The XTERRA Tribe gathers in Maui, T-4 days to Worlds

October 25th, 2017

The XTERRA Tribe gathers in Maui, T-4 days to Worlds

This Sunday some of the fittest off-road athletes in the world will be lining up on D.T. Fleming Beach in Maui for the XTERRA World Championship. They will speak Italian, French, Chinese, German, Arabic, and English. Indeed, the brightly colored crowd gathered here in Kapalua might be the most diverse group of people you have ever seen. They are so different, organizers tattoo them each with a different number to identify them. For the elites, the number will tell you what place they finished in 2016, and for amateurs, their race number will tell you which age group they are in. On Sunday, the athletes will be focused on split times, and the seconds between each other. Yet, the trip to XTERRA Worlds is about much more than just numbers.

October 25, 2017 (Kapalua, Maui) – This Sunday some of the fittest off-road athletes in the world will be lining up on D.T. Fleming Beach in Maui for the XTERRA World Championship. They will speak Italian, French, Chinese, German, Arabic, and English. Indeed, the brightly colored crowd gathered here in Kapalua might be the most diverse group of people you have ever seen.

They are so different, organizers tattoo them each with a different number to identify them. For the elites, the number will tell you what place they finished in 2016, and for amateurs, their race number will tell you which age group they are in.

On Sunday, the athletes will be focused on split times, and the seconds between each other. Yet, the trip to XTERRA Worlds is about much more than just numbers.

For Patrick McDonald, the XTERRA World Championship is about second chances. Seven years ago, while training for this race, Patrick broke his neck in four places.

“I never thought I’d ride again, but this will be my sixth XTERRA World Championship in a row since the accident.”

For April Graham, coming to Maui is a way to reclaim her body, mind, and spirit after four years of medical school and a new baby.

“I am in my final year of juggling school, training, work, and having a toddler,” said April. “I knew that I would need a good XTERRA to bring back some semblance of myself. I want to be my authentic and best self, so I can be fully present with my family and my patients.”

For Louisa and Steve Webber it’s about racing together.

“Since last racing in 2007 with my partner – now husband – we got married, had two children, and I have nursed Steve back from two serious injuries in 2009 and 2014,” said Louisa. “To me, XTERRA is exhilaration. I want to go beyond my limits. I want Steve there with me.”

Despite their differences, the athletes competing at the 22nd XTERRA World Championship have the same goal – to go so far beyond the numbers that they transcend their limits, and arrive at that place where they are all one tribe.

Follow the action online this Sunday at www.xterramaui.com, on twitter @xterraoffroad and live on Facebook.com/xterraplanet starting at 9am Hawaii time (12pm PST, 3pm EST, 4pm in Rio, 9pm in Paris, 3am Monday in Shanghai and 6am Monday in Sydney).

Download the press guide here: http://www.xterraplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2017XTERRAWorldsGuide.pdf

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The XTERRA Tribe gathers in Maui, T-4 days to Worlds

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Trey Garman
8087922603
trey@xterraplanet.com
http://www.xterraplanet.com

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