The XTERRA Mountain Championship triathlon and accompanying off-road sports festival returns to Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado for the fifth straight year on July 20-21.
June 20, 2013 (Avon, Colorado) – The XTERRA Mountain Championship triathlon and accompanying off-road sports festival returns to Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado for the fifth straight year on July 20-21.
Several hundred competitors from across the country will gather at Beaver Creek to take part in the various races. The main event, an off-road triathlon comprised of a one-mile swim in Nottingham Lake, a 16-mile mountain bike and 6-mile trail, awards $15,000 in prize money and attracts some of the world’s best athletes.
As the last of four regional championships in the nationwide XTERRA America Tour that features 70 races in 38 states, the Mountain Championship on Saturday, July 20 awards 46 qualifying slots into the XTERRA World Championship to the top amateur finishers in each age group.
In addition to the main event a half-distance off-road triathlon dubbed the “XTERRA Sprint race”, and 5km, and 10km trail runs will be offered. The best Paul Mitchell stylists in Colorado will be onsite giving haircuts in exchange for a $15 donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and there are free kids races too.
“Of the plethora of endurance events on this state’s summer sports calendar, perhaps none screams “Colorado” as much as the XTERRA Mountain Championship triathlon,” wrote Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post. “You know, just a quick dip in a mountain lake, a mountain bike ride up a ski hill — with 3,600 feet of climbing — and nearly six miles of running on dirt trails through aspen and pine trees.”
Hometown favorite Josiah Middaugh leads the charge in the men’s pro race, but South Africa’s Dan Hugo is fresh-off a win at the XTERRA East Championship & looking to make it a two-man race for the Pro Series title.
Registration for all events is still available at http://www.xterrabeavercreek.com or toll-free 877-751-8880.
Friday, July 19
2-8pm – Registration and packet pick-up at Beaver Creek Resort
5pm – XTERRA University and Race Briefing, presented by Paul Mitchell
Saturday, July 20
8:15am – XTERRA Sprint Tri (starts at Nottingham Lake)
9:00am – XTERRA Mountain Championship triathlon
11:15am/11:35am – Pro Men and Women winners expected
12:30pm – XTERRA Kids Sprint (free)
Sunday, July 21
9:00am – XTERRA Beaver Creek 5km and 10km Trail Runs start
The 2013 XTERRA Mountain Championship is presented by Paul Mitchell, AVIA, and Beaver Creek Resort. Sponsors include the town of Avon, East-West Resorts, Gatorade, PowerBar, Rudy Project, Utah Sports Commission, Choice Hotels, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Lifeproof, Muscle Milk, FootBalance, and Zorrel.