XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run Set for April 14

Looking for an excuse to go to Las Vegas? The 2013 XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is coming up on April 14, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels from around the world.

Lake Las Vegas RunnerThe XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run offers a contrasting scene from the bright lights normally associated with Sin City, as the race takes place on a desert course just outside the Aston MonteLago Resort.  Past participants have compared the course to “running on Mars” because of the sandy terrain, wide-open trails, and wild desert scenery.

At the same time, those inclined to partake in activities before and after the race would be a mere 17 miles away from the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Brandon Mader resides in Alabama, and made the trip to participate in last year’s XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run. He said:  “I think out-of-town runners should consider doing the same. You get to run a great race, then go immediately into vacation mode. It’s a rare combination to have a trail race followed by world-class entertainment.”

There are three courses to accommodate the various levels of runners – a 21-kilometer long course, a 10K and 5K. The 21K course is considered the championship course, and each age-group winner from that race will receive a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii later in the year.

Top finishers in all three distances will receive medals and other prizes, and every runner who registers before April 1 will get an event shirt.

The race is held in conjunction with the XTERRA West Championship off-road triathlon, and world-class endurance athletes will be in and around the area throughout the week. In addition, an expo area will be set up at the MonteLago Resort, featuring various product booths and clinics.

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The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is scheduled for November 24 on the island of Oahu, and more than 2,000 runners from around the world are expected to participate. That event is also open to runners of all ages and skill levels. For more information, please visithttp://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html.

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Footbalance System Partners with XTERRA Championship Events

Footbalance, an innovator in custom footbed technology, has joined forces with XTERRA, the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series.

FootbalanceAs a Participating Sponsor of all 2013 XTERRA championship events, marketing, and media in the U.S., Footbalance is in a prime position to connect with XTERRA’s active, national audience of adventure seekers, weekend warriors and competitors via the XTERRA America Tour of more than 100 off-road triathlons and trail runs held across the U.S.

“We had a great trial run with Footbalance at a few of our events last year and found that our athletes embraced and praised the technology behind the footbeds,” said Tom Kiely, CEO of XTERRA.  “We are really excited to have Footbalance as a fixture at our championship races and think they are a perfect fit for our audience.”

Footbalance is a personalized footbed, individually custom molded on the basis of a foot analysis to ensure perfect arch support.

Footbalance footbeds support feet properly to prevent over pronation, reduce the effects of excessive supination, and improve overall foot function. Regularly wearing custom footbeds helps improve overall body alignment, which can help reduce the incidence of stress injuries.

“We’re excited to join and serve the XTERRA Tribe this season with footbeds that provide better support and foot health for both their training and competition,” said Footbalance North America’s president and managing director Matt Kaplan.   “Several of us in the North American office have participated in XTERRA events, and since our personal performances there were enhanced by our footbeds, we know first-hand what a great fit this partnership is. We love these races, and we’re looking forward to a great season.”

XTERRA athletes will benefit from great rates on custom-molded Footbalance footbeds that can be crafted on-site at each XTERRA championship event in the U.S. this year, starting at the XTERRA West Championship at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada on April 13-14, 2013. The molding process is done in fewer than ten minutes by trained Footbalance dealers using the Footbalance Recommendation System (FRS) software to provide a free overview of the users’ unique foot dynamics and stance.

Coury, Taylor Take Top Honors at McDowell Mountain

More than 320 participate in Arizona Series race on Super Sunday

Experience counts a great deal in a race like the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run. Or does it?

Experience played a key role in Nick Coury taking the overall victory for the race, which was completed on February 3 at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. But Ashley Taylor was able to win the women’s division in her first try on the course.

Bottom line, both Coury and Taylor are fast.

Coury completed the 24-kilometer course in 1 hour, 29 minutes, 44 seconds. It was the second consecutive year that he won the event, and he topped his previous time by more than three minutes.

Nick Coury“My experience from last year was a huge help,” said Coury, who is 25 and resides in Phoenix. “I knew exactly when to push the pace and when to cruise, and saved enough of my legs to hammer the last several miles to the finish as they are the fastest.  I didn’t get caught in the initial fast pace of the race, knowing the washes would slow the early rabbits and give me a chance to catch up.”

(Nick Coury pictured, courtesy www.zazoosh.com)

Coury and fellow elite runner Jonathan Harmon broke ahead of the field after the first mile and engaged in an exciting duel for the lead for most of the course.

“I knew my main competition was Jonathan Harmon,” Coury said. “Just as we started the first climb, I hooked on to Jonathan’s back and we quickly pulled away from everyone else.  We cruised along for several miles, sometimes Jonathan pushing it and nearly dropping me. At the descent into the Dixie Mine aid station, the trail became technical and Jonathan slowed.  At that point I took the lead, putting a gap on him through the turnaround.”

Harmon placed second with a time of 1:31:57, and Trent Taylor was third in 1:35:42.

Ashley TaylorCoury works as a race director for the Aravaipa Running Club in Arizona, so he is familiar with many of the courses in the state. He is also fast becoming the runner to beat in the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series. Coury has entered four races in the XTERRA Arizona Series since last year, and he has won three of them and placed second in the other.

The women’s race featured a different type of story, as Taylor took top honors while entering as an out-of-state runner. She resides in Denver, Colorado, but often spends time in Arizona during the winter months.

(Ashley Taylor pictured, courtesy www.zazoosh.com)

“Denver winters can be brutal and have unpredictable weather,” she explained. “The greater Phoenix area is always a winter vacation spot that can bring hiking and trail running that Colorado cannot offer during the snow season.”

Taylor has been entering races in Colorado since 2009, but the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run became the first overall victory of her career. “Being from the overpopulated, runner community of Colorado, I feel that merely placing in my age group is a victory up in the Rockies,” she said. “I was thrilled to take home my first victory on such a tough course.”

Taylor completed the course in 1:51:17, which was more than three minutes ahead of the other females. “A few of the girls were close for the first half, and then I began to break away at the turn around,” said Taylor, 25. “The best feeling in the world for females is trying to chase the boys, and clearly I mean in racing, not in life!”

The exciting race was actually for second place, as Gudrid Espenscheid from Big Piney, Wyoming, edged Terri Antonio from Scottsdale, Arizona, by one second.

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More than 320 runners participated in the event, which also featured a 7-kilometer short course.

The McDowell Mountain Trail Run was the third of four events on the 2012-13 schedule for the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series. The final event of the season will be the XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run on March 24. That race is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

To register for a race in the Arizona Series or to learn more about it, please visitwww.aztrailrace.com.

About the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series

The XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. In the 2012-13 season, there will be four races available for runners, with the courses ranging in length from 7 kilometers to 24 kilometers. The top runners in every age group will receive points after each race that will count toward the overall series standings. At the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Arizona at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah. Arizona is one of 16 regions hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series. The others are Alabama, Atlantic, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Puerto Rico Series Continues to Make Strides

Running in mile-high mountains is often regarded as a quality form of training for any conditions. Aaron Hogan proved that theory by winning the XTERRA Bayamon Trail Run in Puerto Rico last month.

Aaron HoganHogan grew up running in Colorado, but is now a graduate student at the University of Puerto Rico. He discovered the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series last year, and plans to compete in all the races this year.

“I love running over here,” he said. “I did one of the XTERRA races last year and really had a great time, so I signed up for all of them this year.”

His 2013 race schedule got off to a great start with the runaway victory in the Bayamon Trail Run, which was completed on January 27 at Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Trail running is still a growing sport in Puerto Rico, but more than 200 runners participated at Bayamon.

“There are a lot of fast runners in Puerto Rico, but I don’t think they’ve taken to the trails yet,” Hogan said. “I really hope this thing keeps growing because there are some nice trails.”

(Aaron Hogan pictured, courtesy www.xterrapr.com and Sports Photo Moments)

Hogan, 24, completed the 10-kilometer course in 53 minutes, 37 seconds – which was more than three minutes ahead of the other top runners in the field.

“The course was pretty nice,” he said. “It started to get hot just as the race was about to start, but we mostly ran in the woods, so it was under a canopy of trees. The course had some nice switchbacks and it would meander through the forest and then pop out to these nice views.”

Jose Medina-Cardona placed second in 56:38, and Roberto Furtado Fiel was third in 57:10.

Aslin Canals from San Juan, Puerto Rico, placed 14th overall and was the first female with a time of 1:07:22. She dominated the women’s field, finishing nearly 12 minutes ahead of the other top females.

COMPLETE RESULTS

The XTERRA Bayamon Trail Run was the second of four races on the 2012-13 season schedule for the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Fajardo Trail Run on May 18. That event will feature three courses – 5K, 10K and 21K. It will be the first time that a 21K course will be available in the Puerto Rico Series.

To register for a race in the Puerto Rico Series or to learn more about it, please visitwww.xterrapr.com.

Mission Accomplished for Baldwin and Shearer

Patrick Baldwin and Maggie Shearer can now consider the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run a mission accomplished. They took top honors at the 15-kilometer race held on Sunday, February 3, at San Diego, Calif.

Patrick BaldwinBaldwin, who is a landscape architect from Encinitas, Calif., was the first overall finisher. He completed the course in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 13 seconds, which was more than five minutes faster than the other top runners.

“The trails were in good condition, a little slippery on the downhills from the rain the night before, but good running conditions,” said Baldwin, 36. “I think the first hill is the toughest of all the climbs on the XTERRA SoCal Series – it’s a wall!”

It was the second straight year that Baldwin won the race, and he said his experience from last year played a key role in his victory this year.

“I knew after climbing the steep initial climb that I’d have a long recover descent, followed by some beautiful rolling single track,” he said. “So I pushed hard early so I could relax a bit later … knowing the course of any race is a key.”

The Mission Gorge race is renowned for a steep climb known as “1,000 Steps” because it resembles a straight-up staircase. Baldwin had already built a significant lead by the time he reached the steep section, but said he still ran as hard as he could – and stumbled a few times – because he was not sure how far ahead he was.

“It’s such a steep, rocky climb that it’s easy to lose site of the steps, especially when working hard in a race,” he said. “The legs and arms were a little bloody at the finish.”

As he approached the finish line, Baldwin saw his family in the crowd and grabbed his infant daughter so that they could cross the winner’s tape together.

Robert Verhees from San Diego was second with a time of 1:09:41, and Phillip Slama from Phoenix, Arizona, was third in 1:10:13.

Shearer placed 12th overall and was the first overall female. She finished with a time of 1:15:45, and improved on her placing from last year, when she took second place at this race.

“I find the Mission Gorge race to be the most technical course of the XTERRA SoCal Series,” said Shearer, 35.  “This year the trails were wet and had some large pools of water.  The rocks were a little slick and that made some of the climbing and descending a bit more challenging.”

Shearer, who works as a pharmaceutical representative in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., said she was with a pack of runners that went off-course for a few minutes before finding their way back.

“I was the lead female for most of the race until a few of us made a wrong turn and got a little off track,” said Shearer. “Although I raced last year it was a slightly different run this year.  Last year the course had slight variations due to trail closures and it was about a mile longer.”

Despite the detour, Shearer was able to hold on to first place, and hold off Hannah Rae Finchamp – the teen sensation of XTERRA off-road triathlons. Finchamp placed second with a time of 1:16:36. She is the 2012 women’s amateur world champion of XTERRA triathlons.

COMPLETE RESULTS

The race featured a capacity field of close to 600 runners, including more than 200 who competed on a 5K short course.

It also happened to be run on Super Bowl Sunday, and the race finished early enough for runners to make it back home in time to watch the football game.

“I’m happy to say that I did make it to the game after the race,” Shearer said. “Our neighbors always through a great Super Bowl party, and it is a short walk over – which is good after a tough race.”

The XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run was the fifth of seven races on the 2012-13 season schedule for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run on April 14 at Rancho Penasquito, Calif. To register for a race in the series or learn more about it, please visit www.trailrace.com.

Photo courtesy www.SuperSportsPhoto.com

The Wonderful World of XTERRA

While only a handful of actual races dot the XTERRA schedule over the winter months the “Live More” lifestyle is a year-round phenomenon. As proof, here is just a taste of XTERRA news and notes from races and racers around the world.

Italy Heart Shaped LakeScanno, Italy: Nico Lebrun, the current and four-time XTERRA European Tour Champion, is designing a new XTERRA course in the beautiful mountain regions of Abruzzo.  The inaugural XTERRA Abruzzo triathlon is set for July 20 with the swim start, finish and transitions areas based at Lago di Scanno – aka “XTERRA’s Heart”

“You can see that the Lake has the shape of a heart, the heart of XTERRA immersed within a spectacular fauna of Abruzzo; an eldorado for lovers of outdoor sports, especially mountain biking, trail running and hiking.” See more at www.facebook.com/XTERRA.SCANNO

For some truly blessed XTERRA racing enthusiasts exists the possibility of racing across Europe with XTERRA Switzerland (Valle de Joux) on June 29, XTERRA France (Gerardmer) on July 7, ITU Cross Tri Worlds in Den Hague (July 14), then Abruzzo on July 20.

Atlanta, Georgia: Ken Ono, one of America’s greatest mathematicians, says running and mountain biking in the woods allows him to think deeply and eliminate distractions.

Ken Ono“I especially love running in the woods,” said Ono, in this eScienceCommons article. “When I’m alone with my thoughts, just me and the sounds of birds and a stream, it gives me clarity and focus. On those rare occasions that you hit upon an idea to prove a theorem that you’ve been struggling with, it’s a rush, like a runner’s high.”

The Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University is also an avid XTERRA racer who ranked 10th out of 82 in the 40-44 Southeast Division last year.

“Theoretical math and endurance exercise go together like paper and pencil, each activity makes me better at the other,” said Ono.

Liloan, Cebu: The first proto type of the finishers medal for the XTERRA Philippines Championship (March 2) is shared with staff at XTERRA headquarters.

“In our effort to always come up with something unique and memorable every race, this medal is made out of Liloan Oyster Shells,” explained Princess Galura, the General Manager of Sunrise Events. “We try to get what is unique from the host city/province. This year both medals and trophies will be made from Oyster Shells from Liloan and designed by a young Cebuano designer.  It is also a way of giving back to the community that hosts us.”

Queensland, Australia: From his home in Petrie, a suburb north of Brisbane, Jeffrey Smith, aka “Coach Jeff” recorded his 287th podcast, which was also his 12th edition of the XTERRA Podcast.  In this episode Coach Jeff catches up with 2012 XTERRA Warrior Award winners Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack as they train in Australia in preparation for another year of racing on the XTERRA World Tour.

“When we sat down to make our plans for 2013 we started with the XTERRA Triple Crown that includes the Philippines, Saipan, and Guam,” said Allen, who won all three races last year. “The organizers at these events are passionate and put the athlete first.  It makes for an electric atmosphere and keeps us coming back year-after-year.”

Mpumalanga Province:  Four-time XTERRA World Champion Conrad Stoltz shares stories of training and pool-building from the beauty of his family farm in South Africa in this video posted by Specialized.  Watch now.

Vachery Estate, Cranleigh:  Mark Davis of Brave Events surveys the 2013 XTERRA England course only to find it’s frozen over.  Trust that by September 8 Vachery Pond, a spring-fed paradise in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty yet only minutes from London, will be ready for the Tribe. It’s the last of eight majors on the XTERRA European Tour this season, and will also include MTB endurance racing, swim races, free kids races, camping and a festival experience with music and great food.

Powless SiblingsRoseville, California: Hometown of 19-year-old cycling phenom Shayna Powless, who just received her pro mountain bike license from USA Cycling.  Shayna did her first XTERRA in Jacksonville, FL when she was 11 and became the youngest racer to ever complete the XTERRA USA Championship when she was 13 back in 2007.  She’s now a freshman at UCLA and a member of the U.S. Olympic Development team that will travel to world cups this year in China, Czech, Italy, France, Argentina, and elsewhere.  Her brother Neilson, a 16-year-old high school sophomore, became the youngest racer ever to win the XTERRA World Championship amateur division in October.

Angelsea, Victoria:  Producers of the inaugural XTERRA Great Ocean Road triathlon to be held April 7 in Australia (a week before XTERRA New Zealand on April 13) booked the local YMCA camp which sleeps 160 to utilize as the central hub for the event.  The camp is just five minutes from the race start.

“We booked the entire camp, so it will just be XTERRA participants and their family and friends staying there which should create a real XTERRA community feel,” said Karla Bunney of Limelight Sports. “Plus we’ll host the race briefing there and you should see the spread they put on as their ‘carbo loading’ night the night before – it’s amazing!”

Jim LovellHonolulu, Hawaii: Jim Lovell of JTLTiming signs a contract to time all of XTERRA’s 2013 U.S. Championship races. He’ll also time the XTERRA Philippines, Saipan, and Guam races, and 100 others over the course of the year.  He’s timed every XTERRA World Championship race since the inaugural event in 1996.  We asked him what season was the most memorable and what was his favorite XTERRA finish line moment of all-time…

“I remember being amazed at Michael Tobin’s incredible season of 1999.  He won nine out of 10 races during the season, and the one he didn’t win he didn’t race,” said Lovell.  “As for a finish, that might be last year’s photo-finish at the XTERRA West Championship in Vegas where Lesley Paterson and Renata Bucher went stride-for-stride all the way through the tape.  That was amazing.”

Tapalpa, Jalisco: The old-style mountain “magic” town in central-western Mexico is celebrating their confirmation to host the XTERRA Mexico Championship for the third straight year on August 3, 2013. The course itself mixes a cold-water swim in a private lake nearly 7,000-feet above sea-level, with a mountain bike that heads from the lake through serene forests and into the bustling little town, and a grueling “super steep” two-loop run that passes through town where spectators are packed four-deep yelling “andale! Arriba!”

For 2010 XTERRA World Champion Shonny Vanlandingham, going to XTERRA Mexico is an annual tradition. “This event is the best fun, and it’s easy to get to it.  If you want to go to an international race, this is easier logistically than a lot of the U.S. events. The organizers are great and treat racers like royalty, the course is well marked, and it’s very professional.  Plus, its good mountain biking and the venue is beautiful – both the lake and the town.  You get to experience the culture, and see the excitement in town.  It’s definitely one of my favorite XTERRA’s anywhere,” said Vanlandingham.  “Not to mention the fiesta they host after the race is the best post-party ever.”

Welsch Sisters30 Rock, New York: Producers for “Rock Center with Brian Williams” put the final touches on a segment about the Welsch sisters, which centers around footage obtained at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch (Kaaawa, HI).  The piece will be broadcast next Friday, February 8, at 10pm EST.  Kaytlynn (12) and Heather (10) finished first and second, respectively, at both the XTERRA USA and World Trail Run half-marathons.  They were featured in the Sunday, November 4 edition of the New York Times in a piece titled “Too Fast, Too Soon?

Ogden, Utah: ENVE Composites, producers of the finest carbon road, mountain and triathlon wheels and components, signed two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson this week. ENVE Marketing Manager Jake Pantone commented, “Aside from being one of the world’s best in her sport, Lesley is a great personality that represents the values that ENVE is founded upon.  Her work as a coach and mentor to other athletes is as valuable to a brand like ENVE as her multiple world championships.  She is a very exciting addition to our family of athletes.”

The ENVE family of athletes also includes XTERRA athletes Nicolas Lebrun, Josiah Middaugh, Cody Waite and Adam Wirth.  ENVE designs and manufactures 100% of their rims in America.

2013 Trail Run World Championship set for November 24

Mark your calendars. The 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship will be held on November 24.

Kualoa TutusFor the fifth consecutive year, the event will be staged at the picturesque Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. But for the first time, it will be run in November instead of December.

As always, it will be open to runners of all ages and skill levels from around the world. Discount early-bird registration fees will be available throughout the month of February by CLICKING HERE.

More than 2,000 runners from around the world are expected to gather at Kualoa Ranch to experience the unique setting that only Kualoa Ranch can offer.

The 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship made headlines in the running world when elite runners Joseph Gray from Washington and Ben Bruce from Arizona crossed the finish line simultaneously and were declared co-champions. Lucy Smith from Canada took the 2012 women’s world title.

Although the elite runners get most of the attention, it truly is an event for all. In addition to the 21-kilometer world championship course, there is a 10K course, a 5K course, an “adventure walk,” and a kids sprint.

The main draw of the event is Kualoa Ranch – a spectacular venue that is normally closed to the public. The scenic backdrop at the ranch has been used for several major TV and movie productions, including Godzilla, Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, LOST and Hawaii Five-O.

To learn more about the event, including links to hotel and flight information, please visit the event page at: http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html.

Please note that the event was originally scheduled for December 1, but has been moved up one week for logistical reasons.

Stoltz, Van Huyssteen win big in Buffelspoort

For the third straight year Conrad Stoltz and Carla Van Huyssteen captured the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Buffelspoort presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT at the picturesque Buffelspoort Dam in the North West Province of South Africa on Saturday.

Conrad StoltzThe victory also marked a milestone for Stoltz as it was his 50th win in his storied 13-year XTERRA career.  The “Caveman” is also the all-time XTERRA Championship race victory record-holder at 46.  Take a moment to watch this terrific video of Conrad training in his hometown posted by the guys at Specialized.

“It was great, at 39-years-of-age, to be able to win my 50th XTERRA, by six minutes, in front of my home crowd in South Africa today,” said Stoltz after the race.  “The sport is growing like crazy in this country and it’s really exciting.  There were 2,500 people racing this weekend.”

One of the thousands to participate was XTERRA pro Dan Hugo who was taking part in his first XTERRA since last April, having missed most of 2012 due to injury.  Hugo finished second on the day, and deflected attention of his return to honor Stoltz instead.

“The greatest guy to ever do an XTERRA was untouchable today,” said Hugo.  “If I was at my best shape I don’t think I would have been able to match.  You’ve got to accept that and show respect.  I was glad to be the best of the rest.”

On the women’s side Van Huyssteen, who was third at the ITU Cross Tri World Championships held in Alabama last year, won at Buffelspoort for the third straight year.

“The combination of the heat and altitude definitely added to the toughness of today’s XTERRA.  It was definitely good exercise for XTERRA Grabouw”, says Van Huyssteen, who will look to defend her XTERRA South Africa Championship title in Grabouw on February 24.

Watch a video from the race here: http://actionhub.tv/view_video.php?video_id=400

Towards the end of this video you’ll see Conrad Stoltz high-fiving the last finisher, nearly six hours after the day began.

Introducing XTERRA Malaysia

The XTERRA World Tour boosted its offerings in Asia with the addition of XTERRA Malaysia in 2013.  The event, scheduled for April 28 at Putrajaya, will feature a $15,000 pro prize purse and 15 slots into the XTERRA World Championship for age group athletes.

XTERRA Malaysia ScenicThe race will combine a one-mile swim in Putrajaya Lake fronting the Maritime Centre with an 18-mile mountain bike through Challenge Park and a 6-mile trail run. The weekend will be packed with activities with a Sprint distance off-road tri and trail runs happening the day before on April 27 and a Team Relay option running concurrently with the championship contenders on the 28th.

“We’ve got a vibrant, growing participant base in Asia and are thrilled to offer athletes another opportunity to race off-road, experience a new destination, and qualify for the XTERRA World Championship,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.  “XTERRA is a great fit for Malaysia – a place where adventure reigns – and we’re very happy to welcome new athletes from the region into our Tribe.”

Putrajaya, which sits just 25 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, joins established XTERRA World Tour events in the region that include XTERRA Philippines (March 2), XTERRA Saipan (March 9), XTERRA Guam (March 23), and XTERRA Japan (August 24).

“Putrajaya is rich in nature and serene landscapes,” said organizer Eunice Lee of RADIUS MALAYSIA.  “There is so much to explore here and with XTERRA we can provide an opportunity for visitors and locals alike to experience the nature that Malaysia has to offer.”

Race director Dave Spence, an enthusiast and fan of the XTERRA series having raced in the Philippines, New Zealand, and the XTERRA World Championship in Maui himself, is building the course and assures a quality experience for participants.

2013 XTERRA Malaysia is set to be a challenge and an experience not to be missed!

Learn more at http://www.xterramy.com/