AGE DIVISION WORLD CHAMPIONS
The 2015 class of XTERRA Trail Run World Champions features 28 men and women from six different countries and 10 U.S. states.
Standing out among them was Hawaii’s own Ed Bugarin, who won his fourth XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. Bugarin won his first world title in the 55-59 division in 2009, he won two in the 60-64 division, and now he’s got his first in the 65-69 age category.
Wilhelm Northrop picked up his third title in the 45-49 division, and Nancy Andrade (Kapaa), Ellis Andrews (Penticton, Canada), Dan Walker (Haleiwa, HI) Kasuga Watabe (Kanagawa, Japan), and Christian Friis (Malmo, Denmark) all collected their second world championship crowns.
One of the more remarkable performances came from the 12-year-old Watabe, who not only won the 10-14 division in 1:3:16, she also finished seventh overall among all women.
Also of note, Hawaii Sport Magazine founder/editor Christian Friis is back in Hawaii and ran XTERRA Trail Run Worlds for the eight straight time.
Above all, Kualoa Ranch was once again the star of the show, providing trails and views that are one-of-a-kind.