Nearly a quarter century ago, on the Hawaiian island of Maui, a group of audacious adventure athletes created the ultimate endurance test. An open-water swim in the rough surf of the Pacific, a mountain bike ride up a steep, winding track and a grueling trail run through the forest and across the sand. With that groundbreaking race, the sport of XTERRA was born. And in the decades since, it has grown in prominence and reach, expanding to five continents and drawing the highest-caliber off-road triathletes in the world, to remote and rugged courses in some of the planet’s most spectacular locales. And in late October after eight months of races which showcased unprecedented talent and depth in the elite ranks the 2019 season finished with the 24th XTERRA World Championship held back at the birthplace of the sport, on Maui. At stake in the year’s final XTERRA race $100,000 in prize money and the glory that goes with the title world champion.