2013 XTERRA USA Championships Sept 21st

Endurance athletes from around the world will emerge as winners thanks to the XTERRA USA Championship weekend at Snowbasin Resort this September.

The XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon is set for Saturday, September 21, with the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship to follow on Sunday, September 22.

 

Both events will take place at the picturesque Snowbasin Resort – a world-class ski resort that hosted the downhill and super G races for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and more than 1,500 athletes from across the country and around the world will participate. Professional champions will be crowned, and amateur age-group athletes ranging from 10 to 80 will earn XTERRA National Champion status.

 

“Nationals” is the culmination of all 150+ XTERRA U.S. off-road triathlon and trail running events held in 2013 and both events will be filmed for nationally syndicated TV programs exposing the beauty of Utah to millions.

“We are thrilled to have the XTERRA USA Championship and the Trail Run Championships back in Utah, and feel these two events are a great fit for Utah,” said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.  “These events showcase the state’s natural beauty and world-class venues and provide significant economic impact and image building to Utah.”

 

Snowbasin Resort is located just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City and boasts an incredible collection of trails, which are nothing short of spectacular in late September as the fall colors start bursting in an array of red, pink, orange, and yellow.

 

“September is always a special time of year for us at Snowbasin as we look forward to welcoming an ever-growing international field of participants for a couple of great races that truly showcase the beauty of the resort and our mountain trails,” said Steve Andrus, Snowbasin Resorts sport event operations director.

 

Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell played a significant role in bringing the XTERRA USA Championship weekend to Utah. He is a past XTERRA competitor, and served as race director for the first XTERRA race in Ogden back in 2004.

In 2009, Odgen and Snowbasin were named hosts for XTERRA’s America Tour triathlon finale – the XTERRA USA Championship – and by 2011 the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship was added, creating the current weekend of events.

 

The Get Out and Live (GOAL) organization also plays a significant role in the weekend, providing hundreds of volunteers to assist during the events.

 

“XTERRA is a unique event for our community that has grown and progressed over the past eight years into a world-class event,” Caldwell said. “It is a huge part of our community’s DNA.  These athletes and race organizers have become part of our family providing an opportunity for us to form lasting friendships with people from all over the world. Not only do I enjoy the homecoming feel the event brings, it also has great economic impact for Ogden. Our hotels sell out and our restaurants fill up. XTERRA is proof that what GOAL is doing, works. I love XTERRA. It is the perfect fit for Ogden, and I look forward to this weekend every year knowing this year will be the best yet.”

 

The home-state Utah people are also invited to participate in the prestigious events, as there are open divisions for amateurs in both the triathlon and trail run.

In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Simultaneously, Ogden hosts its 12th annual Harvest Moon Festival with more than 25 family-friendly activities, including live music, kid’s activities, and downtown criterium races.

 

“We love bringing our entire XTERRA Tribe together in Utah; the energy level is off the charts,” said Janet Clark, president of XTERRA. “Ogden and Snowbasin are proven winners – between the facilities at Snowbasin, the great restaurants and atmosphere along Historic 25th Street in Ogden, the Harvest Moon Festival, and the unbelievably supportive community – we couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”

 

For more information and links to registration and live event coverage please visit www.xterrautah.com or call toll-free at 877-XTERRA-1.

2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship Sept 22nd


XTERRA Trail Running National Championship Xduro
The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship will return to the beautiful Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, in 2013. This year’s event is scheduled for September 22, and it will once again attract some of the best trail runners from across the country.

The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals was staged at Snowbasin Resort for the first time in 2011, and it received rave reviews from the runners. Max King of Bend, Oregon, won his fifth consecutive XTERRA Trail Run National title in 2012, and said of the course at Snowbasin Resort: “I love my hometown of Bend, but this was, I gotta say, a great course. It was a lot more climbing than we get in Bend, so this was tough.”

Runners of all ages and skill levels can participate in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, as there is no qualifying process. Last year, close to 500 trail runners from 30 different states gathered at Snowbasin Resort for the event.

There will be three different courses to accommodate the various levels of runners. A 21-kilometer half-marathon course will serve as the national championship course, but there will also be a 10K and a 5K.

Every age-group winner from the 21K course will be awarded a free entry to race at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii.

The top five overall males and top five overall females from the 21K course will also receive prize money. Medals and other prizes will also be awarded to the top age-group runners from all three courses.

The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals will be held one day after the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon to create the ultimate XTERRA racing weekend. The two events will bring more than 1,000 of the nation’s very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to Northern Utah to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.

Registration is now open. For questions or more information, call 877-XTERRA-1.

Note: You must be present to receive your awards at the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals. Awards will not be mailed after the event. Also, as a course rule for safety purposes, headphones are not allowed to be worn by runners.

COURSE MAP

XTERRA Trail Run National Championship Course Map

Ragnar Trail Relays Aug 16th – 17th

Snowbasin Resort is proud to host the first annual Ragnar Trail Relays on August 16th & 17th.  In this race you will be able to experience all that Snowbasin has to offer with rolling meadows, scenic canyons, and abundant wildlife. Whether you’re admiring the views of Pineview Reservoir , climbing the peaks above Earl’s Lodge or passing through the wildflowers in the sweeping meadow of Porcupine loop, each trail will give you a new and unique perspective of the Wasatch Mountains.

In between runs you will experience Ragnar Village at its finest, complete with a central fire, s’mores, live music, and dining at Earl’s Lodge. Join us for this unforgettable adventure in the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains.

For more information about the Ragnar Trail Relays click “HERE