XTERRA Oak Mountain & XTERRA Sprint
OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, PELHAM, AL
MAY 21, 2016
The 11th edition of the XTERRA in Shelby County, Alabama will be held May 21 at Oak Mountain State Park.
The race will serve as a qualifier for the 2016 XTERRA World Championship, a gold level XTERRA Pan American Tour stop and a 100-point level XTERRA America Tour championship race.
The event will feature $15,000 USD in prize money for elite athletes, who will compete over a 1.5km swim, 30km mountain bike and 10km trail run. For amateurs, there will be 51 spots into the XTERRA World Championship to be held October 23 in Maui up-for-grabs.
XTERRA will also offer a shorter distance sprint race – 750m for the swim, 15km mountain bike and a 5km trail run – as well as relay team opportunities and 5, 10, and 21-kilometer trail runs.
Paul Mitchell stylists will be on-site giving professional hair cuts in exchange for a $15 (or more) donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. 100% of the proceeds benefit CAF.
The course at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, located in the southernmost part of the Appalachian Chain, is praised by competitors as being one of the most fun, fast, scenic and difficult on the XTERRA schedule.
“This place is amazing, and I know I speak for all of us when I say we love it here. It’s a true XTERRA course with a nice swim in a beautiful lake, a technical, fun mountain bike and a tough run,” said Stoltz, “It’s heaven on earth.”
The largest park in the Yellowhammer State, Oak Mountain has 52 miles of trails spread among 9,900 lushly forested acres and includes rolling hills, stream crossings and the technical, pine-studded ridges of Double Oak Mountain.
The race starts in Double Oak Lake, a long narrow warm water lake. Sprint racers swim a 750-meter loop while championship competitors double that with two 750-meter laps separated by a short beach shuffle in-between.
From there the long, single-loop 20-mile mountain bike course starts at about 500 feet elevation, twists, turns, and rolls through the forest for seven miles then begins a gradual 700-foot climb to the summit at Johnson Mountain – named after former XTERRA competitor and tireless local trail volunteer Bill Johnson.
The descent is a fast, wild ride highlighted by the notorious “blood rock” section – a series of tricky to maneuver, uneven and jagged rocks followed by more fun sections on the west side of the lake filled with rolling rights and lefts. (Sprint race follows an easier 13K route that rolls up the road before dropping down into some gradual downhill singletrack sure to have you smiling).
“I think this is the best race venue ever,” once said XTERRA Pro Jamie Whitmore. “It mixes East Coast mountain biking with tight turns, roots and rocks with a fast descent and rock garden area that’s totally West Coast. It’s just a blast!”
The 10K championship run course (5k for Sprint) goes around Double Oak Lake on hard-packed, tight, and twisty trails with scenic views at every turn and passes through the main arena at the midway point so spectators can follow the action and cheer for their favorites.
Runner’s World Magazine called the trails one of America’s “Crown Jewels – 25 best trails in the nation,” and the International Mountain Bicycling Association granted them the prestigious EPIC Rides Hall of Fame designation – given only to those rare trails “guaranteed to blow your mind.”
Credit belongs to the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) and Shelby County for the continued development of world class trails. BUMP has spent more than 100,000 hours in design and construction of new trails over the past 20 years in conjunction with the efforts of County Manager Alex Dudchock and Oak Mountain Superintendents.
Notes about XTERRA Oak Mountain
– Easy to get to from anywhere. Atlanta, one of the biggest airports on earth is just 2.5 hours away. The Birmingham airport with direct connections is only 30 minutes away.
– Shelby County is home to the venue site, Oak Mountain State Park, the State’s largest park with more than 10,000 acres. There is so much more to see in Shelby County. The County boasts 50 public parks, eight museums, three wineries and 10 golf courses. Learn more at www.discovershelby.com
– There are dozens of good hotels within 15 minutes of the start line.
– There are dozens of restaurants in the area from simple to gourmet. One of the crew favorites is the Margarita Grill on Cahaba Valley Road.
– Birmingham is a historic city with roots back to the US Civil War and was the center of the US civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Museums and historic places abound.
– This area of the United States is known for its Southern Hospitality and friendly people.
– For motor enthusiasts, the Barber Motorsports park and museum is one of the foremost motorcycle and car museums anywhere.
– The weather will be fantastic!! Temps between 80 to 85F.
– Over 40 miles of trails from single track to jeep road, rolling hills, fast descents, technical yet fast.
– Lake temperature normally 75F/24C.
– XTERRA will also host 5K and 10K Fun Runs, and a competitive 20K trail run on Sunday for all to enjoy.
USAT Swimming Conduct
4.1 Permissible Strokes. Swimmers may use any stroke to propel themselves through the water and may tread water or float.
4.2 Bottom Contact and Resting. A participant may stand on the bottom or rest by holding an inanimate object such as a buoy, boat, rope or floating object. Excluding the bottom, a participant shall not use any inanimate object to gain forward progress. A violation of this section shall result in a variable time penalty, unless the Head Referee in his/her sole discretion determines that (i) the violation was substantial and resulted in an unfair time advantage, or (ii) the violation constituted endangerment under Section 3.4(1).
4.3 Emergencies. A swimmer experiencing difficulty and in need of assistance shall raise an arm overhead, and pump it up and down, and call or seek assistance. A swimmer, who has received official assistance, whether voluntary or involuntary, must retire and withdraw from the remainder of the race unless such assistance did not aid the swimmer in making forward progress. No swimmer shall return to the race if the official rendering assistance requests that the participant withdraw from the race or receive medical assistance.
4.4 Wet suits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite athletes at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.
4.5 Notice of Wet Suit Policy. The wet suit policy for any particular race shall be included on all race literature that is intended for distribution to potential participants. The wet suit policy shall conform to Section 4.4, unless a change is granted in compliance with Section 1.4. The wet suit policy on such literature shall include the following information, if applicable; a. Any changes from Section 4.4; b. Any specific restrictions on equipment; c. Any disparity between the wet suit policy for age group athletes and the policy for elite athletes.
4.6 Measuring Water Temperature. It is recommended, but not required that the water temperature for a race be finally determined by a measurement made within 2 hours of the race start. A water temperature measurement should also be taken prior to any pre-race meetings in order to forecast to the athletes as early as possible the likely water temperature on race day and the likelihood of whether wet suits will be allowed on race day.
4.7 Official Equipment. If provided by race management, a swimmer shall wear the proper official swim cap corresponding to his wave. The penalty for an infraction of this rule is a variable time penalty. For safety reasons if no official cap is provided, all swimmers should wear their own brightly colored swim cap.
4.8 Goggles. Swimmers may wear, but shall not be required to wear, swim goggles or face masks.
4.9 Illegal Equipment. Any swimmer wearing any artificial propulsion device, including but not limited to fins, gloves, paddles, or floating devices of any kind shall be disqualified.
Will be posted as soon as it becomes available
PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS
- Pros race for a $15,000 pro purse
- Age groupers battle for 51 slots to the World Championship (see chart below)
- Valuable XTERRA America Tour and XTERRA Pan American Tour points
Top finishers at Oak Mountain Championship race are awarded slots to the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui based on the following age group allocations.
Distance: 750m swim / 15km mountain bike / 4.5km trail run
XTERRA Sprint is a shorter distance race with a 750 meter swim, 15K mountain bike and a 4.5K trail run. Athletes can compete in the XTERRA Sprint race as a team or individual. This race is ideal for newcomers and for people seeking a less-demanding XTERRA experience.
Distance: 200m swim / 10K mountain bike / 2K trail run
New for 2016! XTERRA Xticer races are the perfect introduction to XTERRA.
XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs 5km/10km/20km
Celebrate the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle with XTERRA while enjoying the great nature trails at Oak Mountain State Park. Take a stroll in the XTERRA 5km run/walk or lace ’em up for the 10km or 20km distance trail runs.
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 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 Pelham course. There will be time for Q & A with the pros during each session. All classes will be held at the race compound at Oak Mountain.
Paul Mitchell Cut-A-Thon
Racing makes you feel good – Paul Mitchell makes you look good! Make a donation and get a professional cut on the spot. No appointment necessary, just come on down! Benefits the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, supporting victims of the Alabama Tornados.
2235 Pelham Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124
Call 1-205-982-1999 and ask for the XTERRA rate.
Athlete rate is $65/night plus tax – includes free breakfast.
Rooms available for Friday and Saturday, May 20-21.
Travel by Air
Closest airport is Birmingham (BMH) or fly into Atlanta (ATL) and drive 2 hours to Pelham.
Rental Car Discount for XTERRA Athletes
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Rick Kent and his team of photographers from Enduro Photo are the official athlete photographer of the 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.