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The XTERRA Trail Running World Championships take place in Hawaii — need we say more? Photo: Competitor.com

XTERRA Trail Running World Championships

Nov. 23; Oahu, Hawaii
xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html

Traveling to Hawaii probably doesn’t take much convincing, but adding the opportunity to run on private trails at Kualoa Ranch makes the trip a must for cold-weather averse dirt lovers. Runners from beginner to elite (the world championships are open to all levels) experience the best of the island with slippery, narrow singletrack through tropical rain forests, ridgeline trails framed in Pacific views, fast doubletrack, dirt roads and grassy meadow crossings. Even though trails are open only on race day, don’t be surprised if the lush setting looks familiar — Kualoa Ranch has appeared in many movies, including “Jurassic Park,” “Battleship” and “Pearl Harbor,” as well as many scenes from the TV show “Lost.”

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