In Hawaii, our kupuna – our elders – are highly esteemed.  They are our guides and our mentors.  They are treasured and honored for their wisdom and life experience.

XTERRA is fortunate to have a strong group of kupuna -18 men and women 65 and older that raced in the World Championship in Maui.  XTERRA’s kupuna exemplify our “live more” creedo and inspire us to do more and be more.

Between them they hold numerous national championship and world championship titles. All of these athletes deserve our support and applause – however, one of them is deserving of a little extra attention.

Just a year ago at the XTERRA World Championship, our 2013 XTERRA Warrior Award Winner had a bad mountain bike crash on the downhill and crushed his pelvis.  It’s not an easy injury to recover from, not when you’re 30, and definitely not when you’re 75-years-old.

He went from racing on Maui to a medevac flight to Oahu where he spent weeks prone in a hospital bed.   He graduated to a wheelchair and then to a walker –  and was walking unassisted by the end of February 2013.  It wasn’t overnight, it wasn’t easy, but he did it.