Braden Currie

Currie, Duffy win XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship

April 18, 2015 (Callala Beach, NSW) – Braden Currie and Flora Duffy won the men’s and women’s elite titles at the 2nd annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia this afternoon.

After a wet Friday that soaked pre-riders and runners, the clouds and rain gave way to bright sunshine Saturday morning and near-perfect racing conditions, except of course, for the slick roots and muddy trails that the rain left behind. It turned intermediate routes into technical tracts and clean racing kits into mud-splattered ensembles.

In the men’s race the adverse conditions played right into the strengths of Braden Currie, one of the best adventure racers in the world.

“It was awesome, it was wet, it was muddy, it was actually quite technical because it was so loose but it’s stuff that you don’t get hurt on so you can hit it as hard as you can and if you crash you jump back up and go again,” said Currie.

The 28-year-old from Wanaka came out of the swim about the same time as Conrad Stoltz in 18:06, and trailed Courtney Atkinson and Ben Allen by about one-minute. Atkinson and Allen were up front on the bike early until the course got into some of the twisting tree lines.

“I knew it was going to be some pretty hard racing,” said Currie. “I caught Courtney on some of that single track and Ben sort of got stuck behind him and I made myself a bit of a gap and just extended that lead thru the end of the bike. I knew me and Courtney would have a pretty hard run battle if we were close, so I tried to put everything I could into that bike.”

The strategy paid off, and he posted the fastest bike split of the day in 1:24:03 (Stoltz was 1:24:23) which was more than six-minutes better than Atkinson. The way the two-time Olympian Atkinson can run, it was a necessary cushion.

“I knew when Braden was the first to catch me I was in trouble,” said Atkinson, who moved up from fifth off the bike to second by the finish by posting the fastest run split of the day (35:30) by two minutes. “Pretty cool to win the XTERRA Australian title for the third year in a row and ya know Braden, he’s not the world’s best adventurer for no reason. I came down twice on the bike today on some slippery stuff. It’s a challenge for me. There were times on the bike when I was thinking that I could get off and run faster than this, and much less dangerously. I know overseas they have sloppy, jungle XTERRA’s but this is probably the first time I’ve experienced this level of mud. I ran as quick as I could but the thing with XTERRA is the bike kills your legs. It was a tough day at the muddy office.”

For Stoltz, who was still pretty sick leading into race day, just being able to compete was a win.

“I wouldn’t have imagined a podium today,” said Stoltz, the four-time XTERRA World Champ who had to miss out on XTERRA South Africa in February and last weekend at XTERRA New Zealand due to illness. “Yesterday I didn’t think I was going to race but I woke up this morning feeling much, much better. I was just happy to be out there. Swimming felt alright but when I got out on the bike I felt pretty bad the first half. Every time I tried to push I just felt like there were insects crawling around on my head, it didn’t feel good at all, so I was losing time on Braden and the guys but I said to myself at least I’m participating which is better than watching. From there I just tried to stay steady so I could finish in the prize money but then all of a sudden in the last third of the ride I could see Ben and Courtney, and couldn’t figure out why I was making time on them. I was surprised to get off the bike in second, and on the run I knew I couldn’t push. The moment I started pushing I felt really bad so I tried to keep it steady and was second until just about 2k from the end when Courtney got by.”

“The Caveman” ultimately finished third, just ahead of Olly Shaw and Ben Allen, and had high praise for the guys in front of him.

“Two very honorable athletes in front of me, so no worries losing to those guys,” said Stoltz, who has 51 career titles of his own. “They are both real gentlemen and great athletes. Braden is very, very talented and I would say his biggest asset is his head. He’s very driven and his head is very strong. Plus, he’s a nice guy and down to earth. He’s the real deal.”

Shaw, the 23-year-old from Rotorua who was third last weekend at his hometown race, was thrilled to be in the mix and living the XTERRA lifestyle.

“Pretty happy, it’s an amazing field here. The highlight was catching Courtney on the bike. It’s my first season I’ve been up there and able to compete with these guys, and it’s just awesome,” said Shaw, who was third in New Zealand last weekend and will go on to race at XTERRA Tahiti next weekend. “Living a pretty good life, eh. I love training for it and really lucky to have these great events around the world to race at. The atmosphere is so awesome.”

Ben Allen, fresh off wins at XTERRA Saipan and XTERRA Guam, finished in fifth, with Josh Kenyon in sixth, Brodie Gardner seventh, Jarad Kohler, Kieran McPherson, and Mitchell Ginsberg rounding out the top 10.

TOP 10 MEN

Pos Name, Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Braden Currie, NZL 2:23:37 0:18:06 1:24:03 0:37:32
2 Courtney Aktinson, AUS 2:26:23 0:17:00 1:30:26 0:35:30
3 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 2:27:12 0:18:06 1:24:23 0:40:31
4 Olly Shaw, NZL 2:27:50 0:19:48 1:25:25 0:38:35
5 Ben Allen, AUS 2:30:54 0:17:19 1:26:51 0:42:22
6 Josh Kenyon, NZL 2:34:08 0:20:31 1:28:47 0:40:43
7 Brodie Gardner, AUS 2:39:25 0:19:45 1:31:54 0:43:09
8 Jarad Kohlar, AUS 2:40:03 0:21:05 1:31:22 0:43:44
9 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:41:45 0:19:23 1:35:53 0:42:05
10 Mitchell Ginsbert, RSA 2:41:53 0:20:12 1:33:04 0:44:05

DUFFY DEFENDS APAC TITLE

Flora Duffy took most of the drama right out of the women’s race right from the start with another dominating performance on her way to her 10th XTERRA Championship win in 11 tries since the start of the 2014 season.

The 27-year-old two-time Olympian from Devonshire, Bermuda had the fastest swim (almost two minutes over Barbara Riveros), the quickest bike (more than two minutes over Riveros) and the second-best run split (less than one-minute behind Riveros) to take the tape in 2:36:40, a full three-minutes in front of Riveros.

Of note, Riveros was also the runner-up to Duffy at last year’s XTERRA World Championship and the pair are amongst the very best on the highly competitive ITU World Triathlon Series.

“It was a tough day out there,” said Duffy.  “I really wanted to defend this title, and it’s a lot harder defending.  I seem to be the favorite no matter what.  I wanted to attack the swim and nail the bike, ride the technical bits as best I could.   I had a few issues out there, though, with a couple mechanicals and a little crash.  It was super muddy.  Then I just tried to run steady, and not push too hard. I’m really happy with how it went.”

Duffy, who was fifth at the ITU WTS race on the Gold Coast here in Australia last week, now heads back to her home-away-from-home in South Africa for next weekend’s ITU race.

“Flora is on fire, she’s very strong.  I knew it.  She’s racing good in ITU as well and I’m super happy for her,” said Riveros, who was in second the whole way but still had her share of misfortune.  “I fell in the mud puddles, didn’t realize it was so deep, and I couldn’t get out of there.  The guy behind was asking if I needed help getting out of there.  But it was great, a beautiful course, and I’m happy to have raced here and qualify for XTERRA Worlds.”

Behind Riveros Jacqui Slack was in third and in control, Suzie Snyder was fourth, and Lizzie Orchard ran her way into fifth.

“Mud!” said Jacqui Slack, as if the one word could describe the whole day.  “Wow, that’s a really tough course.  It’s awesome but you have to keep pedaling all the time, a real power course.  There’s no let up, you can’t rest and in the muddy sections you have to keep pushing all the time.  The competition was amazing here, and it was really close at the end for the third through fifth positions.”

Indeed it was, with just one-minute separating Slack, Snyder, and Orchard.  Carina Wasle finished sixth and covered in mud, Caroline Steffen was seventh in her XTERRA debut, Jessica Simpson placed eight and won the XTERRA Australia title for being the top Aussie, and Renata Bucher and Belinda Hadden rounded out the top 10.

Steffen, of Ironman fame, had a big smile and lots of stories to tell at the finish line.

“It’s awesome.  Lot of fun.  Bit muddy and dirty, but I really enjoyed it,” said Steffen.  “And, I’m happy to be at the finish line in one piece, my coach was so worried.   This is an awesome place, a great event with great organization.   I’ve never run on the beach before.   In Ironman we’re on the road three times longer, and we try to keep a steady heart rate, fast but steady.  Here it’s red-lining the whole time.  My body was screaming, like what are you doing to me.   That was quite painful.  Actually very proud of my performance.  I went off a few times but apparently that’s normal.  And in the forest it’s so green, I actually thought I was in the movie Lord of the Rings and was a bit scared being out there all alone.  There were puddles and mud everywhere, and the sun was coming in through the trees.  To be able to run through the forests was good fun, we don’t get that on the road.  It’s so different.  Swim, bike, and run but just so, so different.  I really enjoyed it.”

Steffen hinted at a possible run for the “Outrigger Double” – an award given to the top amateur and professional athletes with the best combined times at Ironman and XTERRA Worlds.

“Maybe after Kona I’ll go to Maui, why not!” exclaimed Steffen.  “It looks beautiful, and if my performance today was good enough I wouldn’t turn it down.”

TOP 10 WOMEN

Pos Name, Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Flora Duffy, BER 2:36:40 0:17:24 1:34:27 0:40:26
2 Barbara Riveros, CHI 2:39:47 0:19:15 1:36:41 0:39:31
3 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:47:06 0:20:19 1:37:37 0:44:46
4 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:47:53 0:20:29 1:39:11 0:43:34
5 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:48:08 0:21:25 1:41:13 0:41:07
6 Carina Wasle, AUT 2:52:36 0:22:01 1:40:15 0:45:18
7 Caroline Steffen, SUI 2:56:52 0:19:38 1:48:51 0:43:20
8 Jessica Simpson, AUS 2:57:17 0:21:49 1:44:29 0:46:13
9 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:08:40 0:22:18 1:47:00 0:53:51
10 Belinda Hadden, AUS 3:12:34 22:24 1:55:05 49:15:00

LANG, DAVIS WIN XTERRA ASIA-PACIFIC AMATEUR TITLES

Tim Lang and Jennifer Davis were the top amateurs on the day.  Lang finished 7th overall, ahead of several pros and almost three minutes ahead of last weekend overall amateur champion at XTERRA New Zealand Matt Backler.  Davis was the ninth overall female and almost four minutes ahead of amateur runner-up Sophie Bos-Stapley.   All of the age group champions and dozens more of the top performers earned a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship on November 1, 2015 in Kapalua, Maui, and the top Aussies in each division were crowned National Champs.

AGE GROUP CHAMPION MEN

Category First name Last name Finish time
Male 15-19 Tom MONTGOMERY 3:24:53
Male 20-24 Chris MUTTON 3:21:44
Male 25-29 Alex ROBERTS 2:50:51
Male 30-34 Nathan JONES 2:41:11
Male 35-39 Matt BACKLER 2:40:58
Male 40-44 Russell KENNEDY 2:46:34
Male 45-49 Tim LANG 2:37:50
Male 50-54 Chris DIMOS 2:57:11
Male 55-59 John HILL 3:08:17
Male 60-64 Richard JEFFREY 3:09:28
Male 70-74 Ray LICHTWARK 3:30:22

 

AGE GROUP CHAMPION WOMEN

Category First name Last name Finish time
Female 15-19 Matilda TERRY 3:27:07
Female 20-24 Tilly HORMAN 3:54:45
Female 25-29 Jessica EGAN 3:33:16
Female 30-34 Jennifer DAVIS 3:05:58
Female 35-39 Michelle MORRIS 3:28:13
Female 40-44 Katrina SKELLERN 3:20:32
Female 45-49 Sophie BOS-STAPLEY 3:09:35
Female 50-54 Lindy KRONEN 3:32:35
Female 55-59 Jennifer STRACK 3:31:48

 

Results

 

Photo Gallery

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.  Presenting sponsors include John Paul Mitchell Systems, the world’s largest privately owned professional salon hair care company, Outrigger Resorts – one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality companies in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions, 220 Triathlon Australia/NZ, and XTERRA Wetsuits & Boards Australia – the official swim sponsor.

 

CURRIE, SNYDER, XTERRA ANZ DOUBLE WIN

Braden Currie and Suzie Snyder won the elite XTERRA ANZ Double titles and Matt Backler and Michelle Morwood won the amateur ANZ titles for posting the fastest combined times at XTERRA New Zealand and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship.
NEILSON, DUFFY WIN XTERRA WETSUITS SWIM PRIME

Daniel Neilson and Flora Duffy each took home $300 cash from XTERRA Wetsuits Australia for posting the fastest swim splits of the day, 16:58 and 17:24, respectively.

UPDATED XTERRA ASIAN TOUR STANDINGS

Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack remain atop the XTERRA Asian Tour standings with just the finale at XTERRA Malaysia in Langkawi on May 2 remaining.  Allen is counting two wins and a third, while Weiss is counting one win and two seconds so just two points separate the two.  With Malaysia counting double points, it’ll all come down to that one.  The women’s series chase is up for grabs, although Slack has the best odds at this point with a 27-point lead over Carina Wasle.

 

2015 XTERRA Asian Tour Standings (After 4)
Pros count their best three races, Malaysia counts double points
PRO MEN  
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Ben Allen, AUS 82 100 100 x69 282
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 100 90 90 x 280
3 Joe Miller, PHI 63 63 63 x 189
4 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN x 82 82 x 164
5 Markus Benesch, AUT x 75 75 x 150
6 Charlie Epperson, USA 69 x 69 x 138
7 Brodie Gardner, AUS 75 x x 58 133
8 Kaon Cho, KOR x 53 58 x 111
9 Braden Currie, NZL x x x 100 100
10 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 x x x 90
11 Courtney Atkinson, AUS x x x 90 90
12 Conrad Stoltz, RSA x x x 82 82
13 Olly Shaw, NZL x x x 75 75
14 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS x 69 x x 69
15 Joshua Kenyon, NZL x x x 63 63
16 Michal Bucek, SVK 58 x x x 58
17 David Esposito, FRA x 58 x x 58
18 Jarad Kohler, AUS x x x 53 53
19 Kieran McPherson, NZL x x x 49 49
20 Mitchell Ginsberg, RSA x x x 45 45
PRO WOMEN
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90 100 90 x82 280
2 Carina Wasle, AUT x 90 100 63 253
3 Mieko Carey, JPN 75 82 82 x 239
4 Renata Bucher, SUI 69 75 69 x49 213
5 Daz Parker, GBR 63 69 75 x 207
6 Flora Duffy, BER 100 x x 100 200
7 Belinda Hadden, AUS x 63 63 45 171
8 Barbara Riveros, CHI x x x 90 90
9 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 82 x x x 82
10 Suzie Snyder, USA x x x 75 75
11 Lizzie Orchard, NZL x x x 69 69
12 Aya Stevens, SVK 58 x x x 58
13 Caroline Steffen, SUI x x x 58 58
14 Jessica Simpson, AUS x x x 53 53

 

XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING RACES

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+ (Braden Currie / Flora Duffy)
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

 

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Texas Series Trail Runs

2015 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series Preview

By DJ Quinn

The XTERRA Texas series has been garnering a lot of attention recently and for good reason: the courses are among the most beautiful on the XTERRA circuit, and their sense of community helps to attract new runners. As Kathy, the race director of roughly half the Texas series says, “The Texas series stands out because we have so many types of race courses in Texas. No two are really alike. We have everything from sandy, to rooted, to granite rock slap, to technical rolling ups and downs, and each of the races in the series presents those different challenges. Sometimes, one course contains all of those. We really have so many options.” Joel, the other half of the Dynamic Duo down in Texas (Kathy and Joel each have separate trail racing companies and each of them directs about half the XTERRA Texas series) agrees: “Each race in the Texas XTERRA series offers a different type of trails and terrain, from flat and sandy, to big hills with loose rock and ledges. It is a great slice of the  varied types of terrain that Texas has to offer.”

No race, no matter how scenic, would become as popular as the Texas series without having great runners who are also great people, and the Texas series sure attracts a happy crowd. Kathy comments, “The folks that run our races are very laid back. In fact, I often have bike racers attend our event weekend because we put on adventure races on the same weekend (which includes biking), and they always comment about how nice the trail runners are and how much they seem to enjoy life and just being out for the event. They all enjoy nature and being in the elements, and it makes for a fun group of people to spend our weekend with. And a little rain and mud never hurts a trail runner, because there are no bike parts to clean up ~ only shoes and clothes that can be washed.” Joel agrees wholeheartedly saying, “The participants are my favorite part. I see lots of the same people at every race and the sense of community that is created among the racers is great to be a part of.”

Both directors bring plenty of experience on Texas trails to the table. Joel says,“ I have been racing both road and mountain bikes in Texas since 1992. Over the years I would often volunteer to help set up, tear down, or help out during races. A few years ago I started helping out with the Texas XTERRA races. The guys that I was helping out were looking for someone to carry on with their race responsibilities and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

The growing popularity of the Texas XTERRA series is due in large part to hard work of the race directors and the sense of community they foster. The different and challenging terrain is also a draw. Combine those factors and you have one awesome race series. As Kathy puts it, “My favorite thing about the Texas series is the versatility we have at our various courses. It is never boring for us to mark a course, and I always look forward to seeing the runners faces smiling at the end of their accomplishment.”

If you like scenic and challenging courses, a vibrant running community, and great race directors, join the growing number of people who have discovered the XTERRA Texas series; you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Upcoming 2015 XTERRA Texas Trail Runs

4/25/15 – XTERRA Bluebonnet Trail Run

5/17/15 – XTERRA Rock Dallas Trail Run

6/14/15 – XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run

6/21/15 – XTERRA Gator Bait Trail Run

7/12/15 – XTERRA Magnolia Trail Run

8/16/15 – XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run

Callala Sunrise

XTERRA on Six Continents in 30 Days

If you’re into XTERRA – or want to be – ’tis the season. There are big races happening on every continent except Antarctica this month.

The fun begins Saturday on the beach in New South Wales where two dozen of the world’s best off-roadies have gathered for the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship. The race offers up 50,000 AUD in prize money, the second-largest payout in dirt-themed triathlon trailing only XTERRA Worlds, and is filmed for an internationally distributed TV show.

Next weekend two new world tour stops are unleashed in Tahiti and Reunion Island while the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series gets underway in the desert surrounding Lake Las Vegas.

The XTERRA Asian Tour wraps up in Langkawi, Malaysia on May 2, South America celebrates the XTERRA Brazil Championship in Ilhabela on May 10, and the second of 12 majors on the XTERRA European Tour takes place in the small town of Golega, Portugal on May 16.

All the while the America Tour crosses the nation with races from Los Angeles, California to Barnegat, New Jersey … highlighted by the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship / XTERRA Southeast Championship at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama.

The top amateurs from each of the majors will qualify for the 20th XTERRA World Championship race on November 1, 2015 in Maui, which is sure to be an international gathering of XTERRA stars like no other.

Dave Honey Bee

“Kahuna Dave” The Race Car Driver

The most recognizable man in XTERRA worldwide is without a doubt “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas, the sports original and long-time race director.

As the managing director of the XTERRA World Tour, Nicholas travels the world overseeing the biggest races, but did you know he’s also a racer himself.

“While most of our sports activity centers around XTERRA, we all have other passions,” said Nicholas.  “Some ski, skydive, scuba or adventure race. I race cars.”

Indeed he does, and Nicholas went back to his roots of sports car racing in 2013 and now competes in vintage races throughout the country.

“It’s a lot of old guys in old cars” explained Nicholas.  “This does not mean we don’t race hard and fast and there have been some big accidents.”

Nicholas won the SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) Group 1 championship in 2013 and has won the first two SVRA races of 2015, as well as the all-MG focus race for 2015.

“I’d love to get another championship this year and if the car holds together, I think we can do it,” he said.

Nicholas started racing cars in 1963 before most in the XTERRA Tribe were even born, and notched several major professional wins in the 70’s.

His schedule this year includes racing at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in June and a return to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut over Labor Day weekend.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen Pulling the Trigger at XTERRA Tahiti

When the gun goes off for the start of the inaugural XTERRA Tahiti on April 25 – Ironman Hall of Famer and 6x IM World Champion, Mark Allen – will be the guy pulling the trigger.

It won’t be Mark Allen’s first XTERRA experience, however, as he was a television host for the first XTERRA TV show in 1996 (seen above interviewing inaugural winner Jimmy Riccitello after the race).

The President of the organizing group from VSOP, Jean Michel Monot, convinced Allen to come to support the inaugural race and discover one of the rare countries he has yet to visit.

The inaugural XTERRA Tahiti off-road triathlon is April 25, starting in Mataiea and crossing the island.                                                             Kiwi stars Olly Shaw and Sarah Backler are among the elite participants.

“It looks awesome so I can’t wait to get there and experience it all,” exclaimed Shaw, who finished third at the XTERRA New Zealand Championship over the weekend.

“Spotted images from last year’s event and thought it looked amazing, so very excited about the opportunity to race there,” added Backler. “Tropical beach, lush rainforest, waterfalls, big climbs… should be epic!”

Learn more at xterratahiti.com/en

Flora Duffy

World’s Best Triathletes Gather in NSW, Australia

Callala Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW – Some of the biggest names in multisport are in New South Wales, Australia for Saturday’s second annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay.

Two-time Olympian Courtney Atkinson, the runner-up last year, is the top returning men’s elite competitor following the retirement of 2014 champion Dan Hugo of South Africa.

Atkinson will have plenty of competition highlighted by the most successful off-road triathlete of all-time, Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz from South Africa, local athlete Ben Allen (Wollongong, NSW) and New Zealander Braden Currie.

Currie, who was third last year, comes in fresh off an impressive victory at XTERRA New Zealand in Rotorua last weekend and on the heels of his third straight Coast-to-Coast Adventure Racing World Championship.

“It’s great to return,” said Wanaka-based Currie. “I really enjoyed the experience last year and spending time down on the South Coast.  Jervis Bay is beautiful, so it’s good to be back and looking forward to the race.”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres welcomed athletes including Braden Currie to New South Wales this week, ahead of the event.

“New South Wales is Australia’s adventure tourism capital. We’ve got so many fantastic landscapes and opportunities for athletes to really test their skills and endurance.  I think the South Coast is a wonderful location for XTERRA and wish the athletes a fantastic time.”

As the most prestigious event in the Asia-Pacific series that includes championship races in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Guam, Tahiti, and Saipan – the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship boasts the second-largest prize purse in off-road triathlon at $50,000 AUD, and will be filmed and edited into a TV show to be seen by millions worldwide.

The main event combines a 1.5-kilometer ocean swim at Callala Beach, approximately two and a half hours south of Sydney, with 30-kilometers of mountain biking followed by 10-kilometers of trail running.

Atkinson was the top Australian finisher at last weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) race in Queensland, and well on his way to securing his spot on the national team for yet another Olympic Games in Rio next summer.

Allen, who placed third at the XTERRA World Championship in each of the last two years, won XTERRA Guam last weekend and XTERRA Saipan before that.

Since 2011, the 30-year-old has captured 16 XTERRA majors in Brazil, Saipan, Guam, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Greece, and England.

Meanwhile, Stoltz is a 15-year-veteran of the sport and seven-time world champion.

Conrad Stoltz at Callala Beach

In the women’s race, reigning XTERRA World Champion and two-time Olympian Flora Duffy of Bermuda is back to defend her title and in prime form.

“I’m feeling surprisingly good,” Duffy told Triathlete.com in a recent interview. “You never really know how you’re going to come off a race until you start the next race—especially when they’re a week apart. But I’ve spent the past few days maximizing recovery, while trying not to lose my edge and I think it’s paying off.”

The 27-year-old won the first two XTERRA majors of 2015 in the Philippines and South Africa and has now won nine of the last 10 she’s entered including the XTERRA USA, Asia-Pacific, and World Championships.  Duffy has also performed well on the road, placing fifth at the ITU WTS race on the Gold Coast last weekend, and third in Abu Dhabi earlier in the year.

There are plenty of fast women ready to give chase as five of the top 10 females from last year’s XTERRA World Championship are on the start list including runner-up Barbara Riveros from Chile.

Riveros, who has made her base in Wollongong since 2007, says she’s excited to mix XTERRA in with her strenuous schedule trying to qualify for Rio.

“With the ITU Series and Olympic qualification points chase it’s really hard to fit in my love for nature and XTERRA, so I’m happy to have this opportunity to race just around the corner from home,” said Riveros.  “I haven’t ridden my mountain bike since November so I’m not sure if I’ll be very competitive this weekend but I’m sure to love racing through the NSW bush.  I love to get dirty.”

American Suzie Snyder is fresh off a win at the XTERRA New Zealand Championship and seems as fast as she’s ever been.  “Being in Australia is kind of surreal,” she said.  “I’ve been wanting to come here for a long time and to come and compete against these amazing competitors is really exciting.”

Jacqui Slack, who was third at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship last year, is one of several racers coming off three weeks in the Marianas for the XTERRA Guam and Saipan races.  Slack won XTERRA Saipan, while Austrian Carina Wasle won XTERRA Guam.

Four-time XTERRA European Tour Champion Renata Bucher is also in the mix, and Kiwi Lizzie Orchard comes over from XTERRA New Zealand where she was second behind Snyder.

The wildcard in the women’s race is Ironman star Caroline Steffen who will be racing in her first-ever off-road triathlon, however, the winner of IM Australia (2011), Challenge Roth (2013), two ITU Long Course World Championships (2010/12), two IM Asia-Pacific titles (2012/14), and two Ironman European Championships (2011/12) said she is no stranger to mountain biking.

“I was an outdoor kid from a young age and before I started with triathlon I spent most of my time on the mountain bike exploring the Swiss Alps,” said Steffen, who grew up in a small village in Switzerland surrounded by mountains.  Steffen has made Mooloolaba her home base for six years now but having never visited Callala Beach before said she’s looking forward to discovering the beauty of the New South Wales South Coast.

The event lures amateur and professional athletes from around the world to New South Wales, and locals flock to the event in pursuit of XTERRA Australia Championship honours.  The off-road sports festival weekend also includes a sprint distance off-road triathlon, trail runs, and relay team competitions attracting more than 500 competitors of all ages.

For more information visit www.xterraasiapacific.com.

The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.  Presenting sponsors include John Paul Mitchell Systems, the world’s largest privately owned professional salon hair care company, Outrigger Resorts – one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality companies in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions, 220 Triathlon Australia/NZ, and XTERRA Wetsuits & Boards Australia – the official swim sponsor.

Ben Allen Guam

Allen, Wasle win XTERRA Guam

(Piti, Guam) – Ben Allen from Australia and Carina Wasle from Austria captured the 11th annual XTERRA Guam Championship race on a soggy, muddy day on the island.

XTERRA Pro Charlie Epperson was on-site (and in the thick of the men’s race, ultimately finishing 5th overall) and brings us this report…

“On Friday night as triathletes enjoyed a pre-race dinner or made some last minute adjustments to their bikes, XTERRA Guam race director Eric Tydingco was struggling with a tough decision.  After avoiding a series of typhoons spinning in the Northern Pacific Ocean the last two weeks, Guam was not spared the rain that set in on Tuesday and never let up.  By 6pm the night before the race, Tydingco made what would ultimately be the best decision for the race- find an alternate course that would allow racers to ride vs hike-a-bike. Tydingco’s team worked quickly to establish an alternate course that would avoid a majority of the rain soaked red dirt that defines most of XTERRA Guam’s bike course.

Saturday morning was no different with rain showers that turned briefly into downpours as athletes warmed up and throughout the swim.  Ben Allen took an early lead in the swim over Bradley Weiss and Jacqui Slack earned first out of the water rights followed by Mieko Carey and Carina Wasle.  Into the bike leg, Allen extended his lead by demonstrating top-notch bike handling skills on a muddy course.  Like most competitors, Allen didn’t have an opportunity to pre-ride the alternate course, but was able to turn the fastest split of the day.

Pro Men    
Pl Name Final Points
1 Ben Allen, AUS 2:26:28 100
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 2:36:42 90
3 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN 2:40:17 82
4 Markus Benesch, AUT 2:41:53 75
5 Charlie Epperson, USA 2:44:36 69
6 Joe Miller, PHI 2:55:00 63
7 Kaon Cho, KOR 2:59:32 58

Complete results

In the women’s race, Wasle and Slack rode in tandem after the climb up Nimitz Hill and quickly distanced themselves from Carey and the rest of the women’s field.  As athletes worked their way back to the top of Nimitz, they were greeted with thick foliage and deep puddles that forced riders to dismount or suffer the consequences of a head first mud bath.  At T2, Wasle and Slack were still locked into a duel and it was clear outside of a wrong turn the winner would come from this group.

Pro Women    
Pl Name Final Points
1 Carina Wasle, AUT 2:44:21 100
2 Jacqui Slack, GBR 2:44:51 90
3 Mieko Carey, JPN 2:56:10 82
4 Daz Parker, GBR 3:03:51 75
5 Renata Bucher, SUI 3:09:16 69
6 Belinda Hadden, AUS 3:19:11 63

Allen and Wasle by Takamitsu Usami

Allen and Wasle by Takamitsu Usami

The iconic waterfall run that XTERRA Guam is widely known and surely didn’t disappoint athletes today.  After five days of serious rains, the small pools throughout the course have grown, as well as the amount of water flowing down those picturesque waterfalls.  Allen (2:26:28) finished the race with the fastest swim, bike, and run splits of the day and claimed his 3rd XTERRA Guam title with a 10 minute gap over second place Weiss (2:36:42).

“The weather made for an interesting race, and the crew at Guam made the right call going for the alternate course,” said Allen.  “When the adrenaline is pumping through the body the race flies by. Today I was able to settle into a good rhythm and race my race.

My coach and I have been working hard over the last couple of months and I’m more motivated than ever to continue onto bigger and better things. Guam has been a happy hunting ground for me. My Homestay Cam and Karly Oneal are two of the kindest people and this win is as much there’s as it is mine. Also not to forget my family, friends and sponsors back home in Australia.”

Takahiro Ogasawara (2:40:17) finished a successful campaign in the Marianas by matching his third place performance at XTERRA Saipan.  Austria’s Markus Benesch (2:41:53) took a spill on the slick coral roads and battled to the end with Ogasawara, but was forced to settle for 4th place.

During the run, Wasle and Slack battled from start to finish.  Slack pulled ahead around the first aide station (1.5 mile mark) after Wasle lost a shoe in the quick sand like mud.  Wasle (2:44:21) eventually retrieved her shoe and was able to put some distance on the last road section before claiming heading back to the beach to claim the 2015 XTERRA Guam title with a 30-second margin over Slack (2:44:51).

In the amateur field, it was Dr. Peter Lombard (2:53:48) that took the honor as fastest amateur over Denmark’s Stefan Laursen (2:54:21) by almost 40 seconds.  The current Guam National Road Race Champion, Lombard showed his skills with a phenomenal bike split to once again hold the faster amateur title.  The top amateur in the women’s field was Erin Johnson (3:37:18) from Golden, Colorado.  Johnson, a former Guam resident, returns each year for a chance to earn her spot in Maui.

Thanks to the efforts of Tydingco’s team and a few hardcore triathletes this legendary race notched another successful year!”

With the win Allen takes a slim, two-point lead in the XTERRA Asian Tour standings, while Jacqui Slack extended her stay at the top spot.

The five majors are XTERRA Philippines, XTERRA Saipan, XTERRA Guam, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 18 in New South Wales, Australia, and XTERRA Malaysia – which will double as the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship race – on May 2 in Langkawi.  (Note: The XTERRA Japan Championship in Hokkaido on August 29 will serve as the first race of the 2016 XTERRA Asian Tour.)

The top 15 amateur, Asian-elite, and professional racers at each event earn points, with double points being offered at the finale in Malaysia.  Racers count their best three scores to determine champions in each division.

The XTERRA Asian Tour will award a prize bonus of $10,000 USD to the top five pro men and women in the final standings ($2,000 for 1st, $1,500-2nd, $800-3rd, $400-4th, $300-5th).

In all, more than $100,000 in prize money for pros will be awarded on the XTERRA Asian Tour.  There are $15,000 USD payouts at the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, and Malaysia races, and $50,000 AUD awarded at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia, plus the 10K bonus to the series’ top performers.

For further details on the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour visit www.xterraasia.com, and for more on the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship in Malaysia visit www.xterramy.com, supported by Malaysia Major Event.

PRO MEN              
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Ben Allen, AUS 82 100 100 282
2 Brad Weiss, RSA 100 90 90 280
3 Joe Miller, PHI 63 63 63 189
4 Takahiro Ogasawara, JPN x 82 82 164
5 Markus Benesch, AUT x 75 75 150
6 Charlie Epperson, USA 69 x 69 138
7 Kaon Cho, KOR x 53 58 111
8 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 x x 90
9 Brodie Gardner, AUS 75 x x 75
10 Aleksandr Dorovskikh, RUS x 69 x 69
11 Michal Bucek, SVK 58 x x 58
12 David Esposito, FRA x 58 x 58
PRO WOMEN            
Pl Name PHI Saipan Guam AUS MAS Totals
1 Jacqui Slack, GBR 90 100 90 280
2 Mieko Carey, JPN 75 82 82 239
3 Renata Bucher, SUI 69 75 69 213
4 Daz Parker, GBR 63 69 75 207
5 Carina Wasle, AUT x 90 100 190
6 Belinda Hadden, AUS x 63 63 126
7 Flora Duffy, BER 100 x x 100
8 Dimity-Lee Duke, AUS 82 x x 82
9 Aya Stevens, SVK 58 x x 58


2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA Guam was the eighth of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Australia Championship
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

Braden Currie

Currie, Snyder win XTERRA New Zealand

Photos / Results

(Blue Lake, Rotorua)- Braden Currie and Suzie Snyder captured the 13th annual Paymark XTERRA New Zealand Championship on a beautiful blue sky day at Blue Lake in Rotorua this afternoon.

Early morning rain and cloud cover made way to bright sunshine by the time the race started at 11am but left behind slick and muddy conditions that made a technical bike course even more so.

In the men’s race Currie led early with the second-fastest swim split of the day, just two-seconds by Sam Osborne, and had the lead on the bike until about halfway when local favorite Olly Shaw from Rotorua came storming past.

“Sam and Olly were just killing it on the single track. It was slick out there and a lot of mud so some real challenging riding,” said Currie.

Shaw, who posted the fastest bike split of the day (1:11:01) had roughly 30-seconds on Currie heading out on to the run but that wasn’t enough.  Currie got past Shaw about three-kilometers into the run and was in cruise control until he caught a glimpse of a hard-charging Osborne towards the end.

“I was really lucky to see Sam because he was flying,” said Currie of Osborne, who had the fastest run of the day (40:40) to finish in second place just 13-seconds behind Currie.  It was the closest finish in recent memory, made all the more dramatic as Osborne collapsed in exhaustion at the line.

“This is the most rewarding win I’ve had in a few years,” said Currie.  “I haven’t been racing here because there has always been an adventure race in China on the same weekend and I’ve wanted to win this one since I started racing XTERRA, so I’m stoked to have got it.  It’s an awesome race. It’s short, it’s fast, and it hurts.”

Shaw held on for third, with Aiden Dunster and Josh Kenyon rounding out the top five.

Conrad Stoltz, the defending champ and XTERRA’s all-time wins’ leader, was a race morning scratch after coming down with a bug on the flight over.

“I was gutted to pull.  My form is good and this event is world-class.  The core of athletes here is incredible and the trails are so challenging and unique. The nature here with the huge tree furns is just amazing,” said Stoltz, who stuck around and helped the announcing team describe the day’s action as it happened.

Pro Men    
Pl Name Final
1 Braden Currie, NZL 2:06:24
2 Sam Osborne, NZL 2:06:37
3 Olly Shaw, NZL 2:07:59
4 Aiden Dunster, NZL 2:15:55
5 Josh Kenyon, NZL 2:16:37
6 Sam Clark, NZL 2:16:50
7 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:18:07
8 Dirk Peters, NZL 2:21:50
9 Cameron Paul, NZL 2:22:04
10 Mitchell Ginsberg, NZL 2:23:17
Suzie Snyder

In the women’s elite race Suzie Snyder’s victory was 12 years in the making.  The XTERRA veteran had lots of big wins as an amateur with a couple XTERRA World Championships and four National titles, but today was her first big win as a pro.

“It feels awesome, and it’s about time. It only took me 12 years,” exclaimed Snyder after the race.

Snyder had the fastest swim of the day and was riding up front alongside Rachel Challis until pulling away about midway through.

“That bike course was a ton of fun but gnarly in the mud,” said Snyder.  “The real problem I had was staying focused because I just wanted to look around, it’s so beautiful out there.  It’s like no place I’ve ever been.  You go from a tropical feel to a Redlands Forest-type scene to jungle action, and it changes all the time so it’s just constant stimulation.”

Snyder’s winning time of 2:32:29 was less than one-minute faster than Lizzie Orchard who had the fastest run split of the day (48:33) to move from fourth off the bike to second at the finish.

Pro Women  
Pl Name Final
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:32:29
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:33:24
3 Rachel Challis, NZL 2:35:16
4 Sarah Backler, NZL 2:37:35
5 Samara Sheppard, NZL 2:39:10

More than two-thousand racers came out to take part in the Paymark XTERRA Rotorua Festival today.

The morning started with a 5.5 km, 11km and 21km runs (and a walk option) then followed with a 26km mountain bike, and then the XTERRA triathlon for individuals and teams.

2015 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

XTERRA New Zealand was the seventh of 40 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the globe could qualify to race at the 20th annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Nov. 1, 2015.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT (Pro Winners)
8-Feb XTERRA Philippines Championship (Brad Weiss / Flora Duffy)
22-Feb XTERRA South Africa Championship (Stuart Marais / Flora Duffy)
7-Mar XTERRA Motatapu (Dougal Allan / Jess Simson & Simone Maier)
28-Mar XTERRA Saipan Championship (Ben Allen / Jacqui Slack)
29-Mar XTERRA Malta (Nicolas Fernandez / Brigitta Poor)
29-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica (Rom Akerson / Lesley Paterson)
11-Apr XTERRA Guam Championship (Ben Allen / Carina Wasle)
11-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Braden Currie / Suzie Snyder)
18-Apr XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
XTERRA Australia Championship
25-Apr XTERRA West Championship, Lake Las Vegas, NV, USA#
25-Apr XTERRA Tahiti, Mataiea
26-Apr XTERRA Reunion, Saint Gilles les bains
2-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asian Tour Championship, Langkawi+
10-May XTERRA Brazil, Ilhabela, SP
16-May XTERRA Southeast Championship, Pelham, AL, USA#
USAT Cross Triathlon National Championship
16-May XTERRA Portugal, Golega*
7-Jun XTERRA Spain Championship, Plasencia, Extremadura*
14-Jun XTERRA East Championship, Richmond, VA, USA#
20-Jun XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira*
27-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux*
27-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter – Canadian Cross Tri Championships, Ontario, Milton, Canada!
4-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest, Oahu, HI, USA =
5-Jul XTERRA Victoria, B.C., Canada!
5-Jul XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer*
11-Jul XTERRA Sweden, Hellasgaarden, Stockholm*
18-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship, Beaver Creek, CO, USA#
25-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound, McDougall, Ontario, Canada!
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship, Abruzzo, Italy*
8-Aug XTERRA Mexico, Tapalpa
8-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice*
15-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau*
16-Aug XTERRA Canmore, Alberta, Canada!
22-Aug XTERRA Adventure Fest Maui, Kapalua, HI, USA =
23-Aug XTERRA Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada!
29-Aug XTERRA Denmark, Tilsvilde*
29-Aug XTERRA Japan, Hokkaido+ (start 2016 Asian Tour)
30-Aug XTERRA England / European Championship, Vachery Estate, Surrey*
13-Sep XTERRA Woolastook, Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada
19-Sep XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah, USA#
1-Nov XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* European Tour / + Asian Tour / # America Tour / ! Canada Series / = Hawaii qualifiers

UP NEXT

April  18
XTERRA Australia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia+
paratay

Get the Paraty Started with This XTERRA Brazil Trail Run

Brazil’s night trail running series for 2015 kicks off this weekend in Paraty. On April, 11th XTERRA Brazil will be having a 7-kilometer and 21 kilometer night trail run.

Runners will illuminate the streets with their donned headlamps while running. The top three runners in the night run for male and female will receive trophies. All those who finish within the time limit will receive a survivor medal.

There will be five opportunities for people to experience night running in Brazil this year.

Night Trail Run Schedule

04/11/2015 XTERRA Paraty Night Trail Run 7/21km

05/09/2015 XTERRA Ilhabela Night Trail Run 7/21km

07/11/2015 XTERRA Cerado Night Trail Run 7/21km

08/08/2015 XTERRA Costa Verde 2 Night Trail Run 7/21km

09/12/2015 XTERRA Rota do Sol Night Trail Run 7km

For more information visit xterrabrasil.com.br