XTERRA East Championship & Richmond Sprint

JUNE 14, 2015

XTERRA East Championship

The 2015 XTERRA East Championship marks the 17th year XTERRA has been held in the River City.

Richmond is widely regarded as the sport’s finest urban adventure. Events include the XTERRA Richmond 10k trail run, the XTERRA Richmond half-marathon trail run, free kids races, free clinics taught by proathletes, the Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and two off-road triathlons – a half-distance XTERRA Sprint race (perfect for newcomers) and the XTERRA East Championship.




1000m swim / 32k mountain bike / 10k trail run

* The level of the James River will determine the exact length of the swim and run.

XTERRA Richmond Course Map

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Course Pre-Ride
Friday: OPEN
Saturday: After 11AM


500m swim / 12k mountain bike / 6k trail run

*Course routes are subject to change.


The Richmond course is classic, and renowned for having some of the most technical trails in XTERRA despite being in the heart of a big city.

The swim has become a poster child for the XTERRA creed that “Mother Nature is your toughest competitor”. It’s slated to start at the boat ramp at Brown’s Island, where competitors swim across the James River to Belle Isle, get out of the water—shuffle a few hundred feet across Belle—and then swim back. The James isn’t very cooperative, however, so expect the unexpected.

The Sprint race swim will not exit the water at Belle Isle. Sprint swimmers will complete a single loop in the water and return to the boat ramp at Brown’s Island.

Bike Course

The bike will be two laps of 10 miles each.  The biggest changes are rather than crossing the James River on the footbridge under the Lee Highway Bridge and riding around Belle Isle, the bike will now take the south bound on ramp to the top of the Lee Bridge.  “We will have the entire shoulder lane which is wide enough for a few bikes to ride side-by-side, coned off” said Dave Nicholas.  We’ll ride the normal XTERRA course on Buttermilk, Forest Hills across Boulevard Bridge and back on the north trail.  The difference is Sprint will do one lap and go to transition, Championship will have their bike marked and do a second lap.  We expect the finish time will go back over two hours for the winner.  The run remains the same for Championship, but Sprint will now incorporate the legendary “Dry Way” crossing of the James river rather than run back on top of Lee Bridge.

The run starts easy enough, a pleasant jog along the canal, across the river, and on top of the floodwall with a great view of the city. Then athletes turn onto a dirt trail and suddenly an 80-foot vertical climb up railroad ties stares them in the face. They call it the Mayan ruins because it looks just as gnarly as a 2000-year-old temple. After that quad burner, things get easy again for a little while but all kinds of climbs and twists and turns lie ahead. A cool section of forested singletrack meanders through the woods along the river, leading to a water crossing over a small island where athletes encounter rocky terrain and the legendary riverbed crossing “The Dry Way”. From there racers climb up an old iron ladder to Belle Isle, cross over the James on the footbridge, and head back to Brown’s for the finish.

Note: The James River is shallow in spots and has several natural and man made obstacles so keep you eyes peeled. It’s possible that we may alter the swim course as a result of low or high water.

Please Note:

The trails are multi use and are used daily by hikers, walkers and dog walkers.  The trails are in an urban environment that have a diverse set of users with very technical terrain and have plenty of blind spots.  Fast moving bikes can approach unheard/seen and startle a hiker.  Please carry the XTERRA Spirit with you when training and practicing for the XTERRA East Championship and be curtious to others you are sharing these trails with. If you are unsure of what to do in multi-use trail situations please refer to the IMBA Rules of the Trail. Please read, understand and share these rules before you climb into the saddle. We would like to thank Richmond MORE for building and maintaining the trails that are used the XTERRA East Championship.

Spectator Spots

With nearly 1,000 athletes pushing themselves to the very limit of human potential, the emotion and expressions on their faces are incomparable. The entire course is open to the public so there are literally thousands of places to watch from, but here are the best spots:

BROWN’s ISLAND: Site of the start, finish, and transition areas—as well as the XTERRA Expo excitement—Brown’s Island is XTERRA central. Grab some BBQ, have a cool drink, browse through XTERRA village, and listen to the jams and live race reports while waiting for friends and family to cross the finish line.

FOREST HILL PARK: Located off Riverside Drive, between 22nd and 42nd Streets, Forest Hill hosts the tightest, twistiest, and toughest trails of the XTERRA course. The narrow bridge crossings and hairpin turns challenge bikers. Follow your ears to the “cheers” where fans camp to see how riders handle the steep downhill sections.

Wetsuit Policy

XTERRA follows the Swimming Conduct rules for Wetsuit Use established by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) at all Championship Races (Vegas, Pelham, Richmond, Beaver Creek), the XTERRA USA Championship (Utah), all XTERRA World Tour events, and the XTERRA World Championship. Here are the specifics of the ITU Wetsuit Use Rules:

  • Wetsuits are mandatory for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is BELOW 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C)
  • Wetsuits are permitted for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)
  • Wetsuits are forbidden for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is ABOVE 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)
  • Wetsuits are mandatory for Professional athletes if the water temperature is BELOW 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C)
  • Wetsuits are permitted for Professional athletes if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees C).
  • Wetsuits are forbidden for Professional athletes if the water temperature is ABOVE 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees C)


Coqui CycleryCoqui Cyclery is the official bike shop for the XTERRA East Championship and XTERRA Richmond Sprint events. They’ve got you covered for all your bike tech needs.

3416 Semmes Ave
Richmond Va. 23225

Mon – Fri: 10AM -PM
Sat: 10AM – 5PM
Sun: Closed

Phone: (804)231-FROG (3764)



XTERRA WetsuitsYou can rent the fastest and most flexible triathlon wetsuit on the market. XTERRA Wetsuits is offering full or sleeveless wetsuit rentals. Extended rental periods are available.

Check them out at http://www.xterrawetsuits.com/store/index.php/products/wetsuit-rentals.



Schedule will be posted when it becomes available.



  • Pros race for a $15,000 pro purse
  • Age groupers battle for 50 slots to the World Championship (see chart below)
  • Top amateur finishers earn points toward their standings in the XTERRA America Tour

Top finishers at East Championship race are awarded slots to the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui based on the following age group allocations.

Division Male Female
15-19 1 1
20-24 2 2
25-29 2 2
30-34 3 2
35-39 3 2
40-44 3 2
45-49 3 2
50-54 3 2
55-59 2 2
60-64 2 2
65-69 2 2
70-74 1 1
75+ 1 -


Distance: 500 meter swim / 12k mountain bike / 6k trail run

The XTERRA Sprint race is a half-distance race run on the same course and day as the championship race. The race is a great opportunity for new competitors, or for those who want a less-demanding XTERRA experience.

XTERRA Richmond 10/21km Trail Runs

The XTERRA Trail Runs in Richmond are adventurous and fun. From a crazy 10km to a grueling 21km – XTERRA has a challenge just for you.

The 10K is identical to the run course Sunday’s XTERRA racers will tackle on their way to the finish line. It’s definitely not your ordinary 10K! The 10K brings together some of Richmond’s greatest riverfront attributes including Brown’s Island, the Canal Walk, James River Park, Belle Isle, and the Floodwall. With features like the “Mayan Ruins” climb and rock hopping across the riverbed known as the “dry way”, runners are immersed in a truly unique XTERRA experience.

The 21K off-road half-marathon is for those with a little bit more endurance, as it dishes out a physical challenge more parallel to that of a road marathon, but with Mother Nature along for the ride. The top three competitors in each age group win awards.

Learn more about our XTERRA Richmond Trail Runs

XTERRA University

Paul Mitchell

Get ready to XTERRA with the sport’s best. XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell, offers competitors a chance to take in last-minute advice and pointers from some of the best off-road multisport athletes in the sport.

The FREE sessions target improved swimming, biking and trail running techniques plus dealing with the specifics of the Richmond course. There will be time for Q&A with the pros during each session. All classes will be held at the race compound at Brown’s Island.

Paul Mitchell Cut-a-Thon

Racing makes you feel good – Paul Mitchell makes you look good! Make a donation to charity and get a professional cut on the spot. No appointment necessary, just come on down.


Host Hotel

Crown Plaza RichmondCrowne Plaza Richmond Downtown | 555 E. Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Book your room online or by calling their toll free reservations line at 855-472-7802 and ask for the XTERRA rate of $139/night plus tax and $10 discounted self-parking per day.


Rental Car Discount for XTERRA Athletes

We’ve partnered with the following rental car companies to offer special rates to XTERRA athletes nation-wide of up to 20% off your car rental. Click on the company logo to book your rental car today.

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Join us for an exciting morning of XTERRA racing at the XTERRA

Please email or call the XTERRA Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@xterraplanet.com.  



Rick Kent and his team of photographers from Enduro Photo are the official athlete photographer of the 2015 XTERRA America Tour. Athlete photos will be available shortly after the race.

You can request to be notified when your photos will be ready at www.myxterraphotos.com.

For questions or more information, call toll-free 1-877-751-8880 or email info@xterraplanet.com


Registration fee includes an event T-shirt and post-race refreshments.

A USA Triathlon license is required. Single-day licenses are available for $12 through XTERRA registration.

Note: You must be present to receive your award. Awards will not be mailed after the event. Headphones are not permitted.