XTERRA World Championship to be held in Kapalua Sunday
KAPALUA – The Kapalua Resort Association is ready to welcome the organizers, athletes and spectators of the XTERRA World Championship and XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run.
The XTERRA World Championship is the world’s premier off-road triathlon event. The race draws top professional and amateur athletes from around the world to compete against each other and a grueling race course.
Kapalua Resort Association invites the entire Maui community to compete in the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs to be held on Saturday, Oct. 22.
This challenging event will be fun for all and includes 10K and 5K Trail Runs, as well as a 1K keiki run that’s free for kids ten and under.
The runs will benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Maui. Sign up at the XTERRA Village in the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Oct. 19-22 (Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Race day registration is available in the start area from 7 to 8 a.m. for 5K and 10K, and 9 to 11 a.m. for the keiki.
The community is invited to experience the XTERRA World Championship as spectators to a grueling athletic challenge. The World Championship begins at D.T. Fleming Beach at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.
The first place athlete is expected to finish at approximately 11:30 a.m. Event parking will be located at the ball field behind The Preschool at Kapalua.
The spectators’ area will be along Fleming’s Beach and the Transition Area/Finish Line on the pool-side lawn at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
For more information on the event, visit www.xterraplanet.com.
This year, the XTERRA World Championship relocated from South Maui to the green and verdant Kapalua Resort.
The mountain bike and running courses are partially located within the old Village Golf Course (now Village Walking Trails).
To maintain the safety of resort visitors and the athletes racing the course, the Village Walking Trails will be closed to the public from sunset on Friday, Oct. 21, until dawn on Monday, Oct. 24. Only registered athletes and members of the XTERRA Team will be allowed to enter the Village Walking Trails during that time.
The mountain bike course will be open for practice runs for registered athletes only on the following schedule: Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Walkers and hikers on the Village Walking Trails should watch for mountain bikers during the above schedule, as the bike course crosses the walking trails at several locations.
The mountain bike course is wholly on private land, and organizers ask athletes and others to respect the landowner’s wishes not to ride the course outside of scheduled and approved pre-ride opportunities. The course routes through active farms, stables and horse trails. Mountain bikers are considered trespassers by these and other businesses.
The trail run course will be open for practice runs for registered athletes only on the following schedule: Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Oct. 20 and 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The course will be closed on Oct. 23.