WHAT IS XTERRA: The world’s premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) rough water swim, a 30.4-kilometer (18.89-miles) mountain bike and a 9.5-kilometer (5.9 miles) trail run best described as a tropical roller-coaster ride through pineapple fields and forests.
WHO RACES IN MAUI: A capacity field of 800 athletes from 28 countries and 42 U.S. states including professionals and amateurs.
WHEN: The XTERRA World Championship starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014.
WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, USA
WHY: The XTERRA World Championship race is the last in a series of nearly 100 off-road triathlon races held in 16 countries and 30+ U.S. States. The concept is to provide a bona-fide off-road world championship for amateur and pro athletes. For pros there is $105,000 in prize money at stake. Amateurs race for the title of XTERRA World Champion. Also, the fastest male and female age group swim time (from start to timing station between beach exit and T1) receive a XTERRA Vortex Full wetsuit.
ENTRY: At large entry fee is US$500.00. Entry fee for qualified athletes will be US$475.00 (or US$450.00 for Hawaii residents). Entry includes admission to the Night of Champions Dinner and Awards Dinners. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 31, 2014, and are eligible for a partial refund of US$125.00. No refunds will be issued for requests made after August 31, 2014. Transfers or deferrals are NOT permitted.
VOLUNTEERS: 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 the 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!
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is the place to be for both transitions, the finish line, and live race reports. Plus, there’s great food, the Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon, XTERRA Gear shop, Kona Brewing Liquid Aloha Lounge, and a front row seat to one of the greatest spectacles in all of sport – the spontaneous, ecstatic, and sometimes tear-jerking displays of emotion at the finish line.
Swim: The swim starts at D.T. Fleming Beach fronting the Ritz, and there are plenty of great vantage points to watch the mass start from the beach and lawn above. Pros are easy to spot with their identifying swim caps – men in white and women in pink.
T1 and T2: The swim-to-bike and bike-to-run transitions are located just up the beach from the swim start in a big grassy area on the Ritz lawn. The transition area is for competitors only, however, spectators may view the change-over from any position around the boundary.
Bike: Unfortunately, there’s really no place to watch the bike race (aside from the first mile out and back) as the course is on private land and not open to the public.
Run: Most of the run course is also on private land with the exception of the leg-burning section of sand just before the finish on Fleming Beach.
About the Course
For the third straight year the XTERRA Worlds course will traverse Maui Land & Pineapple Company’s 22,000-acre Kapalua oasis. There are changes from last year to the bike course.
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 Kilometers (6.1 miles)
AID STATIONS: Bike bottles will be available on course – option of water or Gatorade – at two exchange locations at roughly mile 8 and mile 15. PowerBar gels will be available as well. There will be five aid stations on the run, each roughly a mile apart, serving water, Gatorade and PowerBar gels.
FINISH: There’s food booths, the Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon, XTERRA Shop tent, the Kona Brewing Liquid Aloha Lounge, and a front row seat to one of the greatest spectacles in all of sport – the spontaneous, ecstatic, and sometimes tear-jerking displays of emotion at the finish line.