Ben Allen

Allen Aims for 3-Peat in the Philippines

Race No. 2 of the XTERRA Asia-Pacific tour takes place Saturday in Cebu at the 4th annual XTERRA Philippines Championship race where the big question is … can anybody stop Ben Allen?

The Aussie sensation is the undisputed King of the Asia-Pacific series of races over the past two seasons.  He’s won 9-of-10 APAC majors since capturing XTERRA Guam in ’02, and is shooting for a 3-peat in the Philippines (he’ll be going for 3-in-a-row in Saipan, Guam, and New Zealand this year too).

“I love this race,” said Allen from Cebu. “The Filipino people have been so kind to me since I first arrived three years ago. This is my third XTERRA and I am ready to give it my all and show all my family & friends how hard I have been training during the Aussie summer in preparation for the XTERRA World Tour. I  know Cebu very well now – from where to eat to where to shop (Jacqui) to where to train – and would almost call it my second home.”

XTERRA South Africa Champ Dan Hugo leads the list of candidates to steal the crown from Allen but he rolled his ankle and tore his anterior talofibular ligament in his victory at Grabouw three weeks ago so will likely have to race well within his limits – especially considering his ambitious schedule in the coming months (read more). Fellow South African Brad Weiss is next in line, having finished third behind Allen and Hugo at Guam and Saipan last year.

Czech standout Jan Kubicek and the pride of Malaysia Shahrom Abdullah should be in the mix as well, along with a pair of all-star amateurs-turned-pros Michal Bucek from Slovakia and Charlie Epperson representing Guam.

The women’s pro race in the Philippines revives the APAC rivalry (friendly as it is) between “the Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher and Jacqui Slack from the UK.  Jacqui won the first two head-to-head battles last year at Saipan and Guam while Renata came out on top at the last three in Australia (Great Ocean Road), New Zealand, and Malaysia.  Several other familiar faces will toe the line including XTERRA Japan Champ Mieko Carey, Carina Wasle from Austria, Daz Parker from the UK, plus XTERRA rookie pro Dimity-Lee Duke from Australia.

You can expect to be hearing a lot about that core group of elites as they race their way through the region towards the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship at Jervis Bay, NSW on April 26.

Learn more at XTERRAPhil.com

Photo: Emmanuel Villaruel

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XTERRA Mauritius Presented by Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa, Added to 2014 World Tour

XTERRA Outrigger Hotels and ResortsHonolulu, HI (March 13, 2014) – TEAM Unlimited LLC, owners and producers of the XTERRA World Tour, has added the XTERRA Mauritius off-road triathlon presented by Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa to the 2014 schedule of XTERRA World Championship qualifying events.

The inaugural race on the island nation situated in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa is slated for May 24, 2014 at the Bois Cheri Tea Estate bordering the mountainous Black River Gorges National Park.

“We’re excited to join forces with XTERRA to bring a World Tour event to the island of Mauritius,” said Mark Simmons, Outrigger’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific. “The Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa is the premier resort on the island and uniquely equipped to welcome XTERRA’s active adventure traveler.”

Tim and Marie Cartwright, local organizers for the event, described Mauritius as a tropical paradise, “famous for its spectacular beaches, turquoise lagoon and lush, green mountains.” The race itself is set in a working tea plantation and the colonial gardens of the estate where deer and wildlife roam free.

“The swim takes place in the crater of an extinct volcano surrounded by beautifully managed tropical gardens and overlooked by the tea rooms – a popular tourist attraction,” said Tim Cartwright.  “The mountain bike course is a mix of jeep road and technical single tracks, taking in much of the Mauritius MTB Championship course.  On the run athletes will find lots of ups and downs, a couple of water crossings, single track climbs and technical descents.  For me it is the most varied, beautiful and challenging terrain I have had the pleasure to run upon.”

XTERRA Mauritius will offer prize money for professionals and 15 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui (October 26) for the top amateur finishers.  There will also be relay team competitions and a kids triathlon on offer.

“Known primarily for her beaches and luxury hotels, this is a chance for everyone to discover the other side of Mauritius – and be welcomed by a passionate and friendly off-road community,” said Cartwright, who organizes live bands, food and entertainment for the family friendly after-party gathering.

The race supports the local non-profit organization Get Active! whose mission is to harness the proven power of sport to tackle social exclusion, physical inactivity and health issues.

Travelers fly into the newly rebuilt SSR International Airport on Mauritius which greets flights from the U.S. via European hubs in Paris, London, and Frankfurt as well as a wide variety of options from across the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information and to register visit www.xterra-mauritius.com.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group

Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality companies in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with 66 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded portfolio of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels and Resorts, OHANA® Hotels and Resorts, Embassy Suites®, Holiday Inn®, Best Western®, Wyndham Vacation Ownership® and Hilton Grand VacationsTM. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 46 properties with approximately 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii; Australia; Guam; Fiji; Bali; Thailand; Mauritius, Vietnam; and Hainan Island, China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.

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Currie, Samuels win XTERRA Motatapu

A pair of Wanaka-based Kiwis – Braden Currie and Nicky Samuels – took the top spots at the 2014 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour season-opener at XTERRA Motatapu in the South Island of New Zealand last weekend.

Samuels, the reigning XTERRA World Champion, led the women’s race from start-to-finish and broke the course record she set last year posting a winning time of 4:17:10 (Note: This race is longer than your typical XTERRA, combining a 2km swim in Glendhu Bay at Lake Wanaka with a 47km Mountain Bike and 15km trail run over the historic Miners Trail course).

The “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher placed 2nd and Lizzie Orchard finished 3rd.  The win is Samuels’ third XTERRA win in as many attempts.

For Currie, who lives just 15 minutes from the race start, the victory marked his third XTERRA Motatapu crown in a row.  His first-ever

“We had amazing weather, perfect race conditions,” said Currie, an adventure racer by trade who got his XTERRA career started in Motatapu back in 2012.

Currie led the men’s race from start to finish (although Samuels beat him out of the water), with Olly Shaw taking 2nd and Axel Reiser finishing third (top amateur).

Full Results

Nicolas Lebrun

Another Hall for Lebrun to Roam

2005 XTERRA World Champion Nico Lebrun, the most recent inductee into the XTERRA Hall of Fame, was similarly honored at the Italian Triathlon Awards last weekend.

Lebrun was awarded “Cavaliere del triathlon” which loosely translates to Knight of Triathlon, for his lifetime achievements in the sport.

“It’s a very nice honor,” said Lebrun, who graced the podium in three different sports (XTERRA, Duathlon, Winter Triathlon) more than a dozen times in his career.  “I was a world champion for the first time in winter tri in Italy, and I raced a lot in Italy.”

Lebrun won three XTERRA European Tour titles in his career and captured the XTERRA Italy Championship in 2012.  After XTERRA Worlds in October Lebrun retired from professional racing and shifted his focus to coaching and assisting with the XTERRA European Tour.

“It’s really hard to be retired,” said Lebrun.  “Now I’m managing a team of 45 athletes, 15 of whom are part of a personal training group including XTERRA athletes Asa Shaw, Nienke Oostra and Rory Downey. I will start in Greece next weekend to work for XTERRA Euro tour, I have to go back to school to be an official coach in France, and I’m starting a new race organization to produce a two-mile trail run with 3,300-feet of climbing.  So, lots of work and almost everything around XTERRA community…you’re not rid of me yet!”

USA Triathlon Honors XTERRA Best in 2013

Earlier this week USA Triathlon announced the 2013 Off-Road Triathletes of the Year, “honoring athletes for outstanding performances on challenging courses featuring an open water swim, mountain bike and a trail run.”

Josiah Middaugh and Emma Garrard were named the Elite winners, Matthew Balzer and Hannah Rae Finchamp took amateur honors, and Cole Bunn and Liz Gruber received honorable mention.

It’s the first-time USAT – the National Governing Body for triathlon in the United States – has recognized XTERRA’s finest.

In the press release issued by USAT (read it here) Steve Sutherland, chair of the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee Athlete of the Year Subcommittee, said that “Off-road triathlon is one of our fastest-growing areas of multisport. As you might imagine, it attracts some highly competitive athletes.  We are very pleased to honor the best of those competitors as our Off-Road Triathletes of the Year.”

The release continued to say that “The off-road triathlon discipline continues to gain popularity, with the International Triathlon Union officially recognizing the format as a world championship event in 2011.”

Of note, the 2014 XTERRA East Championship in Richmond, Virginia (June 15) will serve as the USAT Off-Road Championship race and XTERRA Germany in Zittau (August 16) will double as the ITU Cross Tri World Championships.

The Off-Road Athletes of the Year were selected by USA Triathlon’s Age Group Committee.  Here’s a look at the top three candidates in each category the committee had to choose from…

Pro Men

Josiah Middaugh (Vail, CO) – Won XTERRA West, Southeast, and Mountain Championships. Became the first American to win the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series since 2006, was 2nd at Nationals (top American) and 4th at Worlds (top American for 6th time).

Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, CO) – Posted a career-best 2nd place finish at the Mountain Champs.  For the season he placed 3rd at the XTERRA West Championship, 6th at the Southeast Champs, 9th at the East Champs, 11th at XTERRA France, 2nd at the XTERRA Mountain Championship, was 9th at the USA Champs, finished 3rd in XTERRA U.S. Pro Series, and placed 22nd (4th American) at XTERRA Worlds.

Ryan Ignatz (Boulder, CO) – Had a career-best runner-up performance at the East Champs.  On the year he placed fourth at the XTERRA West Champs, 2nd at the East Champs, 5th at the Mountain Champs, 10th at the USA Champs, finished 4th in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series, and was 16th (2nd American) at XTERRA Worlds.  Making his season more impressive, he works full time as a bike fitter at Colorado Multisport and is also a fit instructor for Retul.

Pro Women

Emma Garrard (Park City, UT) – Less than a year after giving birth to her first child in December 2012 Emma posted a career-best fifth place finish (and first American) at XTERRA Worlds, which followed her career-best fourth-place finish at the XTERRA USA Championship where she was also the top American. Emma got consistently faster in 2013, going from a 7th place finish at the West Champs, to a 6th at the Southeast Champs, then a 5th at the Mountain Champs before breaking out in Utah and Maui.

Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, CO) – Shonny worked her way back to the sharp end of the pro field in 2013 having fully recovered from knee injuries that plagued her last year.  At 44-years-old Vanlandingham captured the XTERRA Brazil and Mountain Championships and the XTERRA USA National Championship title for the fifth time in six years (the honor is bestowed upon the top American finishers in the final XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Standings).  On the year Shonny finished 3rd at the XTERRA South Africa Championship, won XTERRA Brazil, placed 3rd at XTERRA South Africa, 3rd at the West Champs, 4th at the SE Champs, and 2nd at the East Champs before capturing the XTERRA Mountain Championship for the fourth time in five years.  She placed 2nd at the XTERRA Mexico Championship in August, and was 9th at the USA  Championship. She finished 2nd in the Pro Series, and 8th (2nd American) at XTERRA Worlds where she posted the fastest bike split for the fifth time in her career.

Suzie Snyder (Fredericksburg, VA) – Placed second at the XTERRA West Championship, 5th at the Southeast Champs, 6th at the East Champs, 4th at the Mountain Champs, and 7th at the USA Champs.  Finished 5th in the Pro Series, and was 10th (3rd American) at XTERRA Worlds.

Note: Lesley Paterson has lived in San Diego for nearly a decade now, but still, she’s a Scottish lass! If USAT were to consider her American, she’d be a ringer.

Best Amateur Men

Matt Balzer (Reno, NV) – Matt wasn’t just the fastest amateur in the 30-34 division at the USA Championship race, he was the fastest of all amateurs.  Balzer, a former pro who know dedicates more time to his 5-month-old, 8-year-old, wife, and business than training, still managed to finished 12th overall and more than a minute in front of young gun Cole Bunn in Utah. Matt went on to finish third in his division at XTERRA Worlds.

Alex Modestou (Washington, D.C.) – The 27-year-old won an unprecedented seven races in 2013 and to make it even more impressive he captured the overall at five of those.  Modestou won the amateur title at the XTERRA East Championship in June where he was 10th overall ahead of several pros, and in July he came from the East Coast to test himself in the thin air of the Rockies and placed 9th overall – top amateur – at the XTERRA Mountain Championship.  He was not able to participate in the USA or World Championships due to illness.

Cole Bunn (Bettendorf, IA) – The 17-year-old won the overall at XTERRA Last Stand and Illinois Wild this year and was second amateur (13th overall) at the USA Championship behind only Matt Balzer.  Amazingly, while Bunn was 4th in the 15-19 division at XTERRA Worlds, he was just 17 seconds shy of being America’s fastest amateur in Maui (that honor belongs to Jens Beck from Anchorage).

Best Amateur Women

Hannah Rae Finchamp (Altadena, CA) – The 17-year-old senior in high school (4.4 GPA) won her division at every race she entered and finished a remarkable sixth overall behind only the top five pro women at the XTERRA West Championship, was 9th overall ahead of several pros at the Mountain Championship in July, won the 15-19 XTERRA USA Championship for the third straight year, and was the top amateur woman at the World Championships for the second straight year with a time good for 11th overall.

Elizabeth “Liz” Gruber (Redding, CA) – The 23-year-old student at Loma Linda won the XTERRA USA Championship overall amateur women’s title and won her division at XTERRA Worlds for the second straight year (she was 5th amateur woman).

Anne Gonzales (Aspen, CO) – The 52-year-old won the national and world championships in her division and was the second amateur behind Finchamp at XTERRA Worlds.

Worthy of Consideration

There were three amateur men who won six races during the course of the XTERRA America Tour highlighted by 11-time South Central Region Champion Kyle Grieser from Marble Falls, Texas.  Also of note, Marcus Barton won six-of-seven (and the USAT off-road Nationals) and George Mainas won six-of-eight.

For the women both Melanie Etherton and Cindi Toepel had perfect six win seasons, and Etherton won the overall at five of those (as well as the USA off-road Nationals).  Not to be out done, Toepel won the overall at XTERRA Iron Creek this year, at the age of 62!

Reigning XTERRA 40-44 World Champ Mimi Stockton had a stellar season as well, winning the overall at all five races she entered, including a head-to-head showdown with Etherton at the Southeast Championship. She also won XTERRA Worlds for the second straight year.

Ron Hill won the 75-79 XTERRA World Title and was named the Warrior Award Winner in Maui having come back from a brutal crash the year before.  Michael Hagan finished as the 9th amateur overall at the USA Championship (won the 50-55 division) with a time that would’ve been fast enough to win the 20-24, 40-44, and 45-49 division too. Tom Monica won his fourth XTERRA National Championship (55-59 division) and his fifth XTERRA World title. Lucia Colbert won the 55-59 division XTERRA USA and World titles for the second straight year. Craig Vogstberger won his third national championship in Utah and was 2nd in the PC division at Worlds, and John Royson won his first 60-64 USA Championship title and fourth XTERRA World Title.

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XTERRA Women’s Only Race Debuts

For the first-time since its inception in 1996 XTERRA will offer a women’s only off-road triathlon.

The XTERRA Steamboat Springs all-women’s event on August 31 will take place in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as part of the 2014 XTERRA America Tour.

Heather Gollnick, a five-time Ironman champion, and her husband Todd of the Get Fit Family Racing team will be the race directors for the first-ever event, and hope to produce a full nationwide series of all-women XTERRA races next year.

“We are focusing on promoting health, wellness and sport for women,” said Heather Gollnick, who is also a motivational speaker, published author, and mother of three.  “We hope to introduce XTERRA to a whole new group of female athletes.”

Two distances will be offered, an Olympic distance (1-mile swim, 18-mile bike, 6.2-mile run) as well as a half-distance sprint race.  Both will start in Bald Eagle Lake, a beautiful private lake in the heart of Steamboat Springs.  The bike and run are at Mt. Werner, the main Ski Mountain in Steamboat Springs where women will enjoy an incredible system of trails.

“We’d like to see more women join the Tribe and believe providing them with a friendly and supportive environment in which to discover our sport is a great place to start,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.  “Heather and Todd are proven event directors that focus on the family and are very positive.  We’re happy to have them lead the way on this new initiative.”

To learn more and sign-up visit www.getfitfamilyracing.com.

Nicky Samuels

Nicky Samuels to Race XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Opener in Motatapu

The eight-stop XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour kicks off Saturday at the XTERRA Motatapu off-road triathlon on the South Island of New Zealand.

The race will serve as a celebration of sorts for reigning XTERRA World Champion Nicky Samuels and Braden Currie (5th at XTERRA Worlds) as both live right there in Wanaka.  As a child Samuels used to ride her mountain bike to get to and from the school bus stop.

“It is an amazing place, although looking a little chilly this year with some fresh snow on the hills!” said Samuels, who may have caught herself by surprise when she won Worlds in October, but not her supporters in Wanaka.

“I think I was more surprised with the win than they were, it was almost like they expected it back home. Some of my immediate family were there watching so they were thrilled I pulled it off…I was thrilled just to still be standing at the end,” said Samuels, who called XTERRA Worlds “honestly the toughest race I have done.”

While the ultimate goal for Samuels is the Rio Olympics in 2016, which calls for an ITU focused schedule, she hopes XTERRA is a big part of her program going forward.

“I am contemplating the Asia-Pacific Champs but will have to see how training goes, and I’d like to get back to the World Champs again this year as well,” said Samuels.  “It’s a great event. To go to Hawaii to do a race is the first positive, and the course was hard.  That bike is a slow grunt but having a beach swim with waves is awesome, something we miss out a bit on in triathlons. American’s always know how to put on a good event, it is definitely a must do race. This year if I return I would have finished with my ITU races at the end of August so would have two months to prepare on the mountain bike – so for sure I’d be looking forward to it a bit more than last year!”

While this is just the third year XTERRA Motatapu has been part of the World Tour and offered up 14 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship, it’s the 10th anniversary for the iconic weekend of events that attracts some 4,000 competitors with races in mountain biking, an off-road marathon, adventure runs and triathlons.

“It is out-of-this-world gorgeous,” said XTERRA Hall of Famer Jamie Whitmore, who took part in the mountain bike race last year.

“The scenery is just incredible,” added Mexico’s Leo Ricardez, a long-time and well-traveled XTERRA Warrior, after the inaugural race.  “It’s like riding in the Lord of the Rings movie.  And the run was even more epic than the ride, very tough and technical with lots of climbing and lots of very steep descending. The trail went through alpine environments so it was grassy, wet, dry, steep, and super scenic.  All in all, this was one of the best XTERRA runs I´ve ever done, and I’ve done a lot of them!”

The race is longer than your typical XTERRA, combining a 2km swim in Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka, 47km Mountain Bike and a 15km mountain run over the historic Miners Trail course.  Samuels, who won last year’s race in her first-ever XTERRA, describes the course as “an awesome iconic event, but the run is a killer on the legs.”

“The mountain bike goes through Shania Twain’s property on a four wheel drive track through many river crossings and over continuous rolling tussock covered hills then you end up in Arrowtown (20km out of Queenstown), transition on the flats then head up a four wheel drive track that turns into a rugged goat trail,” said Samuels.

While the Kiwi is the sure-fire favorite in the women’s race, XTERRA legend Renata Bucher from Switzerland – winner of 31 XTERRA majors in 10 seasons including last year’s NZ Championship in Rotorua – will certainly keep her honest.  Bucher just posted an insightful look into her first impressions of Motatapu on her Facebook page with a series of pictures exploring the root of why “Kiwis are so fit & have world champs in triathlon and XTERRA.” You can check it out here.

Other elite women racing on Saturday include Kiwis Sara Backler – who was 2nd to Samuels last year, the 2011 25-29 division XTERRA World Champ Lizzie Orchard, Jess Simson, and Simone Maier.

In the men’s race Currie, who captured the first two XTERRA Motatapu crowns, will try to make it a hat-trick against the likes of Tony Dodds, Olly Shaw, Ryan Sissons, and David Esposito.  His 5th-place showing at Maui last year was the best for a New Zealander since Hamish Carter won the 2006 XTERRA World Championship, but it came at a price.  He crashed into a tree on the bike and needed six stitches to his chin after the race.

The 10th anniversary event is even more special as for the first time the race is under new ownership by the Queenstown Trails Trust and all net proceeds from the event go to the maintenance and future development of the Queenstown trail network (read the release). Have a look at the amazing scenery from Motatapu and follow along this weekend on their Facebook page, and race website.

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XTERRA England Back on Schedule

The United Kingdom-based headquarters of global engagement agency Limelight Sports has secured rights from Vachery Estate and XTERRA headquarters to deliver the XTERRA England Championship race in Cranleigh, Surrey at the same venue and on the same date, August 24, 2014, as previously listed.

“When Brave Events announced it ceased trading and cancelled the XTERRA England Championship we received an amazing amount of support from race directors and event management companies eager to keep the race alive,” said XTERRA World Tour Managing Director Dave Nicholas.

Limelight Sports has created and delivered sports participation experiences such as the Royal Parks Foundation Half-Marathon and the London Duathlon, and was selected to take over the event and grow it into the future.

“We have history with Limelight Sports, as we work with their Australian branch to produce the XTERRA Great Ocean Road off-road triathlon in Anglesea and the new XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship at Jervis Bay,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.  “We are confident in their abilities, resources and skill to perpetuate XTERRA in the UK and very much appreciate their willingness to step-in and take over.”

Limelight Sports has received approval from Vachery Estate in Surrey to use the same course as last year, which was lauded by competitors for being “a great route that is super challenging, muddy, and loads of fun.”

“We are excited at the prospect of delivering another XTERRA event.  We aim to build upon the series’ impressive and passionate following,” said Craig Dews, Limelight Sports Chief Executive. “The stunning Vachery Estate is a fantastic venue and we look forward to welcoming participants from around the world to this beautiful part of England.”

The race will be held just one week after the XTERRA Germany Championship race which is doubling as the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, enticing many international elites and amateurs to extend their stay and race in both events.  In addition, the XTERRA Denmark Championship will be held a week later in Tisvilde, offering another appealing two-race vacation travel opportunity.

Learn more at www.xterraengland.com

NB: Those who registered previously via Brave Events please note we have NOT received your contact information from the former event organiser, however, we would like to communicate with you.  Please register your email address at www.xterraengland.com and Tweet us @XTERRA_UK and we will be in touch shortly with details on your registration into the new event.

About Limelight Sports

Limelight Sports is the UK’s leading engagement agency. The agency has created and delivered some of the most high profile, and most talked about sports participation experiences in the UK including the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile and Sky Ride. Limelight Sports also organizes Swimathon, the world’s biggest fundraising swimming challenge, and works with the Royal Parks Foundation to stage a unique half marathon and ultra in London. Additionally, the agency owns properties such as Night Run, titled partnered in 2013 by Energizer and London Duathlon, the world’s biggest duathlon.

Limelight Sports has enjoyed a very successful period in recent years capitalizing on the ever increasing popularity in mass participation sporting events.  The agency has developed several new and original events as well as building on the success of its more established programmes.  Others in the industry have also recognized this success; in 2011 the agency was voted Sport Agency of the Year at the Sport Industry Awards and was named Sponsorship Agency of the Year at the 2012 Hollis Sponsorship Awards.

About the Vachery Estate

Secreted away in the beautiful ancient wooded countryside of the Surrey Hills; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the Vachery Estate, a private family home and stunning location for this unique sporting weekend.

History: There was a manor house in Vachery in 1296. Henry III granted John, son of Geoffrey, to stock his park of Vachery (cows) and his son John obtained a grant of a weekly market and an annual fair at nearby Cranleigh, self-proclaimed the largest village in England. The village name is popularly believed to come from the large crane breeding grounds that were supposed to have been historically located at Vachery pond.

One of Surrey’s best kept secrets; surrounded by woods this strictly private spring fed pond is almost 900m long, 3.1 kilometres around and covers an area of almost 50 acres.

A fish-pond is mentioned at Vachery in the 13th century. That original pond was connected with the moat for the manor house and, later, Vachery ironworks, a 16th century iron forge, Nearby Cranleigh village was a great seat of the iron industry.

More recently the enlarged lake covering over 50 acres was used as a reservoir for the Wey and Arun Canal, which opened in 1816 and connected the Thames to the English Channel at Littlehampton. The canal’s traffic was attracted to the Horsham to Guildford railway which opened in 1865 and was closed by Dr Beeching in 1965 and that disused railway line now forms part of the Downs Link, a long-distance path opened in 1984 linking St Martha’s Hill, near Guildford, to Shoreham on the south coast.

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Greenlayer Named Official XTERRA Apparel Partner for Merchandise and Events

HONOLULU, HI – Greenlayer, a Portland, Oregon-based apparel design and manufacturing company specializing in performance and environmentally conscious materials  has reached an agreement with XTERRA, the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series, to be the Official Apparel Partner for merchandise and events.

The multi-year contract marks a pivotal step for Greenlayer to partner with XTERRA athletes who will wear Greenlayer for training, racing and recovery at more than 165 XTERRA off-road triathlons and trail runs held across the U.S. this year.

“We strive to partner with organizations that value the growth of endurance sports and a healthy active lifestyle, and XTERRA has a history of international success in this arena,” said Greenlayer President Kim Bilancio. “Both brands are synonymous with authenticity, sport, excellence, and performance. We look forward to the XTERRA Partnership and outfitting the athletes as they prepare to race and experience XTERRA events around the world.”

Greenlayer has developed an exclusive line of XTERRA licensed apparel that is launching in March of 2014. This strategic alignment will further Greenlayer’s goal achieving an international presence of leadership in the performance apparel category.  In 2014, Greenlayer will continue to develop and promote superior athletic apparel with a lower environmental impact, without sacrificing the high performance requirements of the athlete.

“We’re excited to partner with Greenlayer to provide excellent event shirts for our XTERRA Tribe,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.  “We know that an XTERRA race shirt lives a long life far beyond race weekend, and quality, function, and style are all important features.  Greenlayer has us covered.”

Official XTERRA branded apparel will be available from Greenlayer’s Twilight, Evolution, and Banff lines. With features ranging from recycled material, Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), moisture transfer technology, and reflective elements, apparel is guaranteed to be well-suited for a variety of environments, and will keep athletes comfortable and dry.

About Greenlayer
Founded in Portland, OR, Greenlayer outfits the largest athletic races in the country with performance apparel.  Greenlayer is a brand that celebrates fitness, vitality, and sport.   Whether you are an elite athlete or weekend warrior, Greenlayer makes exceptional sports apparel that is engineered for all day comfort and maximum performance. At Greenlayer we believe that sport and fitness improves the lives of people for the better, and our apparel is developed to motivate you to get out the door to spread this passion and energy.  Learn more at www.greenlayersports.com.

Greenlayer Media Contact:
Brady Kennedy, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 503-297-3785
Email: brady@green-layer.com

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.  It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 20+ countries worldwide.  In the U.S. alone nearly 200,000 participants took part in the XTERRA lifestyle last year.  In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990.  View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more atwww.xterraplanet.com and www.xterratrailrun.com.

XTERRA Media Contact:
Trey Garman, Vice President
Phone: 808-792-2603
Email: trey@xterraplanet.com