, rich travertine bathrooms, flat-screen LCD televisions and Hawaiian-inspired artwork. The Waihua Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua beckons with treatment rooms framed by private garden showers, volcanic stone grottos, steam, sauna and whirlpool therapies, outdoor couple’s hale (cabanas) and a fitness center and movement studio with spectacular ocean views. Learn more at www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua.
|Garden View Suite||$355|
|Ocean View Suite||$455|
Check-In Time: 4:00PM | Check-Out Time: 12:00PM
$10 USD special rate for resort fee per day. Complimentary self parking.
Book your reservation with the link above or by calling reservations at 800-241-3333 (global) or 800-262-8440. Plus 14.4167% tax and discounted daily resort fee of $10. Cut-off date is October 1, 2018.
ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS AT OUTRIGGER® RESORTS
Outrigger Maui Condominium Collection
Special condominium rates for XTERRA athletes will be offered for this year’s race at Outrigger’s collection of Maui condominium properties, offering spacious accommodations from studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments with kitchens and living rooms. Rates are per night and do not include taxes or additional fees.
The closest Outrigger Resorts properties to race headquarters are:
The Kapalua Villas (0.33 miles – 2 minutes by car)
Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger (1.62 miles – 9 minutes by car)
Maui Eldorado Kaanapali by Outrigger (7.71 miles – 17 minutes by car)
Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger (10.15 miles – 22 minutes by car)
Promo code: XTMAUI
TRAVELING FROM EUROPE?
Nirvana is the official travel partner of XTERRA Europe and will take the stress out of your Maui travel planning. They will take care of all of your travel arrangements - flights, hotels, transfers, bike transport and storage, and special services during your stay on Maui.
For more information visit, www.nirvanaeurope.com.
There are two airports on Maui, Kahului and Kapalua. Kahului (OGG) is the main airport and handles most of the arrivals to Maui. There are direct flights to Kahului from many U.S. cities. If you are flying into Honolulu and then on to Maui, Kahului offers the most options.
Flying into Kapalua airport from Honolulu or Kona on Mokulele Airlines is also an option. The schedule is limited, however the airport is only a ten minute drive from Kapalua Resort and there is a complimentary shuttle to properties within the Resort (Phone: 808-665-9110).
IMPORTANT TSA TRAVEL INFORMATION
The TSA at Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) would like to offer you a few helpful tips for your return flight home that will help expedite you through the Pre-Flight Airline Check-In and TSA Security Process.
(Available languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese)
If you want to explore the island during your stay, a rental car is your best option and all the major companies are available at the Kahului Airport.
If you need a large vehicle to transport a large group or a lot of equipment, check out www.mauivans.com.
SpeediShuttle provides shared ride airport transportation in Mercedes shuttles at a per person rate of $43.55 one way, $87.10 round trip between OGG the Ritz Carlton Kapalua. Effective September 1, the rate is $46.20 one way, $92.40 round trip. Guests with prearranged arrival reservations are met in the baggage claim area, then directed to their waiting shuttle. Vehicle amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, 6’1” headroom, three point seat restraints, adjustable headrests and roomy comfortable seats.
KAPALUA RESORT SHUTTLE
The Kapalua Resort Shuttle offers transportation between any two points within the resort. Simply call the shuttle service center at 808-665-9110 and a shuttle will be dispatched as soon as possible.
On Saturday and Sunday, please park in the XTERRA Event lot by D.T. Fleming Beach. Take Hanoapiilani Highway to Kapalua. Pass the entrance to Kapalua Resort (Office Road) and turn left at Lower Hanoapiilani Road. Follow the road to D.T. Fleming Beach and turn right into the parking lot just past the pre school.
LOCAL BUS SERVICE
There is bus service on Maui but you can’t bring luggage on board. it’s good for getting around locally and has a bike rack on the front. However, the bus makes frequent stops and it takes some time to get around.
Driving to Kapalua Kapalua is about an hour’s drive from Maui’s main airport in Kahului. From the airport, follow the signs to Lahaina/Kaanapali. You will be on Highway 380 (Dairy Road) through the town of Kahului and turn left on Highway 30, which takes you to West Maui. Drive 25 miles past Maui’s famed Pali cliffs, scenic beaches, the old whaling town of Lahaina, and the resort areas of Kaanapali, Kahana, and Napili before entering Kapalua, on Office Road.
Event address The XTERRA Village is in the Salon Ballrooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761 and telephone 808-669-6200. Here you’ll find athlete packet pickup, event registration, bike technical support, clinics, and expo booths. The hotel grounds are home to the race start and finish and transition. The start line for the triathlon is at DT Fleming Beach, adjacent to the resort.
Parking On race day – Saturday and Sunday – Please park in the XTERRA Event lot. Follow the XTERRA parking signs on Hanoapiilani Highway past the entrance to Kapalua Resort (Office Road) and turn left into the parking lot. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has limited parking and it is used primarily by hotel guests. If you park in the lot, validate your parking ticket at the XTERRA Village, Dinner check-in, or at the bell desk in front of the hotel. For our dinner functions, parking is in the lot at The Ritz-Carlton, as well as public lots and streets in the area. Please be courteous to our host community by not blocking driveways and not parking in marked No Parking Zones.
Maui is the birthplace of XTERRA, and Hawai’i is our home. We invite you to explore the distinct and unique experiences of all of the Hawaiian Islands.
Let the local experts help you plan your trip. Find hotels, rental cars, maps and more! It’s the easy way to make the most of your trip to Maui. Log on to discover Maui and her magic islands of Moloka`i and Lana`i.
“HIUWAI AND E AL E” HAWAIIAN CLEANSING AND REJUVENATION CEREMONY
The Beach House Lawn at D.T. Fleming Beach
Athletes, friends and family are welcome to participate in this very special Sunrise Hawaiian Cleansing and Rejuvenation Ceremony where you will be met by renowned cultural advisor, Clifford Naeole.
Clifford will lead you in a ceremony where you will enter the water (or just wade and bath in it) to release negative thoughts, actions, and any other concerns from your life. As the sun rises to the chanter’s voice, all is forgiven, and you will begin your life renewed and rejuvenated.
All present will be considered participants – and please be there on time, as the ceremony is timed to meet the sunrise and will start promptly Friday at 5:45am.
XTERRA would like to thank all of the sponsors that make the XTERRA World Championship event happen.
Presenting Sponsor of XTERRA
Founded in 1980 by John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell, John Paul Mitchell Systems produces more than 100 products—from award-winning styling and care products to cutting-edge heat styling tools and professional hair color—and is available in over 80 countries worldwide. Learn more at www.paulmitchell.com
Official XTERRA Host Destination
Kapalua Resort is a 22,000-acre, master-planned community on Maui ’s northwest coast. The resort is renowned for its world-class golf courses – The Bay and The Plantation Courses; 11 residential communities; premier accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and The Kapalua Villas, a tennis complex; the all new 30,000 square foot Kapalua Spa, three white sand beaches, including two of America’s Best Beaches, and a myriad of restaurants and shops. Kapalua Resort hosts signature events each year: the PGA TOUR’s season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s Celebration of the Arts Festival in April and the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival in June. For more information, visit kapalua.com or call 1-800-KAPALUA.
THE RITZ CARLTON, KAPALUA
Official XTERRA Host Property
The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua showcases a stunning, fully-renovated destination resort offering 463 guestrooms, including 107 residential suites, boasting warm-hued wood floors, rich travertine bathrooms, flat-screen LCD televisions and Hawaiian-inspired artwork. The Waihua Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua beckons with treatment rooms framed by private garden showers, volcanic stone grottos, steam, sauna and whirlpool therapies, outdoor couple’s hale (cabanas) and a fitness center and movement studio with spectacular ocean views. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program offers all interest levels an array of outdoor activities from land to sea, led by trained naturalists. The breathtaking island resort also features six restaurants, enhanced indoor/outdoor meeting space, an inviting children’s pool and luxury cabanas. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is nestled on 54 acres and enveloped by the 23,000 acre Kapalua Resort, renowned for two championship golf courses, award-winning restaurants and a historic pineapple plantation.
MAUI VISITORS BUREAU
On the island of Maui, mornings of birdsong swell into days of pure exhilaration. From staggering natural beauty to one-of-a-kind adventures, Maui is a magical, tropical playground like no other.
Indeed, Maui is everything you have dreamed Hawaii to be, and almost certainly more than you imagined. Palm-shaded, powdery beaches and lush rainforests… Eclectic small towns and world-famous enclaves… Exclusive, world-class resorts and gem-like B&B’s. It’s all here.
But more importantly, Maui is home to a unique spirit. You will recognize it in the natural smiles that greet you daily, and you will feel its presence long after you depart.
HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY
Check out Hawaii Adventures at www.gohawaii.com.
Official GPS Sports Watch of XTERRA
Suunto builds the tools to help you reach your goals. With an award-winning line up of GPS sports watches, heart-rate monitors, and mobile apps, Suunto helps athletes train smarter and perform better. Sophisticated design and rugged construction ensure each Suunto watch is ready to tackle whatever you (and mother nature) throw at it.
Official Recovery Footwear of XTERRA
Based in Braintree, Massachusetts, OOFOS is a pioneer in the recovery footwear market whose mission is to make yOO feel better. To learn more about OOFOS please visit www.oofos.com, or follow /oofosfootwear on Facebook and @oofos on Instagram.
Official Energy Drink of XTERRA
The Gatorade Endurance line of products is an elite line of sports nutrition products from Gatorade for endurance athletes who have specific fueling needs. Grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, the Gatorade Endurance line of products help deliver fluids and nutrients endurance athletes need for a training session or race. Gatorade Endurance is proud to be an Official Sponsor of the XTERRA World Championships, fueling you throughout the race.
Presenting Sponsor of XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs
TS Restaurants have some of the best dining options in Maui and all are located a short distance from Kapalua near the resort areas of Ka’anapali and Lahaina Town.
MAUI MOTORCYCLE CO.
Maui Motorcycle Co. is conveniently located in the heart of Kahului, just minutes away from the airport. Our retail store features motorcycle, ATV, utility vehicle, and much, much more! Visit www.mauimotorcycleco.com to learn more.
Members of the media are invited to join us in the XTERRA press room located on the Lower Lobby Level of the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. During the championship race TEAM Unlimited staff members will escort interested press members to key strategic locations throughout the course to track leaders and course happenings, and to get the best possible photos. You must reserve your seat in the press van in advance. Contact Trey Garman to reserve your seat and coordinate the meeting time and place on race day.
Note: the press van leaves promptly at designated time.
A press pass is required on race day for admittance to finish area. Passes can be obtained at the XTERRA Pressroom beginning Wednesday, October 23th. Log on to XTERRAMaui.com for complete race coverage. Live timing updates and social media feeds beginning race day at 9:00 a.m. Race report and results will be posted shortly after the race has concluded. Professional, high-resolution, full-color images from the race will be available to the media after the race. Contact Trey Garman with photo requests.
Direct media inquiries and request for information to:
Trey Garman, Vice President
trey [at] xterraplanet.com | 808-216-8606 (cell)
TEAM Unlimited – 720 Iwilei Road, Suite 290, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
XTERRA KAPALUA TRAIL RUNS
Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10km – Hula Grill XTERRA 5km – Leilani’s 3.3km – Kimo’s Keiki K
DATE: Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 9am 3.3K – 9:10am 5K – 9:30am 10K – Keiki K – 11am
WHERE: Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui
DISTANCE: 3.3/5/10km and Keiki K (10 and under)
The off-road adventurous spirit of XTERRA reaches out to the community with XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs as well as Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki K (free for kids eight and under).
Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K, Hula Grill XTERRA 5K and Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K races are open to one-and-all (the 3.3km is open for walkers too!). All competitors will experience the famed XTERRA World Championship run course. Kids 8-12 are free in Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K (sorry no t-shirt for children). Parents must register their children for any of the races. Paul Mitchell stylists will be there cutting hair in exchange for a donation to the Challenged Athlete Foundation.
KEIKI K: Free fun run for kids 10 and under. Distances are age appropriate 6-10 year olds run about 1/2km with 5 and under 100 yards. Parents must register their children. All participants get awards and post-race refreshments. Sorry, no t-shirts for children.
ONSITE REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICKUP – New registration and packet pickup will be at the XTERRA Athlete Village at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua.