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.


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.

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.

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.

Icarus Sports

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.


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.



Boykin, Gasaway win XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Marathon

By Devin P. Quinn
XTERRA Trail Running Intern

On February 20th more than 500 trail running enthusiasts gathered at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia for the 10th annual XTERRA Georgia Thrill in the Hills marathon and half-marathon. The atmosphere was electric and the conditions picture perfect, as described by race director Tim Schroer: “The course, weather, conditions, and temperatures this year were absolutely as epic as you could ask for! It was cool celebrating 10 years of the XTERRA Georgia Thrill in the Hills with such sweet conditions, and I think it set up great for the runners. This is a great time of year for this race (late February); with these distances we like to have cool temperatures for the runners. Over the last 10 years we have experienced everything from light rain, monsoons, ice, snow and everything in between! This year was by far one of the best!”

The tenth anniversary of a race is an occasion not just for celebration but for reflection as well. You might expect the event to have changed drastically over the years, but, as Tim explains, a commitment to creating an atmosphere of family has been central throughout the history of the series. “My wife and I started Dirty Spokes in 2005 and we are very proud to call ourselves a Georgia family business. Honestly it’s the family part (or family atmosphere) we love the most. We hope the runners get a feel of comfort and family when they come to our races. We take a lot of pride in the product we put out and hope people can see that when they come to our races. We try to be consistent with the races and events we produce. Fort Yargo State Park is a great trail system and we feel like we have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to showcase it for the last 10 years. We have made some small tweaks from year to year and feel like we have it dialed in pretty well. I thought it was cool to have 500 plus runners at the 10th Annual Thrill In the Hills, and the fact they came from Germany, Taiwan, California, Nevada, Washington, Minnesota, New York, Virginia, Kentucky and all across the Southeastern U.S. was pretty special.”

Even a veteran race director couldn’t put together an event like this without some help. “We have some amazing volunteers and staff that help with our events that make things run like clockwork,” praises Tim. “It’s fun for me to see things come together on race day. There is so much preparation and organization that goes on before the race even gets to the table that sometimes race day seems easy. Our volunteers and staff that help with registration always greet the runners with a huge smile and in my opinion set the tone for the day (they are honestly the best in the business). Our crew that helps set up the course at Fort Yargo does an outstanding job to help ensure the runners don’t have any questions once they enter the trail system.”

The marathon kicked off at 8:00 am on the dot and the half-marathon at 8:30. For the purpose of a well-spaced start, the race began on the street, but quickly the course headed into the woods to wind through varied terrain including single and double track, rolling hills, rocks, roots, gentle slopes, and lots of beautiful Georgia forest. The race’s creed, after all, is “Ditch the City,” and with well-maintained trails winding through breathtaking sylvan scenery, it’s easy to understand why the event continues to grow in popularity.

Tim maintained an active presence during the race, zooming around on an ATV to watch over the racers and offer words of encouragement. “I was able to lead all the runners into the woods and once they tapped into the woods I was able to go from point to point on the course and catch up with the racers (making sure all was good).” From his position, Tim also had a close-up view of the events that unfolded during the race. “The top 5 in the marathon were within 1 minute of each other for the first lap of the race, which set up for a fun race to watch from my perspective in the woods. The top 3 in the half-marathon were flying around the course and stayed within arm’s length of each other for the first 6-7 miles, then they started to create some separation from each other.”

Atlanta native Kyle Boykin ultimately pulled away to win the men’s side of the marathon, opening a six-minute gap over Gautam Sowda and Keil Anderson, respectively. Nicole Gasaway from Sugar Hill was the female marathon champ; Gloria Clavijo and Molly Freeman were second and third. The men’s half-marathon winner was Jesse Rappole, another Atlanta resident, followed by Chris Acuff and Matt Haley; Edann Brady emerged triumphant on the women’s side, with Maurya Lacey and Joy Makinen-Palmer filling out the podium.

All in all, the 10th annual Thrill in the Hills race was a huge success, and Tim insists that despite his efforts it is the runners who truly make the event. “I am always amazed at the performances by the runners who attend our events (front, middle and back of the pack),” he says. “It’s fun from my perspective to hear from people—whether first time trail runners or veterans of the trail running community—about their experiences within the events. We have always said it’s the racers that make the races what they are and we are very grateful to each of them for supporting our events. We are very fortunate to surround ourselves with such awesome people!

A prime representative of those “awesome people” is Don Burkett. Don has been an integral part of the running community for 55 years, both as a runner and as a race director, so his praise for the race and the series should not be taken lightly! “Every year the Thrill in the Hills Trail Race has improved in quality,” he says. “To be honest it is hard to improve on perfection but Tim and Linda Schroer really try each year to address any runner concerns and make every effort to improve this race. Also, the volunteers who maintain the trails have made vast improvements in areas that have washed or weathered. This year the trails were really buffed and clean. I personally believe this race gets better each year and it is the best half marathon trail race that I have run. The Georgia XTERRA Series is very professionally run and is the most organized group of races that I have participated in during my trail running career. Tim and Linda Schroer place the utmost effort into ensuring that each runner has the best experience possible. From packet pickup to the awards ceremony and all aspects in between, the races are well planned and run flawlessly. Tim and Linda have also recruited a dedicated group of volunteers who, like family, make each runner feel welcomed and “at home”. This runner-friendly attitude permeates each person involved in the Dirty Spokes Production experience and can be felt at each race!”

No article on the Thrill in the Hills would be complete without Matt and Becky Morris; the running couple has been a fixture in the race for all ten years of its existence. With the race’s tenth anniversary now passed, Matt looks back at how they became such avid trail runners and were attracted to the Thrill in the Hills: “Becky and I both started out as road and track runners, and while the track was safe it was boring and monotonous. The road, on the other hand, only got more dangerous with people talking on their cell phones and paying more attention to their kids than the road. After I jumped into a ditch to avoid a clueless car I decided to find a safer way to run.  I discovered the trails at Fort Yargo and after running there once I was hooked.  I brought Becky out and she loved it also. We could run without worrying about traffic.  We could listen to music.  We ran next to the lake and through the woods.  We got to reconnect with nature while doing something we loved.  There was one downside, though: we could not find any trail races close to us.  Of course there was a 5K every weekend and the one or two yearly marathons in Georgia, and the Peachtree Road Race—but it was all on asphalt!  Then along came Tim Schroer with the inaugural Thrill in the Hills at Fort Yargo.  We were pumped.  Not only was it a trail race but it was “our” trail race.”

From that point on it was a match made in heaven, he explains. “We run this race every year because Fort Yargo is our home field.  We live close and train here all year, and we love the course because it’s challenging, demanding and rewarding. Each year new people run this race and discover Fort Yargo, and then they come back because it’s a great park.  It has really made a positive impact on the park and the local community. Of course, The Thrill in the Hills is not the only XTERRA race we run. After seeing what Tim has done at Fort Yargo we have run almost all of his XTERRA races at one point or another.  We are just grateful that we can get out there with other trail runners and enjoy these races.”

Finally, the Thrill in the Hills race would not be what it is without the help of its sponsors, as Tim points out. “We have some awesome sponsors who support our events. This year’s XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series is presented by Chateau Élan. They are located in Braselton, Georgia, and have a rich history of producing some of the best wines! Big Peach Running Co. (all 7 locations) is our local retail sponsor for all our events (Dirty Spokes Trail Running Races as well as XTERRA Georgia Trail Running Races). Big Peach has some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff. It was also super cool to have Powerbar at the race this past weekend with their traveling trailer—I think the runners really liked the on-site support.” Gatorade and Paul Mitchell supported the race as well.

Two races remain in the 2015-2016 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series. Next up is the XTERRA Georgia Deep South 15K/5K at Dauset Trails in Jackson, Georgia on May 28th, and then the 2015-2016 series will wrap up on August 13th with the XTERRA Georgia Allatoona Creek 15K/5K. Fear not—the 2016-2017 series kicks off soon after with the XTERRA Georgia Harbins Park 10K on September 24th!

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Inspiring XTERRA Trail Runner Featured in FOX Sports TV Special

A little over a year ago we shared the story of Lota Ward, an amazing young man who at just 7-years-old won the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship in Utah.

It wasn’t just his running that impressed us, but his spirit.  His focus for that race was to raise money for two little boys in his neighborhood that had Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  And he did, he collected roughly $2,000 in contributions to help buy a new wheelchair for his buddies.

Just a few months later, however, it was Lota who needed help after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. Since October of 2014 he’s gone through five brain surgeries, but is still strong and is still running and is still inspiring everybody he comes across.

Watch this FOX Sports Special:
Living to Run – The Story of Lota Ward


XTERRA Teams Up with Running26 to Expand & Grow XTERRA in Europe

Honolulu, HI – TEAM Unlimited LLC, owners of XTERRA, today announced an alliance with Running26 of Denmark to build a marketing and business development office in Europe.

“The importance of Europe on the XTERRA World Tour continues to grow each year and we sense both the need and opportunity of opening a business operation,” said XTERRA CEO Tom Kiely.  “We have been fortunate to form a close working relationship and alliance with Denmark-based Running26, and they are a talented event, marketing, and media group.”

Running26 is also the current license holder for the increasingly successful series of events in the XTERRA Nordic region which includes XTERRA branded off-road triathlons, duathlons, trail runs, and swim-run events held year-round.

“Our goal is to build an even more powerful XTERRA brand in Europe, and create an attractive platform for all organizers, sponsors, and partners in the region,” said Kristian Uhd Jepsen, the director for Running26.

Jepsen said his short-term goals include securing sponsorship for the XTERRA European Tour, exploring merchandising opportunities, and increasing both the number of XTERRA licensed events and the number of participants at each event in Europe.

Jepsen has assembled a staff of seven to launch the XTERRA Marketing Office in Europe and service new social media, sponsorship and licensing initiatives.

“We plan to empower and involve the existing XTERRA Europe organizations to help achieve economies of scale, and build value across all events,” said Jepsen.  “Our first order of business will be to create professional and coherent XTERRA branding across Europe through extensive use of social media.”

The first-ever XTERRA race in Europe dates back to 2000, with the inaugural three-stop XTERRA European Tour taking place in 2003.  This year there are 11 championship events in Europe.

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 Running26

Running26 connects people and creates strong relationships and personal development through endurance sports such as running, cycling and triathlon.  The company operates throughout the full value chain of sport events and experiences in that arena and has full service line of products targeting individuals and companies. All cases are fully supported by an extensive use of media and valuable content production. Learn more at running26.dk or xterranordic.com.



3-Apr XTERRA Malta S
Majjistral Nature Reserve
7-May XTERRA Greece S
21-May XTERRA Portugal S
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium S
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland – ETU Championship G
Vallee de Joux
3-Jul XTERRA France G
31-Jul XTERRA Italy S
Lago Di Scanno
7-Aug XTERRA Poland S
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden S
20-Aug XTERRA Germany G XTERRA Euro Champs
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark G
Mons Klint

S = Silver / G = Gold

Elites racing in the 2016 XTERRA European Tour will count their best four (4) Gold scores and their best three (3) Silver scores. Amateurs count their best 4 Gold and 2 Silvers. Amateurs must score points in at least two events to be considered for Euro Tour honors.                                                             See Rules Doc for more details. More XTERRA European Tour News


Rotorua, New Zealand Added to XTERRA Travel Active Destinations


Home to XTERRA New Zealand since 2002, Rotorua, New Zealand is the latest active destination to land on the XTERRA Travel platform.

With action and adventure aplenty, Rotorua is the perfect place to test your limits. If you enjoy getting out on two wheels then you will love Rotorua’s world renowned mountain bike trails. If water sports hold greater appeal then conquering the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, Kaituna Falls, should be one for the bucket list.

Imagine sailing across the waters of stunning Lake Rotoiti to uncharted hot pools and experiencing what many people will only ever read about.  A destination like none other, Rotorua has countless natural pools and rejuvenating spas spread throughout the region.

The rich Māori culture in Rotorua also offers an authentic and truly unique perspective for visitors, connecting with the history and the people of the land. Surrounded by nature, there are treasures to be discovered amongst the magnificent forests, the 18 sparkling lakes and the rolling hills surrounding the city. Coupled with geothermal features and unique otherworldly landscapes, Rotorua provides a dramatic setting for the ultimate getaway.

Catch a glimpse of earth’s powerful forces in Rotorua, New Zealand’s Coolest Hot Spot.

Activities: Mountain Biking/Cycling, Spa, Fly Fishing, Rafting, Eco Adventure Touring, Rafting, Hiking, Action/Adventure

Featured Assistance

A visit to the Rotorua i-SITE will help you uncover the hidden gems that will make your visit truly memorable.

With friendly staff that can assist with advice and planning for sightseeing, accommodation, activities and more, make i-SITE your one stop hot spot for a unique Rotorua experience.

Learn more and plan your stay at www.rotoruanz.com.


XTERRA Early-Bird Rates End Jan. 31st

From now until January 31 XTERRA is offering early-bird prices on registration rates for its championship races and the trail runs held at select venues.

Rates start at just $85 for the full length off-road tris ($110 for teams), $55 for Sprint races ($70 for Sprint teams), $30 for the new “€œXticer”€ beginner off-road tris, and $40 for 21km trail runs, $30 for 10km races, and $20 for 5km runs.

Follow the registration links below for more information:
May 21-22 – XTERRA Oak Mountain – Pelham, AL
July 16-17 – XTERRA Beaver Creek – Avon, CO
Sep 17-18 – XTERRA Pan American Championship – Ogden, UT (Championship rates start at $150)
Oct. 22 – XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs – Kapalua, Maui
Dec. 4 – XTERRA Trail Run Worlds – Kaaawa, HI