XTERRA Championship – Oak Mountain & XTERRA Sprint


MAY 21, 2016

XTERRA Southeast Championship

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 both the 2016 XTERRA World Championship.

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 50 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.



USAT Swimming Conduct 

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.

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Will be posted as soon as 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 Southeast 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: 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.

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.

More information can be found here.

XTERRA University

Paul MitchellGet 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.


Host Hotel

Comfort Suites
2235 Pelham Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124

Call 1-205-982-1999 and ask for the XTERRA rate.

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





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 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.

The Green Takeover

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. Event t-shirts are guaranteed for all athletes registering by April 30. Walk-ups and registrations after May 1 are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

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.

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Housing options can be found at 
Shelby County public lodging facilities

Oak Mountain State Park

Shelby County Reporter

The Shelby County Reporter is the official weekly of the XTERRA Southeast Championship.