Oct 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM
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Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%
First Year of the Event: 1997
Utah’s Emma Garrard and France’s Vincent Le Corre captured the Duke’s XTERRA Kapalua 10K titles on a cool, humid morning at The Ritz-Carlton Resort, Kapalua, Maui on Saturday, October 27th.
The event was held a day before the 23rd XTERRA World Championship and utilized the same course on which the top off-road athletes in the world will be competing on October 28th. The XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs included the Duke’s XTERRA Kapalua 10K, the Hula Grill XTERRA Kapalua 5K, and the Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K.
The morning began sunny and warm before a gentle Maui rain blew through. The rain was refreshing to many athletes but only added to the muddy condition of the course. All runners who came through the finish line were marked with mud as well as huge smiles.
Garrard finished the difficult 10K course in 54:48. Last year’s Duke’s XTERRA Kapalua 10K Champ, Malia Crouse, from Kahului, Maui, was second in 57:01 and Jennifer Smith of Gunnison, Colorado was third in 1:00:30.
Garrard was the fastest female American athlete at the XTERRA World Championship from 2012 until 2015. She competed in ten XTERRA World Championships, including twice as an age-grouper, eight times as an elite athlete, and four times as a mom. Garrard was also the XTERRA National Champ in 2015, after eight straight second-place finishes.
“That was fun,” she said after winning the 10K Duke’s XTERRA Kapalua 10K. For the past year after making the transition from XTERRA triathlon to trail running, Garrard has been training for the Boston Marathon. She is also running a trail marathon next weekend. She was greeted at the finish line by her husband and two young sons.
“I’ve been coming to Maui for the XTERRA World Championship for so long that my family didn’t want to give up our October vacation time here,” she said. “So I decided to come along too.”
Jennifer Smith also came to the trail run because of XTERRA. Her husband is elite athlete, Brian Smith.
Vincent Le Corre, from Vertou, France, covered the trail in 45:46. Jacob Fure from Lahaina, Maui was second in 46:23, and Keith Lundquist from New Hampshire was third in 49:24.
Le Corre is an XTERRA athlete who competed in XTERRA France and Belgium this year. He is on Maui to support his girlfriend who will compete in the XTERRA World Championship on Sunday.
Like Garrard, Fure is also training for the Boston Marathon, which he qualified for with a 2:36. He wore racing flats which made running in the mud difficult.
“That was a challenge,” he said. “I was trying to run hard, but I slipped a lot.”
Pablo Ureta, who does “The Double” most years at the XTERRA World Championship made this year a “Triple.” He competed in the 10K and finished fifth. The Double title, which comes with a custom racing jersey, is awarded to the amateur man and woman with the fastest combined 2018 XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time.
Past Event Dates
Held on Oct 27, 2018
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Held on Oct 23, 2016
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Held on Oct 25, 2014
Held on Oct 26, 2013
Held on Oct 27, 2012
Held on Oct 22, 2011
Held on Oct 23, 2010
Held on Oct 24, 2009
Held on Oct 25, 2008
Held on Oct 27, 2007
Held on Oct 28, 2006
Held on Oct 22, 2005
Held on Oct 24, 2004
Held on Oct 26, 2003
Held on Oct 27, 2002
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