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Posted: November 20, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: XTERRA Trail Running World Championship Returns to Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii

Max King to defend world title; $10,000 prize purse for December 6 off-road half-marathon on Oahu

The XTERRA Trail Running World Championship is an off-road, half-marathon distance "Xduro" scheduled for Sunday, December 6, 2009 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The event will also host two shorter distance trail runs, free kids races, an adventure walk for charity, great food and stunning scenery.

At last year's inaugural event, more than 800 runners from 32 states and eight countries participated in the 5K, 10K and 21K events. The main 13.1 mile event will dish out $10,000 in prize money ($2000, $1000, $750, $500, $300, $250 and $200) and will attract big name runners such as defending champion Max King and triathlete Heather Fuhr.

The spectacular Kualoa Ranch, on the northeastern side of Oahu less than an hour from Honolulu, will once again host this ultimate Hawaiian experience for the international field of trail runners.

The 4,000-acre working cattle ranch reaches from the steep mountain cliffs to the sparkling sea and the terrain varies from dense rainforest to broad open valleys and from beautiful white sand beaches to awesome verdant cliff faces. The epic nature of Kualoa Ranch has inspired television shows and Hollywood films such as Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, Tears of the Sun, 50 First Dates and LOST.

The XTERRA Trail Running World Championship is held in conjunction with the 2009 XTERRA Trail Run Series, a collection of adventurous, off-road trail runs of various distances spanning the globe from Malibu to Japan.

While it is NOT necessary to qualify for the 2009 XTERRA Trail Run World event, runners who complete one of the half-marathon distance XTERRA Xduro events throughout the season in less than 3 hours will receive special recognition on race day.

In addition, XTERRA will donate a portion of every paid entry in the 5K, 10K and 21K events to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Hawaii Chapter to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Learn more at or call toll-free to 877-XTERRA-1.

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