Buffelspoort in the Books

The first XTERRA off-road festival of the year took place in the North West Province of South Africa last weekend with Brad Edwards and Nicolette Griffioen taking top honors in the main event, which combined a 1.5km swim, 26km mountain bike and 12km trail run.

Edwards had a stellar day out on route, leading the men’s race from start to finish. “I’ve learnt not to desire one big outcome, but instead to focus on each discipline individually. On the swim I worked hard at having a good stroke. I know that if I tick all the smaller boxes the outcome will be good. I’ve dreamed about winning an XTERRA. Crossing the finish line first today can be likened to when I won the under 23 Cross Tri World Championship.”

“XTERRA has everything.   It’s scenic, the routes are challenging and the organisation is amazing,” continued Edwards. “I’m looking forward to taking part at the XTERRA Grabouw next month. I know the course is challenging and the quality of athletes competing will be high. I will once again focus on the smaller goals.  Hopefully I’ll be able to make top five.” Edwards completed the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw in an impressive finishing time of 02 hours 43 minutes 26 seconds. Darryn Purtell came in second, while Adriaan Myburgh finished third.

Although plagued by bike mechanicals on the day, Nicolette Griffioen managed to regain composure and successfully defend her Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort title. “I’m not the fastest swimmer. So going into the race I just wanted to be consistent in the swim.  I started to catch the leaders on the mountain bike discipline, but then my bike punctured at approximately 15km in.  I first bombed the tyre and later plugged it, followed by another bomb. After that I decided to be more cautious. Going into the run I was in survival mode. I am very surprised that I managed to catch all the runners ahead of me.   I am really happy with the win.”   Griffioen completed the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort in a deserving time of 03 hours 21 minutes 43 seconds. Johandri Leicester came in second, while Adrienne Moolman finished third.

Nico Sterk and Hayle Preen took top honors in the XTERRA Lite race, with winning times of 1:15:47 and 1:29:59, respectively.  The Lite race featured a 400m swim, followed by a 19km MTB and then finally a 6km trail run. Featuring some exciting route upgrades, even the XTERRA regulars were kept on their toes.

“Many of us want to start living a more active life, but don’t always know where to start,” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth. “The Fedhealth XTERRA Lite offers just that: a well-organised swim, MTB ride and trail run that’s perfect for beginner triathletes. And, since the Fedhealth XTERRA also offers a Kids and Full event, there is something for every member of the family to do. We invite families to come make a weekend out of it!”

For further information visit www.stillwatersports.com.

Koumargialis to Lead XTERRA European Tour Marketing Efforts

Konstantinos “Kostas” Koumargialis, the former race organizer for XTERRA Greece, has been named the marketing director of XTERRA Europe, a new position focused on promoting all races in the Tour and increasing race participation and brand awareness throughout Europe.

“I think we found the perfect person for the job,” said Dave Nicholas, the managing director for the XTERRA World Tour. “Kostas came to us first as an athlete then as an organizer of the successful Greece events. The work he did in getting European athletes to travel to Greece was amazing. He continued to offer suggestions on how TEAM Unlimited could help XTERRA grow in Europe, and his ideas perfectly meshed with ours. I have full confidence in Kostas, and believe our exposure in Europe will increase dramatically.”

In addition, former XTERRA World Champion Nicolas Lebrun will return as the director of the XTERRA European Tour and Dave Nicholas will continue to oversee all operations.

This year’s XTERRA European Tour features an unprecedented 16 championship races with new events in Cyprus, Spain, Wales, Finland, and Norway and will offer more than 190,000 Euro in elite prize money.

“Kostas is passionate about XTERRA, and has a wealth of contacts and experience in race production and marketing which will be of great value to all of us,” said Lebrun.

One of the many new projects Koumargialis is working on includes increased television distribution for select events, and a “media dream team” to capture and produce before-and-after hype videos, photos, and stories for social media and worldwide media distribution.

“XTERRA has always been an inspiration for me. The past five years, I put a lot of effort and passion and gained a lot of knowledge as an organizer for XTERRA Greece,” said Koumargialis. “This unique journey together with my business background and experience as an amateur athlete, have set the grounds for my involvement in the development of the XTERRA European Tour. From the position of the Marketing Director, I look forward to being an active part of the growth for XTERRA Europe, and an even brighter future.”

Follow the XTERRA European Tour online at www.xterraeurope.com, on Facebook.com/xterraeurope, and on twitter @xterraeurope.

Kids First in South Africa

The 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA season kicked off at the majestic Buffelspoort Dam today with the much anticipated Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race.

A highlight at every XTERRA SA Event, the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race attracted junior XTERRA Warriors between the ages of 6 – 15.

“The XTERRA Kids Race never fails to impress,” said Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “The energy and enthusiasm displayed by the young entrants and their supporters is electric. This is what XTERRA is all about: fitness, fun and most importantly family. We look forward to continuing the excitement at the Fedhealth XTERRA Full Race on Saturday.”

Junior XTERR Warriors could choose between three age group categories when entering the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race: 6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run), 9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run) and 12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5 km Trail Run).

“I really enjoyed the XTERRA,” says Tristan Van Der Linde, 6-8 age group athlete. “Last year I came second. It feels really good to win today.”

According to Alrich Uys, 9 -11 age group athlete, he felt good after the race. “I entered to enjoy myself. This is the first time that I’ve taken part. I enjoyed all three events, the swim, the mountain bike and the run.”

“It’s good to get out and have fun,” says Nadya Stolarczyk, 12 – 15 age group athlete. “XTERRA is the only off road triathlon that I take part in. I really enjoyed today. My XTERRA hero is Flora Duffy.”

See more pictures from today’s kids races and follow all the XTERRA South Africa races taking place in Buffelspoort this weekend on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/XTERRASouthAfrica/

“We are extremely excited to see so many kids participating in our Fedhealth XTERRA Kids events. We believe that it’s never too early to start cultivating a healthy lifestyle, and fitness plays a major role in that. And, seeing as we’re all about family, we wanted to offer our members a fitness event the whole family could enjoy together – whilst reaching their individual goals and getting a scenic workout,” said Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth.

Elmar-Sprink

New Heart, New Hope for German XTERRA Racer

Elmar Sprink, 45, a heart transplantee from Köln, Germany, will be racing in the XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series season-opener in South Africa on February 25.

According to Sprink, after his heart transplant in June 2012, he had to once again learn how to sit, stand up and walk. “After having spent half a year in bed, I found that swimming was the perfect way to start training my muscles again. In January 2013 I started to jog, but only 700m at a time. It was then that I decided to return to triathlon racing as an attempt to create awareness around organ donation in Germany.”

2017 marks the 50-year anniversary of the first human-to-human heart transplant operation.

“Partaking in sport helps to minimise the side effects of the medication that heart transplantees have to take,” continues Sprink, who has been extraordinarily active since the transplant by running in marathons and racing Ironman triathlons.

“In my case, it also helps a lot from a psychological aspect. I am really looking forward to being in South Africa, enjoying the land and meeting new people. The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw has a nice combination of swimming, mountain biking and trail running. As with all the other events that I have participated in with my new heart, my goal will be to have fun and cross the finish line.”

For more information on Sprink visit elmarsprink.de and for more on XTERRA South Africa go to www.stillwatersports.com.

Maui Show Debuts This Weekend

The one-hour television show featuring XTERRA Worlds makes its debut in the U.S. this weekend with airings in Tucson, AZ (Sat, 9:30am on NBC), Portland, OR (Sun, 2pm on KOIN), Madison, WI (Sat, 4pm on CW), Hartford, CT (Sat, 1pm on ABC), Buffalo, NY (Sun, 5pm on CBS), Knoxville, TN (Sun, 5pm on CBS), Grand Junction, CO (Sun, 5pm on CBS), and Fairbanks, AK (Sun, 2pm on NBC).

The following weekend the show will hit the airwaves on the MSG Network in the nation’s largest television market, New York, NY, at 3pm on Saturday, January 28 and 5pm on Sunday, the 29th. It will also be broadcast in Minneapolis, MN (12pm on ABC) and Bowling Green, NY (11:30am on NBC) next Sunday.  Click here to see when the show will be broadcast in your area.

This is the 21st straight year the XTERRA World Championship has been broadcast to a national, now international audience.

The show, which highlights Maui’s natural beauty as a scenic backdrop to XTERRA warriors putting their mental and physical toughness to the ultimate test, will be seen by more than six million viewers via national syndication (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX), Fox Sports Network, ESPN International, and European distribution.

Last year’s race was lauded as one of the toughest challenges in the history of XTERRA, and in this show viewers will see for themselves why. It started with big swells, a strong current, and shore-pounding waves and got tougher from there as riders trudged through muddy trails in the West Maui Mountains.

The finish times were the slowest ever recorded, yet racer after racer described it as “epic” and “one for the ages.”

More than 800 endurance athletes from 46 countries participated in the event, which combined a one-mile rough water swim with a 20-mile mountain bike and grueling 6.5-mile trail run.

Since 1990 TEAM TV has produced more than 300 television shows resulting in three regional Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence. Past episodes of the award-winning XTERRA Adventures TV series, XTERRA USA and past World Championship broadcasts are available on-demand as a video subscription for Prime members on Amazon Video. Four seasons (32 shows) of the half-hour episodes of XTERRA Adventures, and the 2012-through-2015 XTERRA USA and World Championship triathlon races are available now and 2016 shows will be added soon.

How to Qualify for Maui in 2017

There are 42 races in 33 countries where amateurs can earn a qualifying spot to race at the 22nd edition of the XTERRA World Championship to be held October 29, 2017 in Kapalua, Maui.

The number of qualifying spots varies per race. See the 2017 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series Schedule and slot breakdowns per race below. Athletes have two weeks after the race to claim their spot, at which time unclaimed spots will roll to the next eligible athlete.

New this year, amateur racers can also earn a qualifying spot to Maui by winning their division in the XTERRA European Tour, XTERRA Pan America Tour, and XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour. These spots do not roll.

Those racing in the XTERRA America Tour can earn a Maui spot by winning their regional championship. Roll downs will be permitted in instances where the regional champion has already qualified and registered to race at XTERRA Worlds. There are no deferrals.

Click on the Tour link that applies to you below to see how to win your division in 2017:

2017 XTERRA European Tour Rules for Amateurs

2017 XTERRA Pan America Tour Rules for Amateurs

2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Rules for Amateurs

2017 XTERRA America Tour Rules for Amateurs

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED ATHLETES

Physically challenged athletes are required to compete in at least one XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series race then request an entry by emailing info@xterraplanet.com.

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES

Professional athletes are required to compete in at least one XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series race then request an entry by emailing pro@xterraplanet.com.

AT-LARGE

The at-large pool for the 2017 race is full. You can still add your name to the waitlist should additional spots become available at: https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/2017-xterra-world-championship-kapalua-october-22425.

The at-large pool for the 2018 race (if offered) is tentatively scheduled to open on Dec. 1, 2017.

2017 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING SERIES SCHEDULE

Date Name Location Maui Slots Purse (US$)
25-Feb XTERRA South Africa Grabouw, Western Cape 51 $17,736
4-Mar XTERRA Motatapu South Island, New Zealand 18 $2,481
18-Mar XTERRA Saipan Northern Mariana Islands 26 $7,500
25-Mar XTERRA Argentina Dique Ullum, San Juan 26 $7,500
26-Mar XTERRA La Union Philippines 51 $15,000
1-Apr XTERRA Thailand Phuket 26 $7,500
1-Apr XTERRA Chile San Bernardo, Santiago 26 $7,500
2-Apr XTERRA Malta Majjistral Nature Reserve 26 $7,500
8-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua, North Island 36 $7,089
9-Apr XTERRA Costa Rica Playa Reserva Conchal 26 $7,500
16-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Reunion Island 26 $11,500
23-Apr XTERRA Cyprus Lara Beach/Akamas, Paphos 26 $7,500
23-Apr XTERRA Cebu Danao, Cebu, Philippines 51 $15,000
29-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Langkawi, Malaysia 51 $25,000
30-Apr XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni 26 $7,500
6-May XTERRA Tahiti Moorea 26 $7,500
14-May XTERRA Spain Taragonna 26 $7,500
14-May XTERRA Brazil Ilha Bella, Sao Paolo 51 $7,500
20-May XTERRA Oak Mountain Pelham, Alabama, USA 51 $15,000
27-May XTERRA Portugal Golega 26 $7,500
10-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur 26 $7,500
17-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada 14-Series 0
18-Jun XTERRA Finland Imatra 26 $7,500
24-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux 51 $15,000
2-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt 51 $15,000
9-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada 26 $7,500
15-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA 51 $15,000
30-Jul XTERRA Italy-Abruzzo Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy 26 $7,500
5-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa 51 $15,000
6-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada 15 0
6-Aug XTERRA Norway Location TBD 26 $7,500
12-Aug XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada 14-Series 0
12-Aug XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Canada 15 0
13-Aug XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona 26 $7,500
13-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow 26 $7,500
19-Aug XTERRA Germany Zittau 51 $15,000
26-Aug XTERRA Korea Ban-gae Reservoir, Ban-gaery, Wonjoo City 26 0
26-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hammarbybacken, Stockholm 26 $7,500
26-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 6 $0
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido 26 $7,500 &
$10,000 Tour Bonus
3-Sep XTERRA European Tour Championship / Denmark Mons Klint 51 $25,000 &
$20,000 Tour Bonus
16-Sep XTERRA Pan Am Championship / USA Ogden, Utah, USA 51 $20,000 &
$60,000 Tour Bonus
29-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii $105,000

For further information email info@xterraplanet.com.

XTERRA Time in South Africa

The 2017 XTERRA racing season will kick off on a high note at the magnificent Buffelspoort Dam in the North West Province of South Africa next weekend.

“We are excited to once again kick off the XTERRA Racing Season at Buffelspoort Dam,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Our course designers have been hard at work over the Festive Season ensuring that only the best routes form part of the XTERRA experience. Entrants can look forward to an exciting challenge that incorporates magnificent routes and spectacular scenery.”

According to Hendrico Burger, Fedhealth XTERRA Race Director, the 2017 routes feature some exciting upgrades. “The first half of the XTERRA mountain bike (MTB) course will be more challenging and will include a +- 3km steep technical climb with a +- 230m ascent. The second half of the MTB course will be faster and less technical. Route highlights will include spectacular views from different vantage points on top of the plateau. The trail run route will feature a long, steep climb to the top of the plateau, with a new decent towards the Buffelspoort Dam.”

Reigning Cross Triathlon Junior Elite Men’s World Champion, Michael Ferreira, will make his XTERRA “long course” debut on Saturday, January 21st when he takes on the Fedhealth XTERRA at Buffelspoort Dam.

“I took part in my first XTERRA Lite at Buffelspoort in 2014,” says Ferreira. “Although I tried my hand at a couple of road triathlons, I was always a mountain biker at heart. I was able to make a name for myself in the XTERRA Lite Series. In 2017, however, I will be turning 20, which makes me old enough to move on to the long distance XTERRA. XTERRA Buffelspoort will be my first long distance triathlon. I plan to take part in all three XTERRA SA races: Buffelspoort, Nelson Mandela Bay and Grabouw.”

“The XTERRA Buffelspoort route is definitely world class,” continues Ferreira. “The swim is always pleasant. The bike course is challenging, but also fun with a lot of single track. The run is slow going and tough, exactly what a trail run should be like. The trick is to pace well so that you aren’t over extended going into the run. The XTERRA Lite is a good introduction to the sport of XTERRA. The course is of such a nature that the faster you go the harder it gets. Newcomers to the sport can take it slow and it will be a fun, easy race to participate in.  My goal at the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA will be to achieve an overall top ten position.”

In addition to the main event on Saturday, January 21, there are also kids races on Friday, Jan. 20, and the XTERRA Lite race on Sunday, January 22nd.

After Buffelspoort, racers can look forward to the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay (Eastern Cape) Feb 10-12, then the Fedhealth XTERRA South Africa Championship (Grabouw/Western Cape) Feb 24-26.

For further information visit www.stillwatersports.com, and you can find XTERRA South Africa on twitter @XTERRASA and @Fedhealthmed and on Facebook at XTERRA South Africa / Fedhealth Medical Aid.

New Race in New Jersey

The 2017 XTERRA America Tour for amateurs welcomes a new race for the Atlantic Region, XTERRA Way Over Yonder, to be held at Wawayanda State Park in Hewitt, New Jersey on May 20.

The park features 60 miles of trails that weave through a hardwood, hemlock and chestnut oak filled forest with rocky outcrops all around.  The park is home to red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, and the great blue heron.

Incredibly, this scenic outdoor playground is located less than 50 miles from the Big Apple.

“It’s the first New York City metro XTERRA,” said race director David Schwartz, an XTERRA athlete himself.  “I had a moment of inspiration while competing at XTERRA Nationals in Utah a couple of years ago, realizing XTERRA was under-served near the nation’s largest city so I set my sights to go about making a race as epic as the city itself.”

It all starts with a beginner friendly 800-meter swim, comprised of two 400-meter laps with a short beach shuffle in between, in the glacially-formed, spring-fed Wawayanda Lake.

“Then it’s on to 12-miles of mountain biking with plenty of technical single track featuring all aspects of this amazing park – dirt, rock, pine needle carpet and swamp,” said Schwartz.

The last leg is a 5-mile trail run that starts easy before heading in to some lush green single track through the forest.

“It’ll be a great race for newcomers to the sport and for the seasoned vets out there chasing points and trying to win a regional championship and the Maui spot that goes with it,” added Schwartz.

The first 50 entrants will be entered into a special bonus raffle, and registration is open now at http://www.raceforum.com/XTERRAyonder

Make sure to use $15 off registration coupon code: 15OFFXTERRANYC (expires January 22, 2017)
For more information check out: www.RSGAdventures.com
There are 50 races in 30 states on this year’s XTERRA America Tour, including five in the Atlantic Region.  See the full schedule of events and learn how the series works for amateurs at http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/america-tour

New Year. Early Savings.

With over 100 XTERRA events in the U.S set for 2017 and nearly 200 around the world the possibilities for adventure are endless.

Below you’ll find a list of early-bird off-road trail running and triathlon deals to help you plot your course this year with our brand of off-road, #livemore endurance fun.

Date Event Name State Code Discount Expiration
2/5/2017 XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run CA XTKICKOFF10 10% 1/31/2017
2/5/2017 XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run AZ      
2/18/2017 XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run GA      
2/25/2017 XTERRA Pedernales Trail Run TX      
2/26/2017 XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run CA XTKICKOFF10 10% 1/31/2017
3/5/2017 XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run AZ     Increase 2/1
3/12/2017 XTERRA Brandywine Trail Run DE      
3/25/2017 XTERRA Shepaug Trail Run CT      
3/26/2017 XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run FL      
4/1/2017 XTERRA Blackwater FL      
4/2/2017 XTERRA Black Water Trail Run FL      
4/9/2017 XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run CA XTKICKOFF10 10% 1/31/2017
4/9/2017 XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain State Park CO XC2017   1/31/2017
4/22/2017 XTERRA Myrtle Beach Trail Run SC N/A   3/1/2017
4/23/2017 XTERRA ATX Trail Run TX      
5/7/2017 XTERRA Claw Trail Run FL      
5/20/2017 XTERRA Malibu Creek Trail Run CA XTKICKOFF10 10% 1/31/2017
5/20/2017 XTERRA Charlottesville Trail Run VA   $5 1/31/2017
5/20/2017 XTERRA Oak Mountain AL     1/31/2017
5/21/2017 XTERRA St. Louis MO      
5/21/2017 XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs AL     1/31/2017
6/3/2017 XTERRA Deep South Trail Run GA      
6/3/2017 XTERRA Knoxville Trail Run TN DIRTYBIRD15   2/12/2017
6/4/2017 XTERRA Knoxville TN     2/12/2017
6/11/2017 XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run  TX      
7/9/2017 XTERRA Harbison Trail Run SC XSC2017   1/31/2017
7/15/2017 XTERRA Beaver Creek CO     1/31/2017
7/16/2017 XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Runs CO     1/31/2017
7/16/2017 XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run TX      
7/23/2017 XTERRA Ionia MI   $20 Off 2/28/2017
7/23/2017 XTERRA Ionia Trail Run MI      
7/29/2017 XTERRA Panther Creek Trail Run TN DIRTYBIRD15   4/9/2017
7/30/2017 XTERRA Panther Creek TN     4/9/2017
8/5/2017 XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run CT      
8/6/2017 XTERRA Castle Rock Trail Run CO      
8/12/2017 XTERRA Allatoona Trail Run GA      
8/12/2017 XTERRA Table Rock Trail Run SC XSC2017   1/31/2017
8/13/2017 XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run TX      
8/19/2017 XTERRA Adventure Fest Trail Run HI      
8/19/2017 XTERRA Lake Tahoe Trail Run  NV XTLT1017 10% 3/31/2017
9/9/2017 XTERRA Smokechaser Trail Run ID      
9/16/2017 XTERRA Pan Am / USA Championship UT     1/31/2017
9/17/2017 XTERRA Trail Running National Championship UT     1/31/2017
9/23/2017 XTERRA Harbins Park Trail Run  GA      
9/23/2017 XTERRA Gold Rush Trail Run CA      
9/24/2017 XTERRA Golden Gate Trail Run CO      
10/8/2017 XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races CO XC2017   1/31/2017
10/14/2017 XTERRA Fort Yargo Trail Run GA      
10/15/2017 XTERRA Rockhopper AZ      
10/28/2017 XTERRA Battle at Big Creek Trail Run GA      
10/28/2017 XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs HI     1/31/2017
11/11/2017 XTERRA Little Mulberry Park Trail Run GA      
12/2/2017 XTERRA Mt. Tabor Trail Run GA      
12/3/2017 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship HI     1/31/2017