All 140 XTERRA U.S. tri and trail running events culminate at Nationals
HONOLULU, HI – Snowbasin Resort and Ogden, Utah transform into XTERRA Title Town USA September 24-25 as all 140 of XTERRA’s U.S. off-road triathlon and trail running events culminate at Nationals in one magical weekend on the mountain.
The two events will bring more than 1,200 of the nation’s very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.
According to Jeff Robbins, President and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission, “With Snowbasin hosting the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals on the same weekend as the off-road triathlon nationals, it is estimated the combined events will generate approximately $4 million to Utah’s economy and generate media exposure of between $3 million to $4 million. We expect significantly more athletes, family members and others will come to Utah as a result of combining the two events into one action-packed weekend.”
The off-road tri Nationals is Saturday, Sept. 24, along with full and half-distance XTERRA Utah races open to everyone. The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon is Sunday, Sept. 25, accompanied by 5K and 10K trail runs. Both events will be filmed for nationally syndicated TV programs exposing the beauty of Utah to millions.
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 10th annual Harvest Moon Festival with more than 25 family-friendly activities planned for all ages including live music, kid’s activities, and downtown criterium races.
“We are excited to bring our entire XTERRA Tribe together in Utah this September, the energy level is going to be 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.”
While the USA Championship off-road triathlon is an invite only race, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is open to the public, so one and all can challenge the best-of-the-best trail runners and race for a national championship.
Both events finish at Snowbasin Resort – a world-class ski resort that hosted the downhill and super G races for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and most recently served as the final stop of the Winter Dew Tour. Located just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, and just up the road from the adventure capitol of Ogden, Snowbasin is an easy get to and increasingly popular adventure travel destination. It has 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.
For more information and links to registration visit xterrautah.com, or call toll-free to 877-XTERRA-1.
The XTERRA USA Championship weekend is sponsored by the Utah Sports Commission, and Paul Mitchell. Sponsors include GU, Gatorade, Zorrel, Snowbasin Resort, GOAL Foundation, MediaOne of Utah, U.S. Forest Service, KSL TV, and the XTERRA Alliance – Wetsuits, Vitality, Cycling, Fitness, Flex, and Footwear.
XTERRA National Championships of Triathlon and Trail Running Event Schedule Sept 23-25, 2011/Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah
Friday, September 23
Opening Festivities in downtown Ogden @ Ogden’s Amphitheater Park (corner 25th/Grant)
12-6pm Expo and XTERRA Kids Zone Challenge Stations Open
12-6pm Registration and Packet Pick-up (All events – XTERRA Utah/XTERRA USA Championship/XTERRA Trail Run Nationals, 10K and 5K)
12-5pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, benefit for the Challenged Athlete Foundation
3:00pm XTERRA Race Briefing (mandatory for USA Championship triathletes – also available at 6pm)
4pm XTERRA Kids Bike Race (free)
4:30-6pm XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Art of XTERRA
5pm XTERRA Kids Sprint (free)
6:00pm XTERRA Race Briefing (mandatory for USA Championship triathletes, also available at 3pm)
6:30-9pm “Night of Champions” Dinner, Grand Lobby, Union Station – Introduction of XTERRA Regional Champions & Mr/Ms XTERRA 2010. Admission: complimentary for USA Championship competitors, $25 for guests/public. Note that tickets are limited – first come, first served.
Saturday, September 24
XTERRA TRIATHLON at Snowbasin Resort
6:30am Shuttle operating to/from Snowbasin to Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir
6:30am Late packet pickup at Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir (no registration)
6:30am T1 open for set-up at Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir
6:30am T2 open for Set-up at Snowbasin
6:30am Body marking at Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir
8:20am Last shuttle from Snowbasin
9:00am XTERRA USA Championship Start at Port Ramp Marina (1.5k swim, 30k mtb, 10k trail run)
9:20am XTERRA Utah Start – Long Course at Port Ramp Marina (1.5k swim, 30k mtb, 10k trail run)
9:40am XTERRA Utah Start – Sport Course at Port Ramp Marina (750m swim, 16k mtb, 5k trail run)
10am-2pm Expo area open at Snowbasin – exhibits, live music, food service
10am-3pm Registration and packet pickup for XTERRA Trail Runs – Nationals, 10K and 5K
10:30am-2:30pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon – benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation
11am XTERRA Sport winner expected at Snowbasin
11:15/11:45am XTERRA USA Championship Male/Female Winner Expected
12:00pm XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Trail Running
1:50pm XTERRA Cut-off at T2
2pm XTERRA USA Championship/XTERRA Utah Awards Ceremony at Snowbasin
After Party at Harvest Moon Festival in downtown Ogden
12-10:00pm Harvest Moon Festival on 25th Street – kids activities, farmer’s market, food and beverage booths live bands – Headliner “Old Californio”.
8:30pm XTERRA USA Championship highlight video showing and introduction of Champions – Main Stage
Sunday, September 25
XTERRA TRAIL RUNNING at Snowbasin Resort
7:00-8:00am Late Registration
7:00-8:30am Late packet pick up
8:00am XTERRA Expo open
9:00am XTERRA Trail Running National Championship Half Marathon Start
9:05am XTERRA 5km and 10km Trail Run starts
9:00am-2:00pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-Thon, a benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation
9:20am/9:40am 5km/10km winners expected
10:06/10:19am Men’s and Women’s National Championship male/female winners expected
11:00am XTERRA Kids Sprint (free)
11:00am XTERRA 5km and 10km awards ceremony
11:45am XTERRA National Championship race awards ceremony
2:00pm XTERRA Expo closes
After Party in downtown Ogden
6:00pm XTERRA After Party (Location TBA)
7:00pm Video Highlight