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Nau, Graves win XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km

Complete Results / Photos

(Beaver Creek Resort – Avon, CO) July 17, 2016 – Erik Nau from Boulder and Sarah Graves from Ballantine, Montana captured the XTERRA Beaver Creek 20K trail run titles on a beautiful morning at Beaver Creek Resort.

In the men’s race Nau was in the lead as soon as the cannon blast sent runners scrambling up the hill and he took the tape in 1:21:05, more than 11-minutes ahead of runner-up Mark Howell of Lafayette, CO.

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Nau, who moved to Colorado from San Diego four years ago, has done a 50K and a few half-marathons on the road but today’s race was one of his first-ever trail races.

“Just enjoying the trails, nothing brings me more happiness than just being out on the trails and the racing is a blast,” said Nau.  “I’m really just running for fun, just enjoying the whole experience. Today’s course really worked out for me because I love running hills.  I’m not the fastest guy on the flats, though, so I’ll just put my head down and suffer through it … with a smile on my face.”

Indeed, the XTERRA Beaver Creek course is a hilly one, with more than 2,000-feet of climbing.

In the women’s race first-year XTERRA triathlon elite Sarah Graves took the tape in 1:32:22 and was the third overall finisher just a day after finishing 9th amongst elites at the XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship triathlon yesterday.

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“I was questioning myself for today, because yesterday was tough,” said Graves.  “I felt like I got warmed up on the first lap though and felt good the rest of the way.  I just came out today to get some good training in, really didn’t expect to win it.”

Graves background is in running, and was a star cross country runner when going to school at Montana State University – Billings.

In other racing action today Samuel Williams (Warren Center, PA) and Carly Lockard (Avon, CO) took home the 10K titles in 39:24 and 46:39, respectively, while Brevik Petersen (Fraser, CO) and Michelle Rodgers (Littleton, CO) won the 5K crowns in 23:51 and 29:22.

Today’s XTERRA Beaver Creek 20K was the fourth of five races in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, and the top runners in every age group for the 20K course of the Beaver Creek Trail Run received points toward the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series standings and each division champion was awarded a complimentary entry into the 2016 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to be held December at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

The XTERRA Colorado Series finale is August 7 in Castle Rock, CO with 5/12 and 24K options.

Current standings, schedule, and information can be viewed at
http://www.xterraplanet.com/trailrun/colorado-series.

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How to See More XTERRA News on Facebook

Last week Facebook announced that it was tweaking its News Feed by emphasizing posts from “friends and family”.

With this change you might start seeing fewer posts from XTERRA as well as other brands you’ve “liked” on Facebook over the years.

There’s an easy fix for this however!

Visit the XTERRA page and simply click the “like” or “liked” button near the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear with the option to check “See First”. You may also have the “following” icon as seen on the image below. The previous steps would apply here as well.

You can do this for all pages or profiles you follow on Facebook and they will appear at the top of your news feed.

If you have not yet liked us on Facebook you will need to do so first. If you’re not into Facebook or don’t wish to “like” our page that’s OK too, you can find our content on twitter, google+LinkedIn, right here on xterraplanet.com or sign-up for our newsletters.

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XTERRA Beaver Creek 5/10km & Half

Steve Parker knows what running in Colorado is about. He is, after all, a state record holder for the marathon in his age group.

So when Parker says that the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is a race worth entering, his words hold some merit.

“I love the course – it has beautiful terrain and the views are beautiful, and the course certainly takes advantage of that,” said Parker, who resides in Denver. “I like the fact that there is plenty of climbing and, but also plenty of easy running.”

The eight annual XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is scheduled for July 17 at the Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado. The event features three courses – a 20-kilometer long course, a 10K course, and a 5K run/walk option.  All three courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and online registration is available CLICK HERE.

As with any race in Colorado, this event will take runners to elevations higher than 8,000 feet above sea level. “It’s definitely a mountain race, and altitude is always a factor, especially for those coming from other states,” Parker said. “If you live in Colorado, it’s a given, and most of us are used to it.”

Parker entered the inaugural XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run in 2011 and captured first place in the 60-64 age division.

“Everything at Beaver Creek is impressive, and XTERRA makes this feel like a big event,” he said. “There’s an actual podium for all the age-group winners as well as the overall winners, and that was cool to see.”

There is added incentive to reach the podium this year. All age-group winners from the 20K course at Beaver Creek will receive a free entry to race at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii this December.

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XTERRA TV Video Subscription Now Available on Amazon Video

(Honolulu, HI) – TEAM Unlimited, LLC today announced the award-winning XTERRA Adventures TV series, XTERRA USA and World Championship broadcasts will be available as a video subscription for Prime members, on Amazon Video starting July 1, 2016 in the U.S.

Four seasons (32 shows) of the half-hour episodes of XTERRA Adventures, and the 2012-through-2015 XTERRA USA and World Championship triathlon races will be available for $2.99 per month as a video subscription available to Amazon Prime members via the Amazon Video app for TV, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at Amazon.com/XTERRA.  For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

Produced by TEAM Unlimited, the XTERRA Adventure Series, USA, and World Championship shows are executive produced by Tom Kiely, and narrated by triathlon-legend Whit Raymond.  The series will be Amazon’s first video subscription that looks into the world of off-road triathlon and the active, outdoor adventure lifestyle.

“Expressing the XTERRA brand through video has been a big part of XTERRA since the inception of the sport in 1996, adding a dynamic personality and a broader audience than we may have enjoyed through the events alone,” said Kiely, the CEO of TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA.  “We are thrilled to work with Amazon to make XTERRA video properties available as an on demand video subscription through their dynamic and far reaching platform, and provide access to virtually everyone in the active lifestyle space.”

With XTERRA, Amazon Prime members now have access to real, authentic, endurance sports racing action from around the world with profiles on the sports’ biggest stars and events.  The XTERRA Adventure Series takes viewers on some of the world’s most accessible, and fun, outdoor adventures from surfing with legends in Hawaii to climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited LLC, founded in 1988, is the Hawaii-based television, events, and marketing company that brought off-road triathlon and trail running to the world under the brand name XTERRA.  From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years XTERRA transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona-fide way of life for thousands of intrepid athletes as well as an emerging brand in the outdoor industry.  In 2016 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 30+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution.  Learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterracontent.com.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Mendez, Harley win XTERRA Oak Mountain 20km

Photos / Results

Mauricio Mendez from Mexico City and Rachel Harley from Birmingham won the XTERRA Oak Mountain 20K trail runs on a beautiful day at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama.

Nearly 400 runners from 20 states took part in today’s trail runs, the last of six events in the 2015-2016 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.

Mendez, a triathlon pro who finished 2nd at the off-road triathlon held on the same trails yesterday, led from start to finish and took the tape in 1:16:58.

“It was really nice out there today,” said Mendez. “The trails were fantastic, and the weather was perfect, just a really nice day to run.”

Donny Barnes from Huntsville finished second in 1:20:33, and Travis Grappo from Birmingham was third in1:23:35.

In the women’s race Rachel Harley, a former track star at UAB, paced herself in the beginning and turned on the jets towards the end to take the win in 1:26:05, more than two-minutes ahead of runner-up Jennifer McGranahan. Christine Hoffmann in third just eight seconds later and Sarah Graves came in fourth just 17-seconds after that.

“It was awesome, I loved it.” said Harley, who use to practice on these trails when she was running in college. “The weather is perfect, Oak Mountain is awesome, and this atmosphere is cool.”

Marcus Barton and Franziska Mast won the 10K race in 42:07 and 48:47, respectively, while Jeff Clark and Libby Davis took home the 5K crowns in 19:13 and 24:16.

This week the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series Champions – those who scored the most points during the course of the season – will be announced as regional champions and earn a free entry to represent Alabama at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah this September.  And the race winners in each division of the 20K today earned an entry into the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii this December.

Full results are available at http://jtltiming.com/running.htm.

2016 XTERRA Alabama Series Champions

Female
25-29 Heather White Birmingham, AL
30-34 Danielle Chasse Anniston, AL
35-39 Sasha Robertson Oxford, AL
40-44 Mary Alford Piedmont, AL
45-49 Michelle Losekamp Bowling Green, KY
50-54 Teresa Phillips Gadsden, AL
55-59 Lynn Bolger Mobile, AL
65-69 Luvern Blackwood Trafford, AL
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20-24 Timothy Taylor Hokes Bluff, AL
25-29 Brad Olzinski Pelham, AL
30-34 Clint C Helena, AL
35-39 Casey Masters Ozark, AL
40-44 John Gilbert Birmingham, AL
45-49 Dennis Davis Gadsden, AL
50-54 Jeff Phillips Gadsden, AL
55-59 Casey Fannin Hoover, AL
60-64 Norman Bolger Mobile, AL
65-69 Craig Kelly Huntsville, AL
70-74 John Dagnan Vestavia Hills, AL
75-79 Bruce Greene Anniston, AL
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XTERRA Alabama Trail Series Finale

The XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series season-finale takes place Sunday at Oak Mountain State Park with 5k/10k and 20k races suitable for the whole family.

The “Real. Authentic. Racing.” mantra of XTERRA has certainly captured the imagination of the trail running community here in Alabama.

“There are a lot of runners who want to participate in races in Alabama,” said series director Tim Schroer. “We’ve seen it grow every year, and think it can grow even more.”

Alabama has some of the most scenic – and challenging – trail systems in the Southern United States, and runners of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. The race distances in the Series vary from a 5K to a half marathon.

“There really is something for everyone in this series, from experts to beginners,” Schroer said. “And every venue offers a different challenge, so runners have to be ready each time.”

On Sunday XTERRA will recognize the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series Champions – those who scored the most points during the course of the season – with a regional title and a free entry to represent Alabama at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah this September. And the race winners in each division of the 20K will also earn an entry into the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii this December.

The real prize for all involved is the trail paradise known as Oak Mountain State Park, which was rated as one of the Top 25 Trails in America by Runner’s World Magazine and has been granted “destination race” status more than once.

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Compex Partners with XTERRA

Honolulu, HI (April 14, 2106) – TEAM Unlimited LLC, owners and producers of the XTERRA America Tour, today announced Compex will join the 2016 XTERRA America Tour as a participating sponsor.

Compex is the worldwide leader in electric muscle stimulation. From injury prevention and fast recovery to muscle-strength gains and endurance improvements, Compex provides athletes and active people with the most intelligent tool to enhance sport performance. The device recruits specific motor nerves by targeting muscle fibers that cannot be reached through traditional workouts and training, and is designed to help athletes reach their goals by delivering a magnitude of benefits including increased muscle strength and density, larger muscle size, boosted speed, enhanced blood circulation, and faster recovery.

“The XTERRA community is committed to living life to the fullest and the starting point is being healthy and fit,” said XTERRA CEO Tom Kiely.  “We feel that part of our mission is to introduce XTERRA friends and family to companies and groups which have great products and services which fit with the “Live More” philosophy, and Compex is surely one of those. Coincidentally, we were exposed to Compex in our early years with XTERRA when they were just entering the USA market and at our events people were lined up to test and experience what was then a “new product.” I tried it myself and was quite impressed with the muscle energy it generated. So, when our friend Brandon Hearn joined Compex we connected and agreed to team up in the future…and we are very happy to welcome them onboard.”

The alliance puts Compex 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.

“Compex is excited to partner with the 2016 XTERRA America Tour and offer their athletes an intelligent training aid to improve their performance,” said Brandon Hearn, Sr. Director of Compex. “Not only does Compex serve as an excellent strength training tool for endurance sport athletes, it allows athletes to flush lactic acid in less than 6 minutes.”

Compex is offering XTERRA racers 20% off their first Compex purchase using coupon code XTERRA20.  See product line and order at https://www.compexusa.com/products.

ABOUT DJO GLOBAL
DJO Global is a leading global developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-quality medical devices that provide solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management. The Company’s products address the continuum of patient care from injury prevention to rehabilitation after surgery, injury or from degenerative disease, enabling people to regain or maintain their natural motion. Its products are used by orthopedic specialists, spine surgeons, primary care physicians, pain management specialists, physical therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals. In addition, many of the Company’s medical devices and related accessories are used by athletes and patients for injury prevention and at-home physical therapy treatment. The Company’s product lines include rigid and soft orthopedic bracing, hot and cold therapy, bone growth stimulators, vascular therapy systems and compression garments, therapeutic shoes and inserts, electrical stimulators used for pain management and physical therapy products. The Company’s surgical division offers a comprehensive suite of reconstructive joint products for the hip, knee and shoulder. DJO Global’s products are marketed under a portfolio of brands including Aircast®, Chattanooga, CMF™, Compex®, DonJoy®, ProCare®, DJO® Surgical, Dr. Comfort® and ExosTM. For additional information on the Company, please visit www.DJOglobal.com.

ABOUT TEAM UNLIMITED/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited LLC, founded in 1988, is the Hawaii-based television, events, and marketing company that brought off-road triathlon and trail running to the world under the brand name XTERRA.                                                             From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years XTERRA transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona-fide way of life for thousands of intrepid athletes as well as an emerging brand in the outdoor industry. In 2016 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 30+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution. Learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterracontent.com.

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XTERRA TV Plants Flag in Europe

Honolulu, HI – TEAM Unlimited LLC, owners and producers of the XTERRA World Tour, has entered into a television distribution partnership with Icarus Sailing Media that will significantly increase XTERRA television programming in Europe and beyond.

Icarus Sports, which annually distributes more than 20,000 hours of content through 85 broadcasters and 160 territories, recently expanded into outdoor sports and views XTERRA content as a valuable addition to its current offerings in water sports programming.

“Icarus Sports is very proud to partner with XTERRA and provide our world class distribution service to this amazing event,” said Jason Georgaris, Icarus Sports Chief Executive Officer.

The new distribution stream with Icarus Sports in Europe will complement XTERRA’s existing U.S. distribution that includes airings on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and FOX Sports Network, it’s international programming with ESPN stations in Oceania, Canada, Latin America, Japan, and the Caribbean, as well as its upcoming online distribution with Amazon Fire TV.

“In a relatively short time period, the XTERRA endurance sports platform has grown around the world,” said Tom Kiely, the CEO of TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA. “In our history, we have primarily distributed our award winning TV productions in the USA. Recently we expanded to South America, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Rim. However, we were lacking in our TV distribution in Europe where the XTERRA European Tour is strong and expanding. Through Kostas Koumargialis, our XTERRA partner in Greece, we were introduced to Icarus Sports and have developed a great relationship for the expansion of our media.”

The partnership begins this May with European distribution of the one-hour 2015 XTERRA World Championship show, with plans to add the hour-long XTERRA Pan American Championship and the 8-part XTERRA Adventures series of half-hour programs shortly. Details and a broadcast schedule will be available at xterraplanet.com/television.

About Icarus Sports
Icarus Sports is the leading media & marketing company specializing in the sport of sailing, outdoor events and water sports. Founded in 2008 as Icarus Sailing Media, Icarus Sports is now active in 45 countries in all continents with more than 25 employees and offices & partners in Athens, Istanbul, Incheon and Rio De Janeiro. In 2011, Icarus Sailing Media won the “Rising Star Award” from the Enterprise European Network for its innovative business model. Icarus Sports has developed its own specialized technology and manages the media production, post-production and distribution in-house. In this way, the company can satisfy the sailing fans, the general audience, the media and the sponsors by tailoring its products and services. Icarus is also managing the commercial rights for various sailing events and federations, such as the 49er class, the International Kiteboarding Association, the Korean Sailing Federation and others.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited LLC, founded in 1988, is the Hawaii-based television, events, and marketing company that brought off-road triathlon and trail running to the world under the brand name XTERRA.  From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years XTERRA transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona-fide way of life for thousands of intrepid athletes as well as an emerging brand in the outdoor industry. In 2016 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 30+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution. Learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterracontent.com.

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XTERRA Northeast Trail Run Series Kicks-off in Connecticut

By Devin P. Quinn
XTERRA Trail Running Intern

Joining the XTERRA Trail Run Series roster this year is the brand-new Northeast series, four exciting events poised to introduce the region to the thrill of the XTERRA running experience. The series kicks off in just a few days with the XTERRA Shepaug Run Raiser in Bridgewater, CT on March 26th, with 10k, 25k, 50k, and 80k courses. The same distances are offered at the XTERRA Wawayanda Trail Run on May 7th in Hewitt, NJ and the August 6th XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run in Washington, CT, and, on August 14th, the XTERRA Syracuse Trail Run will conclude the series with a 10k/20k race in Syracuse, NY. The XTERRA Shepaug Run Raiser is a rugged, “no-frills” race that provides challenges and rewards in equal measure on well-marked trails in the majestic Bridgewater backcountry.

The 10k course covers a variety of terrain—contouring, deer trails, dirt, open fields, rocks, roots, water, and more—with gentle elevation gains catering to every level of trail running skill. 25k and 50k runners continue on to the tranquil trails of the Roxbury Land Trust, where they will be treated to beautiful mountain laurel forests, crystal-clear streams, and the most welcome sight of all: an aid station by the pond, stocked with fuel for the tired runner. Finally, those brave souls who set out to tackle the 80k course will do three full laps of the 25k course plus a bit of extra distance around the aid station. Regardless of distance, runners should come prepared for any weather or trail condition.

Just over a month later is the XTERRA Wawayanda Trail Run, beginning and ending beside Lake Wawayanda in northwestern New Jersey. This start/finish area—a boat launch at the north end of the lake—also functions as an aid station for the longer distances, chock-full of all things sweet, salty, cool, and refreshing. The trails are a mix of single-track and double-track, smooth and technical, and include rocks, roots, and lots of rolling hills, and as runners navigate the winding trails, they will see signs of the historical background of Wawayanda State Park, including stone walls and an old iron furnace. The deep and wild woods of the park are home to a diverse wildlife population, so keep your eyes peeled for deer, wild turkeys, bears, birds, and Bigfoot.

The XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run on August 6th is a tough but gorgeous trail run for casual and competitive runners alike. The 10k race takes place entirely within the Steep Rock Preserve, featuring a moderately technical course of serene riverside trails and pinnacle vistas as well as an old railroad tunnel and suspension bridge. The longer races head outside the borders of the preserve onto more technical but well-maintained trails through the Carter and Mine Hill preserves. Runners who challenge themselves with these longer distances will be rewarded with a tour of these beautiful parks, including an old quarry, ore mines, and blast furnace before the aid station, and can enjoy a sense of complete isolation and freedom in these peaceful preserves. Upon finishing, runners can cool off from the August heat in the cool, shallow river and enjoy the post-race refreshments.

The Northeast series finale, the XTERRA Syracuse Trail Run, will take place on the strikingly scenic trails at Green Lakes State Park in the heartland of central New York. Winding its way through rolling upland forest, rugged trails, and hill ascents, the course presents a challenging two-mile climb right from the start, but rewards with breathtaking views of two glacial lakes before offering a brief respite on the lakeside trail. The exciting mix of hilly terrain and fast, flat stretches offers a paradisiacal experience for any trail runner at any level of experience, whether seasoned pro or couch potato. In addition to a well-maintained and clearly marked course, runners can expect a well-organized and expertly run event and a great finish line party, including a fully catered lunch with great music. All in all, it’s safe to say that the XTERRA Northeast race series will go out with a bang!

Also, volunteers are always welcome at any of these races! Anyone who volunteers receives a snazzy t-shirt, post-race food, and the gratitude of our staff, spectators, and participants. If you’re interested, you can sign up on the race website. We also accept guilt-induced assistance, indentured service, and forced labor.

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers in each age group for the 25k, 50k, and 80k distances at Shepaug, Wawayanda, and Steep Rock, and for the 20k distance at Syracuse. The top three best race results for each runner during the series count towards the series standings, and the athletes with the most points in their age groups by the end of the series earn the title of Paul Mitchell XTERRA Northeast Series Champion and free entry to the Paul Mitchell XTERRA National Championship in Ogden, Utah on September 18, 2016.

Learn more about the XTERRA Northeast Trail Run Series.