BY KATHY HANSBERRY — The XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 marked the opening of the 21st XTERRA World Championship in West Maui. The trail run attracted hundreds of runners and walkers to participate in various courses ranging from 2.5K, 5K and 10K races. A free Keiki Race for children 12 and under also offered which made this a fun event for the entire family. Maui-based Outrigger hosts and their families were amongst the participants in the crowd.
The following day, more than 800 elite athletes from 46 countries, ages 14 through 79, gathered at D.T. Fleming Beach to vie for the coveted XTERRA World Championship Title and for a chance to win the cash prize totaling $100,000.
The heavy showers days before the race made for a muddy and challenging course for the world’s premier off-road triathlon combining a 1-mile swim, 20-mile mountain bike ride that climbs 3,500 feet up and then down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains and a 6.5-mile trail run that traverses forest trails and beach sand. XTERRA World Championship is filmed for national, international and Amazon television distribution for the more than 50,000 competitors from all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide.
Congratulations to this year’s winners: Mauricio Mendez from Mexico City, Mexico, who became the youngest winner (21) in XTERRA World history beating three-time champion Ruben Ruzafa from Spain who came in a close second overall. For the women pro athlete division, Flora Duffy from Devonshire, Bermuda, defended her title with a finishing time of 3:14:59. Each athlete collected a $20,000 cash prize.
As the official hospitality partner and co-host of the XTERRA World Championship, Outrigger hosted the Outrigger Hospitality Pavilion at the finish where #teamOutrigger hosts greeted athletes and their families with complimentary coffee and water. Also, guests were able to make their own kuku‘i kupe‘e (kukui nut bracelet) to showcase Outrigger’s new brand standard Signature Experience.
Mahalo to our #teamOutrigger hosts, family and friends for volunteering their time: Sheila Gerbig-Hussey, Glenna Graham, Claire Kobayashi, Angie Latu, Joanna Padilla, Marcy Pallett, Bill Rees, Rhonda Ruidas and Bruce Schneider.
A special mahalo to Sheila Gerbig-Hussey, general manager of Royal Kahana by Outrigger®, who represented Outrigger onstage for the “Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Double,” an award given to the pro and amateur male and female athlete with the fastest combined 2016 XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawai‘i Championship time, a feat reserved for the world’s leading endurance athletes. Pro athletes are awarded $2,500, and the top amateur male and female win a 4-night stay at one of our Hawai‘i Vacation Condo properties on Maui.
Highlights for the 2016 XTERRA World Championship can be found at: https://vimeo.com/188627620
Join us for the 2016 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch on O‘ahu’s North shore on Dec. 4, 2016.