OGDEN, UTAH – The XTERRA Pan American / USA Championship off-road triathlon and endurance sports festival return to Utah September 6-8 with events in downtown Ogden and Snowbasin Resort. The prestigious triathlon is the culmination of a series of races spanning South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S.
The grueling event begins with a one-mile swim in Pineview Reservoir (4,900-feet elevation), follows with an 18-mile mountain bike leg that climbs more than 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak (7,300-feet elevation), and culminates with a 7-mile trail run featuring another 600-feet of climbing on trails around Snowbasin Resort in the Wasatch Range.
Elites compete for $80,000 in prize money, and cameramen position themselves around the course to capture all the action for a special XTERRA Adventures television show that exposes the beauty of northern Utah to the masses.
"XTERRA is a terrific international sports event that highlights Utah’s beauty by showcasing one of the state’s world class sports venues," said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. "Snowbasin was a key venue during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and is the perfect backdrop for an event of this magnitude."
In addition to Saturday’s race, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon on Sunday, Sept. 8, features scenic views, technical trails, and big climbs all its own. The half-marathon, plus the 5K and 10K trail runs, are open to everyone, and it’s important to note that you don’t have to be fast to join in the fun. For some, it’s just about finishing and that’s okay as XTERRA is all about perpetuating the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle.
"We love bringing the XTERRA Tribe together in Utah, the energy level is just incredible," said Janet Clark, president of XTERRA. "Ogden and Snowbasin are simply the best – between the facilities, great restaurants and atmosphere along Historic 25th Street in Ogden, and the unbelievably supportive community – we can’t ask for a better venue."
Find a complete schedule of events and registration links at xterrautah.com.
About Utah Sports Commission
The Utah Sports Commission, a not-for-profit 501c6 business league and Utah Sports Commission Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com
XTERRA® is a global lifestyle brand and off-road triathlon race series. What started in 1996 as the world’s first off-road triathlon in Maui, Hawaii, is now an endurance sports lifestyle with a racing presence in over 30 countries worldwide and expanding. XTERRA® cultivates a passionate and dedicated community, celebrated by intrepid triathletes, trail runners and outdoor adventurists around the globe.